7 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

7 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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7 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: New York City
Train:  1 h 30 min
1
Philadelphia
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Lancaster
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Hershey
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Gettysburg
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4 h
5
Pittsburgh
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: New York City

1
night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at Powel House, and finally ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and design of University of Pennsylvania, get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, then admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, and finally hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Philadelphia tour planner .

New York City to Philadelphia is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Lancaster.

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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Eastern State Penitentiary

2
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Lancaster

Lancaster ©
The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Root's Country Market & Auction, contemplate the long history of The Amish Farm and House, and then get in on the family fun at Dutch Wonderland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by The Old Country Store, browse the eclectic array of goods at Bird in Hand Farmers Market, get engrossed in the history at The Amish Village, then see the interesting displays at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and finally explore and take pictures at Lapp Valley Farm.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Lancaster itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Lancaster in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Philadelphia in July since evenings lows in Lancaster dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hershey.

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The Amish Village, Root's Country Market & Auction, The Old Country Store, Lapp Valley Farm, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
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Dutch Wonderland ©
Dutch Wonderland
The Amish Farm and House ©
The Amish Farm and House
Lapp Valley Farm ©
Lapp Valley Farm

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Hershey

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Home of the Hershey Chocolate Company, the town of Hershey is regularly referred to as the sweetest place on earth.
On the 6th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Hersheypark.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hershey trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Lancaster to Hershey in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. In July in Hershey, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gettysburg.

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Hersheypark

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Gettysburg

Gettysburg ©
Located near the memorial park marking the site of one of the largest Civil War battles, the town of Gettysburg sits in a landscape of rolling green hills with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
On the 7th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, admire all the interesting features of Gettysburg National Military Park, then get your game on at Victorian Photography Studio, then see the interesting displays at Gettysburg Museum of History, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Gettysburg National Cemetery.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gettysburg trip planner .

You can drive from Hershey to Gettysburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Pittsburgh.

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Pittsburgh

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Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washington, then explore and take pictures at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and then admire all the interesting features of PNC Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Pittsburgh sightseeing planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Gettysburg to Pittsburgh in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In July, daytime highs in Pittsburgh are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

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PNC Park ©
PNC Park
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Mount Washington

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