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

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 6th (Sun), pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center, explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then contemplate the long history of Powel House, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Pennsylvania, get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, then explore the world behind art at Barnes Foundation, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Philadelphia visit site .

New York City to Philadelphia is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can 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

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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 8th (Tue): hunt for treasures 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. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at The Old Country Store, hunt for treasures at Bird in Hand Farmers Market, take an in-depth tour of The Amish Village, then take an in-depth tour of Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and finally experience rural life at Lapp Valley Farm.

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You can take a train from Philadelphia to Lancaster in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 57°F in Lancaster. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hershey.

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

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Hershey

Hershey ©
Home of the Hershey Chocolate Company, the town of Hershey is regularly referred to as the sweetest place on earth.
On the 10th (Thu), find something for the whole family at Hersheypark.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hershey trip planning app .

Drive from Lancaster to Hershey in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In September in Hershey, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park, have some family-friendly fun at Victorian Photography Studio, then see the interesting displays at Gettysburg Museum of History, and finally stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gettysburg trip planner.

Getting from Hershey to Gettysburg by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In September in Gettysburg, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) 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 12th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washington, admire the natural beauty at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and then catch a live event at PNC Park.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Pittsburgh tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Gettysburg to Pittsburgh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In September in Pittsburgh, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

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PNC Park
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Mount Washington

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