7 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

7 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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7 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: Newark
Drive:  2​h
1
Philadelphia
— 1 day
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Lancaster
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Hershey
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Gettysburg
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Pittsburgh
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Newark

1
day
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Franklin Print Shop, admire the masterpieces at Second Bank of the United States, then get a sense of history and politics at Old City Hall, and finally see the interesting displays at 18th Century Garden of the Independence National Historic Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Philadelphia road trip planning website .

Newark to Philadelphia is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In March, daytime highs in Philadelphia are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Historic Sites
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Old City Hall ©
Old City Hall
Second Bank of the United States ©
Second Bank of the United States

1
night
Lancaster

Lancaster ©
The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
On the 19th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Historic St. Mary's Catholic Church, get to know the fascinating history of Rock Ford Plantation, then take an in-depth tour of Hans Herr House Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Christiane David Gallery.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lancaster day trip tool .

Take a train from Philadelphia to Lancaster in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Lancaster are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hershey.

Things to do in Lancaster

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Hans Herr House Museum
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Rock Ford Plantation ©
Rock Ford Plantation
Hans Herr House Museum ©
Hans Herr House Museum
Historic St. Mary's Catholic Church ©

2
nights
Hershey

Hershey ©
Home of the Hershey Chocolate Company, the town of Hershey is regularly referred to as the sweetest place on earth.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Patrick, then stop by Midtown Scholar Bookstore, then contemplate the long history of York County History Center, and finally do a tasting at Cullari Vineyards and Winery. On the next day, examine the collection at Pennsylvania National Fire Museum, then learn about winemaking at Nissley Vineyards and Winery, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hershey online day trip planner .

You can drive from Lancaster to Hershey in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. In March in Hershey, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Hershey

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Harrisburg, York County History Center, Nissley Vineyards and Winery
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York County History Center ©
York County History Center
Pennsylvania National Fire Museum ©
Pennsylvania National Fire Museum
Cathedral of Saint Patrick ©
Cathedral of Saint Patrick

1
night
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 22nd (Fri), examine the collection at Rupp House, explore the different monuments and memorials at Evergreen Cemetery, then take in the history at Lincoln Statue at Wills House, and finally see the interesting displays at Mister Ed's Elephant Museum.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gettysburg journey planning tool .

Traveling by car from Hershey to Gettysburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in March, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Gettysburg

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Side Trip

Mister Ed's Elephant Museum
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Mister Ed's Elephant Museum ©
Mister Ed's Elephant Museum
Evergreen Cemetery ©
Evergreen Cemetery
Rupp House ©
Rupp House

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nights
Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh ©
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.
On the 23rd (Sat), see the interesting displays at Frick Art and Historical Center, get engrossed in the history at Rivers of Steel, then examine the collection at The Nationality Rooms, and finally steep yourself in history at Heinz Memorial Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Carnegie Museum of Art and then examine the collection at Bayernhof Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Pittsburgh vacation planner.

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 March, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rivers of Steel, Bayernhof Museum
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The Nationality Rooms ©
The Nationality Rooms
Carnegie Museum of Art ©
Carnegie Museum of Art
Heinz Memorial Chapel ©
Heinz Memorial Chapel

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