7 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

7 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Pennsylvania trip planner
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Philadelphia
— 1 night
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Lancaster
— 1 night
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Gettysburg
— 3 nights
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Pittsburgh
— 1 night
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Philadelphia — 1 night

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the world behind art at Barnes Foundation, then admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, and finally get into the urban bustle at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at City Hall Visitor Center, then buy something for everyone on your list at King of Prussia Mall, then take in the history at Valley Forge National Historical Park, and finally do a tasting at Crossing Vineyards and Winery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Philadelphia online route planner.

Houston to Philadelphia is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, Philadelphia is a bit cooler than Houston - with highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lancaster.
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Lancaster — 1 night

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 25th (Wed): hunt for treasures at Bird in Hand Farmers Market, then examine the collection at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and then look for gifts at The Old Country Store.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lancaster trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Philadelphia to Lancaster takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gettysburg.
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Gettysburg — 3 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site. Explore hidden gems such as Shriver House Museum and Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Little Round Top, indulge your senses at Savor Gettysburg Food Tours, and examine the collection at Mister Ed's Elephant Museum.

To find more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Gettysburg tour itinerary builder site.

Getting from Lancaster to Gettysburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pittsburgh.
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Pittsburgh — 1 night

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 29th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Cathedral of Learning, see the interesting displays at Bicycle Heaven, and then traverse land and water with a duck tour.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Pittsburgh vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Gettysburg to Pittsburgh in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Pittsburgh sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Pennsylvania travel guide

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The Keystone State
One of the country's 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania contains a balance of modern cities and fertile fields. A rich and varied state with a colorful history dating back to colonial times, it remains a worthy holiday destination with its well-preserved 19th-century battle sites and memorial parks. This diverse land is home to pristine forests and rugged mountain regions. For an urban experience, visit the state's university cities, offering numerous tourist attractions as well as thriving music, performance, art, and culinary scenes. The region's Amish country provides a weekend getaway in a picturesque setting of quaint towns surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland.
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