7 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

7 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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7 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: Fort Wayne
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Philadelphia
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Lancaster
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Gettysburg
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Pittsburgh
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Fort Wayne

1
night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the history at Valley Forge National Historical Park and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Brandywine River Museum of Art, get engrossed in the history at National Constitution Center, then admire the masterpieces at Rodin Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Rittenhouse Square.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia trip maker app .

Fort Wayne to Philadelphia is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Wayne in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 69°F in Philadelphia. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can take a train to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Brandywine River Museum of Art, Valley Forge National Historical Park
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Brandywine River Museum of Art ©
Brandywine River Museum of Art
National Constitution Center ©
National Constitution Center

2
nights
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 6th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Lancaster Central Market, stop by The Old Country Store, get engrossed in the history at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, then steep yourself in history at The Amish Farm and House, and finally browse for treasures at Bird in Hand Antique Market. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Indian Echo Caverns, get engrossed in the history at National Civil War Museum, then learn about winemaking at Cullari Vineyards and Winery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wolf Sanctuary of PA.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lancaster road trip tool .

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Lancaster takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Lancaster, with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

National Civil War Museum, Bird in Hand Antique Market, The Old Country Store, Wolf Sanctuary of PA, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
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Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania ©
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Indian Echo Caverns ©
Indian Echo Caverns
National Civil War Museum ©
National Civil War Museum

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Little Round Top, contemplate the long history of Eisenhower National Historic Site, examine the collection at Gettysburg Diorama, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Shriver House Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Dobbin House Tavern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), then see the interesting displays at Mister Ed's Elephant Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Seminary Ridge Museum, Gettysburg, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Victorian Photography Studio.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Gettysburg trip maker website .

You can drive from Lancaster to Gettysburg in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Mister Ed's Elephant Museum, United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC)
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Little Round Top ©
Little Round Top
Shriver House Museum ©
Shriver House Museum
Eisenhower National Historic Site ©
Eisenhower National Historic Site

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stop by Sinful Sweets, engage your brain at Carnegie Science Center, then steep yourself in history at Point State Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Senator John Heinz History Center.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Pittsburgh day trip planning tool .

Getting from Gettysburg to Pittsburgh by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In August in Pittsburgh, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Museums Nature Historic Sites
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Carnegie Science Center ©
Carnegie Science Center
Point State Park ©
Point State Park
Senator John Heinz History Center ©
Senator John Heinz History Center

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