8 days in Boston, Philadelphia & Lancaster Itinerary

8 days in Boston, Philadelphia & Lancaster Itinerary

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8 days in Boston, Philadelphia & Lancaster Itinerary

Start: McAllen
Fly:  9​h
1
Boston
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Lancaster
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: McAllen

1
night
Boston

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Adams National Historical Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old North Church & Historic Site, then steep yourself in history at Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop and the Printing Office of Edes and Gill, and finally wander the streets of Beacon Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of New England Holocaust Memorial, then take an in-depth tour of Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, then witness the site of a historic battle at Minute Man National Historical Park, and finally wander the streets of Waterfront.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Boston visit planner .

McAllen to Boston is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from McAllen to Boston, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from McAllen in June, plan for much colder days in Boston, with highs around 76°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Boston

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Concord, Adams National Historical Park
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Adams National Historical Park ©
Adams National Historical Park
Minute Man National Historical Park ©
Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House ©
Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Battleship New Jersey and Museum of the American Revolution. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Museum of American Jewish History and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Philadelphia: Brandywine River Museum of Art (in Chadds Ford) and Valley Forge National Historical Park (in Valley Forge). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Independence National Historical Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, explore the world behind art at Rodin Museum, and take an in-depth tour of National Constitution Center.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Philadelphia day trip planning site .

Getting from Boston to Philadelphia by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Boston in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Philadelphia, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Brandywine River Museum of Art, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Battleship New Jersey, Valley Forge National Historical Park
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Battleship New Jersey ©
Battleship New Jersey
Valley Forge National Historical Park ©
Brandywine River Museum of Art ©
Brandywine River Museum of Art

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Choo Choo Barn, find something for the whole family at Dutch Wonderland, and then steep yourself in history at Wheatland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by The Old Country Store and then take an in-depth tour of National Civil War Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lancaster route app .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Lancaster in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Choo Choo Barn, National Civil War Museum, The Old Country Store
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Choo Choo Barn ©
Choo Choo Barn
National Civil War Museum ©
National Civil War Museum
Wheatland ©
Wheatland

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