8 days in Gettysburg, Philadelphia & New York City Itinerary

8 days in Gettysburg, Philadelphia & New York City Itinerary

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8 days in Gettysburg, Philadelphia & New York City Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Drive:  6​h 30​min
1
Gettysburg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
New York City
— 4 nights
Drive:  9​h 15​min
End: Columbus

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 18th (Sat), stop by Dirty Billy's Hats, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Horse Soldier, then appreciate the history behind North Carolina Monument, then pause for some photo ops at High Water Mark of the Rebellion Monument, and finally pause for some photo ops at 12th & 44th New York Infantry Monument.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gettysburg journey builder website .

Columbus to Gettysburg is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Gettysburg can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Shopping Historic Sites
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The Horse Soldier ©
The Horse Soldier
North Carolina Monument ©
North Carolina Monument

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): stop by Seasons Olive Oil and Vinegar Tap Room, then admire all the interesting features of Klein Farms Dairy and Creamery, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Weyerbacher Brewing Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Valenzano Family Winery and then admire the majestic nature at Ridley Creek State Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Philadelphia itinerary maker .

You can drive from Gettysburg to Philadelphia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Easton, Seasons Olive Oil and Vinegar Tap Room, Valenzano Family Winery, Ridley Creek State Park
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Ridley Creek State Park ©
Ridley Creek State Park
Klein Farms Dairy and Creamery ©
Klein Farms Dairy and Creamery

4
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Roebling Aqueduct Suspension Bridge and DM Weil Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Jenkinson's Aquarium (in Point Pleasant Beach), Country Kettle (in East Stroudsburg) and Lakota Wolf Preserve (in Columbia). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Promised Land State Park, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Huguenot Street, and hunt for treasures at Chelsea Market.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read New York City trip maker tool .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to New York City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Philadelphia in May, plan for little chillier days in New York City, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

New Paltz, Roebling Aqueduct Suspension Bridge, Country Kettle, Jenkinson's Aquarium, Lakota Wolf Preserve
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DM Weil Gallery ©
DM Weil Gallery
Promised Land State Park ©
Promised Land State Park
Lakota Wolf Preserve ©
Lakota Wolf Preserve

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