8 days in Mesa & Pennsylvania Itinerary

8 days in Mesa & Pennsylvania Itinerary

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8 days in Mesa & Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
bus:  30​min
1
Mesa
— 1 day
tram + Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Philadelphia
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Lancaster
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Gettysburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Pittsburgh
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Phoenix

1
day
Mesa

Mesa ©
Mesa is a city in Maricopa County, in the U.S. On the 20th (Tue), get in on the family fun at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Usery Mountain Regional Park.

Before you visit Mesa, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Phoenix to Mesa is an approximately half hour bus ride. You can also drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Mesa can reach 102°F, while at night they dip to 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Mesa

#Theme Parks, #Parks

Side Trip

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
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Usery Mountain Regional Park ©
Usery Mountain Regional Park
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park ©
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

1
night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 21st (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Longwood Gardens, explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and then ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market, then admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, then get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Bell Center.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Philadelphia journey maker website .

Traveling by combination of tram and flight from Mesa to Philadelphia takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Mesa to Philadelphia, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mesa in August, things will get slightly colder in Philadelphia: highs are around 85°F and lows about 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

#Museums, #Parks, #Classes

Side Trip

Longwood Gardens
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens

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 23rd (Fri), hunt for treasures at Lancaster Central Market, examine the collection at Wilbur Chocolate Candy Store, then experience rural life at The Amish Farm and House, and finally take an in-depth tour of Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lancaster trip itinerary website .

Getting from Philadelphia to Lancaster by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Lancaster, with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Wilbur Chocolate Candy Store
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The Amish Farm and House ©
The Amish Farm and House
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania ©
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Wilbur Chocolate Candy Store ©
Wilbur Chocolate Candy Store

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.
On the 24th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Eisenhower National Historic Site, then take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park, then witness the site of a historic battle at Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, and finally get engrossed in the history at Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Shriver House Museum, steep yourself in history at Dobbin House Tavern, then get your game on at Victorian Photography Studio, then snap pictures at Sachs Covered Bridge, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Gettysburg trip planning site .

You can drive from Lancaster to Gettysburg in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Gettysburg can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Gettysburg

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Outdoors
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Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center ©
Eisenhower National Historic Site ©
Eisenhower National Historic Site

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Senator John Heinz History Center, then explore and take pictures at PNC Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at National Aviary. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at The Nationality Rooms, get engrossed in the history at Cathedral of Learning, then engage your brain at Carnegie Science Center, and finally admire the majestic nature at Point State Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Pittsburgh road trip tool .

Drive from Gettysburg to Pittsburgh in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Pittsburgh are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

#Museums, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Senator John Heinz History Center ©
Senator John Heinz History Center
PNC Park ©
PNC Park
National Aviary ©
National Aviary

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