8 days in Pennsylvania & Ohio Itinerary

8 days in Pennsylvania & Ohio Itinerary

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Philadelphia
— 1 night
Drive
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Gettysburg
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sandusky
— 1 night
Drive
4
Cleveland
— 1 night
Drive
5
Rockbridge
— 1 night
Drive
6
Dayton
— 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): try to win big at Harrah's Philadelphia, stroll through Longwood Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Brandywine River Museum of Art, and finally enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Pennsylvania. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, wander the streets of Society Hill, take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, then admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and finally stroll through Kelly Drive.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Philadelphia road trip planner.

Dayton to Philadelphia is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Dayton in July, with highs in Philadelphia at 88°F and lows at 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gettysburg.
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Gettysburg — 2 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.
On the 26th (Tue), witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, steep yourself in history at Shriver House Museum, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Little Round Top, and then go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Gettysburg vacation app.

You can drive from Philadelphia to Gettysburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, Gettysburg is slightly colder at night with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to fly to Sandusky.
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Sandusky — 1 night

Sandusky positively bustles in the summertime due to its famed amusement park.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, then steep yourself in history at Eleutheros Cooke House and Garden, and then cool off at Cedar Point.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Sandusky online travel route planner.

You can fly from Gettysburg to Sandusky in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cleveland.
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Cleveland — 1 night

A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
On the 29th (Fri), try your luck at JACK Cleveland Casino, then admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, and then see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cleveland road trip planning tool.

Getting from Sandusky to Cleveland by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In July in Cleveland, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rockbridge.
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Rockbridge — 1 night

Rockbridge is an unincorporated community in eastern Good Hope Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for all kinds of wild species at Rock Bridge, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rockbridge trip planner.

Drive from Cleveland to Rockbridge in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Traveling from Cleveland in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rockbridge, with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Dayton.
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Dayton — 1 night

Home of airplane pioneers the Wright brothers, Dayton prides itself on its inventors, including Charles F. Kettering, inventor of the automobile self starter.
On the 31st (Sun), head outdoors with Dayton Dragons Baseball, examine the collection at National Museum of the US Air Force, and then steep yourself in history at Carillon Historical Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dayton trip planning website.

Drive from Rockbridge to Dayton in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Dayton are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.
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Pennsylvania travel guide

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Casinos · Specialty Museums · History Museums
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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Ohio travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Casinos · Water Parks
The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.
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