8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: Newark
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
2
Lancaster
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Gettysburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Newark

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bury The Hatchet King of Prussia - Axe Throwing and Rodin Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Philadelphia: Valley Forge National Historical Park (in Valley Forge) and Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square). There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center, and get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia travel tool .

Newark to Philadelphia is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Valley Forge National Historical Park, Longwood Gardens, Bury The Hatchet King of Prussia - Axe Throwing
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Eastern State Penitentiary ©
Eastern State Penitentiary

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 8th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, then find something for the whole family at Hersheypark, and then do a tasting at Cullari Vineyards and Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the world of politics at Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Capitol Complex, take an in-depth tour of National Civil War Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Wheatland.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lancaster trip planner.

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Lancaster takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Lancaster, with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Harrisburg, Hershey, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
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Hersheypark ©
Hersheypark
National Civil War Museum ©
National Civil War Museum
Wheatland ©
Wheatland

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Little Round Top and Shriver House Museum. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Devils Den, snap pictures at Sachs Covered Bridge, steep yourself in history at Eisenhower National Historic Site, and get engrossed in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gettysburg trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Lancaster to Gettysburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Gettysburg are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Little Round Top ©
Little Round Top
Devils Den ©
Devils Den
Eisenhower National Historic Site ©
Eisenhower National Historic Site

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