8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: Fort Wayne
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
2
Lancaster
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Gettysburg
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Pittsburgh
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Fort Wayne

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Step out of Philadelphia with an excursion to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square--about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, wander the streets of Society Hill, browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market, and try your luck at Harrah's Philadelphia.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Philadelphia trip planner .

Fort Wayne to Philadelphia is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Wayne in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Philadelphia, with lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Longwood Gardens, Harrah's Philadelphia
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
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 9th (Mon): stop by Kitchen Kettle Village and then get in on the family fun at Hersheypark. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, steep yourself in history at The Amish Farm and House, and then get in on the family fun at Dutch Wonderland.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lancaster travel planning app .

Getting from Philadelphia to Lancaster by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Lancaster when traveling from Philadelphia in September, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Hersheypark, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Kitchen Kettle Village
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Hersheypark ©
Hersheypark
The Amish Farm and House ©
The Amish Farm and House
Kitchen Kettle Village ©
Kitchen Kettle Village

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Little Round Top, then explore the striking landscape at Devils Den, then take an in-depth tour of Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shriver House Museum, witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, then get your game on at Victorian Photography Studio, and finally stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gettysburg travel planning site .

Getting from Lancaster to Gettysburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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Little Round Top ©
Little Round Top
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Fri), admire all the interesting features of Mount Washington, then see the interesting displays at Bicycle Heaven, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Pittsburgh sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Gettysburg to Pittsburgh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In September in Pittsburgh, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks Neighborhoods Nature
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Bicycle Heaven ©
Bicycle Heaven
Mount Washington ©
Mount Washington

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