8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Lancaster
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Gettysburg
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Pittsburgh
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Charlotte

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Reading Terminal Market and Rittenhouse Square. Get a sense of the local culture at Valley Forge National Historical Park and Barnes Foundation. There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, get to know the fascinating history of Independence National Historical Park, appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, and take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia tour site .

Charlotte to Philadelphia is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Valley Forge National Historical Park
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Eastern State Penitentiary ©
Eastern State Penitentiary

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at The Amish Farm and House, see the interesting displays at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, then look for gifts at Kitchen Kettle Village, then pick up some local products at Kissel Hill Fruit Farm, and finally hunt for treasures at Root's Country Market & Auction.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lancaster trip planner.

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Lancaster in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Lancaster, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kissel Hill Fruit Farm, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Root's Country Market & Auction, Kitchen Kettle Village
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Kitchen Kettle Village ©
Kitchen Kettle Village
The Amish Farm and House ©
The Amish Farm and House
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania ©
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery, then witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Confederate Trails of Gettysburg. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Little Round Top, take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Den, get to know the fascinating history of Shriver House Museum, then see the interesting displays at Gettysburg Museum of History, and finally look for gifts at A&A Village Treasures.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gettysburg day 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. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Little Round Top ©
Little Round Top

2
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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 26th (Fri), look for gifts at Larrimor's, explore and take pictures at PNC Park, then examine the collection at Bicycle Heaven, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washington. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Senator John Heinz History Center, admire the majestic nature at Point State Park, then admire all the interesting features of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Pittsburgh Glass Center Studios.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Pittsburgh road trip planning website .

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. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks Nature Museums
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Bicycle Heaven ©
Bicycle Heaven
Mount Washington ©
Mount Washington

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