8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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Fly
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Lancaster
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gettysburg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Philadelphia
— 2 nights
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Lancaster

Red Rose City

The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Get some cultural insight at Ephrata Cloister and Biblical Tabernacle Reproduction. Visiting Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Lancaster side-trips: Galen Glen Winery (in Andreas) and Roadside America (in Shartlesville). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Landis Valley Museum, sample the fine beverages at Thistle Finch Distillery, shop like a local with Christiane David Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Historic St. Mary's Catholic Church.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lancaster road trip app.

Fort Wayne to Lancaster is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

3
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Evergreen Cemetery and Catoctin Creek Distillery. Gettysburg National Military Park and Ruins of St. John's Episcopal Church will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Harpers Ferry (St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, John Brown's Fort, &more). There's lots more to do: witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Major General George Gordon Meade, see the interesting displays at Rupp House, and take an in-depth tour of Civil War Tails At the Homestead Diorama Museum.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gettysburg online trip planner.

Drive from Lancaster to Gettysburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

2
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Philadelphia

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 10th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, contemplate the long history of Christ Church, contemplate the long history of Elfreth's Alley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fireman's Hall, then get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, and finally stop by Independence Mall. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Battleship New Jersey, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the American Revolution, then explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and finally trek along Kelly Drive.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Philadelphia trip planner.

Getting from Gettysburg to Philadelphia by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Gettysburg in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 63°F in Philadelphia. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

Pennsylvania travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Casinos · 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.