8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Philadelphia
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Lancaster
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Gettysburg
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Pittsburgh
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Boston

1
night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at National Constitution Center, admire the masterpieces at Rodin Museum, and then take a stroll through Rittenhouse Square. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Mutter Museum, then take in the history at Valley Forge National Historical Park, and then browse the different shops at King of Prussia Mall.

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Boston to Philadelphia is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Valley Forge National Historical Park, King of Prussia Mall
Highlights from your plan
Rodin Museum ©
Rodin Museum
Valley Forge National Historical Park ©
National Constitution Center ©
National Constitution Center

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.
On the 24th (Fri), examine the collection at Wilbur Chocolate Candy Store, get in on the family fun at Mount Hope Estate & Winery, home of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, and then look for gifts at Olio Olive Oils & Balsamics. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, explore the fascinating underground world of Indian Echo Caverns, and then take an in-depth tour of National Civil War Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lancaster driving holiday tool .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Lancaster in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Lancaster when traveling from Philadelphia in August, with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Lititz, Indian Echo Caverns, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, National Civil War Museum, Mount Hope Estate & Winery, home of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
Highlights from your plan
National Civil War Museum ©
National Civil War Museum
Olio Olive Oils & Balsamics ©
Olio Olive Oils & Balsamics
Indian Echo Caverns ©
Indian Echo Caverns

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shriver House Museum and Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides. Confederate Trails of Gettysburg and Dobbin House Tavern will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum, steep yourself in history at Eisenhower National Historic Site, have some family-friendly fun at Victorian Photography Studio, and examine the collection at Gettysburg Diorama.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gettysburg route planner.

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 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Hauser Estate Winery, Adams County Winery
Highlights from your plan
Little Round Top ©
Little Round Top
Seminary Ridge Museum, Gettysburg ©
Seminary Ridge Museum, Gettysburg
Adams County Winery ©
Adams County Winery

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Senator John Heinz History Center, immerse yourself in nature at Point State Park, and then take an in-depth tour of Cathedral of Learning.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Pittsburgh trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Pittsburgh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Senator John Heinz History Center ©
Senator John Heinz History Center
Cathedral of Learning ©
Cathedral of Learning
Point State Park ©
Point State Park

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