8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: Newark
Drive:  2​h
1
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
2
Lancaster
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Gettysburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Newark

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Family-friendly places like Longwood Gardens and The Franklin Institute will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, don't miss a visit to Liberty Bell Center, ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, and examine the collection at Please Touch Museum.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia online sightseeing planner .

Newark to Philadelphia is an approximately 2-hour car ride. November in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can take a train to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Nightlife

Side Trips

Longwood Gardens, Harrah's Philadelphia
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Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Zoo ©
Philadelphia Zoo

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 21st (Wed): get in on the family fun at Hersheypark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, stop by Kitchen Kettle Village, then browse the fresh offerings at Kauffman's Fruit Farm & Market, and finally find something for the whole family at Dutch Wonderland.

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Take a train from Philadelphia to Lancaster in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Lancaster, with lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Kitchen Kettle Village, Kauffman's Fruit Farm & Market, Hersheypark, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
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Hersheypark ©
Hersheypark
Dutch Wonderland ©
Dutch Wonderland
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center, then witness the site of a historic battle at Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, then steep yourself in history at Little Round Top, and finally make a trip to Devils Den. Here are some ideas for day two: get your game on at Victorian Photography Studio, take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park, appreciate the history behind State of Pennsylvania Monument, then stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery, then learn about all things military at Gettysburg Museum of History, and finally learn about winemaking at Knob Hall Winery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Gettysburg trip planner .

You can drive from Lancaster to Gettysburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. November in Gettysburg sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

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

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