8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: New York City
Train:  2​h
1
Philadelphia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Gettysburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hershey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: New York City

4
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Longwood Gardens and Philadelphia Zoo. There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, walk around Franklin Square, and contemplate the long history of Liberty Bell Center.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia online tour itinerary planner .

New York City to Philadelphia is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. August in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Harrah's Philadelphia, Longwood Gardens
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
The Franklin Institute ©
The Franklin Institute

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center and then stroll around Gettysburg National Military Park. Keep things going the next day: have some family-friendly fun at Victorian Photography Studio, then deepen your understanding of the past and present with Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, then stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery, and finally examine the collection at Gettysburg Museum of History.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Gettysburg sightseeing planner .

Drive from Philadelphia to Gettysburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Gettysburg when traveling from Philadelphia in August, with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hershey.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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2
nights
Hershey

Hershey ©
Home of the Hershey Chocolate Company, the town of Hershey is regularly referred to as the sweetest place on earth.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Hersheypark. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Dutch Wonderland and then steep yourself in history at The Amish Farm and House.

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Getting from Gettysburg to Hershey by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. August in Hershey sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Hershey

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lancaster
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Hersheypark ©
Hersheypark
Dutch Wonderland ©
Dutch Wonderland
The Amish Farm and House ©
The Amish Farm and House

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