8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: Syracuse
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Benton
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Gettysburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Philadelphia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Syracuse

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Benton

Benton ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): admire the sheer force of Ricketts Glen State Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Benton trip maker website .

Syracuse to Benton is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Benton

Parks Nature
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Ricketts Glen State Park ©
Ricketts Glen State Park

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gettysburg: Hersheypark (in Hershey) and Cumberland Valley Rail Trail (in Newville). Next up on the itinerary: take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park, get engrossed in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, contemplate the long history of Little Round Top, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Gettysburg National Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Gettysburg trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Benton to Gettysburg takes 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Gettysburg are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hersheypark, Cumberland Valley Rail Trail
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Victorian Photography Studio ©
Victorian Photography Studio
Hersheypark ©
Hersheypark
Devils Den ©
Devils Den

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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 The Franklin Institute. Step out of Philadelphia with an excursion to Valley Forge National Historical Park in Valley Forge--about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, stroll around Wissahickon Valley Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Schuylkill River Trail, and ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Philadelphia trip maker website .

Drive from Gettysburg to Philadelphia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Philadelphia when traveling from Gettysburg in August, with lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Valley Forge National Historical Park, Longwood Gardens, Chanticleer
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art

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