8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: Rochester
Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Benton
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
3
Lancaster
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Gettysburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Pittsburgh
— 2 nights
End: Rochester

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Benton

Benton ©
On the 17th (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Ricketts Glen State Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Benton day trip tool .

Rochester to Benton is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. In October, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Benton

Parks Nature
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Ricketts Glen State Park ©
Ricketts Glen State Park

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, get to know the fascinating history of Independence National Historical Park, then ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Valley Forge National Historical Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Philadelphia Zoo, and finally take in the architecture and design of University of Pennsylvania.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Philadelphia trip website .

Drive from Benton to Philadelphia in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Benton in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Philadelphia, with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can take a train to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Valley Forge National Historical Park
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Independence National Historical Park ©
Liberty Bell Center ©
Liberty Bell Center

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night
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 20th (Sat), relax in the rural setting at The Amish Farm and House, browse the fresh offerings at Kauffman's Fruit Farm & Market, then stop by Kitchen Kettle Village, then experience rural life at Lapp Valley Farm, and finally snap pictures at Hunsecker Mill Covered Bridge.

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Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Lancaster takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Philadelphia in October since evenings lows in Lancaster dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Bird in Hand, Lapp Valley Farm, Kitchen Kettle Village
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The Amish Farm and House ©
The Amish Farm and House
Lapp Valley Farm ©
Lapp Valley Farm
Hunsecker Mill Covered Bridge ©
Hunsecker Mill Covered Bridge

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Little Round Top, explore the striking landscape at Devils Den, then take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Eisenhower National Historic Site, stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery, then take in the history at Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, and finally get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Gettysburg trip tool .

You can drive from Lancaster to Gettysburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Gettysburg are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Little Round Top ©
Little Round Top
Gettysburg National Cemetery ©
Gettysburg National Cemetery

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Washington, then take in nature's colorful creations at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and then explore and take pictures at PNC Park. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and then tee off at Birdsfoot Golf Club.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Pittsburgh vacation maker tool .

Getting from Gettysburg to Pittsburgh by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trip

Birdsfoot Golf Club
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Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium ©
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Birdsfoot Golf Club ©
Birdsfoot Golf Club

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