8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: Kingston
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​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:  6​h
End: Kingston

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 6th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Christ Church and then take in the history at Valley Forge National Historical Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, admire the masterpieces at Rodin Museum, get engrossed in the history at National Constitution Center, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the American Revolution, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Philadelphia's Magic Gardens.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Philadelphia online itinerary planner .

Kingston, Canada to Philadelphia is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Kingston in July, with highs in Philadelphia at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Valley Forge National Historical Park
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Christ Church ©
Christ Church
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens ©
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

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 8th (Mon), examine the collection at Choo Choo Barn, get engrossed in the history at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, then relax in the rural setting at The Amish Farm and House, then see the interesting displays at Wilbur Chocolate Candy Store, and finally pick up some local products at Kissel Hill Fruit Farm. On the next day, Head underground at Indian Echo Caverns, take an in-depth tour of National Civil War Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Wheatland.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lancaster trip planner .

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 July since evenings lows in Lancaster dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Lititz, Indian Echo Caverns, Choo Choo Barn, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, National Civil War Museum
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Choo Choo Barn ©
Choo Choo Barn
Indian Echo Caverns ©
Indian Echo Caverns
National Civil War Museum ©
National Civil War Museum

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 Rupp House and David Wills House. Get some historical perspective at Lincoln Statue at Wills House and Dobbin House Tavern. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gettysburg Heritage Center, steep yourself in history at Eisenhower National Historic Site, examine the collection at Seminary Ridge Museum, Gettysburg, and don't miss a visit to Monument to Brigadier General Gouverneur Kemble Warren.

To find out how to plan a trip to Gettysburg, use our trip itinerary maker.

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 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Rupp House ©
Rupp House
Little Round Top ©
Little Round Top
Seminary Ridge Museum, Gettysburg ©
Seminary Ridge Museum, Gettysburg

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Point State Park, then engage your brain at Carnegie Science Center, then take an in-depth tour of Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History, and finally take an in-depth tour of Senator John Heinz History Center.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Pittsburgh trip planner .

Getting from Gettysburg to Pittsburgh by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Museums Parks Nature
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Senator John Heinz History Center ©
Senator John Heinz History Center
Point State Park ©
Point State Park

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