9 days in Pennsylvania, Virginia & Alabama Itinerary

9 days in Pennsylvania, Virginia & Alabama Itinerary

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9 days in Pennsylvania, Virginia & Alabama Itinerary

Start: New York City
train:  1​h 45​min
1
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Gettysburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Arlington
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Mobile
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Venture out of the city with trips to Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square) and Valley Forge National Historical Park (in Valley Forge). There's still lots to do: get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Philadelphia Zoo, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Pennsylvania, and steep yourself in history at Christ Church.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Philadelphia route maker .

New York City to Philadelphia is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. October in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Longwood Gardens, Valley Forge National Historical Park
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Eastern State Penitentiary ©
Eastern State Penitentiary
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens

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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.
Gettysburg is known for historic sites, museums, fun & games, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shriver House Museum, stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery, and steep yourself in history at Jennie Wade House.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gettysburg attractions planner.

Getting from Philadelphia to Gettysburg by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Philadelphia in October since evenings lows in Gettysburg dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Arlington.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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2
nights
Arlington

Arlington ©
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at The Pentagon, then get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Arlington online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Arlington takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Gettysburg in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Arlington, with lows of 54°F. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mobile.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

The Pentagon, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
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Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The Pentagon ©
The Pentagon

1
night
Mobile

Mobile ©
Mobile is the county seat of Mobile County, Alabama, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Bellingrath Gardens and Home, then take a leisurely stroll along Fairhope Municipal Pier, then learn about all things military at Battleship USS ALABAMA, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mobile visit planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Arlington to Mobile in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Arlington to Mobile due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Arlington in October: high temperatures in Mobile hover around 81°F and lows are around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mobile

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Fairhope Municipal Pier
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Bellingrath Gardens and Home ©
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Battleship USS ALABAMA ©
Battleship USS ALABAMA

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