5 days in Hershey & Philadelphia Itinerary

5 days in Hershey & Philadelphia Itinerary

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5 days in Hershey & Philadelphia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Hershey
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Washington DC


2
nights
Hershey

Hershey ©
Home of the Hershey Chocolate Company, the town of Hershey is regularly referred to as the sweetest place on earth.
Get outdoors at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and Wildwood Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Ephrata Cloister and Village Greens Miniature Golf. Get out of town with these interesting Hershey side-trips: Roadside America (in Shartlesville), Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train (in Ashland) and Kitchen Kettle Village (in Intercourse). There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of National Watch and Clock Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hershey online trip maker .

Washington DC to Hershey is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Washington DC in July since evenings lows in Hershey dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Hershey

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Ephrata Cloister, Wildwood Park, Village Greens Miniature Golf, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, National Watch and Clock Museum
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Hawk Mountain Sanctuary ©
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Roadside America ©
Roadside America
Ephrata Cloister ©
Ephrata Cloister

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, get to know the fascinating history of Independence Mall, then pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center, then admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Philadelphia travel planning app .

Traveling by car from Hershey to Philadelphia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Philadelphia are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Independence Mall ©
Independence Mall

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