8 days in Washington DC, Gettysburg & Lancaster County Itinerary

8 days in Washington DC, Gettysburg & Lancaster County Itinerary

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Washington DC
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Gettysburg
— 3 nights
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Ephrata
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Washington DC — 3 nights

The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Washington DC is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, ponder the world of politics at White House, and take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

For more things to do and tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip planner.

New York City to Washington DC is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from New York City in May, you will find days in Washington DC are somewhat warmer (76°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gettysburg.
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Gettysburg — 3 nights

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, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park, explore the striking landscape at Devils Den, awaken your taste buds at Savor Gettysburg Food Tours, and steep yourself in history at Little Round Top.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Gettysburg tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Washington DC to Gettysburg in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in May; daily highs in Gettysburg reach 71°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ephrata.
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Ephrata — 1 night

Ephrata is a borough in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States, south east of Harrisburg and about west by north of Philadelphia. On the 22nd (Sun), indulge in some personalized pampering at The Spa at Intercourse Village, then contemplate the long history of Ephrata Cloister, and then relax in the rural setting at Myers Strawberry Farm.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ephrata day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Ephrata takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car back home.
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Lancaster County travel guide

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Pennsylvania Dutch Country
The core of Pennsylvania's famed "Dutch Country" lies in Lancaster County, a compact area in the southeastern portion of the state. The county features a rolling landscape of green fields and gentle hills, interspersed with small towns and Amish farms. Despite its somewhat misleading nickname, the county is not home to Dutch but German-speaking Swiss Anabaptists, who began settling in religiously tolerant Pennsylvania in the early 1700s. Although Lancaster County thrives on tourism and the Amish community is its main attraction, the Amish themselves remain an intensely private people who are not particularly fond of camera-toting visitors. To learn about their hard-working way of life respectfully, take a trip to one of their hardwood furniture showrooms, clustered around the county's main roads.
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