9 days in Gettysburg, Hershey & Lancaster Itinerary

9 days in Gettysburg, Hershey & Lancaster Itinerary

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9 days in Gettysburg, Hershey & Lancaster Itinerary

Start: Old Bridge
Drive:  4​h
1
Gettysburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hershey
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Lancaster
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Old Bridge

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (in Harpers Ferry) and Antietam National Battlefield (in Sharpsburg). Next up on the itinerary: take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park and get engrossed in the history at Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Gettysburg online tour planner .

Old Bridge to Gettysburg is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. June in Gettysburg sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hershey.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Antietam National Battlefield, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Antietam National Battlefield ©
Antietam National Battlefield

3
nights
Hershey

Hershey ©
Home of the Hershey Chocolate Company, the town of Hershey is regularly referred to as the sweetest place on earth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ricketts Glen State Park (in Benton) and Knoebels Amusement Resort (in Elysburg). Pack the 5th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Hersheypark. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Hershey Story, take an in-depth tour of National Civil War Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hershey Gardens.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hershey trip site .

Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Hershey takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Hershey, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lancaster.

Things to do in Hershey

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ricketts Glen State Park, Knoebels Amusement Resort, National Civil War Museum
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Hersheypark ©
Hersheypark
Knoebels Amusement Resort ©
Knoebels Amusement Resort
Ricketts Glen State Park ©
Ricketts Glen State Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): steep yourself in history at The Amish Farm and House. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and then explore and take pictures at Longwood Gardens.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lancaster trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hershey to Lancaster takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. July in Lancaster sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lancaster

Classes Nightlife Parks

Side Trips

Longwood Gardens, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
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Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
The Amish Farm and House ©
The Amish Farm and House
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania ©
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

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