9 days in Pennsylvania & Port Clinton Itinerary

9 days in Pennsylvania & Port Clinton Itinerary

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9 days in Pennsylvania & Port Clinton Itinerary

Start: New York City
train:  1​h 45​min
1
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Lancaster
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Gettysburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Port Clinton
— 2 nights
bus:  8​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.
Bring the kids along to Longwood Gardens and Philadelphia Museum of Art. There's much more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, make a trip to Liberty Bell Center, get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, and hike along Schuylkill River Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Philadelphia online tour planner .

New York City to Philadelphia is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Harrah's Philadelphia, Longwood Gardens
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Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
The Franklin Institute ©
The Franklin Institute

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): look for gifts at Kitchen Kettle Village and then get in on the family fun at Hersheypark. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of The Amish Farm and House, then examine the collection at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and then get in on the family fun at Dutch Wonderland.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lancaster trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Lancaster in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Philadelphia in October since evenings lows in Lancaster dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kitchen Kettle Village, Hersheypark, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
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Hersheypark ©
Hersheypark
Dutch Wonderland ©
Dutch Wonderland
Kitchen Kettle Village ©
Kitchen Kettle Village

2
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.
On the 9th (Wed), get advice or help at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, explore the different monuments and memorials at Gettysburg National Cemetery, then witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Den. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Little Round Top and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gettysburg vacation maker .

Getting from Lancaster to Gettysburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Gettysburg can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Clinton.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Devils Den ©
Devils Den
Horseback Riding Tours

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nights
Port Clinton

Port Clinton ©
Port Clinton is a city in and the county seat of Ottawa County, Ohio, United States, about 44 miles east of Toledo. You've now added African Safari Wildlife Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at African Safari Wildlife Park and then cool off at Cedar Point. On your second day here, enjoy the sea views from Port Clinton Lighthouse and then get to know the resident critters at Toledo Zoo.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Port Clinton planning site .

Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Port Clinton takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Port Clinton can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Clinton

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Toledo Zoo, Cedar Point
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African Safari Wildlife Park ©
African Safari Wildlife Park
Cedar Point ©
Cedar Point
Toledo Zoo ©
Toledo Zoo

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