9 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

9 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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9 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: New York City
Train:  1​h 45​min
1
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
2
Lancaster
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Gettysburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Hershey
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: New York City

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Philadelphia is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market, get curious at The Franklin Institute, and get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Philadelphia online journey planner .

New York City to Philadelphia is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Philadelphia can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can take a train to Lancaster.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Eastern State Penitentiary ©
Eastern State Penitentiary
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation

1
night
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 16th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Wheatland, then see the interesting displays at Landis Valley Museum, then relax in the rural setting at The Amish Farm and House, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tanger Outlets Lancaster.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lancaster trip app .

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Lancaster takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in October, expect little chillier with lows of 47°F in Lancaster. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lancaster

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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The Amish Farm and House ©
The Amish Farm and House
Landis Valley Museum ©
Landis Valley Museum
Wheatland ©
Wheatland

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Little Round Top, appreciate the history behind Virginia Memorial, trot along with a tour on horseback, then see the interesting displays at Gettysburg Museum of History, and finally stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Abraham Lincoln Statue, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, take an in-depth tour of Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, then take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Victorian Photography Studio.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gettysburg trip planner .

You can drive from Lancaster to Gettysburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hershey.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Tours Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Little Round Top ©
Little Round Top
Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
Hershey

Hershey ©
Home of the Hershey Chocolate Company, the town of Hershey is regularly referred to as the sweetest place on earth.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park and then find something for the whole family at Hersheypark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Hershey Story, admire the natural beauty at Hershey Gardens, then see the interesting displays at AACA Museum, Inc., and finally learn about winemaking at Cullari Vineyards and Winery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hershey sightseeing planning site .

You can drive from Gettysburg to Hershey in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Hershey sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Hershey

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Harrisburg
Highlights from your plan
The Hershey Story ©
The Hershey Story
Hersheypark ©
Hersheypark
Hershey Gardens ©
Hershey Gardens

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