9 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

9 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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Pittsburgh
— 1 day
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Gettysburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ronks
— 2 nights
Drive
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Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jim Thorpe
— 2 nights
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Pittsburgh

— 1 day

City of Bridges

Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Frick Art and Historical Center, examine the collection at Bicycle Heaven, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point State Park.

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Chicago to Pittsburgh is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Pittsburgh due to the time zone difference. July in Pittsburgh sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Museums · Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

Gettysburg

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Mister Ed's Elephant Museum, then steep yourself in history at Eisenhower National Historic Site, then take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Den, and finally contemplate the long history of Little Round Top. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shriver House Museum, steep yourself in history at Dobbin House Tavern, then take an in-depth tour of Gettysburg Heritage Center, then appreciate the history behind Virginia Memorial, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Eternal Light Peace Memorial.

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Getting from Pittsburgh to Gettysburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Gettysburg sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ronks.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Ronks

— 2 nights
The city of Ronks stems from Amish roots.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at The Amish Village, then get engrossed in the history at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, then examine the collection at Choo Choo Barn, and finally see the interesting displays at National Christmas Center. On your second day here, examine the collection at Ephrata Cloister, then find something for the whole family at Mount Hope Estate & Winery, home of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wolf Sanctuary of PA, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Root's Country Market & Auction.

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You can drive from Gettysburg to Ronks in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Ronks can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Ronks

Museums · Shopping · Wineries · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Philadelphia

— 2 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): engage your brain at Mutter Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Brandywine River Museum of Art, and then stroll through Valley Forge National Historical Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): explore the galleries of National Museum of American Jewish History, take an in-depth tour of National Constitution Center, then steep yourself in history at Christ Church, then admire the masterpieces at Rodin Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

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Drive from Ronks to Philadelphia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Ronks in July, Philadelphia is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Jim Thorpe.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Jim Thorpe

— 2 nights
Jim Thorpe is a borough and the county seat of Carbon County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. On the 16th (Fri), see the interesting displays at No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at D.G. Yuengling and Son Brewery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Asa Packer Mansion, take an in-depth tour of Old Jail Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Roadside America.

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Getting from Philadelphia to Jim Thorpe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, Jim Thorpe is slightly colder at night with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Jim Thorpe

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pennsylvania travel guide

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Casinos · Specialty Museums · History Museums
The Keystone State
One of the country's 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania contains a balance of modern cities and fertile fields. A rich and varied state with a colorful history dating back to colonial times, it remains a worthy holiday destination with its well-preserved 19th-century battle sites and memorial parks. This diverse land is home to pristine forests and rugged mountain regions. For an urban experience, visit the state's university cities, offering numerous tourist attractions as well as thriving music, performance, art, and culinary scenes. The region's Amish country provides a weekend getaway in a picturesque setting of quaint towns surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland.