9 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

9 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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9 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Pittsburgh
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Gettysburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Hershey
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Philadelphia
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh ©
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 3rd (Fri): view the masterpieces at Pittsburgh Glass Center Studios, see the interesting displays at The Nationality Rooms, and then take an in-depth tour of Cathedral of Learning. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Senator John Heinz History Center, engage your brain at Carnegie Science Center, then examine the collection at Bicycle Heaven, and finally contemplate the long history of Point State Park.

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Washington DC to Pittsburgh is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Pittsburgh when traveling from Washington DC in May, with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Museums Parks Nature
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The Nationality Rooms ©
The Nationality Rooms
Bicycle Heaven ©
Bicycle Heaven
Senator John Heinz History Center ©
Senator John Heinz History Center

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gettysburg Heritage Center and David Wills House. Let the collections at Mister Ed's Elephant Museum and Gettysburg Diorama capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Adams County Winery, witness the site of a historic battle at Confederate Trails of Gettysburg, contemplate the long history of Dobbin House Tavern, and get engrossed in the history at Shriver House Museum.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gettysburg visit planner.

Getting from Pittsburgh to Gettysburg by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and car. May in Gettysburg sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hershey.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Orrtanna, Hauser Estate Winery
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Shriver House Museum ©
Shriver House Museum
Little Round Top ©
Little Round Top
Eisenhower National Historic Site ©

2
nights
Hershey

Hershey ©
Home of the Hershey Chocolate Company, the town of Hershey is regularly referred to as the sweetest place on earth.
On the 8th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Indian Echo Caverns, then get engrossed in the history at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, then look for gifts at Wilbur Chocolate Candy Store, and finally learn about winemaking at Cullari Vineyards and Winery. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of National Civil War Museum, identify plant and animal life at Wildwood Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Tobias Wildlife Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hershey trip website .

Drive from Gettysburg to Hershey in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Hershey, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Hershey

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Harrisburg, Wilbur Chocolate Candy Store, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Lake Tobias Wildlife Park, Indian Echo Caverns
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Indian Echo Caverns ©
Indian Echo Caverns
Lake Tobias Wildlife Park ©
Lake Tobias Wildlife Park
National Civil War Museum ©
National Civil War Museum

2
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 10th (Fri), wander the streets of Rittenhouse Square, see the interesting displays at Brandywine River Museum of Art, then witness the site of a historic battle at Valley Forge National Historical Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Rodin Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, then take an in-depth tour of National Constitution Center, then gain insight at National Museum of American Jewish History, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Christ Church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia online travel planner .

Getting from Hershey to Philadelphia by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. In May in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Valley Forge National Historical Park, Brandywine River Museum of Art
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Brandywine River Museum of Art ©
Brandywine River Museum of Art
Valley Forge National Historical Park ©

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