9 days in Santa Ana & Pennsylvania Itinerary

9 days in Santa Ana & Pennsylvania Itinerary

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9 days in Santa Ana & Pennsylvania Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Santa Ana
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
2
Pittsburgh
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
3
Gettysburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Santa Ana

Santa Ana ©
Santa Ana is the county seat and second most populous city in Orange County, California. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at US Submarine Veterans WWII National Memorial West and then don't miss a visit to Huntington Beach Pier.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Ana trip planning app .

Washington DC to Santa Ana is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Santa Ana due to the time zone difference. May in Santa Ana sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Santa Ana

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach Pier, Dolphin & Whale Watching, US Submarine Veterans WWII National Memorial West
Highlights from your plan
Kellogg House ©
Kellogg House
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Heisler Park ©
Heisler Park

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 1st (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Washington, then see the interesting displays at Bicycle Heaven, and then explore and take pictures at PNC Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of The Strip District, stroll through Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, and then steep yourself in history at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Pittsburgh online trip builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Santa Ana to Pittsburgh. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Pittsburgh can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks Neighborhoods Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bicycle Heaven ©
Bicycle Heaven
PNC Park ©
PNC Park

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 3rd (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, get your game on at Victorian Photography Studio, then get to know the fascinating history of Shriver House Museum, then explore the striking landscape at Devils Den, and finally steep yourself in history at Little Round Top. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Jennie Wade House, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, then witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Gettysburg National Cemetery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Gettysburg trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Pittsburgh to Gettysburg in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and car. In June, daily temperatures in Gettysburg can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Devils Den ©
Devils Den

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Venture out of the city with trips to Brandywine River Museum of Art (in Chadds Ford) and Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Independence Hall, explore the world behind art at Rodin Museum, hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market, and pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Philadelphia visit planner .

You can drive from Gettysburg to Philadelphia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Classes Nightlife

Side Trips

Brandywine River Museum of Art, Longwood Gardens, Harrah's Philadelphia
Highlights from your plan
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens

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