16 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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Philadelphia
— 4 nights
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Lancaster
— 2 nights
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Gettysburg
— 2 nights
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Elysburg
— 1 night
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State College
— 1 night
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Erie
— 2 nights
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Pittsburgh
— 3 nights
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Philadelphia — 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Philadelphia: Valley Forge National Historical Park (in Valley Forge) and Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Independence Hall, stroll through Franklin Square, trek along Schuylkill River Trail, and take a stroll through Rittenhouse Square.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Philadelphia tour itinerary website.

Cartagena, Colombia to Philadelphia is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cartagena in June; daily highs in Philadelphia reach 34°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lancaster.
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Lancaster — 2 nights

Red Rose City

The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): look for gifts at Kitchen Kettle Village, then examine the collection at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, then steep yourself in history at The Amish Farm and House, and finally relax in the rural setting at Lapp Valley Farm. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Old Windmill Farm, admire the natural beauty at Hershey Gardens, then see the interesting displays at The Hershey Story Museum, and finally make a trip to Harrisburg Holocaust Monument.

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Getting from Philadelphia to Lancaster by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Lancaster, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gettysburg.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gettysburg National Military Park, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Gettysburg National Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at The Eternal Light Peace Memorial, trot along with a tour on horseback, then see the interesting displays at Gettysburg Museum of History, and finally contemplate the long history of Little Round Top.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gettysburg sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Lancaster to Gettysburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Elysburg.
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Elysburg — 1 night

Elysburg is a census-designated place (CDP) in Ralpho Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train, contemplate the long history of Whistler's Mother Statue, then get in on the family fun at Knoebels Amusement Resort, and finally see the interesting displays at Knoebles Mining Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Elysburg day trip tool.

Drive from Gettysburg to Elysburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Elysburg are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to State College.
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State College — 1 night

State College is a home rule municipality in Centre County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. On the 10th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, then stroll around Tom Tudek Memorial Park, then gain insight at Penn State University, and finally admire the natural beauty at The Arboretum at Penn State.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the State College online day trip planner.

Drive from Elysburg to State College in 2 hours. In July in State College, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Erie.
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Erie — 2 nights

Flagship City

Erie boasts a state park, casino, and racetrack all with the name Presque Isle.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Erie Zoo, then see what you can catch with Lake Erie Fishing Charters, then walk around Presque Isle State Park, and finally don't miss a visit to 9/11 Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: cool off at Waldameer & Water World and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick Church.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Erie driving holiday planner.

Drive from State College to Erie in 3.5 hours. July in Erie sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pittsburgh.
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Pittsburgh — 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Pittsburgh side-trips: Fallingwater (in Mill Run) and Mister Rogers' Park Bench (in Latrobe). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, visit Mount Washington, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and traverse land and water with a duck tour.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Pittsburgh trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Erie to Pittsburgh in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Pittsburgh can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Pennsylvania travel guide

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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.
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