7 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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Philadelphia
— 3 nights
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Lancaster
— 2 nights
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Pittsburgh
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Philadelphia — 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Philadelphia: Brandywine River Museum of Art (in Chadds Ford), Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square) and Sandy Hollow (in West Chester). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, contemplate the long history of Independence Hall, and see the interesting displays at Please Touch Museum.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia holiday builder.

Houston to Philadelphia is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Houston to Philadelphia. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Houston in December, with highs in Philadelphia at 48°F and lows at 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can 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 25th (Sun): stroll around Rocky Ridge County Park, then see the interesting displays at National Christmas Center, then get in on the family fun at Koziar's Christmas Village, and finally browse for treasures at 272 Antiques Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of The Amish Farm and House, explore the striking landscape at Indian Echo Caverns, and then examine the collection at The Hershey Story Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lancaster attractions site.

Traveling by car from Philadelphia to Lancaster takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Philadelphia in December, Lancaster is slightly colder at night with lows of 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Pittsburgh.
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Pittsburgh — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): look for gifts at Larrimor's, examine the collection at Bicycle Heaven, then admire the natural beauty at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washington.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Pittsburgh driving holiday website.

Traveling by flight from Lancaster to Pittsburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Pittsburgh, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 30°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight 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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