29 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

29 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Pennsylvania travel route builder

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Pittsburgh
— 4 nights
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Erie
— 4 nights
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Elysburg
— 4 nights
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Gettysburg
— 4 nights
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Lancaster
— 4 nights
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Philadelphia
— 8 nights
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Pittsburgh

— 4 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.
Family-friendly places like Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Pittsburgh side-trips: Flight 93 National Memorial (in Stoystown), Fallingwater (in Mill Run) and Living Treasures Wild Animal Park (in New Castle). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Bicycle Heaven, catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, learn more about the world around you at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and don't miss a visit to Southern Pennsylvania World War II Memorial.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Pittsburgh sightseeing website.

London, UK to Pittsburgh is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. In June, Pittsburgh is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Erie.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Erie

— 4 nights

Flagship City

Erie boasts a state park, casino, and racetrack all with the name Presque Isle.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Presque Isle State Park and Erie Zoo. There's lots more to do: make a splash at Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort, find something for the whole family at Waldameer & Water World, stroll around Tom Ridge Environmental Center, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick Church.

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Getting from Pittsburgh to Erie by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. June in Erie sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Elysburg.

Things to do in Erie

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Elysburg

— 4 nights
Elysburg is a census-designated place (CDP) in Ralpho Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States. Kids will enjoy Knoebels Amusement Resort and Lake Tobias Wildlife Park. Venture out of the city with trips to T&D's Cats of the World (in Penns Creek), The Winery at Hunters Valley (in Liverpool) and Ricketts Glen State Park (in Benton). Next up on the itinerary: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train, explore the engaging exhibits at The Bloomsburg Children's Museum, get to know the resident critters at Clyde Peeling's Reptiland, and relax in the rural setting at Red Deer at Rolling Hills Farm.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Elysburg itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Erie to Elysburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Elysburg can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Elysburg

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Gettysburg

— 4 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.
Kids will enjoy Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. The adventure continues: trot along with a tour on horseback, make a trip to Devils Den, explore the different monuments and memorials at Gettysburg National Cemetery, and steep yourself in history at Little Round Top.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gettysburg itinerary planner.

You can drive from Elysburg to Gettysburg in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Gettysburg sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lancaster.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Lancaster

— 4 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hersheypark and Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. Change things up with these side-trips from Lancaster: Challenge Family Fun Center (in Hummelstown), Mid-Atlantic Air Museum (in Reading) and Hershey (Hershey Gardens & The Hershey Story Museum). Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Old Windmill Farm, contemplate the long history of The Amish Farm and House, browse the exhibits of Ephrata Cloister, and revel in the low prices at Tom Sturgis Pretzels Factory Store.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lancaster trip planning site.

Drive from Gettysburg to Lancaster in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. July in Lancaster sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Lancaster

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Philadelphia

— 8 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.
Attractions like Independence Hall and Longwood Gardens make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Philadelphia's surroundings by going to Valley Forge National Historical Park (in Valley Forge), Sesame Place (in Langhorne) and Baldwin's Book Barn (in West Chester). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, walk around Wissahickon Valley Park, appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, and don't miss a visit to Franklin Square.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia trip planner.

You can drive from Lancaster to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Lancaster in July since evenings lows in Philadelphia dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pennsylvania travel guide

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History Museums · Casinos · Specialty 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.