8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

8 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Pennsylvania travel planner

Make it your trip
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Philadelphia
— 3 nights
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Gettysburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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State College
— 1 night
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Pittsburgh
— 1 night
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Independence Hall and Valley Forge National Historical Park. You'll explore and learn at Philadelphia Museum of Art and Eastern State Penitentiary. Get out of town with these interesting Philadelphia side-trips: Mennonite Heritage Center (in Harleysville), The Mill at Anselma (in Chester Springs) and French Creek Heritage Trail (in Phoenixville). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, see the interesting displays at Benjamin Franklin Museum, hike along Schuylkill River Trail, and don't miss a visit to Liberty Bell Center.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Philadelphia trip itinerary planner.

Fort Lauderdale to Philadelphia is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 72°F in Philadelphia. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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 14th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery, witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, then steep yourself in history at Dobbin House Tavern, then explore the galleries of Shriver House Museum, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the history at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, then explore the striking landscape at Devils Den, and then steep yourself in history at Little Round Top.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Gettysburg visit planner.

You can drive from Philadelphia to Gettysburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Gettysburg, with lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to State College.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

State College

— 1 night
State College is a home rule municipality in Centre County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, then identify plant and animal life at Penn's Cave & Wildlife Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the State College route maker website.

Drive from Gettysburg to State College in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in State College are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in State College

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.
On the 17th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, gain insight at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Washington.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read Pittsburgh trip planner.

Traveling by car from State College to Pittsburgh takes 2.5 hours. July in Pittsburgh sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Pennsylvania travel guide

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Casinos · Specialty Museums · History 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.