31 days in Pennsylvania Itinerary

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Pittsburgh
— 5 nights
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Erie
— 5 nights
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Gettysburg
— 5 nights
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Lancaster
— 5 nights
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Allentown
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Philadelphia
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Pittsburgh — 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bicycle Heaven and Point State Park. Kids will enjoy Ohiopyle State Park and Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. Change things up with these side-trips from Pittsburgh: Kentuck Knob (in Chalk Hill), Fallingwater (in Mill Run) and Living Treasures Animal Park (in Jones Mills). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Frick Art and Historical Center, brush up on your military savvy at Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, stop by Strip District, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cucumber Falls.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Pittsburgh journey website.

Boston to Pittsburgh is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July in Pittsburgh, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Erie.
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Erie — 5 nights

Flagship City

Erie boasts a state park, casino, and racetrack all with the name Presque Isle.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kinzua Bridge State Park and Waldameer & Water World. Kids will enjoy Erie Zoo and Erie Maritime Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Erie: Linesville Spillway (in Linesville), Pymatuning State Park (in Jamestown) and Zippo / Case Museum & Flagship Store (in Bradford). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Port Erie Bicentennial Tower, stroll around Tom Ridge Environmental Center, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, and visit a coastal fixture at Presque Isle Lighthouse.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Erie online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Pittsburgh to Erie takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Erie, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Gettysburg.
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Gettysburg — 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gettysburg National Military Park and Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center. Visit Shriver House Museum and Gettysburg National Cemetery for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gettysburg: United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) (in Carlisle), Codorus State Park (in Hanover) and Lincoln Caverns (in Huntingdon). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Gettysburg Heritage Center, appreciate the history behind Monument to Brigadier General Gouverneur Kemble Warren, examine the collection at Rupp House, and explore the striking landscape at Devils Den.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Gettysburg vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Erie to Gettysburg in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lancaster.
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Lancaster — 5 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 Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and Indian Echo Caverns. Head to The Old Country Store and Bird in Hand Farmers Marketfor some retail therapy. Explore Lancaster's surroundings by going to Harrisburg (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Capitol Complex & National Civil War Museum), Wolf Sanctuary of PA (in Lititz) and AACA Museum, Inc. (in Hershey). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Ephrata Cloister, get engrossed in the history at The Amish Village, see the interesting displays at Choo Choo Barn, and take a stroll through Amish Country.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lancaster trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Lancaster takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Lancaster are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Allentown.
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Allentown — 4 nights

Allentown is a city located in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dingmans Falls and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Asa Packer Mansion and The Soldiers Sailors Monument are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Hickory Run State Park (in White Haven), No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum (in Lansford) and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (in Kempton). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Roadside America, appreciate the history behind Centre Square, admire the striking features of Grey Towers National Historic Site, and experience rural life at George Schmidt Berry Farm.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Allentown trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Lancaster to Allentown takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Allentown sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia — 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Valley Forge National Historical Park and Museum of the American Revolution. Popular historic sites such as Independence Mall and Independence Hall are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Brandywine River Museum of Art (in Chadds Ford), Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square) and Washington Memorial Chapel (in Valley Forge). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at National Constitution Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, see the interesting displays at Benjamin Franklin Museum, and gain insight at Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Allentown to Philadelphia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Allentown in July since evenings lows in Philadelphia dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to 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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