8 days in Philadelphia, Lancaster & Valley Forge Itinerary

8 days in Philadelphia, Lancaster & Valley Forge Itinerary

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8 days in Philadelphia, Lancaster & Valley Forge Itinerary

Seattle
Fly:  7​h 15​min
Philadelphia
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Lancaster
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Valley Forge
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
Philadelphia
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
Seattle

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Italian Market, Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia Trolley Works, and other attractions you added. There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dilworth Park, admire the striking features of The Shops at Liberty Place, and steep yourself in history at Logan Circle.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Philadelphia vacation planner.

Seattle to Philadelphia is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Seattle to Philadelphia. In September, Philadelphia is somewhat warmer than Seattle - with highs of 80°F and lows of 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Lancaster.

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Philadelphia Zoo ©
Philadelphia Zoo
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation

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Lancaster

Lancaster ©
The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730.
For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lancaster online itinerary creator.

You can take a train from Philadelphia to Lancaster in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Philadelphia in September since evenings lows in Lancaster dip to 56°F. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Tue) before leaving for Valley Forge.

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Turkey Hill Experience, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
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The Amish Farm and House ©
The Amish Farm and House
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Turkey Hill Experience
Turkey Hill Experience

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Valley Forge

Valley Forge ©
The Village of Valley Forge is an unincorporated settlement located on the west side of Valley Forge National Historical Park at the confluence of Valley Creek and the Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Valley Forge travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Lancaster to Valley Forge in 1.5 hours. In September in Valley Forge, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Philadelphia.

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Valley Forge National Historical Park ©

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Washington Square Park as well as Independence Hall. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): make a trip to Franklin Square.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Philadelphia holiday planner.

Getting from Valley Forge to Philadelphia by car takes about an hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Valley Forge in September since evenings lows in Philadelphia dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

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Rodin Museum ©
Rodin Museum
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Franklin Square
Franklin Square

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