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

Philadelphia
Philadelphia
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
Lancaster
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Valley Forge
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
Philadelphia
— 1 night
Philadelphia

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Sightseeing Tours Inc., Independence National Historical Park, and other attractions. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market and explore and take pictures at Fairmount Water Works.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Philadelphia. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 63°F. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lancaster.

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Barnes Foundation ©
Barnes Foundation
Reading Terminal Market ©
Reading Terminal Market

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Amish Farm and House. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Wheatland Arms, see the interesting displays at Turkey Hill Experience, then experience rural life at The Amish Farm and House, and finally take an in-depth tour of Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Ephrata Cloister, experience rural life at Lapp Valley Farm, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

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You can take a train from Philadelphia to Lancaster in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Lancaster when traveling from Philadelphia in September, with lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Valley Forge.

Things to do in Lancaster

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Turkey Hill Experience, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Ephrata Cloister, Lapp Valley Farm
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The Amish Farm and House ©
The Amish Farm and House
Ephrata Cloister
Ephrata Cloister
Lapp Valley Farm ©
Lapp Valley Farm

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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. You've now added Valley Forge National Historical Park to your itinerary.

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Drive from Lancaster to Valley Forge in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Valley Forge can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Philadelphia.

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Valley Forge National Historical Park ©

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stroll through Franklin Square, admire the striking features of Independence Hall, then pause for some photo ops at Liberty Bell Center, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens.

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Drive from Valley Forge to Philadelphia in an hour. Traveling from Valley Forge in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Philadelphia, with lows of 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

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Franklin Square
Franklin Square
Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
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Liberty Bell Center

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