10 days in Philadelphia, Gettysburg & West Virginia Itinerary

10 days in Philadelphia, Gettysburg & West Virginia Itinerary

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— 4 nights
— 3 nights
Harpers Ferry
— 2 nights


Philadelphia — 4 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Longwood Gardens and Eastern State Penitentiary. There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Independence Hall, explore the world behind art at Barnes Foundation, steep yourself in history at Elfreth's Alley, and admire the striking features of City Hall Visitor Center.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Philadelphia trip maker.

Knoxville to Philadelphia is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Knoxville, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Philadelphia, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gettysburg.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games
Side Trips
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Gettysburg — 3 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 appreciate attractions like Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg National Cemetery. Step out of Gettysburg with an excursion to Hersheypark in Hershey--about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: get your game on at Victorian Photography Studio, see the interesting displays at Gettysburg Museum of History, contemplate the long history of Eisenhower National Historic Site, and deepen your understanding of the past and present with Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Gettysburg day trip planning site.

You can drive from Philadelphia to Gettysburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Harpers Ferry.
Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums
Side Trip
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Harpers Ferry — 2 nights

With a population of less than 300, Harpers Ferry is as quaint as they come.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Rocking S Ranch. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Harpers Ferry: Winchester (Handley Regional Library & Abram's Delight). There's still lots to do: take in the history at Antietam National Battlefield and look for gifts at True Treats Historic Candy.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Harpers Ferry online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Harpers Ferry takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Harpers Ferry can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips
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West Virginia travel guide

Historic Sites · State Parks · Zipline
The Mountain State
Located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain region, the aptly nicknamed "Mountain State" represents the highest state east of the Mississippi River with an average elevation of about 460 m (1,500 ft) above sea level. With an official motto of "Mountaineers are always free," West Virginia is home to a fiercely independent people, proud of their state's rich natural resources, physical beauty, and traditional culture. The state is often overlooked by tourists, and its major attractions retain an off-the-beaten-path character and exemplify a laid-back pace of life. West Virginians like to describe their part of the country as both wild and wonderful, a claim you can easily test on a holiday here by filling your itinerary with exploration of the state's green mountains, white-water rivers, and historical small towns.