Road trips are fun, but one of the most expensive parts is paying for gas. So how far can you get one one tank of gas, exactly? Based on an informal poll, most cars can average about 300 miles on one tank of gas. This road trip will take you from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh (or vice versa, depending on your preference) and is 365 miles long. This should be achievable on one tank of gas, or just over a tank. The trip is about eight hours total driving time, so you may want to split it over one weekend.
Here is the road trip plotted on Google Maps, so that you may follow the directions or adjust them to fit your own preferences!
1. Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
One of Pennsylvania's most astonishing artistic installations is located on South Street. Begin your trip by admiring the gorgeous mosaics and cryptic tiles that cover this gorgeous Philadelphia home turned museum.
2. King of Prussia Mall
Why not stop at the second largest mall in the country? King of Prussia is so big, that chances are it has two of any store you'd wish to visit. Stock up on apparel and grab some gelato while you're at it.
Lititz is time and again touted as one of the best small towns in the state, and so it is well worth a stop. Take a tour of the pretzel factory; go antiquing; or grab a delicious lunch at Tomato Pie Cafe or the Appalachian Brewing Company of Lititz.
4. Hershey Park
Right in the middle of our road trip is one of Pennsylvania's most premiere tourist spots: Hershey Park. Take a tour of the chocolate factory, or ride some roller coasters at the amusement park. Wheee!
5. The State Capitol Complex in Harrisburg
Engage in some state pride in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's capitol. The capitol complex is not only the seat of our state government, but also an architecturally fascinating stop to visit. Take a tour and learn some of its secrets.
6. Tuscarora State Forest
Tuscarora is just one of Pennsylvania's many gorgeous state forests. At about 96,000 acres, Tuscarora State Forest has many trails of varying difficulty levels for you to hike. Be sure to look out for golden eagles while you're hiking along its mountainous ridges— they are often spotted here.
7. Coral Caverns in Manns Choice
This may be hard to believe, but Pennsylvania was once covered by the ocean. Coral Caverns is right along your way, and is home to the only fossilized coral reef found on dry land in the country. Have fun identifying the various sea creatures that have been preserved for thousands of years in its walls.
In 1965, a mysterious incident occurred in Kecksburg: an unidentified object, about the size of a Volkswagen Beetle crashed into the town's woods. It was quickly removed by military vehicles and to this day, no conclusive statement has been released to explain the bizarre crash landing. Many believe that it was a UFO, and the incident is commemorated by this statue and an annual alien festival in Kecksburg.
9. Phipp's Conservatory in Pittsburgh
Finally, our closing city: Pittsburgh. You've come far, good job! Make a stop at Phipp's Conversatory. The plants and carefully constructed environments in each room will relax you after your long drive.
10. The Duquesne Incline in Pittsburgh
By dusk, Pittsburgh will look gorgeous when viewed from the Duquesne Incline, one of the most fundamental stops for any tourist in this city. The view from Mount Washington is just incredible.
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