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Philadelphia to Niagara Falls via Pittsburgh

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Philadelphia to Niagara Falls road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Philadelphia to Niagara Falls. If you're planning a road trip to Niagara Falls, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Philadelphia
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:26 am  Lancaster (Pennsylvania)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:26 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

2:48 pm  Breezewood
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:48 pm
drive for about 2 hours

5:53 pm  Pittsburgh
eat at Primanti Brothers
stay overnight at Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel
drive for about 2 hours

11:58 am  Erie
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:58 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:40 pm  Buffalo
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:40 pm
drive for about 31 minutes

4:11 pm  arrive in Niagara Falls

day 2 driving ≈ 4 hours

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Philadelphia to Niagara Falls questions

profile  H.n. from Tel Aviv asked:
where to stop on the way  (1 answer)


Where should I stop along the way?

Lancaster (Pennsylvania)  (16 answers)

Breezewood  (2 answers)

Pittsburgh  (50 answers)
    Andy Warhol Museum  (9 mentions)
    Carnegie Museum of Natural History  (8 mentions)
    National Aviary  (6 mentions)
    Carnegie Museum of Art  (6 mentions)
    Phipps Conservatory  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Pittsburgh:
        Primanti Brothers
        Primanti Bros.
    hotels around Pittsburgh:
        Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel
    questions about Pittsburgh:
        First timer to Pittsburgh, what should I explore?
        First time to Pittsburgh, what are things a first time visitor has to do?
        Parking spots for a 45' motorcoach in or near downtown Pittsburgh
        Pittsburgh on a budget?
        Trendy neighborhoods in Pittsburgh?

Erie  (2 answers)

Buffalo  (26 answers)
    restaurants around Buffalo:
        Anchor Bar
    questions about Buffalo:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Buffalo (New York)?
        What to see other than the falls


What are some things to do in Niagara Falls?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Niagara Falls  (18 mentions)
Maid of the Mist  (5 mentions)
Skylon Tower  (4 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Niagara Falls. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Julie from asked:
best place  (3 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Niagara Falls?  (2 answers)

profile  Angie from Champaign asked:
Can we take food across the US/Canada border on our road trip to Niagara Falls?  (2 answers)

profile  Jessie from asked:
where to stay one night  (1 answer)

profile  Emily from Pennsylvania asked:
Best and most affordable hotel with bar and hot tub?  (1 answer)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Niagara Falls to Philadelphia drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Philadelphia to Niagara Falls. Or get a full Philadelphia to Niagara Falls flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend.

And if you know Philadelphia well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Philadelphia!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 552 miles
driving time of 8 hours, 34 minutes
122 Philadelphia travel answers
16 Lancaster (Pennsylvania) travel answers
2 Breezewood travel answers
50 Pittsburgh travel answers
2 Erie travel answers
26 Buffalo travel answers
65 Niagara Falls travel answers





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