Expansive views of Pittsburgh, its rivers and bridges and the Duquesne Incline
Family enjoying the sunset at Lake Wallenpaupack in the Pocono Mountains
Independence Hall in Philadelphia
Taking a break from a day of hiking on the Appalachian Trail at Hawk Rock Overlook
Floating down the lazy river at Hersheypark
Cycling around Gettysburg National Military Park
Kayaking on the Susquehanna River
Admiring paintings by the Old Masters at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia
Walking down a path among towering trees at Jacobsburg State Park in Nazareth
Fountains at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square
Delve into four centuries of American history
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness in PA
Just a short drive away is Philadelphia’s countryside, where visitors can experience artistic small towns like New Hope, history at Valley Forge where George Washington once encamped during the American Revolution and attractions like Longwood Gardens with acres upon acres of awe-inspiring flower gardens and water features. Philadelphia also offers a diverse mix of urban shopping districts and some of the nation’s largest retail centers, including King of Prussia Mall and the high-end shops of Rittenhouse Row.
The city of Pittsburgh may be famous for sports and its rivers, but it’s also a growing hub for green technology and culture. For art and history lovers, the world-renowned Carnegie museums and the Andy Warhol Museum are sure to impress, and the Duquesne Incline offers an incredible view of the skyline. Pittsburgh also has 89 distinct neighborhoods celebrating ethnic cultures from around the globe.
Just outside of Pittsburgh, gorgeous, four-season resorts can be found in the Laurel Highlands. The Great Allegheny Passage offers stunning trail passes for biking or hiking, and visitors can experience some of the best white-water activities in the eastern U.S. This region is also home to three Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces, all of which are open to the public.
Pennsylvania’s popular destinations of Gettysburg and Lancaster are filled with history and small-town charm. Gettysburg National Military Park provides a full range of group programs and battlefield tours that honor the significance of the Civil War’s most important battle: the Battle of Gettysburg. And nearby Lancaster may be known for its bucolic countryside and Amish heritage, but the historic city has also blossomed into a fine arts destination.
Guided tours of the state’s capitol building in Harrisburg explore its unique Pennsylvania history and architectural design. And known as the Sweetest Place on Earth®, Hershey is an iconic destination for families from all over the world. Visitors can go behind the scenes to learn how the famous chocolates are created on Hershey’s Great American Chocolate Tour, and Hersheypark offers a fun experience for all ages with its roller coasters, water rides and shows.
Home to millions of acres of unspoiled forests and mountains, as well as the largest free-roaming elk herd in the eastern United States, the Pennsylvania Wilds region is composed of 11 distinct and beautiful counties, each with its own heritage, character and outdoor adventure. This region is where visitors can find breathtaking views, miles of waterways, trails and plenty of wildlife. In between are lovely tucked-away towns that welcome visitors with a friendly smile.
Pennsylvania is home to outdoor recreation and historic sites, cultural attractions and natural beauty which are second to none.
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Every Groundhog Day, Pennsylvania looks to Punxsutawney Phil and his shadow to predict how much longer winter will be.
Pennsylvania’s 120-plus state parks, which are scattered across the state, all offer free admission.
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