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Pennsylvania Quick Facts
Uniquely Pennsylvania: Hershey, named after and created by Milton Hershey, founder of Hershey Chocolate
Must-See: Fallingwater, stunning home designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright
Most Unusual: Punxsutawney, the site of the yearly Groundhog Day prediction
Highest Point: Mount Davis, 3,213 feet
Food to Try: Pilly Cheesesteak and Shoofly Pie
What to Do in Pennsylvania:
1 Enjoy one of Philadelphia's famous cheese steak sandwiches
2 Explore the Rockville Bridge in Harrisburg, the longest stone arch bridge in the world
3 Experience American history at Independence National Historic Park
4 Relax during a stay in the beautiful Poconos
5 Celebrate Groundhog Day with Punxsutawney Phil in the "Weather Capital of the World"
Off the Beaten Path | Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is a state filled to the brim with exciting attractions. It is deeply rooted in the history of our country. There are fun family-friendly attractions, natural scenery and much more. The following attractions are only a few of the places you will want to see during a visit to Pennsylvania
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail
The Appalachian Trail is one adventure that every visitor to the east should experience. The Trail stretches from Mount Katahdin in Maine to Spring Mountain in Georgia, following the crests of the Appalachian Mountains. There is a large stretch of the Appalachian Trail that passes through Pennsylvania and it is worth some time to hike along this stretch. In general the Pennsylvania stretch of the trail is rocky and moderately difficult, excepting the southern part which has gentle grades and is fairly easy.
Fallingwater is a must see destination for any architecture buffs or art lovers. The house was designed by the famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Fallingwater is one of the most stunning examples of Wright's work. It exemplifies his ability to incorporate nature with architecture organically. Visitors to the house see it in its original state, with the original furniture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright as well as the original art and furnishings.
Hershey, Pennsylvania is a town where visitors can enjoy a complete chocolate experience. The town was founded by Milton Hershey, the same man that founded Hershey Chocolates. He originally built the town as a model town and community for the employees of his company. Visitors to Hershey can enjoy the amusement park, Hershey Park. Hershey also has pleasant resorts, golf courses and other amazing accommodations. Visitors can find The Hershey Story, which highlights the history of the man and the town, as well as Hershey Gardens and the Hershey Theatre.
Independence National Historic Park
Located in Old City Philadelphia, this 45 acre park is the home of the Liberty Bell as well as Independence Hall. Within this World Heritage Site you will be able to learn about the creation of both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution right in the same place. Franklin Court, also in the Historic Park is the site were Benjamin Franklin's home once stood. Visitors to Independence National Historic Park can enjoy all of this history and 18 other historic structures.
Lancaster Amish Country
Lancaster Amish Country is a truly unique destination within Pennsylvania. In this part of the country the Amish community speaks the very unique language of Pennsylvania Dutch, which is an exclusively Amish language. Visitors to the Amish community in Lancaster Country can tour the one-story schoolhouse where the Amish children have been educated for generations. In addition, you can walk across a 200 year old wood covered bridge.
Mount Washington and the Inclines
If you want to see Pittsburgh, the top of Mt. Washington is an excellent spot. Mount Washington was known as "Coal Hill," since it was originally a site for many coal mines. Mt. Washington stands above the city of Pittsburgh at 367 feet high, and visitors to the top of Mt. Washington can also see the three rivers. At night you can see a full panorama of Pittsburgh. The very best way to get to the top of Mt. Washington is to take one of the two inclines from the bottom. The two inclines are the Mon Incline, which travels from the Station Square shopping complex, and the Duquesne Incline, which still has its original wooden cable cars and its top station features photos and displays of the city's history.
The Pocono Mountains
The Poconos stretch across four counties and encompass 2,400 square miles of wilderness. Within these mountains there are many opportunities for recreation and viewing preserved natural beauty. Visitors to the Poconos will also find plenty of culture, from art galleries to naturalist museums and music festivals. If you want to combine mountain recreation with aquatic recreation you will find lakes, rivers and waterfalls within the Poconos.
Pennsylvania | Fun and Funky Things to Do
Pennsylvania is filled with amazing attractions. For visitors looking for the quirky, interesting and even strange attractions, the following certainly fit the bill.
Crayola Factory, Easton
Although this destination is not the actual manufacturing plant, it is a fun place to learn all about Crayola Crayons. The visitor center has all sorts of interactive and creative activities. Throughout the visitor center children and adults alike will find all sorts of fun realities and history of Crayola Crayons. Best of all, visitors can learn about how Crayola Crayons are made.
Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
Visiting a former penitentiary may not be the first place you consider visiting while on vacation, but a visit to Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia is different and interesting way to learn about local history. Eastern State Penitentiary opened in 1829 and closed in 1971 due to overcrowding. The penitentiary was re-opened as a tourist attraction, but it was kept in its current condition. Visitors can take guided tours or simply walk through to explore the exhibits and art installations at the penitentiary.
Crystal Cave Park, Kutztown
This cave was discovered in 1871, and it is an amazing underground natural wonder. Visitors to the cave can take tours of the cave, where they can see the calcium crystals and the formations created by water flowing down the walls of the cave. On the 125 acres of Crystal Cave Park, visitors can also enjoy the restaurant, miniature golf course and the sluice, where visitors can purchase some dirt and pour it down the sluice to discover gemstones, emeralds or fossils.
This Cabela's retail store isn't a regular Cabela's retail store. Within the 250,000 square foot location visitors will find some very interesting displays in addition to the usual outdoor merchandise. There are displays of animals, re-creations of natural habitats, aquariums and trophy animals.
Punxsutawney is the site of the famous yearly Groundhog's Day weather prediction. Visitors to Punxsutawney do not have to visit on February 2 to enjoy the fun of the local Groundhog's Day prediction. Visitors can see statues of Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, throughout the town. A visit to Gobbler's Knob, where Punxsutawney Phil makes his yearly weather forecast is also great fun. Of course, the best attraction is Punxsutawney Phil himself. He spends his year with other groundhogs in the Groundhog Zoo in their natural habitat.