Pennsylvania Holidays

Pennsylvania is home to outdoor recreation and historic sites, cultural attractions and natural beauty which are second to none.
History is what makes visiting Pennsylvania a unique experience. This nation was born in Philadelphia, saved at Gettysburg and ushered in the Industrial Revolution in cities of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Scranton, Allentown, Erie, and York to name a few. It was on Pennsylvania soil that the South seceded to the North, spelling out a tale of American history. In the shadow of the Civil War, Pennsylvania emerged with a strong and robust economy, its industries catapulting the Commonwealth into a manufacturing leader.

Your Pennsylvania holiday tour begins with one of the nation’s most historic cities and birthplace of America. Philadelphia is home to Independence Hall, the famous Liberty Bell and the National Constitution Centre. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest art museums in the United States, and at the Reading Terminal Market, visitors can choose from homemade specialties, fresh produce and many ethnic restaurants at one of the largest of its kind.
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 centres, 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 neighbourhoods 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 honour 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 Hershey Park 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 breath taking views, miles of waterways, trails and plenty of wildlife. In between are lovely tucked-away towns that welcome visitors with a friendly smile.

Pennsylvania Tourist Attractions

• Independence National Park & the Liberty Bell

• Hershey Park

• Gettysburg National Military Park

• Philadelphia Museum of Art

• Strasburg

• Intercourse

• Eastern State Penitentiary

• Presque Isle State Park

• Valley Forge National Historic Park

• Kinzua Sky Walk

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