Pennsylvania, known as the Keystone state and also as the Quaker state, has 51 miles of coastline along Lake Erie and is the 33rd largest state in the union. Philadelphia is its largest city and is a major seaport on the Delaware River. Other major cities include Pittsburgh, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Erie and Harrisburg.
A strongly historic state, some of its major attractions are Longwood Gardens, a panoramic garden covering over a thousand acres in Kennett Square, Gettysburg National Park Cemetery, a world famous National Historic Site battlefield of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War located in Gettysburg, and PNC Park, rated one of the greatest major league baseball stadiums in the country.
Valley Forge National Historic Park in Valley Forge is where George Washington and his troops spent the gruesome winter of 1777-78. It is a national park where you can hike, bike, ride horses and enjoy the historical aspects of the site.
Knoebel’s Amusement Resort is a family run amusement park with an organ carousel in Elysburg where the idea is to reach for the brass ring. Falling Water is an historic house posed high above a gushing waterfall and was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. In Mills Run, it is fascinating to visit. Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia was formerly a prison and is now a museum and historic site hosting special events, such as Bastille Day.
A beautiful outdoor option is Rickett’s Glen State Park in Benton, home to numerous waterfalls and enchanting hiking trails. Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster is an unusually nice amusement park for small children with excellent food to enjoy.
In addition to these major attractions, Pennsylvania has eight national historic sites and parks of national significance and numerous state parks offering different levels of outdoor activities and historic enrichment. It also has seven professional sports teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL), the Philadelphia Phillies (MLB)and numerous others.
But no trip to Pennsylvania would be complete without a trip to Independence National Historic Park in Philadelphia. Here you can see the birth of our nation’s history where The Liberty Bell lives, the place where with Constitution and Declaration of Independence were signed and view copies of these documents. What could be more thrilling?