Pennsylvania, another of the thirteen original colonies, is anchored by Philadelphia in the east and Pittsburgh in the west. These two large cities are in contrast to the smaller venues in between. The state is fairly rich in interesting and worthwhile tourist attractions, largely because of historical events and accomplishments.
Spend a lot of time in Philadelphia for it is rich in history and other attractions. Its Italian neighborhood, South Philly, was featured in the film, “Rocky” while its downtown contains a veritable treasure trove of Early American history.
Independence Hall was the place in which the Declaration was ratified and signed.
Benjamin Franklin was one of the city’s most famous residents and places associated with Ben abound in the city.
Philly’s City Hall is stately and prominent, with a statue of founder, William Penn, on top of its tower.
One of my favorite places in Philadelphia is the Reading Terminal Market, a kaleidoscope of tastes and aromas.
Just west of Philadelphia is Amish Country, an area of the state populated by these traditionalists who eschew electricity, automobiles, mirrors, and other symbols of progress. It is a fascinating region to explore.
One of the most hallowed pieces of ground in the US is located just west of Amish Country. The Gettysburg National Battlefield preserves and showcases the pivotal battle of the Civil War. A visit here is profound and moving.
On a lighter note, the city of Hershey lavishes the delights of chocolate on visitors.
South of Philadelphia is one of the nation’s most beautiful and extensive gardens. Longwood Gardens are pleasant and fragrant all year long.
Pennsylvania has numerous small towns which are well-kept and interesting. One of these is Bedford, near the Maryland state line, west of Gettysburg. The main square is quaint and charming.
Finally, the state has an architectural gem in Fallingwater, a private home designed by the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright..