Pennsylvania Travel Guide
For three days in July, watch ragged “soldiers” fight the bloody Battle of Gettysburg— celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2012—with cannons and bayonets. On your way out, grab a commemorative coffee mug or baseball cap at the Civil War store.
The brilliant Frank Lloyd Wright designed his masterpiece to straddle a forest waterfall, and the resulting home, built as a bucolic escape for a Pittsburgh department store owner, where the river’s rush is always audible, has been an architectural icon ever since. Admission $20
Two-story design studio carrying everything from coffee-table books to club chairs.
Snack on homemade shoofly pie while shopping for souvenirs such as scented candles and old-fashioned candies.
Insider Clout:Loupassakis arranges tours of World War II sites for clients staying at Le Manoir du Quesnay, in Normandy, owned by the family of a French Resistance leader. Years as agent: 48. Other specialty: Italy, Caribbean, Hawaii, France.
Housed inside the Reading Terminal Market, this gourmet food and souvenir shop specializes in locally made sweets, snacks, and crafts, all of which are available individually and in elaborate gift baskets.
Although a lounge by name, Liberté—inside the Hotel Sofitel—serves more than cocktails. The all-day menu has an eclectic variety of international dishes with a distinct French influence. The Center City restaurant's interiors include wingback chairs, red tones, and soft lighting.
Brace Yourself: Opened in May 2008, the so-called “sweetest place on earth” just got edgier.
For three days in July, you can watch ragged “soldiers” fight the bloody battle with cannons and bayonets for the 146th time. one-day general admission tickets from $24, kids ages 6–12 half-price
Penn State runs its own creamery, and it operates its own popular ice cream parlor with 18 flavors on rotation including cherry chip and peanut butter marshmallow.
Cutting-edge women’s boutique that helped jumpstart Old City’s fashion renaissance.
Created in 1955 to keep post-war businesses from relocating, Pittsburgh's Mellon Square not only accomplished that, but continues to attract city dwellers and tourists with live concerts and performances.