Pennsylvania Travel Guide
From characteristic must-see attractions to local hot spots, you won’t be left wondering what to do in Pennsylvania. There’s plenty to do whether you’re there for a romantic weekend getaway or a family trip. Sports fans will especially appreciate the state. There are plenty of passionate fans of hometown favorites like the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates (baseball), the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers (football), and the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins (hockey). Seeing one of their games or matches is one of the more popular things to do in Pennsylvania.
Hershey Park is a great choice for families. The theme park offers more than 50 rides and attractions for kids of all ages, even the Hersey’s miniatures. Whether it’s the Comet Coaster, Old Tyme Photo Shop or boardwalk, there’s something everyone will enjoy. Aaron and Jessica’s Amish Buggy Rides is a local favorite in Lancaster. The tour takes you through covered bridges of the Dutch-German countryside and a visit through working, non-commercial farms.
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.
Climb through “Nature’s Castles,” three large-scale treehouses designed to bring back your childhood memories and built among (although not attached to) large tulip poplars at Longwood Gardens, eight miles north in Kennett Square.
Next door to the Country Pie Shoppe, this old-fashioned space stocks penny candy, fudge, and handmade wooden toys.
Hauled by steam locomotives, this 45-minute train loops through a pastoral strip of Lancaster County, from Strasburg to Leaman Place Junction and back. Working farms, many of them Amish, make up the bulk of the scenery.
At the Crayola Factory, where crayons have been made since 1903, revisit retired colors (raw umber, we hardly knew you), and take home a four-color souvenir box made before your eyes.
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Located between Chestnut and Walnut Streets, this family-run gelato shop uses hormone-free milk from grass-fed cows to make its chilled Italian dessert, which has about half the fat of ice cream.
Because of PNC Park’s orientation on the banks of the Allegheny River, most fans enjoy a sweeping panorama of Roberto Clemente Bridge.
Spend a morning squeezing the tomatoes at the oldest outdoor food market in the country.
A more casual sister restaurant to next-door Fork Bistro, this Old City café is part sit-down dining, with the few tables overlooking Market Street, and part carry-out counter. The food at both components focuses on artisanal and health-conscious choices.
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Chaddsford Winery, which produces 30,000 cases a year of tannin-rich reds and whites, is co-owned by a husband-and-wife team, who turned a 17th-century barn into a small premium operation in 1982.
The enshrinement of the mother of all Civil War sites also encompasses a restored Civil War–era house, where Honest Abe stayed. Its $103 million Visitors Center opened in 2008.