Pennsylvania

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.

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

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.

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.

Rent a mountain, recumbent, tandem, or surrey.

The Andy Warhol Museum honors local-boy-makes-good with more than 12,000 works of art covering seven stories.

stanbul native Eugenie Perret, the owner of this contemporary three-story gallery situated in the heart of Old City, and her partner, Michael Schmick, have capitalized on Philadelphia’s recent design renaissance and turned their shop into a meeting space for the city’s creative set.

The walk-through, pulsing model of the human heart at this well-heeled science emporium is macabre enough to enchant children. Other exhibits include a replica space research station and a working steam locomotive.

Tad Carducci and Paul Tanguay designed the menu at APO (known to locals as Apothecary). Drinks in the “Elixirs” section have tongue-in-cheek names like Tippling Bros. Magical Pain Extractor (made with mint, rosemary, cayenne extract and Sicilian amaro).

Shadowy second-floor cloister

Though the ladies behind this Center City gift and housewares shop may be better known for their popular Philly restaurants (which include Lolita, Barbuzzo, and Grocery), Open House was actually their first joint venture.

Pie is a Pennsylvania specialty; grab a slice of home-backed Dutch apple at the Country Pie Shoppe in Donegal. Your taste buds will thank you.