One of the most populous states in the United States, Pennsylvania lies in the far east of the country along the shores of Lake Erie. It was founded in 1681 and named after the Royal Navy officer, William Penn. Running through the centre of the state are the ruggedly beautiful Appalachian Mountains while the vibrant cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh lie at opposite ends.
Things to do in Pennsylvania
With its rich military and chocolate-making history, Pennsylvania offers something for all tastes.
Sightsee in Philadelphia. Not only is Philadelphia the largest city in Pennsylvania, but it’s synonymous with the American Revolution. See where the Declaration of Independence was signed and admire the Liberty Bell before reliving “Rocky” on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Hidden beneath a 19th-century railway station is the Reading Terminal Market, where you can feast on global dishes and iconic Philly cheesesteaks.
Enjoy the rides and attractions of Hersheypark. In 1894, Milton S. Hersey established a chocolate company in Pennsylvania and used his fortune to build the world’s most famous chocolate-themed amusement park. Hersheypark is home to more than 70 rides and attractions, plus ZooAmerica, which provides a habitat for black bears, Canadian lynx and roadrunners. Don’t miss the Hershey Story museum and the factory-themed tour ride at Hershey’s Chocolate World.
Visit the Gettysburg National Military Park. One of the American Civil War’s bloodiest battles was fought in Gettysburg in 1863 and the site is now preserved within the Gettysburg National Military Park. In addition to an engaging museum filled with military artefacts, there’s a huge cyclorama painting that depicts the legendary Confederate assault. Guided tours of the battlefields offer a fascinating insight into the events that took place here.
Getting around Pennsylvania
Philadelphia International Airport is the main aviation gateway to Pennsylvania and has flights to destinations across the globe. Long-distance trains connect to major towns and cities throughout the state while buses serve destinations not on the rail network. Renting a car is the most convenient way of getting around Pennsylvania.