If you’re looking for the perfect destination for your next family vacation or weekend getaway, why not visit the second oldest state in the United States? Pennsylvania offers something for everyone with food, shopping, the wonders of nature and lots of history. From viewing the Liberty Bell to taking a buggy ride through Amish country, here are four amazing spots that you won’t want to miss on your next trip to the Keystone State.
As the site where both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed, it’s no surprise that Philadelphia is one of the most visited cities in the country. Ben Franklin’s hometown isn’t stuck in the past though. You’ll find notable museums, sports teams to cheer and a lively restaurant scene in the City of Brotherly Love. Don’t forget to order an authentic Philly cheesesteak or two.
With a mix of romantic honeymoon culture and adrenaline-fueled activities, the Pocono Mountains have been a popular destination for families and couples for decades. Stay at Mountain Airy, a casino, spa and resort with entertainment where you can experience live performances from big name acts every evening and spend your days relaxing, dining or playing golf. You can also enjoy hiking, whitewater rafting and skiing or check out kid-friendly outdoor activities like waterparks and adventure courses.
The site of Lincoln’s famous address is a must-see with numerous historical attractions. Visit the Eisenhower National Historic site, Jennie Wade House and the Gettysburg National Military Park, which commemorates the Civil War’s bloodiest battle. The charming small town of Gettysburg also offers plenty of mom and pop shops, cozy farm-to-table restaurants and the picturesque Sachs Covered Bridge.
What’s a visit to Pennsylvania without a stop in Amish country? Learn about Amish life at the Amish Experience and the Amish Farm and House, enjoy a buggy ride through the countryside or shop for artisan delights at one of Lancaster’s impressive farmers markets. Lancaster is also home to the family-friendly Dutch Wonderland amusement park, which features more than 35 fun rides including many tailored to younger children.
You can find large cities, small towns, historic sites, foodie spots and sports hubs in Pennsylvania, but one of the best things about the Keystone State is that it experiences the full beauty of all four seasons. From spring blooms to autumn leaves and winter ski trips, choose your favorite season to visit or come back again and enjoy them all.
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Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.
Site updated on 12. January 2021