Why Pennsylvania Should be Top of Your Next Vacation List

You might not previously have considered visiting Pennsylvania, US, but this overlooked state has a lot to offer. Incredibly easy to access if you are vacationing in another part of the US, thanks to cheap flights from JetBlue and Southwestern Airlines, this state will cater for keen nature lovers and hikers, culture vultures and even foodie city slickers alike. Previously overlooked, partly as it is so close to more popular destination New York, and green and leafy Vermont, Pennsylvania should remain at the top of your vacation list if you want to truly get a taste of the authentic US.

A must for nature lovers

If you are looking to kick back and take a break from the great outdoors, then this state will not disappoint. It might not usually top the must-visit natural wonders of the US, but Pennsylvania is home to some hidden treasures and truly unique destinations that remain a must-see. Head to the beautiful banks of Lake Erie in the summer months, to enjoy a picnic and some once in a lifetime of photo opportunities. While hikers should head to Delaware Water Gap and the surroundings of Jim Thorpe to explore the trails and stunning scenery that Pennsylvania is home to. If you are planning a visit to Pittsburgh, the Great Allegheny Passage is a stunning backdrop against which you can cycle, hike and even enjoy some of the best white-water rafting in the east of the US. So, if you are a self-confessed nature lover then what better excuse do you need to pack your bag and head to Pennsylvania?

Decades of history

Pennsylvania is a state that is home to decades of US history too. The town of Gettysburg is home to a wealth of historic sites, after being the site of a bloody Civil war in 1863. Take a trip to the Gettysburg National Military Park, home to 40 miles of trails and around 1,000 historical artifacts. The bustling nearby small town of Lancaster has fast become famous for its fine arts, restaurants, and boutiques, not to mention you will still find the Amish community getting along with their daily life at a slightly slower pace. Back in bustling Philadelphia, you will find the Liberty Bell and National Constitution Center, ideal if you are trying to teach the family a bit more US history. Pennsylvania is a must-see state if you are keen to plan a trip that has the perfect balance of history and culture.

Chocolate lovers

Did you know that Pennsylvania is home to the town of Hershey, famed for its much-loved chocolate? One-time chocolate magnate Milton S. Hershey dreamed up the iconic recipe here, and the rest, as they say, is history. Start by taking a trip to the Hershey’s Chocolate World, where a chocolate cart will transport you around the factory on an interactive tour. At the end of your experience, you will even have an opportunity to taste as much chocolate as you like – and you can make your own chocolate bar too, the ideal souvenir.

A must for foodies

Pennsylvania has a rich and varied cultural heritage that is reflected in its food. You can expect to enjoy a variety of dishes that celebrate both Dutch and US ties. Serious foodies should get stuck into the iconic Philly cheese steak sandwich or a deliciously salted pretzel, that you can pick up on the corner of larger cities. If you have a sweet tooth, then tuck into a portion of Shoofly pie, made of brown sugar and molasses that will seriously hit the spot. Pennsylvania is also known for its mushroom and apple production, and you will be able to pick up a variety of fresh produce at the numerous farmer’s markets held around the state. So if you are a serious foodie, then be sure to plan a trip to Pennsylvania.

Bustling Pittsburgh

Often overlooked, due to nearby Philadelphia, be sure to stop a few days in Pittsburgh if you truly want to experience authentic Pennsylvania. This town might have famously been disowned by artist Andy Warhol, but you can still see some of the famous soup cans and pop art at the Frick Art and Historical Center, alongside other nineteenth-century works. Pittsburgh is also home to the Heinz food empire, and you can find out more by visiting the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh History Center where immigration is celebrated alongside the growth of this iconic city. Sports fans will be pleased to find out that Pittsburgh is home to Superbowl NFL six-time champions the Steelers and ice hockey champions the Penguins. While, if you are looking for an activity that is exciting, challenging and even fun then make sure to include Pittsburgh Escape Room on your vacation list. You will enjoy wandering around the colorful and dynamic neighborhoods of Polish Hill and Oakland, as you explore this must-see town.

If you are planning your next vacation, then be sure to include Pennsylvania on your list. Home to bustling towns, decades of history and cultural ties, this is one US state that will delight and enchant at the same time. Head to the small town of Lancaster and Gettysburg to find out more about key historical events and meet the Amish at the same time. While chocolate lovers should visit the town of Hershey to eat their fill of this delicious stateside treat. If you are a serious foodie, then make sure that you try a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich and a slice of Shoofly pie during your vacation. Not to mention, a trip to the bustling and dynamic Pittsburgh will surprise and awaken your senses. Finally, you can kick back and explore the trails, white water rafting and biking opportunities that this state has to offer, from the banks of Lake Erie to the Great Allegheny Passage. So do you need any more incentive to visit Pennsylvania? Get your bags packed and enjoy one of the US more hidden wonders, ideal for you and your entire family.

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