From Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, from the Liberty Bell to Hershey Park, Pennsylvania is a state that is steeped in history and packed with things to do and see. Nature lovers will enjoy kayaking on Lake Wallenpaupack or Raystown lake, exploring Allegheny National Forest, or gazing out at the panoramic views from the Presque Isle State Park lighthouse. History buffs will find no shortage of museums, memorials, and historical landmarks. No matter what you hope to see and experience on your Pennsylvania travels, BusBank is here to help you get the most out of your trip and to help you save on group travel costs. BusBank’s wide range of amenity-packed vehicles, world-class group transportation expertise, and customizable packages mean you don’t have to compromise your plans or your budget.
Stretching from Lake Erie to the Delaware River, Pennsylvania is one of the larger states in the Eastern US and includes two of the biggest cities in the region. Playing a central role in both the Revolutionary War and the American Civil War, home to the Liberty Bell and the nation’s first capital, Pennsylvania is a state where learning about the past happens up close. However, History is far from the only thing that attracts visitors to the state. From some of the most famous architecture and most recognizable works of art to endless shopping, amenities, and natural beauty, Pennsylvania has it all. Philadelphia draws in visitors from around the country and around the world to experience the city where old meets new – where they can walk in the footsteps of the founding fathers one minute, and sample cutting-edge cuisine, take in modern art, and enjoy a sporting event the next. A favorite start to any Philadelphia visit is the One Liberty Observation Deck. From here you can gaze out at sweeping views of the city and spot some of the landmarks you can visit on your trip. Pittsburgh, the second-largest city in the state, also offers a wide variety of things to do and see, from Fallingwater, a landmark architectural masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the National Aviary which is among the best bird sanctuaries in the country. If you want to survey Pittsburgh, look no further than Mount Washington, a charming neighborhood on a hill that affords you panoramic views of the Pittsburgh skyline. These two cities aren’t the only places in Pennsylvania that draw in visitors. Presque Isle State Park, Ricketts Glen, Cherry Springs, Pine Creek Gorge, and the massive Allegheny National Forest each attract visitors from all over to their natural splendor.
No first-time visit to Philadelphia is complete without walking the Philadelphia’s Historic Mile. The mile begins at the Independence Visitor Center where you can catch a free guided tour of Independence Hall. From here you can easily stroll to over 100 historical sites and attractions nearby. Since Philadelphia was once the nation’s capital before it was moved to Washington DC, it’s packed with history. The Liberty Bell Center, right down Market Street, is open daily to the public with no cost of admission. The President’s House, which served as the official residence of the United States President until The White House was completed in 1800, is home to rotating historical exhibits and is a must-see. Take a stroll down Elfreth’s Alley to feel like you’ve been whisked backward in time. This incredibly preserved historical street is the oldest continuously inhabited residential street in the country. History Buffs will also want to stop by the nearby National Museum of American Jewish History, The American Philosophical Society, The United States Mint, Edgar Allan Poe House, and Betsy Ross House. If you’re more interested in science, don’t miss the Science History Institute, Wagner Free Institute of Science, or The Franklin Institute. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a must-see destination, and not just because of the iconic stairs. If the extensive collections there aren’t enough, Philadelphia is home to the Barnes, the Rodin Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Woodmere Art Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, La Salle University Art Museum, and, if you can believe it, more. It’s safe to say that art enthusiasts will never be bored in Philadelphia.
Outdoor lovers should head to LOVE Park to snap a selfie with the iconic LOVE statue, the city’s biggest photo op, or just relax and people-watch. If you’re looking to really stretch your legs, head to Fairmount Park for over 270 miles of recreational trails. At night, check out Spruce Street Harbor Park to relax, grab a bite to eat, and watch as the park lights up with an impressive LED art installation. Don’t forget to check the city’s event schedule because chances are, there’s some sort of festival going on. Philadelphia is home to the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival, the American Whiskey Convention, the Bucks County Classic, the Doylestown Arts Festival, the Chester County Balloon Festival, Fringe Festival, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, and more! And, for live entertainment, there’s always something going on at places like The Met Philadelphia, The Mann Center, Theatre of Living Arts, and Franklin Music Hall.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s second-largest city, is just as packed with things to do and see as Philly. Cutting-edge galleries, exciting restaurants, and world-class museums abound. Visitors to the city often take to Mount Washington to enjoy sweeping vistas and photo opportunities over Pittsburgh. Be sure to ride the iconic Duquesne Incline funicular from South Side. Although Mount Washington isn’t just a place to snap a picture of the skyline and leave, it’s also a destination on its own. You won’t have to look far to find one of the local beloved restaurants like Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, Redbeards, LeMont, Kavsar, or The Summit. Visitors should also check out Grandview Park, The Point of View Statue, and Chatham Village.
Once you’ve scoped out the town, it’s time to get inspired at one of the city’s many museums and galleries. The Warhol Museum is a can’t-miss attraction located in the North Side. Not only is it the largest museum dedicated to a single artist in North America, but it is also a fascinating tribute to one of the most influential figures in modern American art. If the classics are more your style, the Carnegie Museum of Art is something you won’t want to miss. History buffs will want to head to make a quick stop in the Fort Pitt Museum for some local history, or head to the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall. Science lovers won’t be left behind either, and won’t want to miss impressive museums like the Carnegie Science Center or the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Some out-of-the-box attractions that nevertheless attract countless visitors include the Old Allegheny County Jail Museum, which, although completed in 1886, looks like a medieval castle. The McDonald’s Big Mac Museum is a McDonald’s restaurant like no other. Franchise fanatics flock from all over to dine at this unique McDonald’s in Jim Delligatti’s old stomping grounds. The Trundle Manor: House of Oddities looks innocent enough from outside, but is filled with a creepy collection of props, steampunk sculptures, horrific artifacts, and oddities of all sorts, perfect for haunted-house lovers, ghost chasers, and fans of the horror genre. On the other side of the spectrum, Pittsburgh’s Randyland, a living art space in Allegheny, is a house filled with bright colors and happiness. The takeaway here is that Pittsburgh has something for everyone!
With destinations like Gettysburg and Johnstown, Pennsylvania doesn’t just draw in visitors to its big cities. Charming small towns, nature escapes, and historical locations run the length of the state. Jim Thorpe, a small town in Lehigh Gorge, is nicknamed the “Switzerland of America.” This photogenic town right on the water is a place where you can experience both natural scenery and impressive architecture. Jim Thorpe is a popular retreat not just for nearby Philadelphia, New York City, or Scranton locals, but for visitors from all over. Johnstown serves a similar purpose for the western part of the state. Johnstown also attracts history buffs because of its major role as a steel town in the 19th century, and the Johnstown Flood Museum documents and memorializes the tragic 1889 flood. These days it has become a nice town for where people go (and often move) to escape the busy city.
Those interested in Civil War era history may think of Gettysburg when they think of Pennsylvania before even Philadelphia or Pittsburgh spring to mind. Located in Adams County in the central stretch of the state on the southern border, a trip to Gettysburg usually requires a whole day. If you’re lucky, you may even be in town to witness some of the live reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg that is put on every year. Either way, the Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg National Cemetery, and Eisenhower National Historic site offer visitors plenty to explore and much to learn.
Hershey, PA, the Chocolate Capital of the United States, draws in more tourists than almost anywhere else in the state. Thrill-seekers and chocolate-lovers flock to Hersheypark in huge numbers, but while Hersheypark may be the most popular destination in town, it’s far from the only thing on offer. Visitors also enjoy Hershey Gardens, the Antique Auto Museum, and ZooAmerica. Nearby Lancaster is another charming city in South Central Pennsylvania. This historical city, one of the oldest inland towns in the nation, feels like stepping into the past when you visit Old Windmill Farm for dinner at an authentic Amish kitchen, or take an authentic steam train ride on the Strasburg Rail Road, the oldest continuously operating railroad in the western hemisphere.
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