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Pennsylvania Holidays

Birthplace of the declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, Pennsylvania holidays certainly come with a historic pedigree. This is one of the 13 original founding states of America. It’s where George Washington famously crossed the Delaware River during the American Revolutionary War and where the Battle of Gettysburg was fought in 1863. Where better to relive the history of the USA than in the state where the nation was born?

With its prime position between New York and the Great Lakes, Pennsylvania is the perfect choice for fly drive and escorted tours in the East Coast region. It’s also a richly diverse state offering everything from the rugged scenery of the Appalachian Mountains to the vibrant urban jungles of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Linking these attractions are some stunning scenic byways with bucolic names like Brandywine Valley and Gateway to the Endless Mountains. Take the Lebanon Cornwall Scenic Byway and you’ll drive through the rolling rural scenery of Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

Outdoor adventurers will love the varied activities available on Pennsylvania holidays. Lace up your boots and take a hike through the Allegheny State Forest or up to Pine Creek Gorge. Choose from around 700 golf courses or 23 ski areas in the winter months. Or, if water based sports are more your thing, how about white water rafting in the striking scenery of the Ponocos or fishing in one of the state’s abundant rivers and lakes?

Back in the city, you can indulge yourself in endless retail therapy in the birthplace of the factory outlet, enjoy thriving music, performance and art scenes in Philly, Pittsburgh and state capital Harrisburg, take a factory tour courtesy of such famous manufacturers as Harley Davidson, Hershey’s Chocolate and Crayola. There are also over 80 breweries to visit. It’s possible that on holidays to historic Pennsylvania, you may just lose track of time.

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The City of Brotherly Love

Pennsylvania’s largest city is a beguiling mix of colonial architecture, historic monuments, gleaming skyscrapers and street art. Visit the Independence National Historic Park, ‘America’s most historic square mile’, or take a wander around one of many impressive art collections, like those at the Rodin Museum, Barnes Foundation and Museum of Art.


Historic Places

History is everywhere on Pennsylvania holidays. Learn about the struggle for independence at the Valley Forge Revolutionary War Site, see where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed at the National Historic Park in Philadelphia, ride the Strasburg Rail Road through the Amish country of Lancaster and visit the site of the Battle of Gettysburg, a major turning point in the American Civil War.


Boutique Breweries

As well as being home to the USA’s oldest brewery, Yuengling, which is sold everywhere throughout the state, Pennsylvania is also well known for its craft breweries, many of which are open for tours (and tastings). Favourites to try include Yards, Sly Fox, Victory, Lancaster, Troegs, Philadelphia Brewing Company and Stoudts.


Erie and the Lake

One of America’s most famous lakes, Erie has a stunning stretch along the Pennsylvania state border. Come to Erie for beaches, water sports, fishing and some great urban attractions too. Presque Isle State Park is a not only a popular resort destination but also produces the third largest quantity of wine in the United States. Cheers!


Stop For A Snack

There’s a theory that Pennsylvania is the snack food capital of the world, which is supported by the fact that it manufactures more crisps and pretzels than any other state in the country. If you tend to get peckish, this is the place to be, whether you’re searching out the best Philly Cheesesteak sandwich in Reading Terminal Market, after a sugar fix in Hershey or tempted by something more traditional with a Pennsylvania Dutch treat at a farmer’s market in Lancaster County.

Twin Centre Holiday: Philadelphia & Atlantic City

Philadelphia – Atlantic City

Combine two great East Coast destinations on a twin centre holiday with this suggested itinerary. Fly into Philadelphia and discover a city that seamlessly blends old and new, where gleaming skyscrapers sit side-by-side with iconic sites from America's past.

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Fly Drive Holiday: Colonial America

Washington DC – Gettysburg – Shenandoah National Park – Colonial Williamsburg – Virginia Beach – Baltimore – Philadelphia

Combine history, culture and natural wonders on a fly drive holiday that takes you from America’s capital city through Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland to Philadelphia, where the US Declaration of Independence was signed. Along the way, you will see historic battlefields from the Civil and Revolutionary Wars, drive through the majestic scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains and even have the opportunity to relax on the longest pleasure beach in the world.

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Escorted Tour: Great Eastern Cities

New York – Niagara Falls – Amish Country – Washington DC – Philadelphia

Starting in New York, discover the bright lights and towering skyscrapers of this much loved city, before heading to the awe-inspiring natural wonders of Niagara Falls, located on the border with Canada. Head back inland and get a glimpse back in time with a visit to the Gettysburg battleground, a site which helped shape America’s history, before seeing the capital city itself, Washington DC. Your last stop is in Philadelphia, the original birthplace of this great nation and also home to the delicious Philly Cheesesteak.

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Time Difference:
GMT - 5 hours

Closest Airport:
Philadelphia International Airport (approx. 8 hours, direct flight). Pittsburgh International Airport (approx. 12 hours, indirect flight).

Getting around:
It’s easy to get around Pennsylvania’s urban areas using public transport but the best way of seeing the state is to hire a car. Car hire is available from £21 per day. Alternatively, the historic 30th Street Amtrak Station in Philadelphia serves Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, plus plenty of smaller destinations in-between.

Insider Tip:
To see the ‘real’ Pennsylvania Dutch country, follow the series of back roads meandering their way through rural countryside between Strasburg and Intercourse.

You’re going to need an ESTA:
For anyone travelling to the USA, the US authorities have imposed a requirement for passengers travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), to register for Electronic Travel Authority. Just fill in the online application form which you can find at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. You will need to apply for entry via ESTA at least a minimum of 72 hours prior to travel.

 

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