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.
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.
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.