the history of Pennsylvania is writ large in the founding of America
as a nation.
Fought over by
the Dutch, Swedes and English from its earliest days, Pennsylvania was a leader
in helping to throw off British control during the American Revolution.
visitors can visit memorials to Revolutionary America at Valley
Forge where General George Washington rallied troops despite a spectacularly
bad winter, and at Independence
Hall in Philadelphia where both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S.
Constitution were created (while across the street proudly sits the Liberty
Bell that first summoned citizens to the reading of the Declaration.)
was also the scene of the largest battle ever waged during the American Civil
War at Gettysburg in 1863.
Top tourist attractions in Pennsylvania include Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in
the amusement park in Hershey (middle); and Amish Country in Lancaster (right).
Kid-friendly Pennsylvania - Philly, Pittsburgh & Pennsylvania Dutch Country
The two biggest
cities naturally have the biggest attractions for families, starting
with the Philadelphia
Zoo - the nation's first zoo and by far the city's top kid-friendliest
attraction - and then on to historical highlights beginning with
Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House, the Liberty Bell and
to Pennsylvania Dutch Country, don't miss the area's star attraction
at Hershey Park offering a sweet mix of amusement park rides, a water park, and
live entertainment scheduled every day throughout the summer season.
Especially with toddlers in tow, more fun awaits at Dutch
Wonderland featuring kiddy rides, live shows and strolling
DID YOU KNOW? Pennsylvania Travel Fun Facts
Peeps, born in Bethlehem, PA.
• Peeps are manufactured in Bethlehem at the Just Born Candy factory. Every December 31st, a giant peep is dropped over the city to ring in the New Year.
• The hit film "Groundhog Day" starring BIll Murray put Punxsutawney PA on the map for a new generation, but most location shooting actually took place in Woodstock, Illinois.
• In Bethlehem, The Moravian Book Shop is the oldest continuously operating bookshop in the world, founded in 1745.
More information about Pennsylvania travel & tourism around the Web:
visitPA.com - Along with practical travel tips, hotel & restaurant guides,
maps & pictures, check out the Road
Trips section for complete excursions & scenic drives
in selected areas, plus a complete directory of related links
Best of Pennsylvania Tourism - Trip Advisor - Check out the latest 'been there, done that' reviews from travelers covering popular hotels, restaurants and attractions in Philly, Pittsburgh, Lancaster, Hershey, and more.