A holiday to Pennsylvania will see you enjoying rich history, vibrant culture, great food, fun and plenty of sports. With the famous Appalachian Mountain range running through the middle, it’s also a great place for an outdoors adventure. The capital city of Pennsylvania is Harrisburg, where you’ll find the number one family attraction, HersheyPark – a chocolate theme park (need we say more?). There’s also the fascinating National Civil War Museum and the State Museum of Pennsylvania. As the birthplace of liberty and American freedom, Philadelphia has plenty of important landmarks such as the iconic Liberty Bell, the historically rich Independence Hall and the architectural wonder of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

But it’s not just American history Philadelphia is famous for but movie moments too and you’ll recognise the steps up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art from the famous film, Rocky. You’ll see plenty of tourists recreating the famous montage, running up the stairs to the top for a perfect photo moment. In addition, Philadelphia has some incredible shops, bars, restaurants, culture and sparkling nightlife to enjoy while on your holiday to Pennsylvania. But don’t forget Pittsburgh! This quirky city has much to offer in sports, museums and attractions, one of its favourites being the incredible mountain-top district of Mount Washington, where you can catch spectacular panoramic views, dine at great restaurants or pick up some souvenirs.

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Pittsburgh is known for its huge love of sports and you will definitely want to catch a game here. Choose from the favourite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers American Football team, or the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team. If you’re off to watch a baseball game, don’t miss a walk over the bright yellow Roberto Clemente or ‘Sixth Street Bridge’, which is closed to traffic on game day and gives an extra buzz to the event.

On top of that you’ve got one of the country’s biggest bird aviaries to visit as well as top attractions like Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the vibrant district of The Strip where you can pick up sporting memorabilia and some fantastic food. Wherever you go in Penn State, there’ll be plenty of fascinating attractions, fun activities and vibrant culture to soak up.

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The state insect is the firefly and if you pick a good spot you can watch them glowing in the night’s sky – a perfect romantic activity.


Pennsylvania has the biggest Amish population in the world. You can see many Amish people driving their horse and carriages through the streets.


The South 9th Street Italian Market in Philadelphia has been running since the 1880s, making it America’s oldest outdoor market.


Pittsburgh was nicknamed ‘Steel City’ for its huge exports of steel which helped to build the Empire State Building and the Golden Gate Bridge.


America’s oldest golf course is in Clarion and is still running. Today several championships are held there.


There are three rivers running through Pittsburgh and a grand total of 446 bridges – that’s more than Venice in Italy!


Producing over a million pounds of mushrooms a year, Kennett Square is the mushroom capital of the world. There’s even an annual mushroom festival.


Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh has been named one of the eco-friendliest facilities in the world because it creates all of its own energy.


The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is the biggest Catholic church in Pennsylvania state.


Philadelphia’s Boathouse Row on the Schuylkill River is a beautiful area with ten 19th century boathouses to admire.

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