Pennsylvania Travel Guide

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Pennsylvania's history is as old as the nation that it is a part of. It has gone under a variety of nicknames over the years, such as “The Keystone State” in regards to its importance as not only a central location for the original 13 colonies of the United States, but also for the number of documents that have been signed in the state of the founding of the country, such as the Declaration of Independence. In addition, cities like Philadelphia date back to the Revolutionary War. The state is also known as “The Quaker State” in regards to its title during colonial times as The Quaker Province, when William Penn signed the Constitution for the state. Home to a long line of industrial and American history, the state is worth visiting simply for the historical values alone.

However, Pennsylvania cannot be summed up by only the historical references that the state has. There are mountains, forests, farmlands, and 121 state parks throughout the state. And along with Philadelphia, known for its history and its world-famous Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches, Pittsburgh hosts the Andy Warhal Museum and the Carnegie Museum. The combination of natural beauty and places like Gettysburg and Valley Forge make Pennsylvania one of the most visit-worthy states in the entire nation.

With shorelines along Lake Erie and a major seaport on the Atlantic Ocean, and plenty of mountains, farmlands, and forests in between, Pennsylvania is a state of extremes from one side to the other. Regardless of what time of year you decide to visit you can bear witness to a variety of sights and sounds, experience some of the most majestic scenery in the nation, and take a trip back in time with Amish communities and plenty of Quaker references in their lifestyle. There is more here than can be experienced in just one trip, so be prepared to take several to see it all.

Philadelphia #1 most popular location
In many minds, Philadelphia comes across as little more than a historical day trip for residents of New York City and their children. Where could be more traditionally relevant than the sight…
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Pittsburgh #2 most popular location
The bizarre layout of Pittsburgh – divided by the confluence of two rivers to form the Ohio River and split into a selection of neighborhoods that squash in between the water – makes for …
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Harrisburg #3 most popular location
Harrisburg is the capital of Pennsylvania, and with a population of 650,000+, it is the fourth largest city in Pennsylvania. It is located on the banks of the Susquehanna river, a little ove…
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Gettysburg #4 most popular location
Gettysburg, PA was the site of the culmination and decisive point of the American Civil War. This historic town is the location where the Civil War changed momentum from the Confederacy to t…
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Lancaster #5 most popular location
Lancaster has a population around 55,000 and is the 8th largest city in Pennsylvania and the 101st largest metropolitan area in the US. Lancaster was once the capital of Pennsylvania before t…
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Erie #6 most popular location
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Hershey #7 most popular location
Hershey, PA is named after Milton S. Hershey who grew up in Derry, PA and became the Willy Wonka of this time. After 4th grade he dropped out of school to start an internship with the Lancas…
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Allentown #8 most popular location
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York #9 most popular location
Named after its counterpart in England, York is the White Rose City in Pennsylvania. Located just across the Susquehanna River from Lancaster, it’s Red Rose sister from the infamous War of…
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Wilkes-Barre #10 most popular location
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Carlisle #11 most popular location
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Bethlehem #12 most popular location
Bethlehem is a city in eastern Pennsylvania, located in the heart of the Lehigh Valley. Pronounced "Beth-luhm" by the locals, the city is located on the banks of the Lehigh River, approximat…
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State College #13 most popular location
State College is a small central Pennsylvania town, located in Happy Valley south of Interstate 80. There are many small shops and restaurants, giving the town a friendly feel. The Penn State…
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King of Prussia #14 most popular location
King of Prussia is a suburb of Philadelphia located approximately 20 miles northwest of the city center. The town used to be farmland until 1963, when construction began upon the King of Prus…
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Washington #15 most popular location
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Chambersburg #16 most popular location
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania The seat of Franklin County, Chambersburg (population 17,961) was founded in 1764 and was originally settled in 1730 by the Chambers brothers, who chose this po…
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Ronks #17 most popular location
Scranton #18 most popular location
Scranton is the 6th largest city in Pennsylvania, with a population of roughly 75,000 people. Together with the city of Wilkes-Barre (pop. 41,000) it makes up the major cultural and administ…
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Williamsport #19 most popular location
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Altoona #20 most popular location
Altoona is located in Blair County and has a population around 50,000. Altoona sprung up around the railroad industry but today is suffering from urban decline. Altoona is known for the…
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Clearfield #21 most popular location
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Monroeville #22 most popular location
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Bedford #23 most popular location
Bedford was first settled in 1751 and was originally called Raystown. It was renamed to Bedford in 1795. The British Army set up a fort named Fort Bedford after the Duke of Bedford in 1758.…
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Reading #24 most popular location
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Essington #25 most popular location
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New Cumberland #26 most popular location
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Johnstown #27 most popular location
Johnstown, a city located in Cambria County, was first settled in 1770. The city was formally organized as a town in 1800 by Joseph Johns, a Swiss German immigrant to the area. Johnstown i…
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Mill Run #28 most popular location
Mill Run is a small unincorporated community in the Laurel Highlands of Fayette County in Western Pennsylvania. The Bear Run Nature Reserve maintains over 5,000 acres of forest land and 20 m…
Greensburg #29 most popular location
Greensburg is located in Westmoreland County and is considered a suburb of Pittsburgh. Greensburg is a major business and cultural center in Western Pennsylvania. In fact, Greengsburg's pop…
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East Stroudsburg #30 most popular location
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New Stanton #31 most popular location
Somerset #32 most popular location
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Strasburg #33 most popular location
The town is referred to as "Train Town USA" because of the many railroad attractions in and around town, including the Strasburg Rail Road and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and the Choo…
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Malvern #34 most popular location
Malvern is a town outside of Philadelphia. The town was founded by the Welsh and named after the Malvern Hills, which is located near the Welsh border in England.
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Butler #35 most popular location
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Breezewood #36 most popular location
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West Mifflin #37 most popular location
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Bensalem #38 most popular location
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Wyomissing #39 most popular location
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Jim Thorpe #40 most popular location
Jim Thorpe is a borough in Carbon County, Pennsylvania. The boroughs of Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk merged and took on the name of Jim Thorpe following the 1953 death of Olympic athlete …
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Lewisburg #41 most popular location
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West Chester #42 most popular location
The Borough of West Chester, Pennsylvania is the county seat of Chester County, Pennsylvania. West Chester is located in Pennsylvania’s southeast corner, approximately 35 miles west of Phil…
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Stroudsburg #43 most popular location
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Chadds Ford #44 most popular location
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Middletown #45 most popular location
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Pottstown #46 most popular location
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Duncannon #47 most popular location
Duncannon is a small river town (population around 1,500) just north of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania located where the Juniata River connects with the mighty Susquehanna. Despite being near to t…
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Meadville #48 most popular location
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Langhorne #49 most popular location
Langhorne is a town located in beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The home of the infamous Sesame Place is about a 30 minute drive north from the bustling Philadelphia. Langhorne is also e…
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Kennett Square #50 most popular location
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