One of the original 13 colonies of the United States of America, as well as the birthplace of President-elect Joe Biden, Pennsylvania is full of fascinating history, mouth-watering food, must-visit cities and beautiful scenery.
Pennsylvania is home to a staggering 121 state parks as well as many more local and county parks, meaning there are plenty of places for you to partake in a spot of fishing, hunting, camping or trekking. In fact any outdoor activity you can think of can be done somewhere within The Keystone State.
There are thousands of trails to explore with varying lengths and skills. For those wanting a shorter route why not try Dingmans Falls via Dingmans Creek Trail. At just under one and a half miles, this trail is suitable for all levels of walkers and takes you past two stunning waterfalls. Head over to the Dingmans Falls visitor center and make your way across to the Silver Thread Falls on a mostly boardwalk trail.
If you prefer a longer, more arduous hike a trip to Morris and the Tioga West Rim Trail is a must. At nearly 28 miles the trail is perfect for those who are looking for a camping and hiking trip and has some gorgeous views of the PA Grand Canyon.
The town of Scranton, childhood home of Joe Biden as well as the setting of the television show The Office, is also home to a plethora of museums celebrating the town’s transportation and industrial past as well as wineries, entertainment and skiing.
If you’re ready for snow you need to visit the Montage Mountain Ski Resort that although is busy in the winter months, also provides a calendar full of events throughout the summertime too. As well as ski slopes and the state’s longest snow tubing trail that are open throughout the winter, the ski resort also has the Montage Mountain Waterpark for the warmer months. The waterpark includes a wave pool, water slides and a lazy river making the resort a perfect attraction for families of all ages. However, if water is not your idea of a great day out there are also batting cages, a mini golf course and beach volleyball on offer.
With a history full of coal mines it will not come as a surprise to learn that there are coal mine tours in Lackawanna, situated in the north east of the state. 300 feet underground is the anthracite coal mine that first opened in 1860 and, with the help of a miner as your guide, you can explore the gangways and rock tunnel as well as learn about the different methods that were used throughout the mine’s history.
If you prefer your history above ground the Electric City Trolley Station and Museum not only gives you an insight into the history of trolleys, you can also take a ride on one of them, something many of the younger generation may not have had the chance to do before.
One of the biggest cities in the state is Philadelphia and a trip to the state would not be complete without a visit here. Whether you want to take a photo in front of the Liberty Bell, the world famous symbol of freedom, be like Rocky and run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art – followed by a tour around the museum – or even try a Philly cheesesteak, the state’s most well known food, there is plenty to choose from.
A trip to America’s oldest farmers market – Reading Terminal Market opened in 1892 – is definitely somewhere visitors to Philadelphia must make time for. Situated in an old railroad terminal, the market is full of stalls selling items such as fresh produce, cheese, meats and seafood. With a range of cuisine from around the world, vendors are open all day meaning you could have your breakfast, lunch and dinner here – and do not forget the dessert!
Once you are full make sure you head towards John F. Kennedy Boulevard and visit City Hall. At one point in the building’s history it was the tallest in Philadelphia, and while that accolade has not been held since 1987 it still holds on to its title of being the largest municipal building in America.
The building houses a statue of William Penn and has several opulent public rooms including the Mayor’s Reception Room, the City Council Chamber and the Supreme Court Hall.
As well as a tour around the building learning its history, you can also take a trip to the open-air observation deck and take in the views of the city below.
Whatever you decide to do in Pennsylvania it is important to remember that each state has their own guidelines and restrictions due to the current Covid-19 pandemic therefore it is advised to contact the attraction before you visit.