The Ultimate Pennsylvania Travel Guide

The Ultimate Pennsylvania Travel Guide

Pennsylvania Travel Guide

Pennsylvania: Rich historical heritage, modern architecture, and quaint towns; Pennsylvania has a lot to offer! Here is my Pennsylvania travel guide outlining the major attractions in Pennsylvania! 

To make it easy for you to navigate the content, I have organized my Pennsylvania travel guide into two sections. (1) A brief introduction to Pennsylvania, a little history, some geography, commute, and weather. (2) Major Pennsylvania attractions, if you wish, you can skip the introduction and move on to the next section, Pennsylvania Attractions.

History: Pennsylvania joined the union as the 2nd state on December 12, 1787. The name Pennsylvania was specified in the charter given to Quaker William Penn by England’s Charles II in 1680, the Latin word Sylvania means “woodlands” that was added to Penn to create “Penn’s woods,” hence the name Penn-sylvania. Pennsylvania got its nickname, the Keystone State, because it was the center colony of the original thirteen colonies, and also because Pennsylvania played a vital role in the economic, social, and political development of the US.

Geography: Pennsylvania is bordered by New York and Lake Erie to the north. In the south, Pennsylvania shares borders with West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. In the east, it’s bordered by New York and New Jersey and by Ohio in the West.

Getting There

Flight: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), Pittsburg International (PIT), Harrisburg International Airport (MDT), and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP) are the major airports in Pennsylvania.

Drive: If you live in any of the neighboring southeastern or northeastern states, you could easily drive to Pennsylvania.

Train: Amtrak offers several rail services in Pennsylvania (1) Keystone Service connecting – New York, Philadelphia, Harrisburg (2) Capitol Limited connecting – Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Chicago, and (3) Pennsylvanian connecting – New York, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh.

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Climate: Summer is hot in Pennsylvania, with average daily temperatures in the range of 75°F – 95°F. Winter is cold, with temperatures between – 33°F – 45°F. Spring brings a good amount of rainfall, and autumn is pleasant and very colorful. Check current weather conditions in Pennsylvania.

Time zone: Eastern Daylight Time UTC-4

Getting around: I recommend renting a car while in Pennsylvania, Amtrak rail services, SEPTA, and PHLASH bus services are some other options.

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Best Places To Visit in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s largest city, is known for its rich historical heritage, the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed here in Philadelphia, in the Independence Hall.

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Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a city in western Pennsylvania, has several other nicknames – City of Bridges, 450 bridges, which is more than any other city in the world; Iron/Steel City and more recently, Robot City.

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Hershey, PA

Hershey is a quaint town, where Milton S. Hershey founded his chocolate empire, Hershey’s Chocolate. Everything about the town is chocolatey, chocolate-themed amusement park, museum and more.

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