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Find Pennsylvania Travel and Tourist Information with
links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for
visitors to Pennsylvania.
Also known as the Keystone State, Pennsylvania was once referred
to as 'the keystone in the democratic arch'.
The state capital of Pennsylvania is Harrisburg.
About Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania
Find out more about Pennsylvania before you travel there.
As the second state to enter the union, the people of Pennsylvania
played a major role in creating the United States of America and its ideals.
Both the Declaration
of Independence (1776) and the US
Constitution (1787) were drawn up and signed in the state, at Philadelphia.
Government office is in Harrisburg, as is the United States Naval
Supply Depot, and the United States Army War College.
The dome of the State Capitol is modelled after St Peter's Basilica in
Native Americans occupied the Harrisburg area until about 1785.
The site was first called Harris' Ferry, after the Englishman who
founded the trading post, but was renamed Harrisburg when it was planned as a town in
Starting with the Black History Gala in January to the big New Year's Eve Celebration in
downtown Harrisburg, December 31st, the year is filled with a variety of fun-filled
PA Capital Regions:
The official website of the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania gets its name from
the father of William Penn, to whom King Charles II of England granted the colony in 1681,
and sylva - the Latin for wood.
States neighbouring Pennsylvania are: New York,
New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio.
William Penn, Jr. became a Quaker while at Oxford University in
England. He was imprisoned three times because of his convictions, and upon his third
release, the Crown granted him some territory in North America in return for a debt it
owed his father, Admiral William Penn.
With a group of friends, he sailed to North America in 1682 and
founded the colony of Pennsylvania.
To celebrate America's bicentennial Pennsylvania spruced up its
historic sites for the visitors, and there are plenty of them.
Go PA Outdoors:
Visit the best places in Pennsylvania for hunting, skiing, and fishing while exploring
some of the most magnificent Blue Mountains and golden valleys in the northeast.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's government office.
Mountains Vacation Bureau:
The Pocono Mountains of North-eastern Pennsylvania offer 2,400 square miles of wooded
peaks and valleys with numerous sparkling lakes, rushing rivers, and some of the loveliest
waterfalls in the East.
A network of websites devoted to tourism in Pennsylvania.
Tourists flock to the famous site of the decisive Battle of
Gettysburg (July 1863).
After one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War,
President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address in return for the
soldier's dedication to the Union, and the visitors can ponder if indeed they didn't die
Ghost Tour by Jason McKenney:
My most memorable experience from the Gettysburg trip was my evening with a group of ghost
hunters on a haunted tour of the battlefields with Miss Betty.
Gettysburg National Military Park:
The Battle of Gettysburg was a critical event in a war that determined the preservation of
the nation. Known as a turning point in the Civil War, the battlefield is preserved by the
National Park Service as a symbol of America's struggle to survive as a nation, and as a
lasting memorial to the armies and the soldiers who served in that great conflict.
The Eisenhower National Historic Site, near the Gettysburg National
Military park, encompasses the retirement farm of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his
wife. You can also view his collection of foreign gifts.
Pennsylvania's small stretch of shoreline is in the north-east of
The community and its lake are named after the Erie Indians.
Isle State Park:
In 1753, a French military expedition built Fort de la Presque Isle (almost island) on the
peninsula whose curve forms Erie's harbour.
When the French abandoned it in 1759 the British occupied the site and
rebuilt the fort.
Fort de la Presque Isle was destroyed when the Ottawa leader Pontiac
organised a confederacy of Great Lakes and Ohio Valley tribes to drive the British from
their frontier possessions and re-establish Native American autonomy.
The 17,000 Amish who shun modernisation are descendants of German
settlers. Although referred to as the Pennsylvania Dutch, they should really be called the
Pennsylvania Deutsche - Germans.
The three Capitol Trailways buses a day, between Philadelphia and
Lancaster City, take about 2 hrs, while 8 daily trains cover the distance in around one
Refreshing Mountain Retreat:
Year-round retreat and adventure center providing family friendly fun
and refreshment. Facilities available for large group retreats and
rental cabins for overnight getaways.
Refreshing Mountain Retreat
provides a variety of outdoor adventures, day
field trips and corporate team building events on 80 acres of Pennsylvania woodland
located just north of Lancaster, east of Hershey and west of Philadelphia.
The historic Brandywine Valley, in southern Chester County, is where the Battle of
Brandywine was fought and the paper was milled for the Declaration of Independence. The
Valley is a great place from which to visit Philadelphia, Baltimore, the Chesapeake Bay,
Lancaster and Bucks county.
Pittsburgh is also known as the City of Bridges; there are 720 of
The decline of the domestic steel industry brought something good to
Pittsburgh - a cleaner environment.
The Carnegie Museums:
Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick made their millions in Pittsburgh, and have given
back something to the public through their large collections of art and natural history.
Carnegie Museum of Art:
The Carnegie Museum of Art is located in the Oakland Area of Pittsburgh, at 4400 Forbes
Avenue. Collections include works of American art from the late nineteenth century, French
Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, and European and American decorative arts
from the late seventeenth century to the present. Closed on Mondays.
Carnegie Museum of Natural
Travel through time as you experience the awesome spectacle of some of the largest land
animals that ever lived, in the famous Dinosaur Hall.
Carnegie Science Center:
Located on Pittsburgh's North Shore, Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to educating,
entertaining, exciting and inspiring an audience of all ages through programs in science,
sports, and technology.
The Andy Warhol
Opened in 1994, the Andy Warhol Museum features extensive permanent collections of art and
archives on one of the most influential American artists of the twentieth century. It is
also a primary resource for anyone seeking insights into contemporary art and popular
The Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers flow together to form the
Ohio, and a land mark for tourists.
Point State Park is in the triangle, and you can visit Fort Pitt
Blockhouse and Museum - dating from the French and Indian War.
When the French and British both laid claims to the area surrounding
the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, George Washington instructed a
detachment of Virginia militia to construct a fort at the fork.
They were attacked by a combined force of French and Native Americans
and were forced to withdraw.
The French then completed the construction of the fortification and
named it Fort Duquesne.
When the British attacked, the French destroyed the fort, and a new
fort was built in its place and named after William Pitt, the British prime minister at
Philadelphia, Greek for brotherly love, is situated approximately
halfway between New York and Washington,
Philadelphia is the birthplace of the nation, and was the first
American city to be laid out in grid fashion.
After the Great Fire of London, William Penn Jr. decided that narrow
winding streets were not such a good idea, and his new piece of land was plenty large
A break in the grid system is the tree-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway
that cuts diagonally from City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The heart of Center City is marked by the intersection of Broad and Market streets, the
city's two main thoroughfares. The massive French Renaissance-style City Hall is situated
at this junction.
Miles of biking, jogging, and hiking trails, as well as botanical
gardens, recreational facilities, and preserved colonial and federal mansions, are all
available to the public in Fairmount Park.
The largest landscaped urban park in the United States spreads out behind the Philadelphia
Museum of Art, on both sides of the Shuylkill River.
A crack makes the bell unringable, but at least the British didn't melt it down to fire
from their cannons. You can view America's symbol of freedom north of Independence Hall,
in Philadelphia's Independence National Historic Park.
This National Historical Park, near Philadelphia, commemorates the thousands of George
Washington's men who died of disease, cold, and starvation while barracked here during the
winter of 1777-78.
Uncle George didn't have to sleep in their cramped quarters, and you
can visit his palatial headquarters.
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