Pennsylvania Top 10 Attractions

Pennsylvania is the perfect travel destination during a road trip as it connects the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast to the Great Lakes areas of the country. History buffs can't skip a trip to Philadelphia to see where the Declaration of Independence was signed and where our country truly began. No matter your interests, you can head to small artistic towns with culture and history or larger cities for sports, museums, and theater. There are even extensive areas of undisturbed wildlife in preservation, giving you a chance to enjoy nature as it was when the colonists first arrived. Don't skip these top 10 attractions in Pennsylvania.

1: Hersheypark

Hersheypark
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Although we all associate the name Hershey with candy, Hersheypark is even sweeter. Enjoy more than a dozen roller coasters, 20 kids rides, 65 other rides and enticing activities. Take home a bit of the exhilarating day with you from the retail emporium. See shows and concerts. Check out the 15 water rides for children, and including the most zealous adventurer, there is fun for all. Rent a cabana at the boardwalk to relax in between all the amusement at Hersheypark. When hunger strikes, nibble your way through the over 25 dining locations.

Address: 100 W Hersheypark Dr, Hershey, PA 17033

2: Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg National Military Park
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The Battle of Gettysburg took place in 1863 during the Civil War. The almost 4000 acre park includes the Gettysburg National Cemetery. The Park Service is attempting to restore the landscape of the battlefield as it was during the Battle of Gettysburg. Artifacts and more are available for viewing at the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center. Escorted tours of the Battlefield are recommended on a bus, or in your car with a guide. There are many events at the park and the museum. Visitors who wish to stay for a while may check in to one of the area bed and breakfasts, hotels, inns, campgrounds or cabins.

Address: 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Website: www.nps.gov

3: Fallingwater

Fallingwater

This National Historic Landmark has become hugely popular over the years, with many visitors and residents in Pennsylvania heading over to admire the natural beauty and stunning surroundings. You will be awe-struck by the stunning grounds as well as by the house itself, which is built over a waterfall and was designed by the famous Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s. The way in which the structure stretches over the waterfall makes it unique and fascinating, attracting many visitors who are eager to take a guided tour.

Address: 1491 Mill Run Rd, Mill Run, PA 15464

4: Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art
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The museum has fabulous collections of art, triumphant creations from all over the world. In addition, these amazing items are accompanied by tours, lectures, performances and classes. Ancient pre-Columbian artifacts astound with the painstaking decorations on pitchers and fanciful sculptures. For example, a delicately handcarved Hornbill ivory belt from the 18th century China is shown in the East Asian Department. Not to be missed are the broaches, amulets and ankle bracelets from India, Nepal, Morocco as well as America. Gold, Silver, bone and hair are only some of the elements of these incredible jewelry pieces.

Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

5: Visit Strasburg

Visit Strasburg
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If you want to visit and explore a unique community in the Pennsylvania area, Strasburg is a place not to be missed. You will find a huge array of things to see and do here, with everything from the fascinating Amish village through to quaint shops, theatrical entertainment and more. Pay a visit to the fabulous Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, which is a place that will fascinate both kids and adults. You can also explore the Sight and Sound Theatres and enjoy some incredible theatrical performances during your time here.

Address: Strasburg, PA

6: Independence National Park and the Liberty Bell

Independence National Park and the Liberty Bell
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Independence National Park has an amazing surfeit of historical architecture and preserved sites over the 55 acre area. Have a tour of the historical Independence Hall, Congress Hall and Franklin's Court. Benjamin Franklin's life in displays of artifacts and exhibits comprise a museum dedicated to him. George Washington and John Adams each lived in the house at Pennsylvania State Capitol. The Liberty Bell is one of the most significant symbols of the America's struggle for independence at the end of the 18th century. You can watch the Bell free of cost and explore the history of Bell's crack and inner workings. Also watch a short History Channel film, available in different languages showing how abolitionists, suffragists and other groups adopted the Bell as its symbol of freedom.

Address: 6th St & Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Website: www.nps.gov

7: Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park
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The site of one of the most important battles of the American Revolution is spread over 3500 acres of beautiful grounds. Visitors come here to absorb history, tour the monuments and see the 'first Pentagon' where General Washington achieved military strategy. Revel in a planned tour by trolley, bicycle or on foot. Attributes of the flowers and trees are explained by naturists. Shopping at the Encampment Store at the Visitor Center, one may also see displays of interest.

Address: 1400 N Outer Line Dr King of Prussia, PA 19406
Website: www.nps.gov

8: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
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Natural beauty abounds when you pay a visit to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pennsylvania. You can look forward to a truly fascinating tour of this venue where you will enjoy everything from stunning flower displays and collections through to artwork and exhibits. There are various events held here over the course of the year such as flower shows and the Party in the Tropics event. You can also enjoy the beauty and delights of the Butterfly Forest, which helps to add to the natural beauty that surrounds you.

Address: 1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

9: Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary
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This former Philadelphia prison is a place that fascinates many visitors who head over to enjoy a guided tour of this sprawling structure. You will benefit from a combination of experiences when you come to this penitentiary. You can explore the artwork that now adorns the walls of the building, look forward to hands on experiences, and delve into the fascinating past of the place with experiences such as taking a look at Al Capone’s cell.

Address: 2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

10: Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park
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Situated in Erie, Pennsylvania, this is a park that offers incredible natural beauty making it perfect for those who love spending time outdoors. You will find plenty of recreational opportunities to enjoy here too, from excellent walking trails through to beaches and the marina. When it comes to outdoor activities you can look forward to a wide choice of options such as swimming, boating, and hiking. It is also an ideal place for those who are into wildlife as you can enjoy activities such as bird watching.

Address: 1 Peninsula Drive, Erie, PA 16505

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