Pennsylvania, or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is one of the original 13 colonies in the U.S. Pennsylvania is known for handmade pretzels and for being an important industrial center for steel, railroads, and coal. The state has a wide variety of trees, and more than half its land is covered in forest. The world’s the first computer was also invented in the state of Pennsylvania. Check out our travel guides to learn more about planning your trip to this great state.
First, a little history…
In the 1680s, Englishman William Penn came to Pennsylvania hoping to find a refuge for himself and his fellow Quakers. William was also the one to name the state of Pennsylvania after his family name ‘Penn.’ During the early 18th century, more European settlers came to Pennsylvania for religious freedom.
Between 1754 and 1763, the French and English fought to have control over land. During the Revolutionary War, Philadelphia was the capital and became the place where the Declaration of Independence was signed. In 1787, Pennsylvania became the second state to join the Union.
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This amusement park is Hershey’s top attraction and features all sorts of rides and aquatic shows for the children and adults. The park was built in the early 20th century and has expanded over time to accommodate thousands of tourists. Hershey Park also has many rides. Don’t miss a tour of the Hershey Factory to see how Hershey Kisses are made!
Presque Isle State Park
Located on a peninsula, the Presque Isle State Park is an important transport center and a favorite spot among tourists who love the sun. The beach here is quite famous for the colorful glass often found on its shore. Most days, the isle is filled with sunbathers, swimmers, and kite-flyers. In addition, the sunset point in the park is a hit among photographers for its mesmerizing views.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Apart from having an extensive art collection, the museum building is iconic, as featured in the ‘Rocky’ movies. In addition, the museum is a haven for art enthusiasts as it has an extensive European collection that includes works by Monet, Renoir, Manet, and Picasso and a sculpture garden.
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Fallingwater is mainly famous due to its organic structure. The house was built in the 1930s and is considered a treasure of American architecture. Despite being built over a waterfall, the building gracefully blends into its natural surroundings. In addition, the house is decorated with art and sculptures of various sizes and nationalities, which make the site aesthetically pleasing.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
The museum was founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1896 and is considered one of the best natural museums in the country. There are dinosaur skeletons and fossils from the authentic Mesozoic Era. In the Cretaceous Seaway exhibit, you will find fossils of ancient underwater species over 80 million years old. The Age of Mammals Exhibit features fossils from the Cenozoic Era and Ice Age and provides an exciting insight into the early life forms on our planet.
Some other notable places:
Reading Terminal Market
Eastern State Penitentiary
Andy Warhol Museum
Valley Forge and Valley Forge National Historical Park
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