Pennsylvania is a large state extremely rich in diversity. It is also called the Quaker and the Keystone State. This is a country of great contrasts. Within its borders, you will find numerous large cities. But, you’ll also find acres of fertile land, traditional settlements of the Amish, as well as mountains and beautiful beaches on one of the Great Lakes. When visiting Pennsylvania, people usually revolve around Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Though these cities are great places to see, there are many other locations you should see while visiting Pennsylvania. We’re here to pay your attention to them. Therefore, don’t forget to add those to your travelling list.
Hickory Run State Park
Hickory Run State Park is situated on the slopes of the Pocono Mountains in eastern Pennsylvania. This beautiful expanse is one of Pennsylvania’s natural treasures. This huge park is located in Carbon County and is ideal for nature fans. Hikers can enjoy walking more than 40 miles of picturesque hiking trails. During the winter, these trails are a real treat for all cross-country skiing lovers.
Pennsylvania Dutch Country
If you visit Lancaster County, don’t be surprised by what you see there. This is the district where a large population of the Amish is living. Moreover, this part of the state is also called the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Although the capital of Pennsylvania – Harrisburg – is technically located within this region, much of this area is rural.
When you arrive here, you will feel as if you have come to another world. Almost all the fences on the houses are white. The inhabitants are predominantly engaged in agriculture. You’ll be under the impression that civilization has not yet fully arrived in this part of the country. According to Reservations.com, the Amish country is especially attractive to tourists. Both from the US and from abroad. One of the best ways to learn about the Amish tradition is to visit their local markets. There, you can find and buy fresh products, grown traditionally. Besides, you can enjoy baked goods such as delicious shoofly pie or apple butter. The Bird in Hand Farmers Market is one of the most famous markets you should visit.
Ricketts Glen State Park
In the heart of Pennsylvania, you’ll find Ricketts Glen State Park. This place is a dream of every nature lover. Ricketts Glen National Park is so large, that it spans as many as 3 counties. It is well-known for its amazing waterfalls that lure tourists and nature lovers, to take fascinating photos. All those who love hiking and climbing can enjoy the Falls Trail. Ricketts Glen State Park has a lot to offer. Maybe you prefer to enjoy nature with a little less adrenaline. In that case, be sure to head to one of the beaches on Lake Jean. You can enjoy the fascinating nature or you can rent one of the boats and fish. The choice is yours.
If you’re still eager to visit the metropolitan area, take the Pittsburgh route. Steel City, as it is called, is a big city where three rivers merge – Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela. The well-known steel bridges are connecting the shores of Pittsburgh. This remarkable city has a very unusual topography. It is surrounded by green hills, with the rivers at its foot.
Although it is primarily an industrial city, there are plenty of places to visit in Pittsburgh. Point State Park in the heart of downtown, as well as 19th-century Fort Pitt Block House, should not be missed. Take a look at the panorama of this city as you will not be immune to the view on the American Steel Tower. If you are a sports fan, you will enjoy at Heinz Field watching the Steelers.
The fifth-largest city in the US, and the largest in Pennsylvania – Philadelphia is certainly a true megalopolis. Though it’s known as the “City of Brotherly Love”, Philadelphia is famous primarily for its rich history. Those who love history must not skip visiting the Independence National Historic Park. You must visit the Independence Hall and see the original US Constitution document. Also, we remember Philadelphia for the famous “movie-stairs”. The ones where the famous movie hero Rocky Balboa used to train. And of course, we mustn’t forget the famous Philadelphia cheesesteaks.