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Pennsylvania’s Hidden Gems

When you think of Pennsylvania, you’re probably picturing Philadelphia. It’s a great place to visit and you can see some wonderful attractions like the beautiful parks and the Liberty Bell. But Philadelphia is only one small part of the state and if you don’t venture outside, you’re missing a lot of great attractions. The whole state is full of cities that all have something unique to offer, so if you’re fed up of Philadelphia, why not try some of these places instead?


Pittsburgh was once an industrial heartland, but it has since given itself an overhaul. These days it’s an up and coming city that is attracting the attention of lots of businesses who are deciding to set up their headquarters there. All of this extra business interest has bought huge amounts of development to the area, turning a once dull city in a hip, vibrant place that has been reinvented by tourism. There is a wide range of cultural attractions including the Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie museum and Point State Park.


If you’re looking for something a little more traditional than Pittsburgh, then Lancaster country is the place for you. It’s one of the most historically rich places in the country, famous for its large Amish community which draws visitors from all over the world. But don’t worry if that isn’t really your thing because there are plenty more things to do in Lancaster PA. There are a few great theatres in the city and the Heritage Centre Museum gives you a brilliant history of the southern-Pennsylvania area. It’s the perfect place to take the kids as well because there is an excellent water park and a few petting zoos that you can visit with them.


Gettysburg is one of the most famous places in America, immortalized by its involvement in the civil war. Any history buffs out there shouldn’t miss the chance to visit the site of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. On top of that, you can visit the home of President Eisenhower which is now an open museum. This city should be on the bucket list of anybody that’s interested in history.


Erie is a great place for a summer vacation. It’s the largest town in the whole state, set on the shores of the beautiful Lake Erie. There are brilliant beaches to relax on after a quick swim in the lake. You can also visit the bicentennial tower which has a great observation deck where you can get some great views of the lake. There are a few state parks in the area that have some great nature trails and some more beaches for you to visit.


Hershey is the birthplace of the chocolate company of the same name, and you can see the history of one of the biggest candy manufacturers in the world. There is an entire Hershey’s world there, full of great attractions and a brilliant park. Once you’ve had your fill of the chocolate, you can also visit the Indian Echo Caverns. Take a tour around the awe inspiring caves and afterwards visit the petting zoo outside.

There’s no need to stick to Philadelphia when you’re visiting Pennsylvania, there’s plenty of other great places to go.


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