Pennsylvania

Diverse landscapes, rich history, vibrant cities, cultural and natural beauty awaits.

The keystone state

Where history meets breathtaking landscapes and bustling city life.
Start your journey in Philadelphia, where you can delve into the rich tapestry of American history right where the nation was born. Explore historic landmarks like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, along with premier institutions like the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Gettysburg National Military Park, the preserved site of the historic American Civil War battlefield and the inspiration for Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg address, is another highlight. Nearby, travellers can experience the unique charm of Lancaster, renowned for its Amish community where traditional markets and horse-drawn buggies offer a glimpse into a simpler way of life. And be sure to stop off in Hershey, the state's sweet spot, with attractions like Hersheypark and Hershey's Chocolate World on offer.

Travel west to Pittsburgh, the Steel City, known for its distinctive skyline, vibrant cultural scene, and passionate sports fans travellers can visit the Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and enjoy a live game at Heinz Field or PNC Park. Along the way don’t miss Fallingwater, the architectural marvel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Beyond its major cities and historic allure, Pennsylvania’s scenic beauty is on full display in the Pocono Mountains, offering year-round activities such as hiking, skiing, and water sports – an ideal place to relax, explore, and reconnect in a tranquil and picturesque setting.

From its historical roots to natural beauty, live sport and vibrant cultural scene, Pennsylvania offers a diverse and memorable experience for all who visit.

Things to see & do

Browse through our recommended selection of things to see and do in Pennsylvania. Many of these are included in our suggested itineraries, however, if there is
anything you see that particularly takes your interest, please let us know and we will include it in your holiday package or put you in touch with the right people.

National Constitution Centre

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The only museum in the United States dedicated to the U.S. Constitution. Through interactive exhibits, multimedia presentations, and educational programs, the centre explores the history and significance of the Constitution, its interpretation, and its impact on American life. Visitors can engage with the document's principles and debates, fostering a deeper understanding of democracy and citizenship. The centre serves as a vital forum for civic education and engagement.

Frick Art Museum

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Cultural gem showcasing the extensive art collection of industrialist Henry Clay Frick. Housed in a historic mansion, the museum features a diverse array of European paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. Visitors can admire masterpieces by renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Goya while exploring the elegant galleries and serene gardens of this distinguished institution.

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address Memorial

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

One-of-a-kind memorial, that commemorates a speech rather than the man himself. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, delivered on November 19, 1863, is a timeless testament to the principles of equality and democracy. In just 272 words, President Abraham Lincoln eloquently honoured the sacrifice of those who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg, affirming the nation's commitment to the ideals of liberty, equality, and government by the people, inspiring generations with his powerful and enduring words.

Independence Hall

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The revered site where both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were debated and adopted. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers guided tours that bring to life the pivotal moments of American history. Experience the birthplace of the nation, where visionary leaders laid the foundational principles of freedom and democracy, making it a must-see for anyone interested in the origins of the United States.

Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg National Military Park preserves the historic battlefield where the pivotal Battle of Gettysburg took place during the American Civil War in 1863. The park features monuments, memorials, and preserved landscapes that pay tribute to the soldiers who fought and died there. It serves as a solemn reminder of the sacrifices made during one of the most significant conflicts in U.S. history, emphasising the importance of unity and the enduring impact of the battle.

Hersheypark Amusement Park

Hershey, Pennsylvania

Hersheypark is a popular family destination known for its thrilling rides, entertainment, and chocolate-themed attractions. Founded by the Hershey chocolate company, the park offers a mix of roller coasters, water rides, live shows, and sweet experiences. It's a place where visitors can enjoy exciting adventures while indulging in the world of chocolate, making it a delightful and memorable destination for all ages.

Museum of the American Revolution

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Museum of the American Revolution immerses visitors in the compelling story of the nation's fight for independence. Through interactive exhibits, artifacts, and immersive displays, the museum chronicles the events, individuals, and ideals that shaped the American Revolution. From the early struggles to the birth of a new nation, it offers a vivid portrayal of this pivotal period in history, fostering a deeper understanding of America's journey toward freedom.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Historic former prison known for its distinctive radial design and focus on solitary confinement. Operating from 1829 to 1971, it once held notorious criminals like Al Capone - complete with his custom designed cell. Once, one of the most famous and expensive prisons in the world, it's deteriorating yet captivating architecture now serves as a museum, offering guided tours that explore its history, architecture, and the evolution of the American prison system.

Experience Live sport

Pennsylvania

Experience live sport - the American way! Catch the adrenaline, the cheers, and the thrill of a live game - because experiencing sports the American way is an absolute must! In Pennsylvania, there are 8 pro teams spread across all sports in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, including household names like the Phillies, Pirates, Steelers, Eagles and 76ers. Chat with Travel USA to score your tickets and we'll look to lock in your seats before you even pack your bags!

Valley Forge National Park

King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

Valley Forge National Historical Park commemorates the site where George Washington's Continental Army encamped during the harsh winter of 1777-1778. This pivotal period of the American Revolutionary War saw soldiers enduring immense hardships while training and regrouping. The park preserves historic structures, lush landscapes, and educational exhibits that highlight the sacrifices and determination of the soldiers, offering visitors insight into a critical chapter in the nation's struggle for independence.

Flight 93 National Memorial

Stoystown, Pennsylvania

A solemn memorial dedicated to the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93, who heroically thwarted a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. The memorial is set within a peaceful landscape, including a designated sacred area. Visitors can pay their respects at the Wall of Names and explore the Visitor Center, where they can learn about the bravery shown during this critical moment and reflect on its profound impact on American history.

Independence National Historical Park

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Independence National Historical Park is a significant historic site where the foundations of American democracy were forged. It includes iconic landmarks such as Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were debated and adopted and the iconic Liberty Bell, symbolising freedom and equality. The park offers visitors a glimpse into the birth of the United States, preserving the spirit of liberty and self-governance.

Heinz Music Hall

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Historic concert venue and home to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Designed by the renowned architect Henry Hornbostel, this grand hall boasts exquisite architectural details and superb acoustics, creating an often-unparalleled musical experience for audiences. Hosting a wide range of concerts, from classical to contemporary, Heinz Hall serves as a cultural cornerstone in the region, enriching the community with the beauty and power of orchestral music.

Hershey's Chocolate World

Hershey, Pennsylvania

A unique attraction dedicated to all thing's chocolate! Visitors can take an immersive tour to learn about the chocolate-making process, create their own customised chocolates, and enjoy a variety of sweet treats. The attraction offers interactive experiences, including 4D chocolate-themed shows and tastings. It's a paradise for chocolate lovers, providing a fun and engaging exploration of the iconic Hershey's brand - a place where you can see, smell, touch and taste the excitement.

The Franklin Institute

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

One of the oldest and much beloved science museums in the world honouring the legacy of Benjamin Franklin, a Founding Father, polymath and diplomat. Established in 1824 the institute features interactive exhibits, planetarium shows, and educational programmes that engage visitors of all ages in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). With its commitment to inspiring curiosity and innovation, the Franklin Institute continues to be a leading institution in science education and exploration.

Visit Amish Country

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Experience the charm of Amish Country as you explore the peaceful countryside, witness the Amish way of life, and discover their rich traditions. Take scenic drives past idyllic farms, enjoy homemade goods at markets and shops, and learn about the community's craftsmanship and values. With horse-drawn buggies and rolling landscapes, a visit to Amish Country offers a unique opportunity to step back in time and appreciate a simpler, authentic lifestyle.

Hot Air Ballooning

Pennsylvania

Hot air ballooning in Pennsylvania offers a breathtaking way to experience the state's diverse landscapes from a unique perspective. Drift peacefully over rolling hills, lush forests, and picturesque farmland as you soar through the sky. Whether it's the scenic beauty of the Pocono Mountains, the tranquil Amish countryside in Lancaster County, or the charming towns dotting the landscape, hot air ballooning provides an unforgettable adventure and a bird's-eye view of Pennsylvania's natural and cultural wonders.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is renowned for its vast and diverse collection spanning centuries and cultures. As one of the largest art museums in the United States, it houses an array of artistic treasures, including paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and more. The museum's iconic steps, famously featured in the movie "Rocky," lead to an inspiring world of artistic expression, making it a cultural landmark and a must-visit destination for art enthusiasts.

Visit The Poconos

Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Escape to the Poconos in Pennsylvania for a nature-inspired retreat. Embrace outdoor adventures like hiking, skiing, and water activities surrounded by scenic beauty. Enjoy cozy accommodations, charming towns, and a range of attractions, from family-friendly fun to romantic getaways. With its serene landscapes and diverse offerings, the Poconos invite you to relax, explore, and reconnect in a tranquil and picturesque setting.

Duquesne Incline Railway

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Duquesne Incline in offers visitors a unique way to experience the city's stunning skyline and scenic views. Dating back to 1877, this historic incline railway transports passengers up Mount Washington, providing panoramic vistas of Pittsburgh's downtown, three rivers, and iconic bridges. The incline railway, with its century-old wooden cars, is not only a convenient mode of transportation but also a beloved attraction that showcases Pittsburgh's industrial heritage and natural landscape.

Ricketts Glen State Park

Benton, Pennsylvania

Embark on a memorable hiking adventure at Ricketts Glen State Park. Traverse its picturesque trails to witness breathtaking waterfalls and lush woodlands. The Falls Trail, a challenging loop, showcases over 20 cascades, including the majestic 28-metre Ganoga Falls. Immerse yourself in nature's beauty, with stunning vistas and diverse flora and fauna. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a nature enthusiast, Ricketts Glen offers a wonderful exploration of Pennsylvania's natural wonders.

King of Prussia Mall

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Shop 'till you drop at one of the largest shopping malls in the country. With a wide selection of luxury and mainstream stores, restaurants, and entertainment options, the mall offers a premier shopping experience. Its three connected sections cater to diverse tastes and preferences, making it a popular destination for both local shoppers and visitors seeking a wide range of retail choices and dining experiences.

Andy Warhol Museum

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist - a tribute to the iconic pop artist Andy Warhol.  The museum showcases a vast collection of Warhol's works, including paintings, sculptures, prints and photographs. The museum also provides insight into Warhol's life, creative process, and cultural impact, offering a comprehensive exploration of his contribution to modern art and pop culture.

Longwood Gardens

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

A horticultural paradise renowned for its stunning landscapes and botanical displays. Spanning over 1,000 acres, the gardens feature breathtaking gardens, conservatories, and fountains that showcase an array of plant species from around the world. Visitors can explore themed gardens, admire intricate flower arrangements, and enjoy seasonal events and performances. With its beauty and tranquility, Longwood Gardens offers a captivating escape into the world of plants and natural beauty.

Liberty Bell

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Liberty Bell is one of the most iconic symbols of American independence. Cast in 1752, it originally hung in the Pennsylvania State House, now known as Independence Hall. The bell cracked during an early ringing but became a powerful symbol of freedom, inspiring abolitionists, suffragists, and civil rights activists. Today, it stands as a cherished artifact, housed in its own pavilion near Independence Hall, welcoming visitors from around the world to witness its historic significance.

Acrisure Stadium Tour

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Take a guided tour for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at one of Pittsburgh’s premier sports venues, home to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Discover the intricacies of the stadium's architecture, visit the locker rooms, and walk through the tunnel to the field. Learn about the stadium's history, operations, and the thrilling game-day atmosphere. This tour is a must for football fans eager to experience the energy and legacy of this iconic stadium. Upgrade your experience to include the Steelers Hall of Fame Museum.

Pat's King of steaks

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Savour an authentic Philly Cheesesteak experience at the iconic Pat's King of Steaks. Located in Philadelphia, pat's is largely recognised as the origin of this iconic sandwich. Choose from a variety of mouthwatering combinations of thinly sliced beefsteak and melted cheese, served on a roll. Pat's has been serving locals and tourists alike since 1930, making it a historic culinary destination for those seeking the genuine taste of this beloved Philadelphia classic.

Fallingwater

Mill Run, Pennsylvania

A stunning masterpiece of modern architecture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Nestled within the lush woodlands of the Laurel Highlands, this iconic house dramatically cantilevers over a serene waterfall, seamlessly blending with its natural surroundings. A tour of Fallingwater offers an intimate glimpse into Wright's visionary integration of architecture and nature, making it a must-see for enthusiasts of art, design, and environmental harmony.

Reading Terminal Market

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Explore the vibrant indoor Reading Terminal Market, a bustling historic market offering a diverse array of fresh produce, meats, seafood, and artisanal goods. Sample delectable eats from local vendors, including Amish specialties, ethnic cuisine, and baked treats. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, where aromas, flavors, and unique products create a sensory delight. With its rich history and culinary offerings, the Reading Terminal Market is a must-visit destination for food enthusiasts.

Explore Philadelphia with the Go City Pass

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

With Travel USA and Go City, sightseeing couldn’t be easier. One pass, one price, all the sights - save up to 50% on the best attractions, tours, and activities - see more, spend less! From fine art exhibits to a tour of the city, we've got you covered!
N.B. The all-inclusive pass is included in Travel USA’s Philadelphia and selected Pennsylvania packages giving you unlimited access to more than 30 attractions, tours, and activities during your stay.

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