Pennsylvania

The Keystone State

Counties of Pennsylvania

Voted one of America’s most livable cities, Pittsburgh boasts major sports franchises, thrill seeker’s adventures and some of the best food in any of the top cities.

Whether you are interested in hiking up to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, want to tour the beautiful Dutch Country farmscapes or go shopping at the Reading Outlets, Berks county offers many opportunities for adventure.

Schuylkill County is rich in farm land and history.  Once known for having the largest railyard and roadhouse in the world, you can still find the influence of railroads in this beautiful county.

From the mountain lands to the countryside to the downtown shopping district Westmoreland is ripe with things to do and explore.

Regions of Pennsylvania

Located in the Amish country of Pennsylvania, this region boasts of many delicious foods, fun and entertainment. You can go on a carriage ride or roller coaster ride, explore nature trails or the shopping districts and always have your fill of good homemade Pennsylvania Dutch food.

Visit the Dutch Country Roads Page

The beautiful hills of the Appalachian Mountains are a showcase of wonder. There is camping, hiking, biking, rafting, canoeing, fishing and rock climbing for the outdoor enthusiast. For everyone else there are many Bed & Breakfast stops and places to eat of all varieties. Antique hunters will not be disappointed in the amount of shops big and small throughout the region.

Visit the Laurel Highlands Page

The countryside is green and gently rolling but the attractions are fun and diverse. Stop in a casino or take in a minor league baseball game, visit an amusement park or go outlet shopping.

Visit the Lehigh Valley Page

Pittsburgh is perhaps best known historically for its steel production but since the Pittsburgh Renaissance of the 1980’s this city has transformed and taken on a new identity.  It now boasts as a major tech center, medical community and even a traveler destination for those who call themselves “foodies”.  Explore the many shopping districts, ethnic diversified neighborhoods and restaurants both casual and formal.

Visit the Pittsburgh and Countryside Page

Pennsylvania History

One of the original 13 colonies, Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn as a haven for his fellow Quakers. Pennsylvania’s capital, Philadelphia, was the site of the first and second Continental Congresses in 1774 and 1775, the latter of which produced the Declaration of Independence, sparking the American Revolution. After the war, Pennsylvania became the second state, after Delaware, to ratify the U.S. Constitution. In the American Civil War (1861-1865), Pennsylvania was the site of the Battle of Gettysburg,in whichUnion General George Meade defeated Confederate General Robert E. Lee, bringing an end to the Confederacy’s Northern invasion, as well as Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address. Tourists are drawn to Pennsylvania by its monuments to America’s revolutionary history, including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Famous Pennsylvanians include patriot and inventor Benjamin Franklin, frontiersman Daniel Boone, painter Mary Cassatt,inventor Robert Fulton.

—- history.com