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Welcome to Pennsylvania

Beautiful and historic, Pennsylvania attracts visitors from around the world to experience its famed sights, from the old bell towers of Philadelphia and the sandy shores of Lake Erie to the rolling hills of Amish country. Explore this vast state on a private or small-group tour to take in all the adventure. Step onto a hop-on hop-off bus tour to get your bearings, stop at your favorite spots, then rejoin the tour later. Trace the footsteps of the Founding Fathers on a walking tour of Philadelphia's Old City with a local guide. Follow this up with a brewery tour of the city's burgeoning food and drink culture. Foodies will want to pair wine and chocolate by touring vineyards and Hershey's Chocolate World outside of Philadelphia. Or meet the artisans behind German clocks, antique violins, and some of the country's favorite pretzels and potato chips on factory tours in areas that highlight Pennsylvania's traditional roots. Adventure-seekers will love rafting and hiking excursions in the Poconos, while history buffs should check out tours of Independence Hall, Gettysburg, and the Amish country in Lancaster County. Guided tours bundle multiple destinations into a single day, letting you see it all in a short amount of time. Get ready to explore Pennsylvania by foot, bike, Segway, cruise boat, double-decker bus, and even a horse-drawn carriage—just like the olden days.

Top 15 attractions in Pennsylvania

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Liberty Bell Center

Liberty Bell Center

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The Liberty Bell, a 2,000-pound (907-kilogram) piece of American history, was forged in London's Whitechapel Foundry and represents freedom in the city where the Declaration of Independence was crafted. Now set in the Liberty Bell Center, the bell was commissioned in 1752 and has been in Philadelphia since British Colonial rule.More
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Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg National Military Park

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More than 50,000 soldiers died in the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil. Today, the Gettysburg National Military Park is a National Park Service–run memorial to the lives lost during those three fateful days of the American Civil War. The Gettysburg battlefield draws Civil War buffs and those who come to pay their respects and learn about this landmark event in American history.More
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The Franklin Institute Science Museum

The Franklin Institute Science Museum

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One of the country’s first science museums, the Franklin Institute takes its name from inventor and former Philadelphian Benjamin Franklin. Today, it serves as an entertaining and educational destination for visitors of all ages—its hands-on exhibits, temporary exhibitions, planetarium, and other offerings make it a family-friendly must.More
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Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest public art galleries in the United States. Along with its main Greco-Roman style building—home to works by Rubens, Monet, and van Gogh—this cultural treasure boasts four smaller museums and is fronted by the “Rocky Steps,” immortalized in the hit 1976 film Rocky.More
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Betsy Ross House

Betsy Ross House

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George Washington supposedly asked Betsy Ross to stitch the first-ever American flag. The seamstress is said to have created the Stars and Stripes in 1776. Today, visitors can explore the 18th-century house where Betsy Ross purportedly lived, examine artifacts from her life, and even meet a costumed Betsy Ross impersonator.More
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Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo

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The Philadelphia Zoo is perfect for families with kids looking for a break from the historical sites, though it has some historical significance as well—it was the nation’s first zoo. It’s home to over 1,300 different animals, many of them rare and endangered, and renowned for successfully breeding animals that are difficult to breed in captivity.More
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Christ Church

Christ Church

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Founded in 1695 and located in the heart of Old City, Christ Church is one of Philadelphia’s oldest and most significant religious landmarks, formerly attended by Founding Fathers including George Washington. Christ Church Burial Ground serves as the final resting place of Benjamin Franklin, George Ross, and other American luminaries.More
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Philadelphia Chinatown

Philadelphia Chinatown

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Originally settled in the mid-19th century by Cantonese immigrants, Philadelphia's Chinatown is a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood known for its fresh-food markets, authentic restaurants, and diverse crowds. Its streets and alleyways are jam-packed with shops, including those selling gifts and souvenirs, novelty items, and artisan crafts.More
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Heinz Field

Heinz Field

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Home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field can pack in more than 65,000 fans on game day. Seats in this stadium on the banks of the Allegheny River offer views of the city skyline and riverfront. The venue also hosts large concerts and University of Pittsburgh football games.More
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Amish Farm and House

Amish Farm and House

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Anyone curious about the history, heritage, and daily life of America’s Amish will be fascinated by the community at the Amish Farm and House in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This 200-year-old house—one of the nation’s oldest Amish attractions—hosts house and farm tours, cultural demonstrations, and interactive classes.More
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Elfreth's Alley

Elfreth's Alley

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Billed as the oldest residential street in the United States, Elfreth’s Alley dates back to 1702. A National Historic Landmark and a living museum, the narrow, cobbled alley features 32 buildings in Georgian and Federal styles. It’s also home to Elfreth's Alley Museum House.More
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Philadelphia Old City

Philadelphia Old City

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Old City is a neighborhood in Central City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, known for its antiquated charm and many historic sites important to the birth of the United States. Wander down its narrow cobblestone streets and you'll feel like you're stepping through a time warp into 18th-century colonial America.More
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Rocky Statue

Rocky Statue

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The larger-than-life bronze statue standing at the base of the steps to the Philadelphia Museum of Art has become an essential stop on any visit to the hometown of fictional fighter Rocky Balboa. The massive Rocky Statue—both arms raised—was made for the movie Rocky III (1982) and gifted to the city by actor Sylvester Stallone.More
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Pittsburgh Station Square

Pittsburgh Station Square

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At the center of Pittsburgh just across from its downtown, Station Square is one of the city’s most popular shopping, dining, and entertainment centers. Station Square is also the location from which visitors can take the historic Monongahela Incline, one of two funiculars headed up the hill to Mount Washington.Over 25 different restaurants call the square home, with a variety of cuisines served. The area also maintains an active nightlife with options for dancing and happy hours and a seasonal fireworks show. The amphitheater holds many festivals, concerts, and events year-round, with other smaller venues such as comedy clubs and sports bars adding to the fun. Station Square is a center of transportation for the city, including the Gateway Clipper Fleet of riverboats. A mile-long walking path along the river tells the history of Pittsburgh’s industrial heritage. The Station Square itself was built into the former Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Rail Station.More
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Philadelphia Academy of Music

Philadelphia Academy of Music

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Philadelphia is home to plenty of old-school American history, and the roots of its local music scene run deep, too. Travelers in search of an elegant establishment showcasing some of the best international talent will find it all at the Academy of Music.This unassuming building in the heart of Philadelphia is actually the nation’s oldest continually operational opera house. Its stunning interior houses a 5,000-pound chandelier and is modeled after Milan’s La Scala Opera House. In addition to being a destination for travelers seeking live, classical entertainment, the Academy of Music is a worthy stop for history buffs as well. The National Historic Landmark is the site where President Ulysses S. Grant was nominated for his second term and it’s the site where Martha Graham first performed “The Rite of Spring”. Visitors who arrive during the month of January can watch the Philadelphia Orchestra perform their anniversary concert, which has occurred each year for more than a century.More

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How to Spend 3 Days in Philadelphia

How to Spend 3 Days in Philadelphia

Top activities in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
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Spirit of Philadelphia Signature Dinner Cruise with Buffet
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BYOB Historically Hilarious Trolley Tour of Philadelphia
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Dark Philly Adult Night Tour

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The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
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Revolution and the Founders: History Tour of Philadelphia
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Philadelphia Segway Tour

Philadelphia Segway Tour

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Civil War Ghosts Walking Tour

Civil War Ghosts Walking Tour

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Philadelphia Cheesesteak Tour by Segway
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Flavors of Philly Food Tour
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Flavors of Philly Food Tour

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Philadelphia Horse Drawn Carriage Tour

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Spirit of Philadelphia Signature Lunch Cruise with Buffet
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