It can be so easy to overlook the history in your own backyard. Fascinating Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has more than 20 historic Moravian sites that date back to 1741, each with its own story.
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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is one of the largest states on the eastern seaboard, despite having no direct oceanfront access to the Atlantic Ocean. The state is commonly said to be Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Kentucky in between. While these derogatory statements might be amusing to some, it does have some truth. Large sections of the state are mountainous and extremely rural. But this means there’s a lot to explore in Pennsylvania.
Visitors should check out the historic sites of Philadelphia, the first capital of the United States of America. Constitution Hall, the Constitution Center and Ben Franklin’s house are all important places to visit. In Pittsburgh, there’s the birthplace of the American industrial complex – steel and transportation. The state is also home to the discovery of oil and engineering marvels like Horseshoe Curve. The state is also home to an exploding gastrotourism scene – from farm-to-table restaurants and grain-to-glass breweries and distilleries. And being located within a 4-hour drive of more than half of the country means it makes a great weekend getaway.
“Have you ever skied before?” Despite my assurances, I was told, “Well, you’ll find skiing in Pennsylvania is a little different.” While not knowing quite what to expect, we were surprised by the skiing at the Jack Frost Big Boulder ski resort.
In the Poconos Mountains, the “honeymoon capital of the world,” abandoned resorts stand hauntingly empty, being reclaimed by the Pennsylvania wilderness.
When most people think of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, their thoughts are limited to the Civil War and battlefields. But there’s much more to this historic town, like its thriving culinary scene.
Across the United States, a revolution has been taking place: craft distilling. The movement that has been shaping the beer industry for the last 20 years has finally come to spirits. Despite Pennsylvania’s antiquated liquor laws, the craft revolution has finally come and there are a number of excellent Southeast Pennsylvania distilleries.
One way we get the most out of our travels is through long weekend getaways. Living on the East Coast, there are dozens of destinations within a few hours of our home.
Instead of dying at the ax of the guillotine, what would the world be like if Marie Antoinette had escaped France and moved to rural Pennsylvania? This question seems absolutely preposterous – yet it almost happened. Seriously. We stumbled on this story in a National Geographic book and had to come to the French Azilum
In Pennsylvania, two sites are almost sacred to their loyal followers. Beer drinkers consider the Yuengling Brewery to be a temple to all that is just in this world. And followers of the unusual are in love with the abandoned town of Centralia, Pennsylvania.