Pennsylvania

Travel Guide
West End-Elliott Overlook Park which includes landscape views, a city and night scenes
Some of America’s most iconic historical monuments are located in the fascinating cities of Pennsylvania, a state that also offers stunning woodland scenery.

Multicultural and multifaceted Pennsylvania is the home of two of the finest cities in northeastern America. Spend days hopping between galleries and museums of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh or simply visit to admire the stunning architecture in each city. Leave the cities behind, however, to discover famous battlefields, charming towns and outdoor adventure.

Pennsylvania is known as the “Keystone State” as it was an economic and political focal point in the formation of the new country. Explore the State Museum of Pennsylvania to learn about the state’s role in the colonial era and during the industrial revolution. Visit the town of Gettysburg to learn about the state’s continued importance in the Civil War.

Discover more local history and culture in the grand city of Philadelphia. Here you can learn about the formation of America by visiting the Liberty Bell, the National Constitution Center and Independence Hall. Encounter masterpieces from around the world in the the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, one of the largest museums of its kind in America.

Creative Pittsburgh is equally appealing and is the home of the Carnegie Museums, a multi-site attraction encompassing science, art and natural history. Join crowds of locals at Heinz Field to watch a football match for an unmissable Pittsburgh experience.

Explore Allegheny National Forest, an alluring swath of woodland in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Ride mountain bikes across the rugged terrain or amble along walking trails. Don’t miss the Kinzua Sky Walk, an old railway bridge that stands at over 300 feet (90 meters) above the forest.

Sample the delicious produce of Pennsylvania’s numerous vineyards. Join the Bucks County Wine Trail north of Philadelphia or the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail in south-central for numerous wineries that offer tours and tasting sessions.

Both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have airports that serve most of the country. Come at any season of the year. Foliage tours make fall a particularly popular time to enjoy the scenery. Winter comes with snow sports while spring and summer promise warm days for outdoor activities.

Where to stay in Pennsylvania

Liberty Bell Center featuring heritage architecture, a monument and a city

Center City

4.5/5(6,262 area reviews)

Boasting a dense downtown area, Center City offers a plethora of restaurants, bars, and cultural institutions like Kimmel Center and Academy of Music. Explore Penn's Landing, Old City, or the medical Mütter Museum, and enjoy convenient transport options.

Center City
Downtown Pittsburgh which includes a bridge and a river or creek

Downtown Pittsburgh

4.5/5(2,251 area reviews)

Discover the urban downtown center, home to historic sites like Point State Park and the Cultural District. Enjoy diverse shopping options and easy access to public transportation, including the "T" light rail and bus networks.

Downtown Pittsburgh
North Shore showing a river or creek, a bridge and a city

North Shore

4.5/5(567 area reviews)

Heinz Field, PNC Park, and The Andy Warhol Museum await in this vibrant area, connected to Downtown Pittsburgh by the iconic Roberto Clemente, Andy Warhol, and Rachel Carson Bridges. Enjoy easy access to two light rail stations.

North Shore
Bella Vista which includes street scenes and markets

South Philadelphia