Pennsylvania holds it’s beauty in the American history that took place here so many years ago. Philadelphia, the Keystone State’s largest city, displays its rich history in Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed, and the Liberty Bell, an enduring symbol of American freedom. Pennsylvania is definitely a place to add to your bucket list of places to visit.
1. Walk Through The Eastern State Penitentiary If You Dare
The mother of all spoke and wheel design solitary confinement jails around the world. This place sends chills down your spine with the narrative that goes on throughout the tour and names of the people who were confined in the suffocating cells. The place despite being old is still holding its own ground and bears glimpses of the restoration efforts. If you’re a fan of Ghost Adventures or similar shows, I highly recommend this tour.
2. Eat All The Foods At The Reading Terminal Market
Foodie Heaven! Everything you could want to eat is here at the Reading Terminal. The choices are overwhelming – cheesesteak, Thai, Seafood, the list just goes on and on. It is an experience all in itself. You can spend quite a while wandering around and picking up sweets and things. Definitely a must visit! Just make sure you’re hungry! A plethora of food and fun awaits you.
3. Visit Independence Hall
Waking up early and getting there before the line is worth it! Make sure you walk through the visitor centre to see short films and the information panels about the independence struggle! Then make your way to see the bell and then crossing the road to check out Independence Hall! History happened here people!!
4. Walk Through The Chanticleer Gardens
This is a must visit if you are in the area. An amazing walk through a stunning garden. There is so much detail made beautifully with little surprises as you walk through these amazing gardens. The garden also looks different every month as the seasons change – so anytime is the perfect time! Take a seat at the many areas in the garden and just enjoy the surroundings.
5. Visit The Gettysburg Museum
The Gettysburg Museum of History is a miniature Smithsonian. This place is a little gem packed with artifacts from the Battle of Gettysburg, but it doesn’t stop there – there is also an amazing collection of all the historical memorabilia from our nation’ s past like items from George Washington, World War II, and the Kennedy administration. We highly recommend every visitor to the area to check it out, especially history teachers. We couldn’t believe this place was free, but we left a small donation before leaving. It was definitely worth it! A definite stop on your tour of Gettysburg. Look for costumed reenactors on the streets and don’t be afraid to stop and chat with them – highly entertaining and informative.
6. Explore Haunted Fort Mifflin
Numerous ghosts are known to haunt Fort Mifflin, the island fortress that was captured by the British during the Revolutionary War. Some of the most common sightings include “The Screaming Woman,” who is heard but never seen, “The Faceless Man”, “The Tour Guide,” who has been known to give tours to unsuspecting guests, and a Revolutionary-era ship that is sometimes spotted docked near Fort Mifflin. Do you dare to explore?
7. Climb Down Into Laurel Caverns
Pennsylvania’s largest cave is something that you don’t want to miss! With over 3 miles of passage ways the guided tour lasts about an hour. Laurel Caverns offers cave spelunking and cave rappelling for the most adventurous couples.
8. Visit The Mutter Museum
Perhaps the most interesting museum in the US, not for the faint of heart. It contains a collection of medical oddities, anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment.
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9. Check Out The First Complete T Rex Skeleton At The Carnegie Museum Of Natural History
Yes, the first complete T Rex. There is sooo much more to see here – seriously. If you’re in the area, don’t miss out!
10. Have Fun At Hershey Park
Sweets, treats and front row seats! Have fun on the roller coasters, swim in the pools and explore the most fun and adventurous theme park in the North!