Known for its Amish country, buzzing cities like Philadelphia, and its historic sites, the Keystone State is a great place for family vacations or a romantic getaway. Book your Pennsylvania vacation today and come see what the state has to offer for yourself.
Whether you’re into the great outdoors, want to brush up on the history of American Independence, or are looking for a family vacation with plenty of theme parks for the kids, Pennsylvania has all this and more to offer. From Amish Country to the roller coasters of Hersheypark, children and adults of all ages will love vacations in Pennsylvania.
Hershey Park – Kids (and adults) of all ages will love a trip to this amusement park, also home to Hershey’s Chocolate World. With its water park, roller coasters and wildlife park, it’s a great family day out. Sesame Place (based on the Sesame Street TV show) is another popular theme park for younger children, located just outside Philadelphia.
The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall – No vacation here is complete without a visit to one of the most renowned symbols of American independence, the Liberty Bell. Located in the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historic Park in Philadelphia, you’ll find Independence Hall (where the US Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution was agreed and signed) nearby too.
Gettysburg National Military Park – The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the American Civil War, and you can visit the site of the 1863 battle (and its museum) – you can even book a private tour.
1. Poconos Mountains – The Poconos are a popular recreation spot for all ages, whether you’re into hiking, mountain biking, skiing, water parks or fishing, or just looking for a family-friendly camping spot.
2. Philadelphia – Known for its cheesesteak and its rich history, the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ is well worth exploring on your trip. Once you’ve seen the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, check out Reading Terminal Market, the oldest farmers market in the United States, chow down on some cheesesteak at one of the city’s diners, or visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
3. Lancaster County – This is Pennsylvania Dutch country, home to the world’s largest Amish settlement. Head for the city of Lancaster to shop for handmade Amish furniture and quilts you won’t find anywhere else.
4. Lake Erie – The Pennsylvania part of Lake Erie is a deservedly popular spot with families on vacation. Here you can get away from it all for a few hours (or days) of hiking, biking, fishing, and camping, or just take a boat out on the lake and unwind.
5. Washington and New York City – If you’ve got a few hours spare on your vacation, why not take a road trip to Washington or New York City, both just a short drive (3-4 hours) from Pennsylvania?
While summers in Pennsylvania are long, hot and humid (with average temperatures of around 85°F), the weather can be cooler in the northeast and west. Winters here are cold with lots of snow, perfect for outdoor pursuits like skiing, or seeing the cities of Pennsylvania at their festive best.
It’s best to hire a car to make the most of your Pennsylvania vacation, particularly if you’re on a weekend getaway. There are many roads leading in and out, most notably the I-95 south to New England. The I-76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) is the main route east to west from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, passing Harrisburg on the way. US Route 30 (the ‘Lincoln Highway’) takes in many small, interesting historic towns.