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Get to Know Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania, a state marked by its rich history, diverse landscapes, natural beauty, and vibrant culture, offers an ever-changing palette of experiences, making it a perfect year-round destination. Whether you’re soaking in the vibrant hues of fall, enjoying the blossoms of spring, reveling in summer’s outdoor activities, or cozying up to winter’s festive cheer, Pennsylvania offers an array of experiences that promise to make every visit unforgettable. Plan your trip according to the season and immerse yourself in the unique attractions that make the “Keystone State” a remarkable destination all year round.

Spring: A Season of Bloom, Beginnings, Nature, and Festivals

Spring in Pennsylvania is heralded by the Philadelphia Flower Show, the nation’s largest and longest-running horticultural event. This show transforms the Pennsylvania Convention Center into a floral paradise, showcasing a vast array of flora in creatively themed displays.

And did you know that Philadelphia is America’s Garden Capital?? There are more than 30 public gardens in and around the city to enjoy.

Spring is the perfect time to bike from Center City along Philadelphia’s famous Boathouse Row and into the city’s Garden District of Chestnut Hill.

Discover the Philadelphia Museum of Art, home to the iconic Rocky Steps. Explore the Barnes Foundation’s exceptional art collection. And art is not limited by museum walls. The City of Brotherly Love  has been called the “Mural Art Capital of the World

Travel west to Pittsburgh, known for its stunning skyline, world-class museums, and vibrant culture. Explore the Carnegie Museums, the Andy Warhol Museum, the historic Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and ride up the Duquesne Incline for panoramic views.

Make a short side trip from the “Steel City” to Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands. Visit Latrobe, the home of beloved childhood television host, Mister Rogers. Explore Winnie Palmer’s Nature Reserve. Pay your respects at the Flight 93 Memorial. And visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Fallingwater.

As nature awakens, mild temperatures and blooming wildflowers create an ideal hiking atmosphere for hiking the Appalachian Trail. Enjoy scenic vistas, especially in the North, where the Susquehanna River cuts through the landscape. 

Gardens at Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia's Garden District
Broad Street Philadelphia at night looking toward Indepence Mall

Summer: Outdoor Adventures, Historic Places and Cultural Festivities

Celebrate America’s birth in Philadelphia, where the nation’s founding documents were crafted at Independence Hall. Explore the Liberty Bell, the Museum of the American Revolution, and historic cobblestone streets, capped off with fireworks over the Philadelphia Art Museum.

History enthusiasts will appreciate Gettysburg, the Civil War’s turning point, featuring the National Military Park and the site of Lincoln’s iconic address.

The Allegheny Mountains allure with lush summer landscapes perfect for hiking, biking, and camping, highlighted by the beauty of Allegheny National Forest and the adventures at Ohiopyle State Park.

Pennsylvania’s waters offer endless recreation; Lake Erie’s Presque Isle State Park and Central Pennsylvania’s Raystown Lake cater to beach-goers, bird watchers, and outdoor enthusiasts with activities from boating to mountain biking.

Centre County vibrates with cultural life in summer, hosting the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, concerts, outdoor events, and a plethora of activities near Penn State University.

The Pocono Mountains and the “Pennsylvania Grand Canyon” (Pine Creek Gorge) promise summer adventure with hiking, water sports, and scenic beauty.

Lancaster County offers a glimpse into Amish life, with scenic drives, markets, and traditional Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine.

In Hershey, indulge in chocolate adventures at Hershey’s Chocolate World and Hershey Park, celebrating the town’s sweet legacy.

Fall: Foliage, History, and Heritage

As fall unfolds, the Allegheny Mountains transform into a riot of colors, offering some of the most spectacular foliage views. This season is also a reflective time to delve into the area’s rich history, with trails and tours that echo the past.

Explore the Legacy of Johnstown, a resilient city with a history of triumph over tragedy.  The Johnstown Flood National Memorial and the Johnstown Flood Museum provide insightful explorations of the human spirit and the natural world. Fall is the perfect time to bike between the National Memorial and the Flood Museum on The Path of the Flood.

Pennsylvania in fall offers an abundance of natural beauty, with state parks like Ricketts Glen with its mesmerizing waterfalls and Rothrock State Forest offering breathtaking views and unique ecosystems. These parks provide excellent hiking trails to marvel at the spectacular fall colors and spot wildlife.

Fall is football season and there is nothing quite like the energy of a Penn State Football Home Game at Beaver Stadium.

Cloudy fall day at Bear Meadows

Winter: Snowy Escapes, Festive Lights, and Cozy Traditions

The historic town of Jim Thorpe wears winter well, with its Victorian architecture providing a picturesque setting for holiday events and shopping. The town’s Old Time Christmas Festival is a highlight, offering a glimpse into cozy traditions and festive cheer.

The Poconos and  are a winter sports enthusiast’s paradise, offering some of the best skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing in the state. Resorts like Camelback and Blue Mountain cater to all skill levels, from beginners to advanced.

For outdoor enthusiasts, the crisp winter air and sparkling landscapes of the Laurel Highlands create a winter wonderland offering snowy escapades, with cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. Or simply relax in a cozy cabin surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

Experience the magic of the holiday season in Pennsylvania by visiting one of its many Christmas markets, such as those in Bethlehem, dubbed “Christmas City USA.” Philadelphia and Pittsburgh dazzle with festive lights and decorations, creating a warm atmosphere even on the coldest days.

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