Pennsylvania is home to many one-of-a-kind attractions from architectural marvels and the nation’s oldest residential street, to the oldest brewery and one of America’s favorite candy bars. Take a trip throughout the Commonwealth to check these attractions off your bucket list!
Fallingwater - Laurel Highlands
Named one of "12 landmarks that will change the way you see the world" by Travel + Leisure magazine, Fallingwater is a multistoried house that stretches over a 30-foot waterfall. This landmark is the only remaining Frank Lloyd Wright house with its setting, original furnishings and artwork intact. Built between 1936 and 1939, Fallingwater is a National Historic Landmark and captured everyone’s imagination when it was featured on the cover of Time magazine in 1938.
D.G. Yuengling & Son - Upstate PA
Only one brewery can claim fame as being the oldest brewery in the United States, and it’s Yuengling. David G. Yuengling established the Eagle Brewery on Centre Street in Pottsville in 1829 and for more than 175 years, this family-owned and operated business has prided itself on its quality production and taste. Traveling through the factory, viewers can examine beer production, get a sneak peek at the cave under the factory and sample this historic beer.
Hershey’s Chocolate World - Dutch Country Roads
Touting the title as “The Sweetest Place On Earth™,” Hershey lives up to its name with endless chocolate sights, smells and taste-testing experiences at Hershey’s Chocolate World. Sing along with new state-of-the-art animated barnyard friends on a sweet journey to learn how cocoa beans are transformed into the famous chocolates we all know and love on the newly reimagined Hershey’s Chocolate Tour. Chocolate enthusiasts also can experience Hershey’s one-of-a-kind Create Your Own Candy Bar attraction that lets guests choose their own candy bar ingredients and design customized wrappers. Continue the sweet time with Hershey’s chocolate experts on Hershey’s Chocolate Tasting Adventure and discover how to engage all of your senses in the flavorful world of chocolate. There’s even more sweet fun to be had with your favorite candy characters as you uncover the 4D Chocolate Mystery through stunning digital animation or hop on board an old-fashioned trolley for a tour of Chocolatetown USA and the iconic man who built the chocolate empire – Milton Hershey.
Pine Creek Gorge - Pennsylvania Wilds
Pine Creek Gorge, commonly referred to as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, is surrounded by approximately 165,000 acres of the Tioga State Forest, offering spectacular views from overlooks, hiking trails, waterfalls and more. Camping, biking, horseback riding and snowmobiling opportunities abound in the park throughout the year.
Elfreth’s Alley - Philadelphia and its Countryside
Take a stroll down the nation’s oldest residential street that dates back to the first days of the eighteenth century. Located in the heart of Old City, Elfreth’s Alley is one of few landmarks dedicated to the everyday American. The thirty-two buildings along the alley were built between the 1720s and 1830s, and today they reveal fascinating stories of everyday life, the spaces that America’s founders knew.
Grey Towers - Pocono Mountains
Grey Towers is the home of Gifford Pinchot, America's first Chief Forester, Conservationist and Pennsylvania Governor. The Towers is a National Historic Site that was built on nearly 100 acres, and is one of the Forest Service's most significant cultural resources. In 1963, John F. Kennedy dedicated the Pinchot Institute for Conservation Studies as a historic landmark. Visitors can take a tour where they’ll explore all three floors of the mansion.
ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks - Lehigh Valley
Once one of the largest Brownfields in the U.S., the plant is now a popular destination for music, art and community events. With steel black furnaces providing the backdrop, this four-story, contemporary performing arts center and cultural campus has three outdoor performance venues that bring local, regional and national artistic, musical and cinematic performances to the Lehigh Valley 365 days a year.
Johnstown Inclined Plane - The Alleghenies
The Johnstown Incline is the steepest vehicular incline in the world. Built in 1890, the Inclined Plane helped carry people, horses and wagons to the new hilltop community of Westmont to help build the community. When a flood happened again in 1936, the Inclined Plane proved its worth by carrying almost 4,000 residents to safety.
Knoebels Amusement Park - Valleys of the Susquehanna
Nestled among the trees of central Pennsylvania, Knoebels was established in 1926 and remains a family favorite amusement park. Enthusiasts have touted the rides at Knoebels including The Haunted Mansion, named in several publications as one of the best dark rides anywhere; The Grand Carousel; and The Phoenix, which has been ranked among the top ten wooden roller coasters by the Los Angeles Times. To top it off, Knoebels admission is always free!
Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park - Pennsylvania Wilds
Spend the day at Penn’s Cave enjoying an array of tours at America’s only all-water cavern and wildlife park. The exciting off-road Cave Rock Mountain Tour is a new addition to Penn’s Cave. This fully-guided two and a half hour adventure takes visitors from the cave rock to the mountain top over obstacles, moguls and ravines by Jeep while climbing to the spectacular mountain vista. Penn’s Cave also offers a one-mile guided cavern tour by motorboat and a traditional wildlife tour.
Fort Necessity National Battlefield - Laurel Highlands
The battle at Fort Necessity in the summer of 1754 was the opening act of the French and Indian War. The main park unit contains the reconstructed Fort Necessity, the historic Mount Washington Tavern, a picnic area, and hiking trails. The park features an Interpretive and Education Center that features interactive exhibits that will immerse you in history.
Hanover Shoe Farms - Dutch Country Roads
This famous Pennsylvania nursery has been a world class breeding establishment for nearly three-quarters of a century. The farm is the world’s top-ranking Standardbred horse breeding farm and has produced a multitude of winners of harness racing’s most prestigious events such as the Hambletonian, Kentucky Futurity, Little Brown Jug and Breeders Crown.
The Andy Warhol Museum - Pittsburgh and its Countryside
Located in the North Shore, the Andy Warhol Museum is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. The museum is a place in which diverse audiences are astounded by the art and life of Andy Warhol. The museum is ever-changing and constantly redefining itself, using its unique collections and dynamic, interactive programming as tools. Opened in 1994, the museum features extensive permanent collections of art and archives on one of the most influential American artists of the twentieth century. It is a primary resource for anyone seeking insights into contemporary art and popular culture.
Titusville/Drake Well Museum - Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes
Visit the birthplace of America’s oil industry in Titusville, Pa., at the Drake Well Museum. Visitors can tour the museum to see where Edwin L. Drake drilled the oil well that launched the modern petroleum industry in 1859. The museum tells the story of the modern oil industry through videos, exhibits, oil field machinery, and historic buildings in a park setting.
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem - Lehigh Valley
The choir performs the works of Johann Sebastian Bach to promote and encourage appreciation of the aesthetic and spiritual value of Bach’s music. The choir is the oldest American Bach Choir, and gave the first American performance of the Bach’s Mass in B Minor and the Christmas Oratorio. Since its founding in 1898, the Choir has been attracting thousands of national and international visitors every May for its annual Bethlehem Bach Festival.
Tinoesta Scenic and Research Areas - Pennsylvania Wilds
This area offers more than 2,000 acres of old-growth timber and is the largest virgin forest in the hemlock. The research center is located in the southeast part of the forest and is set aside for monitoring and research of a natural, unmanaged old-growth forest. The area is most notable for the tremendous effects of a tornado that struck in May of 1985, causing widespread “blowndown” or “windthrow.”
Independence Hall - Philadelphia and its Countryside
Discover the site where two of democracy’s greatest documents were written and the second continental congress was held. Noted as one of the most famous buildings in the world, visitors can view the Assembly room where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were drafted and signed to explore the origins of American democracy.
The City of Bridges - Pittsburgh and its Countryside
Pittsburgh is known for having the most bridges in the world with 446, beating Venice for the record and earning them the designation “The City of Bridges.” The city is nestled in the steep hills of western Pennsylvania and situated at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monogahela Rivers, which form the Ohio River. Without these bridges, the city would be a series of valleys.
Boulder Field at Hickory Run State Park - Pocono Mountains
The 15,990-acre park lies in the western foothills of the Pocono Mountains. This park offers more than 40 miles of hiking trails, three state park natural areas and miles of trout streams. Visitors can also enjoy scenic views of Boulder Field, a boulder-strewn area, and National Natural Landmark.
Foxburg Golf Course & Country Club - Pennsylvania Wilds
Test your skills on America’s oldest golf course. Established in 1887, the renovated Foxburg Country Club’s historic nine-hole course has challenging narrow fairways, deep roughs and fast greens. The country club’s log clubhouse is home to the American Golf Hall of Fame, featuring a priceless collection of golf clubs and memorabilia covering 400 years of golf. The golf course, clubhouse and Hall of Fame are open to the public seven days a week from April through October.
Tunkhannock Viaduct - Upstate PA
The Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct, the world's largest concrete railroad bridge, was part of a major improvement to the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. Commonly called the Nicholson Bridge, it was constructed from 1912 to 1915. The bridge is 2,375 feet long, 34 feet wide, and 300 feet in extreme height from the top of the parapet to bottom of deepest foundation pit. Accessible from Routes 11 and 92. The Nicholson and the Tunkhannock Viaduct are part of the Viaduct Valley Way Scenic Byway.
Mifflinburg Buggy Museum - Valleys of the Susquehanna
Step back in time and take a tour of the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum. Visitors can take a look at where William A. Heiss made buggies for the town for more than 30 years. The buildings offer a unique look into America’s industrial past. The tour takes your through exhibits including a hands-on workbench, video and guided tours of the family home, carriage house, original buggy factory and repository. The museum features three structures, the home of William Heiss, the repository and the shed where they built the buggies.