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Welcome to Pennsylvania

Beautiful and historic, Pennsylvania attracts visitors from around the world to experience its famed sights, from the old bell towers of Philadelphia and the sandy shores of Lake Erie to the rolling hills of Amish country. Explore this vast state on a private or small-group tour to take in all the adventure. Step onto a hop-on hop-off bus tour to get your bearings, stop at your favorite spots, then rejoin the tour later. Trace the footsteps of the Founding Fathers on a walking tour of Philadelphia's Old City with a local guide. Follow this up with a brewery tour of the city's burgeoning food and drink culture. Foodies will want to pair wine and chocolate by touring vineyards and Hershey's Chocolate World outside of Philadelphia. Or meet the artisans behind German clocks, antique violins, and some of the country's favorite pretzels and potato chips on factory tours in areas that highlight Pennsylvania's traditional roots. Adventure-seekers will love rafting and hiking excursions in the Poconos, while history buffs should check out tours of Independence Hall, Gettysburg, and the Amish country in Lancaster County. Guided tours bundle multiple destinations into a single day, letting you see it all in a short amount of time. Get ready to explore Pennsylvania by foot, bike, Segway, cruise boat, double-decker bus, and even a horse-drawn carriage—just like the olden days.

Top 10 attractions in Pennsylvania

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Liberty Bell Center

Liberty Bell Center

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The Liberty Bell, a 2,000-pound (907-kilogram) piece of American history, was forged in London's Whitechapel Foundry and represents freedom in the city where the Declaration of Independence was crafted. Now set in the Liberty Bell Center, the bell was commissioned in 1752 and has been in Philadelphia since British Colonial rule.More
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Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo

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The Philadelphia Zoo is perfect for families with kids looking for a break from the historical sites, though it has some historical significance as well—it was the nation’s first zoo. It’s home to over 1,300 different animals, many of them rare and endangered, and renowned for successfully breeding animals that are difficult to breed in captivity.More
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Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens

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Located 30 miles outside of Philadelphia in the heart of Chester County, the epic estate of Longwood Gardens spans more than 1000 acres of well-groomed gardens and picturesque landscapes. Purchased by the du Pont family in 1906 in an effort to preserve local land and wildlife, Longwood Gardens eventually became one of the nation’s top horticultural attractions.Travelers can explore the grounds of this idyllic Brandywine Valley institution and wander through highlights (inside and out) like the Italian Water Garden, the Birdhouse, Fern Passage, Cascade Garden and more. Mother Nature is on stunning display all year round, with seasonal highlights like the Spring Blooms, Fall Colors, Orchid Extravaganza, and the most popular Longwood Christmas. During the holiday season greenhouses and grounds are decked out in twinkling lights, making the gardens an even more incredible sight.Visitors can take a guided tour of the grounds and make a day of exploring Longwood Gardens, or hire a private driver and check out some of the nearby attractions like the Brandywine Museum and the home of Andrew Wyeth.More
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Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary

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At the time of its construction in 1829, Eastern State Penitentiary was the most expensive public structure ever built, housing notorious criminals such as gangster boss Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton. No longer a functioning prison, the structure is now open to the public as a National Historic Landmark.More
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Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg National Military Park

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More than 50,000 soldiers died in the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil. Today, the Gettysburg National Military Park is a National Park Service–run memorial to the lives lost during those three fateful days of the American Civil War. The Gettysburg battlefield draws Civil War buffs and those who come to pay their respects and learn about this landmark event in American history.More
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Amish Farm and House

Amish Farm and House

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Anyone curious about the history, heritage, and daily life of America’s Amish will be fascinated by the community at the Amish Farm and House in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This 200-year-old house—one of the nation’s oldest Amish attractions—hosts house and farm tours, cultural demonstrations, and interactive classes.More
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Betsy Ross House

Betsy Ross House

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George Washington supposedly asked Betsy Ross to stitch the first-ever American flag. The seamstress is said to have created the Stars and Stripes in 1776. Today, visitors can explore the 18th-century house where Betsy Ross purportedly lived, examine artifacts from her life, and even meet a costumed Betsy Ross impersonator.More
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Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest public art galleries in the United States. Along with its main Greco-Roman style building—home to works by Rubens, Monet, and van Gogh—this cultural treasure boasts four smaller museums and is fronted by the “Rocky Steps,” immortalized in the hit 1976 film Rocky.More
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Penn's Landing

Penn's Landing

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Sandwiched between Columbus Boulevard and the Delaware River on the east side of Philadelphia, Penn's Landing is skinny in shape but important in stature. The waterfront area served as the 1682 landing spot for William Penn, founder of the Pennsylvania colony, making it a must-see spot for any American history buff.More
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Barnes Foundation

Barnes Foundation

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Philadelphia is a city that’s home to both art and history. Few places showcase the connection between the two like the Barnes Foundation. This world-class museum houses a large collection of Modern paintings and Post-Impressionist masterpieces from artists like Renoir, Cezanne and Picasso.Travelers can wander the galleries filled with iconic works and tour the collection of smaller rooms that are reflective of the original Barnes estate. The museum also offers travelers easy access to the nearby park and the city’s waterfront, which is the perfect place for an evening skyline stroll.More

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How to Spend 3 Days in Philadelphia

How to Spend 3 Days in Philadelphia

Top activities in Pennsylvania

Spirit of Philadelphia Dinner Cruise with Buffet
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BYOB Historically Hilarious Trolley Tour of Philadelphia
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Flavors of Philly Food Tour
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Dark Philly Adult Night Tour

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