Welcome to Pennsylvania
Since Sir Admiral William Penn was awarded the territory by King Charles II to pay off a debt in the late 1600s, Pennsylvania has grown to become one of the most vibrant RV destinations.
RVers driving through Pennsylvania will be delighted by the beautiful green mountains and lush countryside that's occasionally dotted with white tail deer, red fox and even elk. The cities are equally spectacular, with soaring bridges and skylines along with world-class theaters, major professional sports teams and stunning architecture.
Agriculture is one of the leading industries in the state and is highlighted annually at the state farm show held in January in Harrisburg. Depending where you drive, you'll see modern tractors working fields or Amish horse-drawn plows carving out furrows.
Larger than life and rich in history, Pennsylvania's major cities, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, reflect some of the best qualities of the Keystone State. Pittsburgh earned the moniker, "steel city," because of its bustling steel mills. It's shed that image in recent decades, becoming the home to major theaters, modern art museums, parks and hiking trails along the banks of the city's three rivers.
Larger than life and rich in history, Pennsylvania's major cities, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, reflect the best qualities of the Keystone State. Pittsburgh earned the moniker, "steel city," because of its bustling steel mills. It's shed that image in recent decades, becoming the home to major theaters, modern art museums, parks and hiking trails along the banks of the city's three legendary rivers: The Allegheny, the Ohio and the Monongahela. Philadelphia proudly wears its revolutionary heritage and its sleeve, but it's also home to the Rocky films, world-famous cheese steaks and the Philadelphia Soul Music.
While visiting the Keystone State, don't forget to tour some of the state's lesser-known cities, including Harrisburg (the state capital) and Hershey, where you'll find Hershey Park, home to thrilling amusement parks and—best of all—deliciously sweet chocolate that bears an iconic brand.
Pennsylvania is a paradise for American history buffs. Visit Philadelphia Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and 53 other founding fathers of the republic.
Visit the Liberty Bell Center, where the actual 2,000-pound bell, cast in 1753 and originally installed in the Pennsylvania Statehouse, is displayed in all of its grandeur.
Tourists can take an interpretive tour of Independence Hall or walk the same streets as our founding fathers. Visit buildings where they once debated politics and walk through their houses. Learn about Philadelphia's role as the state capital in the fledgling days of the nation.
Nearly a century after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, American history again turned in Pennsylvania. During the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, nearly 50,000 Union and Confederate soldiers lost their lives in the three-day battle that helped decide the outcome of the Civil War. Drive or walk the hallowed ground of Gettysburg National Park, and stand where President Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address.
Just east of Philadelphia, along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Lancaster County, lies America's oldest Amish Settlement. Visitors can step back in time to a world where horse and buggy serve as the primary source of transportation and small windmills interrupt the farmland to provide a natural source of energy. Visitors can learn about the Amish, take a tour of the countryside in a horse and buggy, buy Amish crafts and eat some good old-fashioned Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. Check out www.padutchcountry.com to plan your visit and learn the proper etiquette in dealing with Amish folk.
Pennsylvania's robust agricultural heritage has contributed to the state's newest and fastest growing industry: wine. More than 200 Local growers and wineries thrive in nearly every county in Pennsylvania, creating traditional flavors like merlot and cabernet as well as fruit wines. Some of the oldest grape pedigrees in the country grow in Pennsylvania, having been brought to North America from England by William Penn himself.
The wineries are broken into regions, each with its own wine trail where you can visit one or all along the trail. Check out their website, www.pennsylvaniawine.com to help plan your visit.