The state of Pennsylvania was one of the original 13 Colonies that made up the United States when they declared independence. That means since the very beginning this Appalachian East Coast state has been a major part of history in the United States and continues to this day to be a major influencer not only locally but throughout the nation. Whether you’ve heard about the emerging music scene in the city of the Philadelphia, or love the blue collar standard of Pittsburgh, there is plenty to see in this state.
Historians or history fans will love everything they can see throughout the state. Whether it’s taking time to visit the Civil War battlefields (Gettysburg is an incredible visit) or take a look at where the founding fathers wrote so many important documents in the city of Philadelphia, there is living history everywhere.
While not quite the same thing, there’s also the famous Lancaster County which is also known by the majority of people as “Amish Country.” There are covered bridges, and no matter where you go in the state there are examples of living history that you can find and enjoy!
Two Big Cities
The cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are known as sort of the two “large” cities in Pennsylvania and while both are impressive, there are plenty of others throughout the state that deserves plenty of attention. That being said, there’s a reason that these two cities stand out to anyone who thinks about the state. They both feature professional sports teams in most major sports, offer the full range of cultural offerings, and each has suburbs that in and of themselves work as fantastic cities that bring in all kinds of people for a wide variety of reasons.
More Than Coal Country
While the decline of coal, steel, and manufacturing has hurt in many places, the state is about a lot more than just one thing. There are so many things about the state that make residents proud to be from there and visitors happy to see the place.
Pennsylvania has been a major part of U.S. history since the very beginning. This state has so much to offer whether you want to hike through some of the most beautiful parts of the Appalachian Trail or visiting the professional sports teams of the cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania is a very popular state and it is likely to remain so.