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Philadelphia Philadelphia is located on the eastern part of the state. Philadelphia is full of history; this is the place where Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams shaped a new nation. Millions of visitors come to Philadelphia to retrace the founding fathers footsteps. The areas surrounding Philadelphia offer the visitor such diversity such as the Brandywine Valley where the site of the world famous Longwood Gardens; Valley Forge is located. This is where Washington's brave army endured the bitter winter of 1777/1778. There is Bucks County, which has country inns, artist's colonies and then there is Lehigh Valley, this is where Moravian culture flourishes.

Pittsburgh Pittsburgh is America's renaissance city, and is located where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers form the Ohio River. The best place to view the Golden Triangle is on top of Mount Washington. The views are spectacular. Laurel Highlands is an amalgam of tiny towns, country restaurants, antique shops and resorts. This is a great stop, and has a great country feel.

Gettysburg Gettysburg is the scene of the bloody Civil War battle, which is now dotted with hundreds of monuments and cannons in silent tribute to the fallen soldiers. There are a variety of attractions to see. In Hershey there is the Hershey Park, Zoo America and Chocolate World, just to name a few. The Pennsylvania Dutch country is where the Amish have shunned the modern conveniences, which many of us would be lost without, like automobiles and electricity. This area has intriguing Amish markets and farms. It nice to see how people from other ways of life live, and it make you realize you don't actually need all the modern conveniences of today, but they are definitely nice to have.

Outdoors

Lake Erie Located on the northern tier of Pennsylvania. At Lake Erie, you can enjoy swimming, camping, and fishing. There are miles of beaches where you can enjoy being in nature.

Pacini Mountains Located on the northern tier of Pennsylvania. At the Pacini Mountains, there is so much to do. You can go hiking, fishing in the streams, hunting, swimming, camping and in winter there are all the winter sports to enjoy, such as skiing and snow boarding.

Pocanos area Located on the northern tier of Pennsylvania. This area boasts many honeymoon retreats, several attraction, family styled resorts and of course excellent skiing.

Moving around

The public transport in Philadelphia is excellent; there are busses, a high-speed rail service and taxis. Several car rental agencies are available for those who would like their own transport and not to rely on public transport, but I feel that it is not essential because of the efficiency of the public transport.The public transport in Philadelphia is excellent; there are busses, a high-speed rail service and taxis. Several car rental agencies are available for those who would like their own transport and not to rely on public transport, but I feel that it is not essential because of the efficiency of the public transport.

National festival and holidays

Autumn Leaf Festival The Autumn Leaf Festival takes place in Clarion, Pennsylvania. The festival usually takes place the last week of September through the first week of October. This is a great time of year, and there are usually a variety of stores selling food, and tons of entertainment.

Fall Harvest Market The Fall Harvest Market takes place at Brandywine River Museum from the Middle of September to the end of October. There are various things on sale, such as honey, apples, pottery, handcrafted jewelry and various crafts by regional artisans. http://www.bradywinemuseum.org

Heritage Harvest Festival This festival takes place at the beginning of October with various crafts, food on sale. There is a car show, a petting zoo for the kids and antique tractor jousting for those of you who think they can handle it. The entertainment consists of various live acts. Admission to the festival is free of charge.

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