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Here Are 5 Pennsylvania Road Trips That Will Give You Unforgettable Memories

Planning an entire trip to an unfamiliar area can be tough– you might not know what’s worth seeing and what’s “meh” without some outside insight to help steer you. That’s where we come in! We looked around to find the coolest and most fun attractions in five different Pennsylvania cities or counties to give you fun trip ideas for you and your friends or family. Here’s to having some fun this summer!

1. Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love.

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The Philadelphia Art Museum is definitely first on my list every time I visit the city. Their impressive collection of art spans all periods and continents.

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If you’re in the mood for something weird, be sure to stop by Mütter Museum, where a bizarre and sometimes creepy (sometimes terrifying) collection of medical oddities is kept on display.

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Penn’s Landing is a popular destination for tourists, where summertime events are often held. It commemorates the spot where William Penn landed.

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Of course, no trip to Philadelphia is complete without celebrating our nation’s history. Be sure to stop by the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Betsy Ross House.

2. Lancaster County, the Garden Spot of America and Home of the Pennsylvania Dutch.

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Dutch Haven is a gift shop and bakery that’s sure to tempt you to empty your wallet. Make sure you try their incredibly shoo-fly pie.

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The Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train will allow you to learn about a vital part of our state’s history with a tour of an authentic coal mine and a ride on a real steam train. 8607809929_d85bb12770_z

The trail through Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve offers gorgeous views of wildflower fields.

3. Pittsburgh, the Steel City.

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The Duquesne Incline not only is a truly unique railroad experience, but the ideal way to get stunning views of Pittsburgh’s skyline from Mount Washington.

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The Carnegie Natural History Museum has one of the largest collections of dinosaur bones in the world! Even more exciting than that, the natural history museum and The Carnegie Art Museum are two museums in one building, for the cost of one admission.

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Be sure to catch a ball game at the fabulous PNC Park on the North Side!

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If you’re feeling hungry and tired after a long day of adventuring, check out Church Brew Works for delicious food and craft beer brewed on-site. The cuisine and drinks here are truly out of this world.

4. Erie, the Flagship City, the Gem City.

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Enjoy Pennsylvania’s most expansive beaches that are on Lake Erie at Presque Isle State Park.

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Have some fun in the sun at Waldameer Park & Water World.

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Learn about our state’s rich naval history at The Erie Maritime Museum, operated by the Flagship Niagara League.

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Sit down, relax, and enjoy a show at the Warner Theater, which was commissioned by the Warner Brothers themselves.

5. Allentown, the Queen City, & Bethlehem, Christmas City, USA.

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Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem opened in 2009 at the site of the former Bethlehem Steel Company. Enjoy gambling, live shows, wild nightlife, and luxury accommodations.

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Bethlehem Brew Works is a Lehigh Valley landmark with two locations– one in Allentown, and one in Bethlehem. Enjoy authentic German cuisine and home-brewed beers at this historical restaurant.

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Of course, what trip to the Lehigh Valley would be complete without stopping at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom? Pictured above is the stomach-dropping roller coaster, Steel Force.

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The freshest attraction to hit Allentown is the PPL Center, home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey team. Allentown’s downtown was completely transformed by the addition of this hockey arena.

There you have it– some of the best attractions in Pennsylvania. What road trips and additional stops would you recommend?

Christi
Christi is from Allentown and currently lives and goes to school in Pittsburgh.