Here in Pennsylvania, we bond over a few things that we hold a bit closer to our hearts than anything else. If you’re wondering how to bond with your new significant other who is from Pennsylvania, or you are curious to find out how to fit in here, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some things that every Pennsylvanian adores.
Pennsylvania has 151 state parks, all of which offer gorgeous hiking trails. We love escaping into the forest any chance we can get.
2. United States History
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia in particular, is full of significant buildings and artifacts that help us remember how our country got started.
Who wouldn't love warm, toasty pockets of dough stuffed with buttery potatoes? Luckily, pirogues aren't hard to come by in the state of PA.
4. All Four Seasons
Every few months, we enjoy a shift in the weather. Sometimes, it feels like we experience all four seasons in one day. Even though the unpredictability can be inconvenient, we love keeping things fresh and the variety of wardrobe changes we enjoy throughout the year.
5. Sports Rivalries
Many sports fans have to look to their neighboring states in order to find rivals, but lucky for us, PA has pro teams in both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Where your loyalties lie says a lot about where in the state you come from.
3. Spending your weekend afternoons picking apples and going to pumpkin patches.
When fall rolls around, Pennsylvanians can be found taking their kids and grandkids to local farms for fun activities such as apple picking, pumpkin patches, and hay rides.
Cheesesteaks are a Pennsylvania staple that hail from Philadelphia. The true question is whether you prefer Pat's or Geno's.
8. The Chicken Dance
Our Pennsylvania Dutch roots embedded polka music into the local culture, so it's difficult to attend a wedding without hearing the chicken dance at least once. If you want to be a chicken, if you want to be a duck...
9. Saving Our Parking Spots With Lawn Chairs
You shoveled for hours-- do you really want to lose your parking spot as soon as you leave? We defend our hard earned territory, despite what people may say.
10. Farmers' Markets
Who doesn't love the taste of fresh fruits and vegetables and the warm feeling of community that can only be found at farmers' markets?
11. Straddling The Northeast And The Midwest
Pennsylvania is called the Keystone state because it acts as a border between the northeast and midwestern regions of the U.S. That's why no one can really agree into which region of the country Western PA fits.
12. Wawa Or Sheetz (But Not Both)
First we had the Montagues and the Capulets, and now we have Sheetz and Wawa. You can only choose one. Choose wisely.
13. Seeing Our Steel All Over The Country
A good portion of the steel used in building around the U.S. was manufactured in Pittsburgh and Bethlehem before the factories shut down. The legacy continues, though, in numerous buildings around the country.
14. Road Trips
Pennsylvanians are lucky enough to live close to many major cities outside of the states-- when we get bored, we can be found jetting off to New York, Baltimore, the Jersey Shore, Chicago, or a variety of other fun places that aren't too far away.
15. Hershey's Chocolate
The Hershey Chocolate Factory is one of Pennsylvania's biggest claims to fame, providing succulent sweets for people nationwide.