The holidays are fun and everything, but no one can deny that they bring with them a hefty amount of stress. At this time of year, plenty of stressful things like buying gifts for loved ones, hosting holiday parties, and the end of school semesters often coincide and can leave you feeling drained. Here are some things you can do to unwind in Pennsylvania, this time of year, or at any time.
1. Go for a long hike.
You can't travel more than a few miles in Pennsylvania without coming across one of our many beautiful state parks. They offer unbelievable trails for hiking and other outdoors activities.
2. Go shopping at one of the largest malls in the country.
King of Prussia mall is the second largest mall in the country, and has an unbelievable amount of stores...go wild and try not to think about your next credit card bill.
3. Admire prehistoric artifacts that are perfectly preserved.
The Carnegie Natural History Museum in Pittsburgh has one of the most impressive collections of dinosaur bones in the world, not to mention tons of other intriguing exhibits.
4. Unwind at a luxury spa.
You will NOT regret a trip to The Lodge at Woodloch in Hawley.
5. Take a long drive.
Pennsylvania is famous for its miles and miles of winding country roads. Get lost for awhile.
6. Take a covered bridge tour.
While you're exploring those country roads, try finding some covered bridges. They are a tradition throughout the country, but Pennsylvania has more left than any other state.
7. Take a walk in the park.
Fairmount Park in Philadelphia is not only a gigantic, beautiful park, but it contains what is technically the largest sculpture garden in the world. Cool.
8. Soak up the ambiance of a traditional tea room.
If Starbucks is a little bit too fast-paced for your relaxed pace, try Dobra Tea House in Pittsburgh. With over 100 teas to choose from, you can find something that truly appeases your palette.
9. Visit Amish Country.
Pennsylvania has the largest population of Amish people anywhere, and thus has some pretty unique tourist attractions. Get in touch with what makes our state different by taking the trip to visit Lancaster. You'll be welcome.
10. Ponder the mysteries of the sea.
Lake Erie is home to legendary tales of seafarers and ghosts. Take a trip to Presque Isle Park; the waters will calm you (unless you think too much about those ghosts).
11. Indulge in a gourmet meal.
Pennsylvania has some of the best dining in the entire country. Pictured is Talula's Table in Kennett Square, which is one of the most exclusive restaurants in the country; there are tons of amazing places to eat throughout the entire state, however.
12. Take part in a fun movie-going experience.
The first drive-in movie theater in the country was Shankweiler's in Orefield; try finding one of these gems near you and enjoy a truly unique entertainment experience.
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