We Pennsylvanians have it pretty good – so good, in fact, that no matter where in the world we roam, we will never find another place quite like home. Here are 16 ways living in Pennsylvania ruins you for life (and you can probably think of many more!):
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. You can get lost in a big city...
From Philly to Pittsburgh, a big city is never that far from home when you live in Pennsylvania.
2. Find tranquility in remote corners...
Sometimes nothing beats the excitement of the city except the tranquility of some of Pennsylvania's quietest spots - Bear Creek Preserve, Hammersley Wild Area, and Renovo, to name just a few.
3. Or turn back time in Pennsylvania's many small towns.
Those who prefer a throwback to simpler times need only visit one of Pennsylvania's many quaint small towns - Lititz, Jim Thorpe, Hawley, Foxburg, New Hope. Ligonier and...the list goes on.
4. Pennsylvania's sunrises rank second to none...
There's no better way to wake up in the morning than to a Pennsylvania sunrise except maybe...
5. Except maybe our sunsets.
The spectacular sunset that follows in the evening.
6. The stars shine brighter here than anywhere.
Pennsylvania lays claim to one of the best spots to go star gazing in the eastern part of the United States. Enjoy a natural show in the sky at Cherry Springs State Park, an area unspoiled by man made light.
7. Pennsylvania's home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls and…
Just about anywhere we go in the state, we'll find beautiful waterfalls. But, for a real treat, visit Ricketts Glen State Park, the home to 22 waterfalls, including the 94 foot tall Ganoga Falls.
8. Haunted places.
From Eastern State Penitentiary to Gettysburg and beyond, Pennsylvania boasts some of the country's most terrifying tales of ghosts and the paranormal.
9. All the best snacks are made and…
Hershey. Herr's. Martin's. Utz. Peeps. Snyder's of Hanover. And, that's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
10. Beers are brewed in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania knows how to do beer and do it right. After all, it's home to Yuengling, America's oldest brewery.
11. Pennsylvania boasts all four seasons and...
We're spoiled with four seasons - sometimes all in one day.
12. We've got the original weather forecasting groundhog.
You'll find imitations out there - like that adorable Jimmy the Groundhog in Wisconsin - but only Pennsylvania has the original weather-forecasting groundhog. Our beloved Punxsutawney Phil has been predicting long winters and early springs since 1887.
13. We're the Christmas Tree Capital of the World and...
Well, Indiana County has earned distinction as the Christmas Tree Capital of the World. Nowhere else will you find such a collection of trees.
14. Boast some really strange things and...
A road trip is never boring when you're traveling through Pennsylvania. From the Haines Shoe House in Hallam to the Giant Coffee Pot in Bedford, you never know what you're going to discover.
15. Some of the country's best sport teams but best of all...
Only one team in the NFL has won six Super Bowl Championships and that team calls Pennsylvania home. But, the Steelers aren't the only sports champs. PA's got the Pens and Flyers and the Phillies, 76ers, and Pirates - and that's only the pro teams.
16. Pennsylvania's got so much to do we never get bored.
Pennsylvania's got just about everything anyone could want - big cities, wide open spaces, indoor and outdoor sports, world class museums, outhouse races, and entertainment galore. How can any other state compare?