Climb aboard an open mine car and travel into the side of Mahanoy Mountain for a trip straight back into Pennsylvania’s vibrant past, back to when the coal mining industry thrived. Tucked away in Ashland, the Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine invites visitors to experience an old coal mine on this coal mine tour in Pennsylvania.

Click play above to take a virtual tour of the Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine as produced by Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau.

Click play above to take a virtual ride on the old steam engine that awaits when you visit Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine. (Video by Joseph Fusco)

Tour an old coal mine in Pennsylvania then climb aboard an old-fashioned steam engine train for a relaxing, educational afternoon at the Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine. Have you been on this coal mine tour in Pennsylvania? Share your experience in the comments! If you enjoy traveling back in time, take a virtual tour back to the 1940s in Pennsylvania.

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What are the most unique things to do in Pennsylvania?

You’ll have little difficulty finding unique things to do in Pennsylvania. Remember reading about the old lady in a shoe? Well, you can visit a shoe just like that little old lady lived in when you visit Haines Shoe House. The unique house offers tours and even sells ice cream. Are you a fan of magic? You can’t go wrong with a visit to the Harry Houdini Museum in Scranton. Plan to spend at least three hours at the museum which promises an interactive experience, including a magic show performed by professional magicians.

What unique tours in Pennsylvania can I take?

For one of the most unique tours in Pennsylvania, make your way to Wolf Sanctuary in Lititz. The sanctuary is home to formerly abused and neglected wolves and offers tours for visitors. You can even join an evening tour on select nights throughout the year. Did you know that Pennsylvania is the snack capital of the United States? You can set off on your own tour of the snack food trail in Pennsylvania, which will take you to such fun and iconic sites as Hershey’s Chocolate World, Herr’s in Nottingham, and Julius Sturgis Pretzel Factory in Lititz. (Always check to ensure the attraction is open before hitting the road.)

Does Pennsylvania have any natural wonders?

If you’re looking for unique things to do in Pennsylvania, consider visiting some of its natural wonders (and there are quite a few of them). We’re all familiar with potholes in PA, but did you know we also have the world’s largest pothole? We do, and you can see it at Archbald Pothole State Park. To get an idea of how big it is, you’d have to pour 140,000 gallons of water in it to fill it up. At Ringing Rocks, on the other hand, you can take a hammer, and the rocks will make music. Other natural wonders in Pennsylvania include Hammersley Wild Area, Pine Creek Gorge, and Laurel Caverns.

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