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Vacation in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania is a state in the eastern part of the United States. One of the original Thirteen Colonies that founded the country. Also known as the Keystone State [ central location among the original colonies ] or the Quaker State.

Regions in Pennsylvania : Coal Region, Cumberland Valley, Delaware Valley, Lehigh Valley, Northern Tier, Northwest Region, Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Laurel Highlands, The Poconos.

Metropolitan areas Pennsylvania : Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Altoona, Erie, Harrisburg-Carlisle-Lebanon, Johnstown, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh [ Western Pennsylvania ], Reading, Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, State College, Williamsport and York-Hanover.

Cities in Pennsylvania.

Capital City Pennsylvania : Harrisburg.

camping, car hire, holiday rentals, hotels & inns, tour operators - pennsylvania tours, travel guides, travel to pennsylvania


Camping / Campgrounds / RV Parks

  Go Camping America   -   National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC)
  Koa   -   Campgrounds of America
  National Park Service Campground and Tour Reservation Site
  Funroads   -   Get Outta Town!

Car Rentals in Pennsylvania

Car rental

Car Rental USA  Sixt   -    

Holiday Homes Pennsylvania / Apartments

Holiday homes, condos, cabins and villas, offered directly by owner. Simply browse and search the properties for that perfect vacation spot.
  VRBO vacation rentals    -   USA Vacation Rentals

Hotels in Pennsylvania   -   Hotel Guide Pennsylvania
Popular destination :   Philadelphia, Langhorne, Pittsburgh, Churchill, Greenland, Scranton, Harrisburg, Essington, King of Prussia, Gettysburg, Coraopolis, Carlisle.

Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

    -   Motel 6 and Red Roof   -    

National Parks / State Parks

  Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
Established on July 1, 1995, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is charged with maintaining and preserving the 116 state parks; managing the 2.1 million acres of state forest land; providing information on the state's ecological and geologic resources; and establishing community conservation partnerships with grants and technical assistance to benefit rivers, trails, greenways, local parks and recreation, regional heritage parks, open space and natural areas.

  National Park Service
The NPS works with communities to preserve and care for neighborhood treasures. They also work with teachers to create unique opportunities for students to learn about history at the real places where events unfolded.

Travel Agents / Tour Operators

  Kuoni    -   City trip Philadelphia
Philadelphia is easy to explore by foot and it also has an excellent local transit system. Visit Independence National Historic Park or Independence Mall as it's known, a 45 acre park which encompasses several well preserved 18th century structures, which date back to the American Revolution, and is America's most historical square mile.

Thomas Cook

   -   Create your perfect trip to Pennsylvania
Flight, Hotel and Car.

Local Travel Organizations / Tour Operators :

  East Coast Touring Company   -   Specialists in group travel
Tours : One Day Getaways, Multi-Day Tours, Cruises, Special Events/ Mystery Tours and Student Tours.
Destinations: Mid West and North East
  Philadelphia   -   -   Official Visitor Site for Greater Philadelphila
Yyour gateway to Philadelphia and The Countryside™. The new design makes it easier than ever for you to plan your visit — restaurants, hotels, itineraries and much more are now at your fingertips.

Travel Guides Pennsylvania / Travel Related Books

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Transportation / How do I travel to Pennsylvania

Erie Airport   -   Erie International Airport
  Harrisburg Airport   -   Harrisburg International Airport [ HIA ]
  Lehigh Valley International Airport [ LNAA ]
  Philadelphia Airport [ PHL ]   -   Philadelphia International Airport
  Pittsburgh Airport   -   Pittsburgh International Airport

  Middletown (MDT)
  Lehigh Valley (ABE)


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  Airline Tickets Pennsylvania / Bargain Flights

  Greyhound Lines
Scheduled bus service to New York City from Upstate New York, Northern New Jersey, and Eastern Pennsylvania, along with exciting tours and professional charter service.

  Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

  Maps of Pennsylvania [ Uni Texas   -   Perry-Castaņeda Library   -   Map Collection ]


  Pennsylvania Office of Tourism

  State of Pennsylvania [ Government ] - Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

  City of Harrisburg   -   State Capital Pennsylvania -

  Coal Region
Area of Northeastern Pennsylvania in the central Appalachian Mountains comprised of Lackawanna, Luzerne, Columbia, Carbon, Schuylkill, and Northumberland County.
The region is home to the largest known deposits of anthracite coal found in the Americas. See
  Cumberland Valley
Region between South Mountain and the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Pennsylvania and western Maryland . Principal cities in Cumberland Valley : Harrisburg, Carlisle, Mechanicsburg, Shippensburg, Chambersburg.
  Delaware Valley
The Delaware Valley is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, and is located in the middle of the BosWash megalopolis, the name given for a group of metropolitan areas in the northeastern United States, extending from Boston, Massachusetts to Washington, D.C. See e.g. The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.
  Lehigh Valley   -  Lehigh Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau
Region located along the Lehigh River in the eastern part of the state. The Lehigh Valley's principal cities are Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton.
The Lehigh Valley is part of the Great Valley, a region largely made up of limestone that stretches along the eastern edge of the Appalachian Mountains.
  Northern Tier - region consisting of five rural counties in north-central Pennsylvania
Counties and important towns in the Northern Tier are : Bradford [ Athens, Sayre, Towanda ], Sullivan [ Laporte ], Susquehanna [ Montrose, New Milford ], Tioga [ Mansfield, Wellsboro ], Wyoming [ Tunkhannock ].
  Northwest Region Pennsylvania
Area of Pennsylvania containing Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, and Warren counties. It is also the location of Allegheny National Forest. Within the forest is the Kinzua Dam, which created the Allegheny Reservoir.
  Pennsylvania Dutch Country   -   southeastern Pennsylvania
Refers to an area of southeastern Pennsylvania that has a high percentage of Amish, Mennonite and "Fancy Dutch" inhabitants. See Lancaster County Pennsylvania Dutch Country Official Visitors Center.
  Laurel Highlands   -   southwestern part of the state of Pennsylvania
Southeast of Pittsburgh, it is at region full of wildlife and natural attractions such as the Loyalhanna Gorge, located east of Latrobe on U.S. Route 30, to an adventurous afternoon whitewater rafting, canoeing, or kayaking on the raging waters of the Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County, plus the 2 .3 miles of passages at Laurel Caverns, Pennsylvania's largest cave and miles of scenic woodlands, breathtaking views and beautiful countryside.
Other natural attractions in the area include: Laurel Hill, Laurel Ridge, Kooser, Keystone, Linn Run, Laurel Mountain, and Laurel Summit state parks; Forbes State Forest, including the Roaring Run and Mount Davis natural areas; the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail; and several county parks.
In winter it is a skiing area with resorts like Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Hidden Valley Four Seasons Resort, and Laurel Mountain Ski Resort, which are some of the most popular resorts in the Northeast.
Laurel Highlands encompasses Fayette County, Somerset County and Westmoreland County.
  The Poconos   -   located in northeastern Pennsylvania, appr. 30 miles north of Allentown
The Poconos are a well known outdoor recreation destination for visitors around the northeast, especially from New York City and Philadelphia.
There are extensive opportunities for watersports, with many of the lakes and rivers stocked for fishing.
The region is also a popular winter destination. Ski resorts : Camelback Ski Area, the largest, Jack Frost Mountain and Big Boulder, Shawnee Mountain, Ski Big Bear, Tanglwood, Blue Mountain, and Alpine Mountain. Many resorts cater to both winter and summer visitors. See Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau, Inc

  Brandywine Valley & Beyond [ Chester County ]
Enjoy the hundreds of breathtaking acres at Longwood Gardens, tour behind-the-scenes at QVC Studio Park or fly over the Brandywine Valley in a hot air balloon with the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team. See the countryside, walk around our towns, and shop our retail malls and smaller boutique shops.
The Brandywine Valley's fertile land has become known for its wineries, producing wines by the case, such as the Chaddsford Winery, which offers tours and tastings. Of course, fine and casual dining options are available throughout Chester County, like Simon Pearce on the Brandywine, which also sells the glassware and flatware visitors eat from in their gift shop (you can see them make the glass, too!).
  Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau
  Lehigh Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau
  Metro Harrisburg-Carlisle-Lebanon
Bigggest Cities in Metro : Harrisburg, Lebanon, Swatara Townsh, Hershey, Middletown, Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, New Cumberland, Steeltonand and Wormleysburg
  Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau
  Pennsylvania Dutch Country - Lancaster County [ Welcome Center ]
Most comprehensive source of information on the culture and the attractions of Lancaster County, PA
and the Pennsylvania Dutch Country! Many, many links!
  Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau
  Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau
  York County Convention & Visitors Bureau

  Allentown   -   Allentown City   -   Tourism   -   Visit Allentown
Located on the Lehigh River. Allentown is the largest of three adjacent cities that comprise an area of Pennsylvania known as the Lehigh Valley, with the cities of Bethlehem and Easton surrounding.
  Altoona, Blair County   -  City of Altoona
A major railroad town, Altoona was founded by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1849 as the site for a shop complex. Altoona is served by several Amtrak trains daily. On an average day, 60 to 80 trains pass though Altoona. The historical importance to the railroad industry and the current high level of railroad activity has made Altoona a mecca for Railfans for over 60 years.
  Bethlehem   -   City of Bethlehem   -   Christmas City U.S.A.
Bethlehem is a unique combination of old and new. Almost every corner of the city exudes its own sense of history. Tall, straight buildings of factory-made steel, glass, and brick mingle with structures that illustrate the exacting patience necessary to connect hand-hewn logs and limestone block.
  Carlisle   -   Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce   -   Visit Carlisle & Cumberland County
Carlisle and Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Located only minutes from Harrisburg, Hershey, Gettysburg, and Lancaster, and just two hours from Philadelphia and Washington D.C, it's a short drive away, but a world apart. Cumberland County's got it all - small town charm and big city sophistication. Whether you're a history buff, an art lover, an outdoor enthusiast, or a sports fan, whether you want to sightsee, shop, dine, be entertained or pampered, you'll find all kinds of interesting places to see and fun things to do. Just click on one of the categories and you're on your way to a great trip!
  Erie   -   City of Erie   -   Tourism Erie   -   Visit Erie
  Gettysburg   -   Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau
  Harrisburg   -   City of Harrisburg - Visitors Harrisburg
The City of Harrisburg is host to many world-class and unique attractions. From the National Civil War Museum , the only one of its kind in the United States, to the Select Medical IMAX Theater at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.
  Johnstown   -   City of Johnstown   -   Tourism   -   Johnstown and Cambria County
Located in the rural mountains of Pennsylvania, the City of Johnstown is a center of history, family and economic activity.
  Lancaster   -   City of Lancaster   -   Red Rose City
The oldest inland city in the United States of America, snuggled along the north and west by the mighty Susquehanna River, was originally settled in 1718. The Honorable James Hamilton laid it out in building lots and out lots, and in 1730, it became the county seat.
  Lebanon   -   City of Lebanon   -   Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce
The City of Lebanon is strategically located almost equidistant from Harrisburg, Lancaster, and Reading.
Philadelphia, a dynamic place where big city excitement meets hometown charm, awaits your arrival. Famous as the birthplace of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the cradle of liberty offers much more than cobblestone streets and historical landmarks. Cultural, culinary, artistic and ethnic treasures abound in this city and its surrounding countryside. The fifth-largest city in the country, Philadelphia is a welcoming place, a city based on freedom of expression.
  Pittsburgh   -   City of Pittsburgh   -   Tourism   -   Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau
  Reading   -   City of Reading
  Williamsport   -   see Lycoming County Visitors Bureau
  York-Hanover   -   York

More cities : Chester, Coatesville, Easton, Franklin, Hazleton, Hermitage, Lock Haven, Lower Burrell, Mckeesport, Monongahela, New Castle, Pottsville, St Marys, Warren, Washington, Williamsport.

Municipalities : Monroeville, Mt. Lebanon, Murrysville

Towns : Town of Bloomsburg

  Lebanon County
Step in to the past, where quaint little towns offer down-home hospitality, comfort, and family atmosphere, while meeting the future with modern amenities, beautiful recreactional areas, and superb Shopping resources. Lebanon County is a beautiful collection of communities heaped in Americana. Visit Lebanon County; we're Not Just Country!
  Lycoming County
Lycoming County is rich in history, tradition and diversity. Here you can enjoy all the amenities of twenty-first century culture and technology and still never be away form the natural beauty of the Appalachian Mountains or the Susquehanna River.

  Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom [ Allentown ]
One of the largest water parks in the country, with over a dozen water rides and pools. A major summer attraction and is especially popular with residents from the local Lehigh Valley, as well as Allentown's two closest major cities, New York City and Philadelphia.
  Horseshoe Curve [ City of Altoona ]
A famous curved section of track owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad, now a tourist attraction and National Historic Landmark, and its funicular. The Curve was used to raise trains to a sufficient altitude to cross the Allegheny Ridge to the west, beyond which was the steel town of Pittsburgh and the rest of the western United States. The Horseshoe Curve, because of it being the industrial link to the western U.S., was a primary target of eight Nazi saboteurs who infiltrated the United States in the early years of World War II (1942) by being dropped off by Kriegsmarine U-Boats. See Horseshoe Curve Map - NE Rails
  News   -   Erie Times
  News   -   Lancaster Online
  News   -   Lebanon Daily News
  News   -   The Patriot News
  News   -   The Sentinel [ Carlisle ]
  Radio   -   Web Radio Pennsylvania
  TV   -   Pennsylvania Public Television Network
  University Pennsylvania   -   Penn University of Pennsylvania
  Waldameer Park & Waterworld [ Erie ]

Cuisine   -   Pennsylvania Recipes   -   see 'Recipes' [ Straight outta da Coal Region kitchen! ]
Food from the Coal Region is something missed the most by ex-Coal Crackers. The multi-ethnic heritage of the region makes it home to wonderful recipes from all over the world. From boilo to halupkies, city chicken to mozhee, many a Coal Cracker's mouth waters at the mere mention of these culinary delights.

  Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking : A Mennonite Community Cookbook (Hardcover)
by Mary E. Showalter
Over 1,100 mouth-watering recipes are in this fabulous collection of favorites contributed by Mennonite families from all over the United States and Canada. All the recipes have been brought up-to-date for directions and measurements so whether it's oyster chowder or apple fritters, or the many main dishes and desserts that make Mennonite cooking so delicious, all of them can be enjoyed by the modern cook.
Hardcover: 512 pages; Publisher: Gramercy (April 4, 2000); ISBN: 051716213X.
  New Recipes from Quilt Country : More Food & Folkways from the Amish & Mennonites (Hardcover)
by Marcia Adams.
Stories and simple recipes from Amish and conservative Mennonite communities across the country.
Hardcover: 304 pages; Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1st ed edition (September 16, 1997); ISBN: 0517705621

  Historic American Recipes 
Apple-Fritters | Dough-Nuts | Cocoa-nut Drops | Molasses Gingerbread | Common Gingerbread | Election Cake | Indian Meal Pudding | Fried Sweet Potatoes | Sweet Potato Pie | Beef-Stake | German Chicken Stew | Jack Rabbit Stew | To Roast a Pig | Broiled Scrod | To boil a Cod's Head.

History Pennsylvania

  Pennsylvania's History   -   Wikipedia
  Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
  Black Diamonds   -   Discover why anthracite coal is Pennsylvania's "Black Diamonds".
Experience Northeast Pennsylvania's anthracite mining heritage through unique and varied attractions, historic sites and special events that provide a revealing look at the industry and people that fueled America's Industrial Revolution.

The Amish are a religious group who live in settlements in 22 states and Ontario, Canada. The oldest group of Old Order Amish, about 16-18,000 people live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The Amish stress humility, family and community, and separation from the world. Although Lancaster Amish are Pennsylvania Dutch, all Pennsylvania Dutch are not Amish.
Pennsylvania Dutch
The Pennsylvania Dutch are natives of Central Pennsylvania, particularly Lancaster and its surrounding counties. Unlike the Amish, they are not all one religion. Instead, their common bond is a mainly German background [ Pennsylvania Dutch is actually Pennsylvania Deutsch, or German ].

  National Park Service  -  Links to the past
Explore America's cultural resources - buildings, landscapes, archeological sites, ethnographic resources, objects and documents, structures and districts.

Music, Arts & Culture, Entertainment

  Pennsylvania Arts And Music
Visitor's Guide To The Arts and Culture of Pennsylvania and NYC
  PhillyFunGuide is the Philadelphia region's comprehensive, up-to-date consumer website featuring entertainment events.

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