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The History and Culture of Pennsylvania: A Guide to the State’s Historic Sites and Museums

Pennsylvania is home to many historical sites. In fact, there are so many that it would be hard to count them all. It’s one of those states that is overflowing with history.

It can be hard to pick what you want to see in Pennsylvania. You really need to make a longer trip or make multiple trips to appreciate the state.

To get you started, here are some of the things that should be at the top of your list for your next trip.


Everyone needs to go to Gettysburg.

This is where one of the most famous battles in American history took place. The Battle of Gettysburg might even be one of the most famous battles worldwide because of its significance. It was here that Abraham Lincoln gave the famous Gettysburg Address. Try and see what you remember from high school.

Don’t be shy about reading it from your phone. You’ll see other people doing it, too. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Try and plan your visit for the anniversary of the battle. There is a lot going on during that time, and you won’t get bored. The town is also quite charming.

Battle of Gettysburg


There are many historical things to see in Philadelphia.

Independence Hall is just the beginning, but it should be at the top of your list. The Declaration of Independence was signed in Independence Hall. It was also where the Constitutional Convention took place, which replaced the earlier Articles of Congress.

Philly is a great food destination, too. No trip would be complete without an authentic Philly cheesesteak. It’s also one of the more relaxed cities. For example, cannabis has been decriminalized in Philadelphia so long as you have less than three grams. There is, however, a potential fine, but it’s not very high and very affordable.

Here is some information on the legal status of cannabis in Pennsylvania. Relaxing on your vacation is important. A bit of marijuana is a great way to do that, but you need to be careful. The Museum of Art and City Hall are also impressive buildings and interesting to see. Or swing by the University of Pennsylvania and check out the campus.

Independence Hall


If you love architecture, you must visit Fallingwater.

Built in 1935 by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this home is truly a masterpiece. It was considered his finest work of art. The home was originally built as a weekend getaway for the Kaufmann family. It was designed to be fully integrated into the natural surroundings.

When you visit, you’ll understand why it is one of the most famous pieces of twentieth century architecture. It has gone on to influence many of the most prominent architects since then. There are tours of the house everyday. Here, you can learn about architecture, the Kaufmann family, and about Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s a very relaxing and calming place to visit.


Valley Forge

If you remember your history lessons on the American Revolution, the winter at Valley Forge should stand out in your mind.

The winter of Valley Forge was one of the most brutal in history. Many soldiers died, most from the cold and disease at the camp.

George Washington was in command of the army at Valley Forge, so it’s a great place to learn a lot about him. To get you ready, here are some fun facts about George Washington.

For example, he didn’t have a middle name. And he probably didn’t spend his childhood cutting down cherry trees.

The winter at Valley Forge


Pittsburgh might not sound exciting, but it is. This city is home to the Andy Warhol Museum, which is one of the coolest museums featuring his art in the country.

There is also a really cool funicular located just outside the city that you can ride. And there is a university that has its own skyscraper. For history lovers, there is plenty to see and do. And though Pittsburgh may not be as famous as Philadelphia for its food, there are some great restaurants to try here.

Andy Warhol Museum


You won’t have any trouble running out of things to see in Pennsylvania. Start planning a trip today.

Heather Jones
Heather Jones
Hello! I'm Heather Jones, a dedicated writer and expert in the fields of DIY projects, home improvement, and emergency preparedness. With over 15 years of hands-on experience, I'm committed to sharing practical tips and tricks to help you make the most out of your home and life.

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