Hershey is also popular for the Gettysburg/Lancaster leg. Pittsburgh is also a great city. Depends on your interests. It's the 150th Anniversary of the Battle in Gettysburg, so there will be many crowds this summer. Not sure when you plan on touring. State parks have a lot to offer as well.
Check out the official PA visitors site, trip planner, activities and suggestions. http://www.visitpa.com/pa-road-tripsEdited: 5:47 pm, April 27, 2013
Thanks for the info. We plan to travel the last of May - hopefully ahead of some of the crowds. Any advise on Philadelphia? Would like to stay in convenient location to tour the historical sites of the city.
Best to post in the Philadelphia forum for better responses.
I suggest to post in the Philly forum for advice too, and I believe your visiting time may coincide with college graduation time, making Philadelphia hotels hard to get. And look into Delaware Water Gap as a place to visit
Thanks for your help and suggestions. Our dates are flexible so will check hotel availability.
Some suggestions for Longwood Gardens. In June, the roses are in bloom. Try eating at the sit~down restauranrant rather than the cafeteria, it'll be a few dollars more, it's worth it. Be sure to try the mushroom soup [you'll be in the mushroom capital], feel free to ask for the recipe or look for it at their site... I know I've seen it there before. I cannot find it. Well, just do a search online.
What are your starting and ending points? Do you want to cover the state from west to east (or vice versa)? I assume you're driving. The places you've mentioned are a small portion of PA, all in the southeastern quadrant.
In the southeastern corner of the state are other touristy places like Lancaster, Gettysburg, Hershey, the Brandywine Valley, which includes Longwood Gardens but also features Brandywine River Museum, Winterthur Museum with its own very distinctive gardens, Hagley Museum. Nearby you could tour QVC and the American Helicopter Museum. Note, if you are really into gardens, DO NOT miss Chanticleer, on the Main Line, not far from Philly.
In the northeast corner, there's the Poconos, a forested recreational area. South of the Poconos and north of Philly, there's a tri-city region -- Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton. A full day's worth of stuff to do there, particularly if you're into the arts or casinos.
Sprinkled around in other less-traveled parts of the state are a stunning Frank Lloyd Wright house and nearby an opportunity to sleep in a FLW structure; the home of the largest elk herd east of the Mississippi; the oldest brewery in America; 150+ wineries, some of which actually produce drinkable wine; the Harley-Davidson factory tour. You *could* spend a very interesting, fun week in Pennsylvania without ever visiting the large cities.
So much depends on your interests. I hope you've discovered this website: http://www.visitpa.com/
Wherever you go, hope you have fun!
Make sure to check out the Lancaster Visitors' Bureau at www.padutchcountry.com. The website is full of information and has an interactive itinerary function. They even have an app. Please consider B&B's instead of large, faceless, cold, bland hotels when traveling. PA has the 2nd largest number of B&B's in the country.
Thanks, Over the Rainbow!
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