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Visit Pennsylvania's Historic Places

More than 1,000 museums and hundreds of historical sites tell of the Commonwealth’s rich, storied, and important past. Gettysburg and Philadelphia are best known, but the entire state is rich with historic preservation—as well as the kind of living history you can only find in a place that treasures its streetscapes and architecture. Pennsylvania boasts 30 National Park Service parks, trails, and landmarks.

And when you’re finished touring, great antique shops and local merchants offer unique, historic, and local merchandise. There are more than 130 farmers and artisans markets in Pennsylvania.

So when you get off the highway in Pennsylvania, you can truly take a trip to Unique!

History & Heritage Blog

Historic Ghost Walks and Haunts

09/15/2019 - 3:01pm

Trick or treat yourself to one of Pennsylvania’s haunted attractions and historic ghost tours this October. Whether you genuinely enjoy being scared out of your wits or you just like learning about an area’s history, Pennsylvania’s storied past is the perfect setting for a supernatural experience that will send a chill up your spine. F...

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Steamtown Railfest

08/30/2019 - 10:37am

Located on a working railroad yard in Scranton, Steamtown USA is one of the country’s most unique National Historic Sites and one of the few that dedicates itself to the story of industrialization in the United States. The museum at Steamtown’s 40-acre site details the history and technology of locomotives in America and Pennsylvania,...

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Pittsburgh’s Best Distillery and the Whiskey Rebellion Trail

07/27/2019 - 12:00pm

In 1791, the federal government imposed its first tax on a domestic product: all distilled spirits. But American whiskey was by far the country’s most popular distilled beverage so what became known as “the whiskey tax” rapidly sparked civil disobedience, violence, tax evasion, and intimidation tactics throughout the western states and the front...

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Explore Gettysburg in July for the Annual Reenactment & More

07/06/2019 - 5:06pm

A small town in south-central Pennsylvania suddenly found itself as the site of the Civil War’s climactic battle more than 150 years ago. The rural village, after four days that made it the bloodiest battle in American history, would become some of America’s most hallowed ground. Whether you’re seeking to immerse yourself in the histor...

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The Keystone State & The National Park Service

06/18/2019 - 9:14am

While the Keystone State boasts no official National Parks, we make up for it national battlefields, heritage areas, historic parks, forests, and trails that are all managed by the National Park Service. Exploring these locations and landmarks is a great way to experience both the natural landscape of PA and its rich history and herita...

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Explore History at the Ephrata Cloister

05/27/2019 - 9:52pm

Established as a semi-monastic community with a convent in 1732, the pious and celibate members of the religious order led by Johann Conrad Beissel sought religious freedom in one of the only places that offered it in the world: Pennsylvania. Beissel’s celibate Brothers and S...

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Visit the Tower of Voices at the Flight 93 National Memorial

04/29/2019 - 9:05am

Almost twenty years ago, four commercial airliners were hijacked by al-Qaeda terrorists. While two crashed into the World Trade Center towers and a third into the Pentagon, the fourth, United Flight 93, crashed into a common field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It wasn’t until later that the complete and heroic story of Flight 93’s fi...

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Experience 16,000 Years of History at Meadowcroft

04/14/2019 - 9:24am

Experience thousands of years of history in a single day at the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village. Dig into the archaeological evidence that led scientists to conclude the rockshelter had been continuously inhabited for 16,000 years and then experience rural life in the carefully recreated 19th century village of Meadowcroft...

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Visit Pennsylvania's Botanical Gardens this Spring

03/20/2019 - 8:52am

There isn’t a more beautiful time to explore Pennsylvania this spring as the state’s landscape transforms into a colorful tapestry of wildflowers, tulips, wisteria, and fragrant flowering trees. Although that landscape is large beyond measure, you can find Pennsylvania’s breathtaking botanical gardens and arboretums in every corner. Find out mor...

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Celebrate the Star Spangled Banner with a visit to Independence Square

10/20/2019 - 11:11pm

Inspired by the sight of the American flag still waving in the early morning air following the relentless British assault on Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, the poem that would later be known as the Star Spangled Banner actually did not become our official national anthem until 1931. Before that, we didn’t have a national anthem a...

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