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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

Terrifying Tourism: Explore Philly’s Eastern State Penitentiary

10/23/2018 - 6:46am

Opened nearly two hundred years ago, the world’s most expensive prison is now one of the scariest themed attractions around. The stone gothic structure, originally designed in Benjamin Franklin’s home and built with soaring 30-foot high fortress walls, was built with the intention to terrify those that entered its boundaries. Its dark past alone...

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Golf one of the Country's Oldest Course

09/20/2018 - 9:51am

You’ll find one of the country’s oldest golf courses, constructed in 1895, near Bedford, PA. The historic course offers a high-caliber experience with views to match of the Allegheny Mountains and Cumberland Valley. The completely restored and historic course is true to its original design, and features bentgrass tees, plush greens, and well-man...

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The Soldier’s Story: Exploring the U.S. Army Heritage Center

08/19/2018 - 7:46pm

From artifact and treasure exhibits to uniformed mannequins, digital shooting ranges, and memorial walkways, the Army War College tells the American soldier’s story, woman or man, in war and in peace, from the Spanish-American War to Afghanistan. It’s an all-encompassing and interactive display of our heritage and how we proved ourselves on the...

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Ride into History at the Gettysburg Battlefield

07/31/2018 - 7:11pm

There’s an even better way to experience the grounds of America’s most famous battlefield and it’s not a ghost tour. On a horseback riding tour of the hallowed pastoral battlefield, you’ll get a new look at just about everything--literally! From your new vantage point on horseback, and with the help of your knowledgeable tour guide, a...

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Explore Pennsylvania's Trails of History

06/27/2018 - 1:26pm

One of the best ways to truly get to know Pennsylvania is through the Trails of History offered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). These mapped trails take you on a journey into our past and tell the inspiring stories of our forebears as they settled a new colony, triumphed on the field of battle, and quickly...

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Explore Eagles Mere in the Endless Mountains

05/13/2018 - 5:27pm

For over two centuries, people have been visiting a secluded mountain resort town in Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains known for its cool, clean air and crystal clear waters. Eagles Mere, called The Town Time Forgot, remains much as it did years ago thanks to the efforts of its visitors placing the land into the protective stewardship of a Lake A...

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Listen to the Tower of Voices at the Flight 93 National Memorial

04/30/2018 - 10:31am

Located on the ridge above the Memorial Plaza at the crash site, the Visitor Center Complex hosts the exhibit area, Learning Center, Allee and Western Overlook trailheads, and Flight Path Walkway and Overlook. The Memorial Plaza nearby is a one-mile drive from the Visitor Center Complex; the two walking trails can also be used to visit the Memor...

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Discover 16,000 Years of History at the Meadowcroft Rockshelter

04/18/2018 - 11:04am

Travel back 16,000 years to western Pennsylvania this spring with a visit to the Meadowcroft Rockshelter. Sixty years ago, a Washington County, PA farmer struck something a little more valuable than gold: a soon-to-be major archaeological site that would yield over two million artifacts from the oldest site of human habitation ever discovered on...

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Explore the History of Cornwall Iron Furnace

03/29/2018 - 6:48pm

Pennsylvania has a long-standing reputation for preserving history and our cities shelter some of the nation’s most important and priceless documents, artifacts, and relics. In Lebanon County, Cornwall Iron Furnace stands as the most complete and well-preserved site (in fact, the only intact) charcoal-burning iron blast furnace in its o...

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Uncover Pennsylvania's Underground Railroad Heritage

03/16/2018 - 6:19pm

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, freedom seekers made their way by any means necessary to Pennsylvania seeking liberty and civil rights. They were guided by conductors, harbored and welcomed in safe houses, and transported at "stations" along the way. Today, you and your guests can travel in their footsteps, stand on hallowed ground and c...

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