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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

America Begins in Philadelphia

06/07/2021 - 9:03am

There’s nothing like an up-close look at the past to reinvigorate the present. As we approach Independence Day, an exploration of the iconic places in Philadelphia where the seeds of independence began to take root is a fitting way to anticipate the holiday.

At Carpenter’s Hall,...

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Visit the Kinzua Sky Bridge

04/24/2021 - 12:39pm

What was once an incredible feat of engineering that built the longest and tallest railroad bridge in the world is now one of Pennsylvania’s most unique and scenic recreational spots. With panoramic views of the Kinzua Valley, the Kinzua Sky Bridge offers visitors a viewpoint of its surrounding landscape that can’t be found anywhere el...

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History of Automobile Travel at The Swigart Museum

03/07/2021 - 11:55am

For those longing for travel but limited to local destinations, there are few attractions as fitting as the Swigart Museum, where travelers can tour the history of automobile travel itself. The nation’s oldest automobile museum, which is celebrating its centennial this year, houses one...

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A Saga of Sports: The Western PA Sports Museum

02/13/2021 - 4:42pm

If you were an athlete, then you know the value of sports within our lives and how the experience has left its mark on you, defined you, or made you strong. Sports teach us to be better, to push the limits of our bodies but more importantly our minds, and to carry mankind to further heights than we had ever believed possible. It’s why we keep tr...

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From Rails to Trails

03/15/2020 - 1:09pm

Miles of railroad track once spread like an intricately woven web across Pennsylvania connecting the tiniest towns to the largest cities and creating the framework for the largest transportation system in the world. By 1980, many lines were sold and abandoned. These same lines were transformed into greenway corridors to preserve a colorful part...

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Made in PA

03/08/2020 - 6:39pm

What’s made in Pennsylvania certainly need not stay in Pennsylvania, as anyone familiar with the provenance of household brands like Hershey’s and Snyder’s can attest. Yet Pennsylvania natives familiar with the wider selection of what’s made in Pennsylvania, from the state’s signature chocolates and snack foods to musical instruments, can also v...

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Travel the Fred Roger's Trail in PIttsburgh

02/02/2020 - 4:00pm

If you grew up on Mister Roger’s Neighborhood but never grew out of the lessons and beloved characters it brought to life, take a trip down memory lane to visit the Pittsburgh neighborhoods that inspired this iconic show.

The Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Exhibit at the...

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Observe Black History Month in Philadelphia

01/07/2020 - 7:31am

The United States has celebrated Black History Month ever since its inauguration by President Gerald Ford during the country’s bicentennial celebration in 1976. In the words of President Ford, during the month of February all Americans are encouraged to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in...

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Fun Things to Do This December in Pennsylvania

12/02/2019 - 10:07am

Kick-off the Christmas season (and check-off items on your shopping list) at Christmas Village in Philadelphia, where you can sample authentic German food as well as find rare crafts, jewelry, and art work. With more than 80 vendors and a visitation by the original Christkind from Germ...

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Holiday Tours of the Gifford Pinchot Family Estate

10/21/2019 - 1:08am

This holiday, visit the decorated family estate of Gifford Pinchot and tour its spacious rooms, stone walls, gardens, and even its temple-like outdoor pool. The castle-like manor, named Grey Towers, is now a hub for environmentalism, ecology, and the epic history of America’s forests. As the founder and first chief of the United States Forest Se...

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