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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

The Season for Timeless Towns: Charming Buck’s County Main Streets

12/05/2022 - 8:26pm

During Christmastime, main streets in Bucks County are not only central to each town’s history, but also—with the plethora of twinkling lights, oversized wreaths, and festive displays adorning historic buildings and quaint businesses—they’re the heart of the holiday season. To find the key to your Christmas spirit this year, visit one of these p...

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US Route 40: See History in Full Color

09/25/2022 - 5:24pm

The Historic National Road Byway in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands wasn’t christened “historic” for nothing—the area has an overabundance of historic landmarks, perhaps only matched by the proliferation of spectacular views. As the nation’s first federally funded interstate highway...

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Find Your Flavor of Happy in the Summer Traditions of "Happy Valley"

05/30/2022 - 11:30am

If Pennsylvania’s “Happy Valley” was deemed happy even in the financial fluctuations of the Great Depression, how much more happiness is there to be discovered today in vibrant Penn State and its surrounding regions? Find your happy in an array of longstanding Penn State traditions, beloved by locals and visitors alike.

When it comes to “...

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Homestead with a Communal History at Eisenhower Farm

03/30/2022 - 6:56pm

Whether you aim to retreat from the unknowns of the present into the fixities of the past, or whether you want to embrace our history for all the wisdom it has to offer for today, Eisenhower Farm is replete with all the trappings of History, both made and in the making. Purchased b...

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Chocolate-Covered February

02/06/2022 - 3:25pm

Honoring all things chocolate, you'll find a month-long celebration in Hershey, The Sweetest Place On Earth. A variety of chocolate events are planned throughout the month of February. Sneak away with that special someone to a chocolate-covered paradise. Visit the...

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Experience Pittsburgh: The Gateway to an Enriching Holiday Season

12/13/2021 - 6:19pm

Discover ways to enhance your mind rather than merely indulge your appetites this holiday season by mining the rich and varied history of Pittsburgh, the legendary “Gateway to the West.” Located at the convergence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers and critical in the production of steel and coal in the last century and a half, it mi...

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A Vibrant Journey along the Harrisburg Mural Trail

09/08/2021 - 9:38am

To appreciate art that truly lives and is lived with, the Harrisburg Mural Trail in the heart of Pennsylvania’s capitol provides an abundance of colorful public art that one can experience free of charge–not...

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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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