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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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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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Philadelphia’s New Museum of the American Revolution

10/21/2019 - 1:06am

Philadelphia’s brand new museum in its Historic District, just feet away from Independence Hall, tells the story of the creation of the American nation, one that history had been waiting for, and brings to life the people, events, and ideals that defined the American Revolution. The 118,000 square foot museum opened its doors on April 19, 2017 d...

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

10/20/2019 - 11:12pm

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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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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