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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

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 PA's 338th Birthday!

02/10/2019 - 3:09pm

Pennsylvania residents and visitors are invited to celebrate the commonwealth's 338th birthday on Charter Day, Sunday, March 10 with free admission to many historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History. Charter Day celebrates the founding of Pennsylvania and visitors have a rare opportunity to see the origi...

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PA Farm Show - A Wintertime Favorite

12/29/2018 - 7:03pm

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest agricultural event in the nation, and it’s one of the capitol area’s wintertime favorites. Besides the judged food competitions, rodeos, wine tasting, and Dairymen’s milkshakes, the PA Farm Show is an important venue for knowledge-sharing in our state’s most profitable industry. Farmers have an opportuni...

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Explore Christkindlmarkts

12/01/2018 - 12:58pm

The Pennsylvania Dutch brought more than delicious food when they crossed the Atlantic Ocean in search of a better life. Today, we can enjoy a holiday tradition deeply rooted in Europe: the Christkindlmarkt. Originating in Germany, the Christkindlmarkt was a way to celebrate the season and birth of Christ with food, drink, and artisanal products...

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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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