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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

All Aboard the Fall Foliage Express

09/17/2017 - 12:50pm

Well-known by its famous moniker, “Penn’s Woods,” Pennsylvania is one of the most enchanting locations in the country for the fall foliage season. As the autumn colors cover the states in the seasonal spectacle, there’s no better way to enjoy the brilliant shades of red, yellow, and orange than on one of Pennsylvania’s many historic railroads. E...

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5 Hikes for History Buffs

09/10/2017 - 10:59am

Looking for a way to squeeze in a workout and a history lesson on your next getaway? Flex your muscle memory while enjoying the timeless beauty of Cumberland Valley with these five historical hiking trails and spots.


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Tour the Martin Guitar Factory in Nazareth, PA

08/02/2017 - 5:13pm

Almost two centuries ago, Christian “C.F.” Martin left Germany for the freedom of New York City, leaving behind the economic restrictions of the European guild system to start America’s oldest guitar manufacturing company. Within a few years, the German immigrant relocated his burgeoning young business to Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Besides crafting...

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Celebrating African American History in Pittsburgh

07/28/2017 - 5:28pm

In Pittsburgh’s famous Cultural District, the August Wilson Center for African American Culture stands as a dazzling, modern beacon of art and social progress. The museum hosts galleries, classrooms, a 500-seat theatre, and a multitude of spaces for visual and performing arts. Since 2009, this building has celebrated the contributions, in all it...

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Jim Thorpe: Authentic Small-Town Charm!

07/28/2017 - 5:26pm

Formerly know as Mauch Chunk (mock-CHUNK), Jim Thorpe has a rich and historic past. Once a vital industrial coal transportation town during the 19th century, it is now a year-round destination that takes on its own life and magic in each season. Located at the base of a steep valley carved b...

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Explore Pennsylvania's Rivers of Steel

07/28/2017 - 10:54am

Imagine the great city of Pittsburgh at the turn of the 20th century. Massive pillars of black smoke twist into the sky over the city’s towers. The air is murky, and factories and warehouses are almost overflowing with tired, underpaid industrial workers. In 1875, Pennsylvania became the steel capital of the world, making the steel ne...

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Built Tough: The Celebration of Lumber in PA

07/28/2017 - 10:51am

At the time European colonization began in the New World, the region we call “Penn’s Woods” was covered in 90% forest. Pennsylvania’s tall, straight white pine and hemlock trees provided the globe with high-in-demand ship masts, turning the state into a hub of logging. Due to the deforestation of the state, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania purch...

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Pennsylvania's Old Economy Village

06/25/2017 - 2:17pm

With its foundations constructed on the tenant of religious freedom, Pennsylvania was an attractive option for thousands of emigrants seeking refuge from the religious persecution that could be easily encountered in 18th- and 19th century Europe. For a group of German Lutherans, under the leadership of a self-proclaimed prophet by the name of Ge...

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Discover Gettysburg at the Dobbin House Tavern

05/19/2017 - 9:27am

The Dobbin House Tavern is Gettysburg’s oldest and most historic home; not only was the house built in 1776—an important year for our history—it also acted as a hospital following the Battle of Gettysburg and a crawl space for runaway slaves seeking freedom on the Underground Railroad. The house’s role as a spectator and participant in some of o...

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Take a Tour of Fallingwater

03/22/2017 - 10:04am

Pennsylvania’s roots run deep into its soil and cover many layers, dozens of facets, and take on a variety of forms. From lumber to apples, Pennsylvania has been leading many of the planet’s richest industries by reaping the rewards of a lush land abundant with natural resources. But besides its industry and inventiveness, Pennsylvania also has...

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