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Welcome to Pennsylvania

They say opposites attract, and that couldn’t be truer for Pennsylvania. Within her 46,000-square-mile territory, you can encounter both Amish communities and modern cities. You’ll discover relaxing waterways teeming with bass and racetracks that echo with high-octane engines. American history occupies a sacred place here, but you’ll also find cutting-edge attractions that dazzle the senses and push artistic boundaries.

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State Bird: Ruffed Grouse. Getty Images

The Nation’s Greenest Gardens

Slow things down in some of America’s most brilliant gardens. The Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square will impress with their conservatory and 40 gardens planted and designed in traditional English, French and Italian styles. In the Valley Forge region, the Morris Arboretum houses over 12,000 plants from around the world, with many rare species on display.

From Historic Cities to Modern Metropolises

Discover where modern-day democracy and the American Dream all started in Philadelphia, the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage City. Inside Independence National Historical Park, visit sites like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the National Constitution Center.

Contemporary Pittsburgh

Fast forward to Pittsburgh, known for forward-looking art and culture, including the Andy Warhol Museum and Carnegie Museums. You’ll also uncover Chihuly glass sculptures scattered throughout the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Head east for a delicious visit to Hershey, home to the world-famous chocolate company of the same name. See how the sweet stuff is made and create your own candy bar at Hershey’s Chocolate World. Nearby, Hersheypark tempts thrill seekers to hop on its 70 rides.

Super Trail Segment

A 229-mile portion of the Appalachian Trail cuts through the southwest corner of Pennsylvania. Seasoned hikers can sample the iconic trail from several trailheads, including those found at Boiling Springs, Duncannon and the Greater Waynesboro Area. Make sure to visit the Appalachian Trail Museum during your trek. Nestled in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, this museum is the only one dedicated to hiking in the country.

Adventures on Lake Erie

Discover Pennsylvania’s gateway to the Great Lakes in the town of Erie. Here, Presque Isle State Park entices beachcombers to explore a sandy peninsula. Go surfing — yes, surfing — at three designated locations. Kayak through lagoons or take your boat out to spot migrating birds. A scenic tour of Lake Erie is offered by the park in case you don’t have your own boat. Yel-low perch can be caught year-round in the Great Lake, while Presque Isle Bay is a top spot for reeling in bluegill, largemouth bass and crappie. Other popular angling destinations in the state include the Susquehanna River, Allegheny River, Laurel Highlands Trout Trail and Upper Delaware River.