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Places to Visit in Philadelphia, Lancaster, Poconos, Eastern Pennsylvania

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Places to Visit in the Poconos

The breathtaking northeast mountain area is perfect for all types of outdoor recreation including skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, hiking, fishing, and boating.

The places to visit in the Pocono Mountains offer year-round diversions, from outdoor adventures to family attractions. This area is famous for its resorts, natural scenic beauty, and over 100 lakes, including Lake Wallenpaupack. The Poconos, as a tourist destination, was lampooned in a way in an episode of “Seinfeld” as a popular romantic getaway destination.
In the eastern part of the region, the Delaware River runs along the eastern edge of this mountainous area while the Susquehanna River runs along its western edge. The largest city in this area of eastern Pennsylvania is the historical mining town of Scranton but other popular destinations for winter sports in this mountainous region include Blakeslee, Macungie, and Palmerton.

The Delaware Water Gap is a 6,000-acre outdoor recreational area extending about seven miles along the Kittatinny Ridge that overlooks the Delaware River near East Stroudsburg, which is near the New Jersey border.

Pennsylvania Places to Visit near Philadelphia

Midway between the mountainous areas of the northeast and the urban Philadelphia areas of the southeast, the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania sits as a rich agricultural area of historic small towns like New Hope and Lahaska, popular with antique-seekers. The old railroad and mining towns of Easton, Bethlehem, and Allentown are also in this area.

Philadelphia Places to Vist

Dominating the southeastern area of eastern Pennsylvania is the historic city of Philadelphia, the second-largest city on the East Coast and the fifth-largest in the U.S. It is an exciting, modern city alive with theaters, symphony halls, and art museums that is also very rich in American history. Philadelphia is also home to many historical sites which draw hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

It's a short drive northwest from Philadelphia to the Valley Forge National Historical Park. Valley Forge is the site of the famous six-month encampment of Continental soldiers commanded by George Washington in 1777-1778.

Pennsylvania Dutch Country

In the southwest portion of eastern Pennsylvania is the rolling farmland known as Pennsylvania Dutch Country. With the city of Lancaster at its heart, Lancaster County and the surrounding area is home to Amish, Mennonite, Brethren, and other “Plain People” communities. This is your destination for good country cooking, folk art and crafts, and antiques. Keep an eye out for the area's famous covered bridges and Amish horses and buggies. A Pennsylvania Dutch city of over 80,000 people, Reading is famous in the history of railroads, textiles, and coal. It's now known for beer, pretzels, and outlet centers.

Places to Go in Pennsylvania - Harrisburg

The picturesque capital city of Harrisburg is located in the southwestern part of eastern Pennsylvania on the banks of the Susquehanna River. Harrisburg is best known as a city of festivals, fairs, and jazz concerts. Among the main sites in the capital city are the Pride of the Susquehanna paddle-wheeler and the Pennsylvania Capitol Rotunda.

Cool Places to See in Pennsylvania - Hershey

Chocolate-lovers need to head on up to Hershey, the Sweetest Town on Earth. Hershey is located in the northern part of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, a two-hour drive northwest of Philadelphia, just northeast of Harrisburg. Kids young and old will delight in visiting Hershey's Chocolate World as well as the city's award-winning Hershey Gardens.

The Brandywine River Valley

The historic Brandywine River Valley is located southeast of Philadelphia and just north of Wilmington, Delaware. Here you'll find Longwood Gardens and Kennett Square, the “Mushroom Capital of the World.”

Wilmington, Delaware Places to Visit

Located just about midway between New York City and Washington DC on I-95, and situated on the Delaware River 35 miles southwest of Philadelphia, is Wilmington, Delaware. Wilmington lies at the southern edge of the Brandywine River Valley. The route between Chadds Ford on the Pennsylvania side and Wilmington on the Delaware side, called the Brandywine Scenic Byway, is rich in art museums and historical sites.

Places to Visit in Philadelphia, Lancaster, the Poconos, Eastern Pennsylvania

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