The state of Pennsylvania, formally named Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is situated in the northeast part of the United States. It shares borders with the U.S. sates of Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, New York to the north, New Jersey to the east and Delaware to the southeast; Canada and the Lake Erie are to the northwest. Pennsylvania has numerous historical sites from the America Revolution such as in the capital Harrisburg. In this magnificent city there are significant landmarks including the National Civil War Museum as well as excellent cultural options such as the Susquehanna Art Museum. In Harrisburg you may also visit the City Island on the Susquehanna River offering a distinctive park.
In the largest city in the state, Philadelphia, is the Liberty Bell, a symbol of the American independence, which can be seen in the Independence National Historical Park along with other landmarks associated with the American Revolution. Here, the main site is the Independence Hall where the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence where discussed and adopted. Another major attraction in Philadelphia is the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the museum’s entrance steps known as the “Rocky Steps” for featuring on the film “Rocky”. Historical monuments are also seen in small cities throughout Pennsylvania such as in Lewistown.
Pennsylvania’s terrain is diverse and attractive including mountain areas such as Poconos offering wonderful scenic landscapes with bodies of water, forests, and ski areas.
Population: 12.8 million inhabitants
Other major cities: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, Reading, Scranton, Bethlehem, Lancaster, Williamsport
Main attractions: Philadelphia: Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Art Museum steps, Franklin Institute, Reading Terminal Market;
Harrisburg: Pennsylvania State Capitol, National Civil War Museum, State Museum of Pennsylvania, City Island;
Pittsburgh: Andy Warhol Museum, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens; Valley Forge (historical site); Hershey Park; Gettysburg National Military Park; Isle State Park; Strasburg Rail Road; Eastern State Penitentiary, Fallingwater building
Major Airports: Harrisburg International Airport (MDT), Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)