Pennsylvania Scenic Byways
The Keystone State
Pennsylvania is located in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeastern, and Appalachian regions of the United States, which is more than can be said for many other states. The Appalachian Mountains run through the center of the state, but they are far from the most interesting part of this incredible state. Pennsylvania may be the 33rd largest state by area, but it is the fifth most populous, with a total population of over 13 million people.
While what is now Pennsylvania and Delaware was originally part of a Colony of New Sweden, they can trace its origin to a 1681 land grant given to William Penn, whose father inspired the state’s name. Pennsylvania may have been the second state to ratify the United States constitution, however, it was a hotbed for activity during the Revolutionary War, at his home to places like Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were drafted. Those looking to experience American history up close can visit places like Valley Forge National Park, which has beautiful walking trails during the summer, as well as many historic cabins to let visitors experience A taste of American history.
Pennsylvania may be home to a wide range of climates, however in general they are humid summers and cold winters, although most areas of Pennsylvania do not get a large snowfall, this depends on where and how far North each area is located. While Philadelphia may not receive a large amount of snowfall, areas that border Lake Erie can receive over 100 inches (250 centimeters) of snow per year.
Those looking to explore the natural scenery of this state can make their way through the Appalachian Mountains, or to any number of scenic byways that crisscross this state. Pennsylvania is home to many forested regions that are perfect for camping via tent or RV, as well as rivers that make for great canoeing trips. Those who are fans of hiking can have fun along the Appalachian Mountains, and those who would prefer a scenic walking trail can find plenty of historic pathways to explore.
Those looking to explore an urban center need to look no further than Philadelphia, which is home to countless museums, incredible historic monuments, and plenty of restaurants and other entertainment options to satisfy the local explorer. Whether you’re looking to get a cheesesteak at Reading Terminal Market or run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art like Rocky himself, you’re sure to find yourself enjoying your trip to this incredible city, within this incredible state. No matter your interest, you’re sure to find yourself right at home within Pennsylvania.