Pennsylvania is widely known as the birthplace of modern United States and the cradle of blooming democracy in the face of British persecution, as well as numerous revolution-era battlefields. However, Pennsylvania also boasts a booming economy on two shores, some interesting cuisine contributions to the American diet, and the well known Amish community in its countryside. Explore the nation’s foundations this season!
As the center of the independence movement, Pennsylvania is a state of firsts for the United States, including the country’s first capital in York where the Articles of Confederation were drafted and a nation was established. Consequently, the origins of the U.S. Marine Corps were founded in Philadelphia as the Continental Marines. Pennsylvania is home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was drafted and signed, in Philadelphia.
Candy, Confectioners and Cravings
The nation’s first pretzel factory, Sturgis Pretzel House, was built in Pennsylvania, along with other major snack-food manufacturing that makes up a large percentage of the states economy today. The potato chip and pretzel industries have caused some to dub Pennsylvania the snack food capital of the world.
Rest assured, though, that Pennsylvania is not all salty. The United States chocolate industry is based in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where the namesake company has its headquarters, major manufacturing, and a tourist exhibit open to the public. Other major factories nearby include See’s Candy, Mars and the Wilbur Chocolate Company.
Pennsylvania is also the famed home of the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich, the hoagie, Italian ice (similar to shaved ice), soft pretzels, the stromboli, and even Heinz Ketchup. The popularity of these local foods can be witnessed at the numerous professional sporting events throughout Pennsylvania, but centered in Pittsburgh. While traveling Pennsylvania, treat yourself to a Pittsburgh Pirates or Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball game or get rough and raucous at a Steelers or Eagles NFL game or a 76ers NBA game. For the speed-demons, Pennsylvania has a thriving racecar driving circuit.
Pennsylvania Pastures and Ports
Discover the unique Anabaptist lifestyle of Pennsylvania’s Amish communities in Dutch County by visiting the Plain and Fancy Farm, but make sure to refrain from intruding on the communities as they are active populations and not tourist sites. Head northeast on Pennsylvania’s well kempt state highways into the mountainous retreat of the Poconos for superb hiking, ski resorts and even a section of the Appalachian Trail. Visit the Coal Region of Pennsylvania and come face-to-face with the states oldest working class industry. Mine tours throughout the region demonstrate the history, hazards, hard work and Irish/Polish heritage of the coal industry in Pennsylvania.
Choose to experience the riches and history of Pennsylvania. Book your travel today and immerse yourself in United States history and heritage wherever you finally touch down in Pennsylvania.