Must-see attractions in Pennsylvania

  • Carpenters' Hall, Independence National Historical Park.

    Independence National Historical Park


    This L-shaped Philadelphia park, bound by 6th, 2nd, Walnut and Arch Sts, protects and honors the institutions that formed the foundation of the United…

  • Exterior of the Philadelphia Art Museum entrance at night.
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    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Logan Square & Fairmount

    The premier cultural institution in Philadelphia, this epic art museum would stand out even without Rocky's famous antics on the east steps. Every visitor…

  • The Barnes Foundation Art Museum facade, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

    Barnes Foundation

    Logan Square & Fairmount

    Since 2012, Dr Albert C Barnes' eye-popping collection of artworks – predominantly focused on French masterpieces from the late 19th and early 20th…

  • Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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    Independence Hall


    The 'birthplace of American government', this modest, early 18th-century Georgian building is where delegates from the 13 colonies met to approve the…

  • NOVEMBER 18, 2016: customers shopping at the Reading Terminal Market.
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    Reading Terminal Market

    Chinatown & Center City East

    Getting the balance just right between food shopping hub and dining destination, Reading Terminal Market opened way back in 1893 and it's been a…

  • Mattress Factory


    Since 1977, this art space has hosted the avant-garde. It now occupies several buildings in the Mexican War Streets neighborhood, and always has something…

  • Duquesne Incline


    This nifty funicular and its Monongahela Incline twin down the road, both built in the late 19th century, are Pittsburgh icons, zipping up the steep slope…

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    Andy Warhol Museum


    This six-story museum celebrates Pittsburgh's coolest native son, Andy Warhol, who moved to NYC, got a nose job and made himself famous with pop art. One…

  • Mill Run, PA, United States - April 18, 2014: One of Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous works, Fallingwater was designed in 1935 and completed in 1937. Remarkable in that it seems to hover over a 30-foot waterfall, it is an example of Wright's organic design style. The house is well integrated with the environment, with gravity defying cantilevered balconies.


    Western Pennsylvania

    This Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece is simply one of the architectural wonders of the world. Completed in 1938 as a weekend retreat for the Kaufmanns,…

  • A monument to Major General Winfield Scott Hancock at Gettysburg National Military Park.It was dedicated in 1896 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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    Gettysburg National Military Park


    Gettysburg National Military Park covers 8 sq miles of land marked with monuments and trails. The museum at the visitor center is a must-see, particularly…

  • Night sky with the Milky Way above Cherry Springs State Park.

    Cherry Springs State Park


    Considered one of the best places for stargazing east of the Mississippi, this mountaintop state park seems to have plenty of space, but be sure to book…

  • The Egyptian Hall at the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Masonic Temple

    Chinatown & Center City East

    Although the fortress-like exterior of this 1873 building is pretty impressive, it's the spectacular interiors – which took a further 15 years to complete…

  • Philadelphia City Hall

    City Hall


    Completed in 1901 following 30 years of construction, City Hall takes up a whole block, and at 548ft is the world's tallest structure without a steel…

  • Museum of the American Revolution


    This impressive, multimedia-rich museum will have you virtually participating in the American Revolution; interactive dioramas and 3-D experiences take…

  • Rail Park


    The old Reading Viaduct is the location of the first phase of this ambitious project to reuse 3 miles of decommissioned rail lines between Fairmount Park…

  • Benjamin Franklin Museum


    This underground museum is dedicated to Franklin's storied life as a printer (he started the nation's first newspaper), inventor (Bifocals! Lightning rods…

  • Kinzua Bridge Skywalk


    The world's tallest railroad structure when it was built in 1882, this 301ft-high bridge was rebuilt in steel in 1900 – but then partially collapsed in…

  • Black Moshannon State Park


    Tucked away west of Julian, PA, Black Moshannon State Park is 43,000 acres reserved for boating, fishing and hiking. Of note are its unique lake and bogs,…

  • Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania Dutch Country

    Set over nearly 18 acres, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania has 100 gigantic mechanical marvels to climb around and admire. Combo tickets are available…

  • Cathedral of Learning


    Soaring 42 stories, this Gothic tower at the center of the University of Pittsburgh is a city landmark. It has a 4-storey common room at ground level and…

  • Hoover-Mason Trestle


    A bit of a masterpiece of industrial architecture, the trestle was once an artery for coke, limestone and iron ore making its way to the area's blast…

  • Chalk Hill, PA - 03/21/2015: Kentuck Knob. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright. built 1954; Shutterstock ID 1179463627; full: Digital; gl: 65050; netsuite: poi; your: Barbara Di Castro

    Kentuck Knob

    Western Pennsylvania

    This home, designed in 1953 by Frank Lloyd Wright and completed in 1956, is built into the side of a rolling hill with stunning panoramic views. It's…

  • Trees and walkways at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Fairmount Park

    Logan Square & Fairmount

    The snaking Schuylkill River bisects this 2050-acre green space, the largest city park in the US, splitting it into east and west sections. On either side…

  • 15-ton Sphinx and its surrounding pillars and gateways at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

    Penn Museum


    U Penn's magical museum, the largest of its type in the US, contains archaeological treasures from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Mayan world and more…

  • The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

    Franklin Institute

    Logan Square & Fairmount

    You could easily spend the better part of the day touring this world-class science museum. As well as being the venue for temporary blockbuster science…

  • Exterior of the Mütter Museum at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

    Mütter Museum


    Maintained by the College of Physicians, this unique, only-in-Philadelphia attraction is a museum dedicated to rare, odd or disturbing medical conditions…

  • Wissahickon Creek in Wissahickon Valley Park.

    Wissahickon Valley Park


    Covering 2042 acres, this beautiful, wooded park follows the Wissahickon Creek from its confluence with the Schuylkill River up to the city's northwest…

  • Carnegie Museums


    Founded in 1895, these neighboring institutions are both tremendous troves of knowledge. The Carnegie Museum of Art has European treasures and an…

  • The Lehigh River at Lehigh Gorge State Park, Pennsylvania.

    Lehigh Gorge State Park


    The Lehigh River cuts a steep, dramatically arresting gorge through the uplands of Northeast Pennsylvania. The main attraction is the 20-mile Lehigh Gorge…

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA 3/8/20 The Frick Fine Arts building on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh on a sunny winter day

    Frick Art & Historical Center


    Henry Clay Frick, of New York City's Frick Collection fame, built his steel fortune in Pittsburgh. This Frick shows a small art collection (including…

  • Beautiful Old Growth Forest
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    Cook Forest State Park


    Much of the old growth forest of northwestern Pennsylvania has been scoured off the map, but not so in Cook Forest, an 8500-acre preserve located just…

  • Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in spring, Philadelphia, PA.

    Shofuso Japanese House & Garden

    Logan Square & Fairmount

    This picturesque house, built in Nagoya in 1953 to a 17th-century design, has been set in 1.2 acres of traditional Japanese gardens in Fairmount Park…

  • The Allegheny Reservoir in Warren County, Pennsylvania, USA behind Kinzua Dam on a spring day with a houseboat on the water
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    Allegheny Reservoir


    This 7647-acre lake looks as if it were always a deep-blue compliment to the landscape, but in fact it dates only to the 1960s, when the reservoir was…

  • Lancaster, PA, USA  July 16, 2022: Union Armys Cavalry Soldiers explain their duties and tactics to visitors at the Landis Valley Farm Museum during the Civil War Weekend Event.
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    Landis Valley Museum

    Pennsylvania Dutch Country

    Based on an 18th-century village, this open-air museum is the best way to get an overview of early Pennsylvania Dutch culture, and Mennonite culture in…

  • Fort Ligonier

    Western Pennsylvania

    Compared to the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, the French and Indian War, often considered the 'first world war' and known as the Seven Years War in…

  • Phipps Conservatory


    An impressive steel-and-glass greenhouse with beautifully designed and curated gardens, at the northwest corner of Schenley Park.

  • 30th St Station


    The grandness of Graham, Anderson, Probst and White's 1930s design for this station makes it worth a visit even if you're not catching a train. The…

  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts


    This prestigious arts school, founded in 1805, occupies two buildings including a masterwork of Victorian Gothic architecture designed by Frank Furness…

  • Longwood Gardens


    Pierre du Pont, the great-grandson of the DuPont chemical company founder, began designing this property in 1906 with the grand gardens of Europe in mind …

  • Liberty Bell Center


    A glass-walled building protects this icon of Philadelphia history from the elements. You can peek from outside, or join the line to file past, reading…