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Find more detailed information about Pennsylvania’s 11 tourism regions below:
The Alleghenies: Stretching from State College to Bedford this lush mountainous region is a prime destination for outdoor recreation and exploring historic communities. Discover Johnstown’s diverse cultures before ascending the Incline Plane, steam into Altoona and delve into the nation’s railroad history. Get the scoop on a dish of any of Berkey Creamery’s sweet flavors, relaxation springs eternal at Bedford Springs Resort or add some spring into your step at Slinky Action Zone.
Dutch Country Roads: This region is home to a few places you might recognize: Hershey, Gettysburg, and the PA Dutch of Lancaster. But as you connect the dots between these iconic locales you will discover communities that played a pivotal role in the Civil War, artisan enclaves, and unmatched agritourism opportunities. Factory tours and snack foods abound in York, trace the Appalachian Trail, and see what’s soaring at Hawk Mountain.
Laurel Highlands: Majestic mountains, white-waterways, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, and Duncan House are just a start. Putter around in Arnold Palmer’s backyard, experience the ups and downs of great skiing, bike the Great Allegheny Passage, and indulge at the only Five Diamond lodging and restaurant outside of Philadelphia at Nemacolin Woodlands.
Lehigh Valley: Between the Pocono Mountains and Philadelphia this region anchored by the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton. At the Crayola Factory, their color creators work hard to provide the yearning masses with the next great crayon. At Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, you'll get your daily dose of screaming and splashing. The Liberty Bell Museum tells you the story behind the Liberty Bell's famous trip from Philadelphia to Allentown. Visit the Martin Guitar Factory for a guided tour of their craft, detailing the 300 steps involved in making the perfect guitar. The Lehigh Valley Wine Trails links nine family-owned vineyards.
Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region: Anchored by Lake Erie this four county region includes world-class fishing, historic theaters, outlet shopping, and the best wings in the USA. Step aboard the U.S. Brig Niagara, an afternoon at Conneaut Lake Park, visit Drake Well — America’s first commercial production oil well, or suit up with a new look at The Winner in Sharon. And at Pymatuning State Park you'll find ducks walking on water in the Commonwealth's largest reservoir and an angler's paradise.
Pennsylvania Wilds: Roughly the size of Connecticut, this expanse includes 1.6 million acres of state lands, the largest elk herd in the Northeast, and among the nation’s most stunning nighttime skies. But, this region is more that just an outdoor wonderland, it is home to some of the world’s most iconic places and products…Punxsutawney Phil, Woolrich, the Little League World Series, and Zippo; not to mention the world’s largest hamburger.
Philadelphia and The Countryside: Cheesesteaks, Rocky and the Liberty Bell of course, the obvious stuff. Not far away from the Bell you'll find Independence Hall and the National Constitution Center. The Please Touch Museum, with its fun exhibits, lets a kid's curiosity run wild. Go west out of city to the King of Prussia Mall, the second largest in the nation. The Mercer Museum welcomes you to wander around in a real castle, the Brandywine River Museum, where you'll find a collection from renowned Wyeth family. Stop by Valley Forge National Historic Park to check out the site of Washington's famous encampment and a stop at Longwood Gardens to enjoy 1,000 acres of gardens and unique plants.
Pittsburgh and Its Countryside: Whether you’re looking for the bright lights and big-city feel of one of the world's top cultural destinations or the quiet beauty of the surrounding countryside, this region has it. It is home to Jimmy Stewart, August Wilson, and Andy Warhol, and Christina Aguilera, the birthplace of the Jeep and Heinz, and the Fireworks Capital of the World. Travel back 16,000 years at Meadowcroft or even further by visiting the dinosaurs at the Carnegie.
Pocono Mountains: Is without question one of the Commonwealth’s most iconic destinations. You'll notice a dramatic change in scenery in this region as you cross under the Lehigh Tunnel and into the Pocono Mountains. In this outdoor playground, you'll find steep mountains with cloud-covered peaks great for hiking, biking, fishing and canoeing. The Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark has hours of family-friendly activities while Skytop Lodge and the Woodloch Spa provide first-class retreats. The Pocono Mountains are home to eight ski resorts.
Upstate PA: This 11 county region in the northeastern corner of the state includes the Endless and Pocono mountain ranges and the anchor cities of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. One would think Upstate was designed by the “roof rack” crowd by the number of outdoor recreation opportunities available. Take “The Office” tour in Scranton, maybe slip free to the Houdini Museum or enjoy top-notch entertainment at Wilkes-Barre’s F.M. Kirby Center. Don’t overlook the World’s End State Park, but please look over the Marie Antoinette Overlook and French Azilum.
Valleys of the Susquehanna: One of the premier mountain biking destinations, this region is rich with quaint college towns, a vibrant arts community, and America’s largest free amusement park — Knoebels. The communities along the Susquehanna River play host to the River Towns Race Series that challenge runners and mountain bikers year-round.