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Since the colonial days of the United States, Pennsylvania has played an integral part in this nation’s history. Whether you know it from your social studies class or from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the Quaker State is probably more familiar to you than you realize. Here are some bucket list worthy attractions you don’t want to miss when passing through Pennsylvania.

(featured image via Flickr)

10. Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour

Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour(image via Wikipedia)

Scranton

Scranton made a name for itself long before The Office. Starting in the middle of the 19th century, much of the town’s economy centered around the coal mining industry. Today, the mines are no longer in use, but visitors love to take guided tours and learn about the history of the region.

9. Elfreth’s Alley

Elfreth’s Alley(image via Flickr)

Philadelphia

Often called our nation’s “oldest residential street,” Elfreth’s Alley dates back to 1702. Of the houses on the street, the youngest was built in 1836. Steeped in history, the legacy and culture of this historic street are preserved in the Elfreth’s Alley Museum, which tries to recreate what life would have been like in the area during colonial times.

8. Fallingwater

Fallingwater(image via Instagram)

Mill Run

Aptly named, Fallingwater is a house designed by world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, which was constructed partially over a waterfall. This gorgeous house has received incredible praise since it was built in 1935, including being called the “best all-time work by an American architect” by the American Institute of Architects.

7. Tour Yuengling Brewery

Tour Yuengling Brewery

Pottsville

Established in 1829, D. G. Yuengling & Son is the oldest operating brewing company in the United States. Guided tours are free and open to the public. During the tour, you will be able to see the hand-dug caverns that were used for distilling and cooling before the use of refrigeration, as well as learn the proper way to pronounce the brewery’s name (“ying-ling”).

6. Attend the Little League World Series Game

Attend the Little League World Series Game(image via Flickr)

South Williamsport

Since 1947, eleven- and twelve-year-olds have come from all over the country every August to compete for the title of Little League World Series champions. What initially began as an American tournament turned into an international event, with teams participating from every inhabited continent.

5. Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary(image via Wikimedia)

Philadelphia

Built in 1827, Eastern State Penitentiary is a famed prison that held such prisoners as Al Capone. With its gothic architecture, the former prison resembles a castle, complete with gargoyles. Known as one of the most haunted places in America, the Penitentiary has also been featured on many paranormal TV shows, such as Ghost Hunters and Most Haunted Live.

4. Gettysburg Battlefield

Gettysburg Battlefield(image via Flickr)

From July 1-3, 1863, Gettysburg would see the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. In fact, many people consider it a turning point for the Union forces. Following the battle, Abraham Lincoln famously made an address about the severity of the conflict. Today, you can visit the historic battlefield and learn about the brave men who died there.

3. Duquesne Incline

Duquesne Incline(image via Flickr)

Pittsburgh

Situated in Pittsburgh’s South Side district, the Duquesne Incline is an inclined plane railroad that scales Mt. Washington. Constructed in 1877, the railroad is 800 feet long and raised to a 30-degree angle. The Duquesne Incline was the crowning achievement of designer Samuel Diescher and offers beautiful views of the source of the Ohio River.

2. Flight 93 National Memorial

Flight 93 National Memorial

Stoystown

On September 11, 2001, United Airlines Flight 93 was hijacked and crashed near Stoystown, Pennsylvania. Visitors are able to visit the crash site, now a national memorial, and pay their respects to the fallen passengers. Made out of white marble, the Wall of Names commemorates those who lost their lives.

1. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens(image via Wikimedia)

An experience like no other, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens are spaces devoted to the folk art movement. Spanning three city lots, this non-profit organization includes giant murals made out of recycled materials and an elaborate labyrinth. It is the brainchild of local artist Isaiah Zagar.


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