To see the home of the famous Liberty Bell is fantastic on a private tour of Pennsylvania.
Life. Liberty. The pursuit of happiness: Pennsylvania will forever have a place in United States of America’s history because this state is the birthplace of American Independence.
The Keystone State is another name that Pennsylvania is known by because of the definition for ‘keystone’: a wedge-shaped central stone which holds the other stones of a structure in place to form an arch. In the early days of America, geographically and strategically, Pennsylvania played a vital role in holding together the states in the newly formed Union.
Apart from the historical aspect of this wonderful state, it has so much more to offer. There is an abundance of activities to be enjoyed in the vast, diverse terrain here such as biking, backpacking, rock climbing, hiking, Geocaching, camping, water sports and during the winter cross country skiing.
So you can have very educational guided tours AND private thrilling, adventure tours, all on the one great trip to Pennsylvania. Read More...
Fascinating sightseeing tour of Independence National Park and the Liberty Bell
For something different than sightseeing tours of Liberty Bell, why not take a short trip to Lancaster in Pennsylvania, the Amish Country but also the Mennonites, the Brethren, and the other ‘Plain People’ of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country.
It is possible to take private tours and see the way they live their lives. Learn their beliefs and why they live what seems a strange life to some people. There is a fantastic community spirit that is very evident on the tours.
One thing is for sure when deciding on a trip to Pennsylvania; you have so many options to chose from, on where and what to do. What a great problem to have!
Top 10 Things to Do in Pennsylvania
Independence National Park and the Liberty Bell
Take a guided tour of possibly the most historic places in the United States, the Independence National Park and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. It is here you can see the table and chair where George Washington signed the declaration of independence. Take a leisurely amble along the cobbled streets and see such places as the Congress Hall, Carpenter’s Hall, Old City Hall and other historic museums and buildings.
Gettysburg National Military Park
Take a sightseeing tour to Gettysburg National Military Park, the famous site of the Gettysburg Battlefield where over 51,000 people were killed over a three-day period during the Civil War battle in 1863. Visit Seminary Ridge where the Confederates were positioned, Cemetery Ridge where the Unions were and Oak Ridge where the opening battle took place. There are hundreds of monuments and markers to see.
Take a sightseeing tour of the Pocono Mountains in Monroe County. These mountains have forested peaks, valleys, lakes and on the eastern edge is the bird-rich Delaware Water Gap. There are lots of recreation facilities on offer with river beaches and trails. Walk over the bridges that connect the waterfalls at Bushkill Falls. During the winter enjoy the fantastic ski runs and the water parks in the Summer months.
Pennsylvania State Capitol
Take a guided tour of Pennsylvania’s State Capitol, a national historic landmark located in Harrisburg. The priceless architecture and artistic treasure make this building one of the most beautiful in America. It is a majestic symbol of power and symbol and an icon of freedom and democracy. The State Capitol building is a functional seat of government and looks after public policy for the 12 million residents of Pennsylvania.
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Take a sightseeing tour of the site of Revolutionary War encampment in Valley Forge National Historical Park located north-west of Philadelphia. Valley Forge is now a symbol of the sacrifice, suffering and triumph of the American Revolutionary War. The stone house on the Schuylkill River is where George Washington stayed during the war. See the National Memorial Arch, key monuments and historic structures.
Tours to Intercourse, Lancaster
Just outside the city limits of Lancaster is a quaint little town called Intercourse. Take a sightseeing tour of the old style country town and be introduced to the history, life and crafts of the Amish, Hutterites and Mennonites. Take a stroll around the Quilt Museum which displays beautiful traditional patchwork quilts. Pick up some of the local craft products, pastries, cakes and much more in the Old Country Store.
Andy Warhol Museum
Take a guided tour of the global keeper of Andy Warhol’s legacy, The Andy Warhol Museum. The collection includes, as an example, a hundred sculptures, hundreds of paintings, thousands of work on paper, published and unique prints and photographs. There is something covering the entire range of his work from all the eras. The archives collection consists of papers and materials from Andy Warhol’s estate.
Strasburg Rail Road
On a guided tour of The Strasburg Rail Road, you are visiting the oldest public utility in the Pennsylvania and the oldest continuously operating railroad in the western hemisphere. Climb aboard the Strasburg Steam Train and enjoy the scenic journey through Amish country and farms on the country’s oldest steam train. Venture into the Railroad Museum and see the displays of historic artefacts relating to the railroad.
Indian Echo Caverns
There is a fantastic guided tour to the Indian Echo Caverns in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. These magical caverns occurred from erosive properties in the water flowing over the limestone for the past millions of years. It is fascinating to see the rock formations. There are animals who live part or all their lives inside caverns so you may get to see bats, racoons or possibly a bear not to mention the crustaceans and lots of insects!
The Hershey Museum
A delicious guided tour to take is to The Hershey Museum. This inspiring museum tells the story of Milton S. Hershey and the town named after him. There are lots of informative exhibits and interactive experiences for adults, kids and families. You will find out why the word Hershey is so richly associated with the Great American Chocolate Bar. There are lots of areas where you get to taste chocolate!
Travel Tips for Pennsylvania
Best Time To Visit
Ideally, the best time to visit Pennsylvania is in late Spring, May and June or early autumn, September and October. The weather is neither too hot nor too cold during this months and excellent conditions for going on sightseeing tours. These times are regarded as off-peak times and therefore may just be a little cheaper. July and August have humidity, high temperatures and is holiday season for locals.
The prices of food, accommodation and private tours vary from city to city and seasons in the State of Pennsylvania, but on average, costs in the state is below average compared to other states in the United States. An example of average prices for food: pub grub or a meal in a cafe is approx. $14 and a three-course dinner for two people is approx. $60. Public transport in Pennsylvania is excellent, very accessible and cheap.
Know Before Visiting
Always do your research before booking any destination, check weather conditions and prices for the time you want to travel. Book any sightseeing tours you wish to go on in advance of travelling; it can work out cheaper the earlier you book. When in Pennsylvania be careful when walking around in crowded areas as that is where pickpockets are at their happiest. If taking private tours to Amish Country be respectful of their wishes and customs.
The weather varies more in this state than most others. It is within the continental climate zone but varies by area and altitude. Generally the summers are very hot and humid, it starts to get a little cooler in Autumn, very cold in the winter months and then the temperatures start to heat up in Spring. Depending on where you are in the State, these conditions can be very extreme. The chances of snow is everywhere in the state in winter.