With a small sliver of Lake Erie shoreline, large swaths of National Forest and close proximity to major metropolitan areas, there are many things to do in Pennsylvania.
Most people think of Pittsburgh or Philadelphia when thinking of Pennsylvania, but outside of those two major cities, it is largely a rural state. There are dozens of vineyards scattered throughout the northern region along Lake Erie, and a huge Amish population in central Pennsylvania. Like Detroit, Pittsburgh has undergone tremendous economic swings, after decades of prosperity in the steel era. Pittsburgh is also known as the “City of Bridges,” thanks to over 400 bridges spanning the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers. Of course, everyone recognizes Hershey, Pennsylvania as the home of Hershey chocolate and Hersheypark, a family theme park. Lastly, Philadelphia is a must-see for any students of American history. With sites like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, you also can’t leave without trying an authentic Philly cheesesteak.