Perhaps more than any other state, Pennsylvania combines history and culture with the outdoor life. Family vacations in Pennsylvania will appeal to people who want to combine a morning finding out about the life of the Amish faith with an afternoon hiking in the beautiful countryside. Pennsylvania is a diverse and fascinating place with some great vacation rental properties, perfect for a relaxing family getaway.
Take a break in Pennsylvania
One of the main attractions of family vacations in Pennsylvania is the state's history and heritage. Philadelphia is where the Declaration of Independence was signed and the city is bursting with history and links to Revolutionary times. The Amish communities around Lancaster allow visitors to experience a very different way of American life or you can visit the site of the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the key moments in the Civil War.
Pennsylvania family vacations don't have to be all about history though and there are many outdoor and recreational activities to keep thrill-seekers happy. Explore the mountains, waterfalls, forests and quiet towns of the Poconos Mountains or head further west to the Alleghany National Forest, where the Alleghany River offers wilderness camping, kayaking and fishing.
If you prefer culture and nightlife on your family weekend getaways in Pennsylvania then the state's cities will keep you busy. Alongside the historical sites of Philadelphia, the city boasts some of North America's best art galleries. Pittsburgh has a world class Natural History museum, science center and one of the best collections of work by Andy Warhol in the world. Cities and towns across the state have restaurants selling locally produced food. Eating a Philly cheesesteak sandwich is a must in this part of the world. There is a lively theater scene in Philadelphia and across the state you will find smaller theaters and cinemas which are perfect for a family evening out.