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#1 Philadelphia

Known for it's historic landmarks - Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and other historic sites, Philadelphia is a popular tourist destination. The city is known for it's historic sites and museums. Philadelphia contains 67 National Historic Landmarks.

Pennsylvania State Capitol
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#2 Pennsylvania State Capitol

Located in downtown Harrisburg, The Pennsylvania State Capitol is know for its paintings, sculptures, murals and stained-glass windows. The building is also known as palace of art because of its beautiful architecture. The Capitol's centerpiece is a spectacular 272-foot, 52 million-pound dome.

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#3 Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is known for it's rich history in arts and culture - Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Pittsburgh Opera. Pittsburgh is home to major art museums including the Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, The Frick Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the Mattress Factory Museum.

Gettysburg National Military Park
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#4 Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg National Military Park is known for 1863 Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. The park area includes Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg National Cemetery, and Gettysburg Museum.

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#5 Hersheypark

Hersheypark theme park is one of best destination for family fun. The park has more than 70 rides and attractions including 14 coasters. The Boardwalk water park attractions include Roller Soaker, Tidal Force, and Canyon River Rapids. Hershey's Chocolatetown attractions include the tallest Candymonium coaster and Bolliger & Mabillard hypercoaster. Hersheypark also features entertainment shows throughout the park.

Valley Forge National Historical Park
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#6 Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge was the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. The 3,500 acres park preserves the historical buildings, landscapes, structures, memorials, museums, and archeological resources.

Presque Isle State Park
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#7 Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park is a state park on sandy peninsula that arches into Lake Erie. The peninsula surrounding Presque Isle Bay along the park offers beautiful coastline. The park is popular for many recreational activities, including swimming, boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking, bicycling, and bird watching.

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#8 Lancaster

Lancaster is known for Amish Country, historic landmark sites and museums. Lancaster County offers a range of activities. Dutch Wonderland amusement park is best for family fun. Lancaster's Amish attractions include farms, museums, and buggy ride.

Ohiopyle State Park
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#9 Ohiopyle State Park

Ohiopyle State Park is known for it's best waterfalls - Ohiopyle Falls, Cucumber Falls, Cascades, Jonathan Run Falls, and Sugar Run Falls. The park is popular for recreation activities including boating, rafting, kayaking, and canoeing.

Hickory Run State Park
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#10 Hickory Run State Park

Hickory Run State Park is spread across the foothills of the Pocono Mountains. The park is popular for it's natural landmark - Boulder Field. Known as the Hickory Run boulder field, the area is located in the northeast corner of the park. Park activities include hiking, swimming in Sand Spring Lake, and ice skating in winter.

Best State Parks to Visit in Pennsylvania