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Cities in Pennsylvania You Should Visit (Besides Philadelphia)

If you have been to Pennsylvania before, chances are you have visited Philadelphia, and for good reason. Philly is the largest city in the state and famous for its history, as well as housing the Liberty Bell.

However, if you want to check out some other cities in Pennsylvania that you may have never considered, you are in luck. There are so many diverse cities across the state with so much to offer visitors. Here are the cities, besides Philadelphia, that you should check out in Pennsylvania:


If you are still in the mood to visit a large city, but don’t want to visit Philly, check out Pittsburgh. While Pittsburgh was once a floundering Rust Belt City, it is now a thriving center of technology and culture in the state. Pittsburgh is a great city for trying new restaurants, as well as arts and culture.

You can visit the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Pittsburgh is also known for the meeting of three rivers as well as all of the bridges in the city. You can see beautiful views from the Duquesne Incline.

Sports fans will also love that Pittsburgh is home to the Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins. If all of these factors sound amazing, and you want to make your trip to Pittsburgh permanent, there are plenty of Pittsburgh houses for sale.


If you are hoping to visit a smaller city with a lot of history, consider a visit to Gettysburg. If you are a history lover, you will get a lot out of visiting Gettysburg National Military Park, which is the site of the Civil War’s bloodiest battle. There are also several other historical sites to visit.

You can tour the Jenny Wade House, which is the site of the only civilian casualty of the Civil War, and the Eisenhower National Historic Site, which is a farm that once belonged to the former president. If you prefer to embrace the spooky side, there are also guided ghost tours in Gettysburg. The area is full of antique shops if you would like to grab a souvenir.


If you are in the mood for something sweet, head to “The Sweetest Place on Earth.” Hershey, Pennsylvania is home to Hershey’s Chocolate World, where you can take a free tour to see how Hershey formulates their chocolate and other treats. You can also visit the Hershey Story Museum for more background information.

Once you are finished at Chocolate World, you can go right next door to Hershey Park, a theme park that will satisfy any thrill seeker. If you prefer a more relaxed visit, you can try ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park or Hershey Gardens to see some gorgeous gardens.

There is a lot more to see of Pennsylvania besides Philly. From the state’s second largest city to a Civil War Battlefield to “The Sweetest Place on Earth,” there are plenty of options across the state.

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