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Pennsylvania - Amish horse-drawn buggy - Elter photo

Route 6 belongs to America's TOP 10 "scenic drives" according to National Geographic.




Pennsylvania - special parking place for the Amish horse-drawn buggies - j.k. photo

Pennsylvania - Philadelphia - Benjamin Franklin Bridge - Elter photo



Pennsylvania - Philly Cheesesteak - l.e. photo

Pennsylvania - Reading - j.k. photo

Pennsylvania - Shoe fly pie (a molasses crumb cake baked in a pie crust) - A Pennsylvania Dutch delicacy - w.g. photo


Tourists and locals benefit from a Pennsylvania law that forbids levying taxes on clothing and shoes. Was this why the idea of ​​“outlet malls” was born in this US state? The fact is: In 1971, the clothing manufacturer VF sold goods from overproduction at reduced prices for the first time in the town of Reading. The idea was well received! Today the place has more than 300 outlet stores. The centers for shopping enthusiasts are the VF Outlet Village and the Reading Outlet Center.

Pennsylvania has some of the strictest liquor laws in the US. Liquor stores are closed on Sundays and there are severe restrictions on what types and amounts of alcohol you can buy in convenience stores or grocery stores.

Pennsylvania - Wyomissing - VF Outlet Center - j.k. photo

Public safety

Pennsylvania is the 11th safest US state (Maine is number one). 


Destination in brief

Pennsylvania is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region, in the northeast of the US. Neighbors: Lake Erie (north), New York State, Lake Erie (north, northeast), New Jersey (east), Delaware (southeast), Maryland and West Virginia (south), Ohio (west)

Locals call it PA. Don't bother with the long name.

Population (in 2020): 12.7 million - 81% White, 12% Black (African American), 3,5% Asian

Capital city: Harrisburg

Pennsylvania has at least five different dialects. For instance, in the Pittsburgh area, workers traditionally spoke (speak) "Yinzer" (or "Yunzer").

Heinz Ketchup, Harley Davidson came from this state.

Harrisburg - Pennsylvania State Capitol Building - z.g. photo

Pennsylvania - State of Independence - j.k. photo



Pennsylvania - White-tailed deer is Pennsylvania's state animal


Pennsylvania has distinct seasons. The optimal travel times are spring and autumn. There are sometimes severe winters and hot summers.


Pennsylvania was founded in 1861 by the English Quaker William Penn, who gave the state the name "Penns Woodlands".

Pennsylvania - Fayette County - Fort Necessity National Battlefield (1754) - Colonist Englishman and a French soldier - f.d. photo

Pennsylvania - Gettysburg National Military Park - a memorial that commemorates the Pennsylvania soldiers who have fallen in the Battle of Gettysburg (1863) during the American Civil War - Elter photo

Pennsylvania - near Hazleton - Eckley Miner' Village Museum - a historic loo - f.d. photo


Pennsylvania is a swing state, and that means in each election, the state can fall to be either a blue or a red state. Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are more Democrata, and Pennsylvania's central and northern parts are more for the Republicans.  

Pennsylvania's land is 14% urban or developed, compared to the US average of 5%,

Pennsylvania - farm buildings - Elter photo



Pennsylvania - period uniform - Elter photo

Tourist etiquette

1. Non-Amish residents of Pennsylvania get bored when tourists keep asking them about the Amish.


Amish people

Pennsylvania - Amish Horse-Drawn Buggy and Amish girls on rollers - Elter photo

Pennsylvania - bedroom of an Amish house - Elter photo



, where a decisive battle of the Civil War took place in 1863.

Pennsylvania - Gettysburg - cannons - The majority of the cannon tubes are original - Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 - Elter photo

Pennsylvania - Gettysburg - Cemetery Ridge with the monument to Major General George Gordon Meade - Elter photo

Pennsylvania - Gettysburg National Military Park - State of Pennsylvania Monument - o.k. photo


Harrisburg - Capitol Park - z.g. photo

Harrisburg - Pennsylvania State Capitol - Senate chamber - l.b. photo

Harrisburg - State Street with the Grace United Methodist Church - j.k. photo

Pennsylvania - Harrisburg - g.e. photo

Harrisburg - g.e. photo

Harrisburg - g.e. photo


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