Pennsylvania or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as it is commonly called, is a state in the United States of America located in the Mid Atlantic region of the country. The borders are shared with many important tourist destinations. These are Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio and New York. The popular cities of the state are Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown and Erie. Thus one will find that many day trips can be organized both within the state and also outside the state borders. You can have great fun with one day trips in Pennsylvania or as weekend getaways to various interesting tourist spots around.
If you intend to remain within the state and are in Philadelphia, you can drive about ninety miles and reach the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. You can enjoy the day at the Cape May Beach or Wildwood beach and return to your place of starting the same day.
For those who are interested to plan a tour outside the state to the border area, New York City is about a hundred miles drive from Philadelphia. New York is a business centre and an important tourist destination. There are many things to do when in New York. It is famous for beautiful parks, sky rising buildings and finest eating joints. There are plenty of shopping opportunities available in New York. At night while moving around in Manhattan area or at the places where restaurants are located, you will see some important personalities. Broadway show is of interest for all.
From Gettysburg area you can plan a day trip to Washington DC which is at about eighty five miles distance. Washington DC is a known tourist destination and the capital of the country. The fine dining places, museums and many monuments await you in Washington.
Within the state when in Philadelphia, you can visit Franklin Institute, Liberty Bell Independence Hall and also a number of museums. There are a number of historic sites in and around the city of Philadelphia. The place where Poe lived and worked for six years called Edgar Allen Poe National Historic site is a place visited by most of the tourists.
From Pennsylvania you can plan day trips to other important towns of the state. These are Gettysburg, Hershey and Lancaster. At Harrisburg history lovers will learn a lot about the history of war at the National Civil War Museum. Harrisburg’s minor league basket ball team has its house here. At the park you can enjoy jogging, hiking, cycling and carriage ride. An old time steam engine run train is a source of attraction. Golf lovers can enjoy a game at the mini golf course.
Gettysburg is another important tourist destination. Though two or three day’s time is required to fully explore the place, still a day trip can be planned. An auto tour route can be followed. This route takes about three hours to complete and takes you through important destinations leaving sufficient time for shopping. The tour takes you through major battle sites and monuments.
Hershey is a tourist destination at any point of time during the year. This town is famous for chocolate manufacturing. Hershey museum is dedicated to chocolate making. You can buy gift packs of chocolates for your friends and associates. Depending upon the availability of time you can visit Zoo America. This and Hershey Park is open during the summer months so plan your trip accordingly.
Lancaster is a place with its unique culture and tradition. This place is inhabited by the Amish community. They are of Dutch origin and have their own faith and culture. They are very particular about the traditions so it is essential to be careful and respect their traditions when visiting Lancaster. Though these people settled here about 200 years back but are following their own traditions. Still many homes are without running water and electricity. Do not try to photograph these people. Special traditional food can be enjoyed when visiting Lancaster.
Pittsburgh is a place with a number of museums, a zoo and an aquarium. There are a number of parks which offer recreation facilities to visitors. At this place Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers meet to form Ohio River. The place is full of scenic beauty.
You can also plan day trips to the Pocono Mountain region and Pine Gorge near Wellsboro. It is for sure that you will enjoy your visit.