Pennsylvania Bucket List: 96 Places to Visit

Pennsylvania is a highly underrated gem on the USA’s east coast! Right between the more famous New York City and Washington DC, it sometimes totally gets skipped. I had the benefit of growing up here for most of my life, so here’s my top bucket list of the best 96 things to do in Pennsylvania!

Guys, call me crazy, but the distance really does make the heart grow fonder. While I love California and would move there in a heartbeat if I set up roots in the US, I actually found myself saying, “Or Pennsylvania” to someone.

WHAT?!

know. Don’t get me wrong, the USA is still pretty low on my list of countries I’d like to raise my family in, but it is still home, so it’ll always be an option. And Pennsylvania even more so. I actually find myself happy when another travel blogger visits and has nice things to report.

Anyway, I decided to sit down and write myself a proper bucket list so I could have a reference to look at when I want to travel anywhere in the state. I might wind up adding to this list as I start traveling more!

Pennsylvania Bucket List Map

96 Places to Visit in Pennsylvania

  • Northeastern PA
  • Southeastern PA
  • Philadelphia
  • Central PA
  • Western PA
  • Pittsburgh

Northeastern PA

1. Bushkill Falls

Buried within the Pocono MountainsBushkill Falls with its eight unique waterfalls is nicknamed the Niagra of Pennsylvania. There are four different trails, which range from 15-minutes to 2-hours.

Address: Bushkill Falls, Lehman Township, PA 18324

2. Camelback Mountain Resort

Also in the Poconos, Camelback Mountain Resort is great for skiing in the winter at Camelback Mountain and Camelbeach Waterpark in the summer. 

Address: 309 Resort Dr, Tannersville, PA 18372

3. Columcille Megalith Park

Columcille’s design is based off the Celtic stones on the Isle of Iona in Ireland and their apparent healing tendencies. It just looks prlike such a unique area with Stonehenge-esque structures!

Address: 2155 Fox Gap Rd, Bangor, PA 18013

4. Endless Mountains

The Endless Mountains are a part of the Appalachian Mountains, and they’re considered one for the prettiest drives. There’s also a lot to do in the region, from visiting the small town of Tunkhannock or the many wineries nearby.

Address: Endless Mountains, Mehoopany Township, PA 18629

5. Jim Thorpe

Not the athlete who was the first Native American to win Olympic gold for the US, but the town named after him! Jim Thorpe is constantly named as one of the loveliest small towns in America and is considered a good gateway town for the Poconos. You can roam around its historic downtown, hike Glen Onoko Falls, and even visit a butterfly sanctuary.

Address: 101 E 10th St, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229

6. Raymondskill Falls

At 150-feet high with all three of its tiers included, Raymondskill Falls in the tallest waterfall in PA.

Address: Raymondskill Falls, Dingman Township, PA 18337

7. Ricketts Glen State Park

The park itself covers over 13,000 acres in PA and has 22 waterfalls that reach up to 94 feet. It reminds me a bit of Watkins Glen State Park up in New York, except much bigger.

Address: 695 State Route 487, Benton, PA 17814

8. Scranton, PA

I mean… just finished my first “Office” marathon for the first time, so I keep wanting to visit the random places they mention or go to in the show! I know most of it is filmed in California, not Scranton, but they do have quite a few references to the electric city!

Address: 300 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, PA 18503

9. Silverthread Falls + Dingmans Falls

Both of these falls are super easy to access from Dingmans Ferry Visitor Center, and they’re both quite beautiful. Silverthread is 80ft tall and Dingmans is 130ft (second tallest in the state).

Address: Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328

10. Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct

This viaduct is a really cool arched cement bridge that stretches almost 2,400 feet long and is 240 feet high. It’s over a 100 years old!

Address: PA-92, Nicholson, PA 18446

Southeastern PA

11. Bethlehem Steelstacks

The Bethlehem Steel company was once a huge part of the city’s economy, and it even provided steel for famous monuments like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Rockerfeller Center in NYC. The mill shut down in the 90s, and instead of destroying it, the city turned into a huge venue and community area.  

Address: 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015

12. Bowman’s Hill Tower

The tower is 125 feet tall and sits in Washington Crossing Historic Park. It’ll give you a really cool view from all corners! 

Address: 1 Tower Rd, New Hope, PA 18938

13. Chester County Balloon Festival

Who doesn’t love a hot air balloon festival?

Address:1235 Newark Rd, Toughkenamon, PA 19374

14. Colebrookdale Railroad

Yet something else I had no idea existed, even though it was right in my own backyard! To be fair, it only really started in 2014, and back then I was on my way to Korea. This scenic tourist train takes you through a “secret valley,” and they do special themes for the holidays!

Address: 64 S Washington St, Boyertown, PA 19512

15. Crystal Caves

I distinctly remember visiting here as a kid during the summer and being surprised at how humid it was despite the cold! The cave was founded in the 1800s and is now considered Pa’s most popular natural wonder.

Address: 963 Crystal Cave Rd, Kutztown, PA 19530

16. Ephrata Cloister

Ephrata Cloister was a religious community that dates back to 1732 when its founder built the area to escape worldly desires. The last member passed away in 2008, and now it’s a museum that preserves its unique culture.

Address: 632 W Main St, Ephrata, PA 17522

17. Glencairn Museum

Apparently this museum is home to a huge collection of religious art, and it sounds and looks absolutely interesting. I mean if you watch the documentary above, you’d think you were somewhere in Europe, not PA! It doesn’t just include Christian art either, but according to their site includes “ancient Egyptian, ancient Greek and Roman, Islamic, Asian, and Native American.” 

Address: 0757, 1001 Cathedral Rd, Bryn Athyn, PA 19009

18. King of Prussia Mall

For now, the KOP is the largest mall by retail space in the US. A lot of people think it’s Mall of America, but that one is actually 5th on the list. I never realized quite how massive the KOP was because it was always the main mall I went to has a kid. Sure I had a smaller one 10-minutes away, but we all knew if you really wanted to shop, you drove 30-minutes down 422 to the KOP.

Plus PA doesn’t have sales tax on clothes, so, you know, shop til you drop. 

Tip: Park outside of DSW. There’s always parking, and it’s near the Cheesecake Factory, Old Navy, DSW, Anthropologie, Free People, Urban Outfitters, and more.

Address: 160 N Gulph Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406

19. Koziar’s Christmas Village

This village was started back in 1948 by William M. Koziar as he decorated his property for Christmas in such a lovely way that locals began to recognize it. Each year he added more and more, so that it’s known for its one of the best outdoor Christmas displays in the world today!

Address: 782 Christmas Village Rd, Bernville, PA 19506

20. Longwood Gardens

Don’t ask me why I’ve never been to Longwood Gardens. It’s not like I haven’t seen it featured on friends’ Instagrams before. And you know how I love a beautiful botanical garden. I really have no excuse!

Anyway, Longwood Gardens as we know it today began taking form way back in the 1700s when the man who bought the property’s grandsons began planting an arboretum. Fastforward to the 1900s, Pierre S. du Poet bought it from their heirs and eventually transformed it into a huge public garden. Today it’s over 1,000 acres with a national reputation and plenty to see and do, even in the winter! 

Address: 19348, Kennett Square, PA 19348

21. Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle

Mercer Museum was founded by Henry Chapman Mercer back in 1897 to preserve the art of handmade items as the Industrial Revolution was making them more and more obsolete. Today it houses over 40,000 items! Fonthill Castle was once the home of Mercer and became a museum after his housekeeper’s death.

Address: 525 E Court St, Doylestown, PA 18901

22. Pennhurst Asylum

Fun fact, this was featured on a Buzzfeed Unsolved episode! Pennhurst Asylum was once a controversial school for the “feeble-minded and epileptic” for over a century before shutting down in 1987. It now operates as a haunted house-type attraction.

Address: 250 Common Wealth Drive, Spring City, PA 19475c

23. Reading’s Japanese Pagoda

Did you know overlooking Reading sits a Japanese pagoda-style building? It’s a very random structure built over a century ago to be a luxury resort. The resort never came to fruition, but the pagoda has stayed, even surviving anti-Japanese sentiments during WWII.

Address: 98 Duryea Dr, Reading, PA 19602

24. Ringing Rocks Park

This is embarrassing, but I never knew this was a thing, and I’m from Pottstown. There’s even an elementary school called “Ringing Rocks Elementary School,” and I never once stopped to wonder why. *Face palm*

Anyway, ringing rocks are exactly what they sound like — rocks that sound like bells when struck.

Address: Ringing Rocks Park, Pottstown, PA 19464

25. Shankweiler’s Drive-In Theatre

Oldest drive-in theater in the country! Another weird thing — I used to romanticize drive-in movie theaters as a kid. Somehow I thought it was the most romantic way to go on a teenaged date. Little did I know Shankweiler’s wasn’t that far away.

Address: 4540 Shankweiler Rd, Orefield, PA 18069

26. Saint Peter’s Village

I’ve only been to this historic village once early on in college, and I remember thinking it was super cute and idyllic looking. The main road is only about a quarter of a mile long, and it’s near a bunch of different hiking trails. If I remember correctly, we just wandered around one of the trails, had lunch at one of the restaurants, and walked around the town for the afternoon.

Address: 3033 St Peters Rd, Elverson, PA 19520

27. Valley Forge National Historic Park

Hey, this is me! If you have any interest in the Revolutionary War or the US’s founding, then you must stop at Valley Forge Park. It was the sight of the 1777-8 encampment and is generally considered one of the most important sites of the war. I’ll have to do more historical digging because it’s been a while since I studied American history, and I did grow up near this park, so I might be biased.

Address: 1400 N Outer Line Dr, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Philadelphia

28. Barnes Foundation

I actually remember visiting the Barnes Foundation back around when its Philly first opened in 2012! It’s home to a ton of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Modernist art. It’s got one of the biggest collections of Renoir, with nearly 200 paintings.

Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

29. Bartram’s Garden

Bartram’s Garden is actually the oldest surviving botanic garden in North America, dating back to 1728. It’s over 46 acres and just looks like the prettiest place to spend a spring day in PA.

Address: 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19143

30. Philadelphia City Hall

The current City Hall began construction back in 1871 and was the tallest building in Philly until 1987. Fun fact, at the top of the building is a statue of our state’s founder, William Penn, and because someone else built a tower taller than him, there was a rumor our sports team was cursed. Really! I grew up hearing about the curse of Billy Penn.

Anyway, in 2007, when construction workers were completing the latest tallest building, the Comcast Center, they placed a figurine of William Penn. In 2008, the Phillies won the World Championships ending 25 years of major sports league losses. They did the same thing in 2017 when they finished building the Comcast Technology Center, and the Eagles won their first ever Super Bowl! I’m not saying I believe in curses, buttttt…..

Besides admiring the architecture and enjoying the tales of the curse, you can also go up in City Hall’s observation deck for panoramic views of the city!

Address: 1400 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19107

31. Betsy Ross’s House

Back when I was 8, my parents took us on an actual historical tour of Philly, and the one place I loved more than any other was Betsy Ross’s House. It’s said that Betsy Ross sewed the first ever American flag in this house. While that statement is pretty much considered myth now, it’s still a very cool historic site.

Address: 239 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

32. Boathouse Row

Lining the Schuylkill River are pretty 19th century boathouses! They make for an idyllic entrance to the city.

Address: 1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130

33. Citizens Bank for a Phillies Game

I mean, are you surprised I added this? Go Phillies!

Address: 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148

34. Christ Church

This church goes all the way back to 1695 and was originally founded as a parish of the Church of England. Nearby, don’t miss Ben Franklin’s grave at the Christ Church Burial Ground. Bring a penny in honor of his famous aphorism, “A penny saved is a penny earned.”

Address: 20 N American St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

35. Eastern State Penitentiary

The Eastern State Penitentiary was a prison that operated from 1829 – 1971, and it’s also been featured on Buzzfeed Unsolved! What makes it unique is its wheel-like design and, of course, its infamous inmates. Even Al Capone was held here at one point. The big event is its “Terror Behind the Walls” event run each Halloween. I’m still scared of scary movies, so I’ve never been.

Address: 2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

36. Elfreth’s Alley

Opened as a cart path in 1702, Elfreth’s Alley is the country’s oldest residential street. All of its 32 homes were built at some point between 1728 and 1836, and it’s a picturesque little section of the city.

Address: Elfreth’s Alley, Philadelphia, PA 19106

37. Franklin Institute

Any kid who grew up in Philly or the Philly suburbs went on a field trip to this place at least once in their life. Named in honor of Ben Franklin, the science museum is home to various exhibits. There’s also a permanent Benjamin Franklin Memorial.

Address: 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

38. Fishtown

Fishtown is the hipster area of Philly. I’m going to be honest, I don’t know much else besides that, but I’m interested in exploring the neighborhood!

Address: Fishtown, Philadelphia, PA

39. Independence Hall

If you visit Philly for the first time and don’t visit the Independence Hall, did you even come here? Kidding!

I’d argue no building should represent the American spirit like Independence Hall. This is the place that witnessed both the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution. Some of our greatest leaders have debated within its walls. Forget anything you’ll find in DC, that city was barely a twinkle in the country’s eye when Independence Hall was housing some of the most significant moments of US history!

Address: 520 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

40. The Liberty Bell

Building off that momentum, what’s a better symbol of all America stands for than the Liberty Bell? It once hung in the steeple of Independence Hall, and it now has its own center next door. I’d highly recommend visiting and taking the time to read about how it’s become such an important symbol over the centuries. For example, its name, “Liberty Bell,” was actually coined by abolitionist groups in the 1800s! I found the exhibits to be pretty moving when you realize just how far the US has come since 1776.

Address: N 6th St & Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

41. Lincoln Financial Field for an Eagles Game

Philly fans are notorious, and if you really want to see that in full swing, go to an Eagles game. I’d argue even more than a Phillies or Sixers game, you’ll really see that crazy passion come out at an Eagles football game. God help you if you’re wearing a jersey of the opposing team, though. And I’d specifically recommend avoiding any praise for the Giants or the Cowboys.

Address: 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148

42. LOVE Park

Did you know Philly’s nickname is the “City of Brotherly Love”? The LOVE Park, also know as the JFK Plaza, holds one of the iconic LOVE statue, first designed by Robert Indiana. It’s been around since the mid-seventies.

Address: Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

43. Magic Gardens

Designed by Isiah Zagar, the Magic Gardens cover about half a city block. It has a cool mosaic design made of all sorts of things, like ceramic shards or bottles.

Address: 1020 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

44. Morris Arboretum

The Morris Arboretum is connected to the University of Pennsylvania, and is 92-acres of wooded plants and sculpture gardens.

Address: 100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

45. Mütter Museum

Ever wonder what happened to Albert Einstein’s brain? Me neither, but now I know! About 46 small portions of it lay on display in Philly’s very odd Mütter Museum. Located in the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, it features thousands medical oddities and anatomical parts.

Address: 19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

46. Pat’s vs Geno’s

You’ve gotta try the famous Philly cheesesteak somewhere! Unfortunately, my mom can’t make them for random people, so these two places will have to do! Why not compare the one from Pat’s and the one from Geno’s to see which is better?

Address: 19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

47. Penn’s Landing

As you might guess, Penn’s Landing gets its name because it’s the sight of William Penn’s landing in 1682. It sits along the Delaware River Waterfront, and always has different events and features no matter what time of year it is.

Address: Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, PA

48. Penn Museum

Its full name is the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, so that’ll probably give you a better idea of what you’ll find here. With three floors of exhibits featuring artifacts from around the world, you could spend hours wandering around.

Address: 3260 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

49. Philadelphia Museum of Art

Once you’ve run up the stairs and pumped your fist ala Rocky, head inside and enjoy the actual museum! With over 240,000 objects, it’s one of the largest art museums in the country and it, itself, is work of art.

Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

50. Reading Terminal Market

Whenever I visited Philly, we stop by and eat here! It’s one of the oldest continuously operating farmer’s market in the country, and it’s filled with over 80 delicious eateries!

Address: 51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

51. Rodin Museum

While the largest collection of Rodin statues is in Paris, France, the second largest is right in Philly at the Rodin Museum.

Address: 2151 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

52. The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia

The Rosenbach is home to one of the world’s best collections of rare books and manuscripts. Some notable mentions: George Washington’s letters on the American Revolution, the only surviving copy of the 1733 first edition of Poor Richard’s Almanac, a first edition of Don Quixote, Lewis Carroll’s copy of Alice in Wonderland, a huge Dickens collection, and a manuscript of Ulysses.

Address: 2008 Delancey Pl, Philadelphia, PA 19103

53. Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Located in the western section of Fairmount Park, Shofuso features a traditional-style Japanese structure and garden, including a weeping cherry tree. I imagine this is one of the best places to visit during cherry blossom season!

Address: Lansdowne Dr & Horticultural Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Central PA

54. Cherry Springs State Park

I had no idea you could actually see the stars the same way I saw them in the Atacama Desert in Pennsylvania, but you can! Cherry Springs is an international dark sky park where you’re able to see the Milky Way cast a shadow.

Address: Coudersport, PA 16915

55. Clarence Schock Memorial Park

This park sits in Governor Dick Hill and has a number of hiking trails. The big feature, though, is its observation tower which will give you views of the area.

Address: 3283 Pinch Rd, Lebanon, PA 17042

56. Columbus Chapel & Boal Mansion Museum

I love the idea of seeing history through one family’s lens. The Boal estate covers over 200 years and 8 generations of US history. The chapel comes about because at one point one of Christopher Columbus’s descendants married one of the Boals and brought the chapel with her.

Address: 163 Boal Estate Dr, Boalsburg, PA 16827

57. Dauphin Narrows Statue of Liberty

Did you know we’ve got our own Statue of Liberty? It’s a 25-foot statue near Marysville bridge! You can access it if you kayak over.

Address: US-22, Dauphin, PA 17018

58. Indian Echo Caverns

These are cool limestone caverns that were used back in the 1700s by the Susquehannock tribe. They’re a good detour if you’re in the area for Hersheypark.

Address: 368 Middletown Rd, Hummelstown, PA 17036

59. Gettysburg National Military Park

Back to that “Office” marathon… Remember the episode where Andy tries to take them on a field trip to Gettysburg, and Dwight finds out he was totally wrong about Schrute’s Farm being the northernmost battle of the Civil War?

Anyway, the Battle of Gettysburg is perhaps one of the most memorable battles of the Civil War as it was considered a turning point, and it’s home to the one of our country’s most famous addresses. The park is a memorial to that battle and includes areas such as the Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg National Cemetery, a Museum and Visitor Center, and more.

Address: 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325

60. Haines Shoe House

I mean, this is exactly what it sounds like — a house shaped like a shoe! If you watched “The Amazing Race” back in the day, you might recognize it as one of the stops.

Address: 197 Shoe House Rd, York, PA 17406

61. Happy Valley

If you’re ever curious about the US’s “university towns,” then definitely check out Happy Valley, which is where Penn State Main Campus is located. Go during football season to really see school spirit in full gear or visit for THON, which is the largest student-run philanthropic event in the world. I never even went to PSU, and I know about their football culture and THON from acquaintances alone!

Address: State College, PA

62. Harrisburg

Our state capital! Visit to see more of PA’s history at the State Museum and enjoy how pretty the State Capitol building is. The home around there are really cute too, so I’d just walk around and enjoy them. Stop by Little Amps for coffee.

Address: 501 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17120

63. Hersheypark

I grew up with, “Hersheypark happy! The sweetest place on earth!” My family would go every summer from open to close, and even now it’s THE greatest place for Roller Coasters. Six Flags lines are too long, Disney World can’t even, and while Universal is close, it’s more of a mix with virtual and ride.

Hershey, though, that’s the perfect mix. Also you can go on a chocolate tour!

Address: 100 Hersheypark Dr, Hershey, PA 17033

64. Knoebels Amusement Resort

Knoebels is known as the largest free-admission amusement park and has been around since 1926. I swear I’ve been here as a kid because the name is so familiar, but I’m not 100% sure! 

Address: 391 Knoebels Blvd, Elysburg, PA 17824

65. Lakemont Park – Oldest Wooden Coaster

Continuing with the amusement park theme, you can also visit Lakemont Park! Its biggest claim to fame is that its Leap-The-Dips ride is the oldest wooden roller coaster in the world. As in, it’s been around since 1902.

Address: 700 Park Ave, Altoona, PA 16602

66. Penn’s Cave and Hotel

Just another cool cave in PA, but you can also stay here at the historic hotel.

Address: 222 Penns Cave Rd, Centre Hall, PA 16828

67. Pine Creek Gorge

Nicknamed the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, Pine Creek Gorge is 47-miles long and around 1,000 feet deep. You can drive along the east rim and stay in nearby Wellsboro.

Address: Pine Creek Gorge, Watson Township, PA 17740

68. Pine Grove Furnace State Park

Pine Grove Furnace State Park has four different trails and is considered one of the most beautiful places in PA. East of the park is also the official marker of the Appalachian Trail midpoint!

Address: 1100 Pine Grove Rd, Gardners, PA 17324

69. Rockhill Trolley Museum

Take in some of Central PA’s scenery via an old trolley! It’s supposed to be especially beautiful in the fall.

Address: 430 Meadow Street, Rockhill Furnace, PA 17249

70. Tussey Mountain

Tussey Mountain is near Penn State and excellent for skiing in the winter and nature activities in the summer.

Address: 301 Bear Meadows Rd, Boalsburg, PA 16827

Western PA

71. Allegheny National Forest

The forest is a HUGE area and perfect to enjoy all of PA’s four seasons. It’s got a ton of trails that look perfect for getting outside. I think this is another area I really want to explore in the fall.

Address: Marienville, PA 16239

72. Big Mac Museum

When I first saw that this existed, I couldn’t laughing. And then I 100% put it on my Pennsylvania bucket list because — why not?! You can see a 14-ft model of a big mac, and, I mean, McDonald’s was my first job at 14!

Address: 9061 US Hwy 30, North Huntingdon, PA 15642

73. Fallingwater

via Pixabay

Of all of Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings, Fallingwater is one of the most famous. It was built partly over a waterfall and is so beautiful and unique, it’s inspired a concerto!

Address: 1491 Mill Run Rd, Mill Run, PA 15464

74. Flight 93 Memorial

While 9/11 is most visually remembered in New York City, there were two other flights that crashed that day as well. One was into the Pentagon, but one, which was originally headed for the US Capitol building was thwarted by passengers on the plane and wound up crashing in rural Pennsylvania. The memorial is built to honor those passengers.

Address: 1717 Coleman Station Rd, Friedens, PA 15541

75. Jimmy Stewart Museum

Mr. George Bailey himself! Jimmy Stewart is one of our great actors, from It’s a Wonderful Life to Rear Window, he’s a Hollywood legend. Andddd he comes from Indiana, PA! Definitely want to visit the museum and see more of his life!

Address: 835 Philadelphia St, Indiana, PA 15701

76. Kinzua Bridge

Kinzua Bridge was once the tallest railroad bridge in the world. Most of the bridge was destroyed in 2003 after a tornado, but you can still see a panorama shot of it from a lookout in the park of the same name.

Address: 296 Viaduct Road, Mt Jewett, PA 16740

77. Presque Isle Park

Did you know PA is the first landlocked state in the US? Presque Isle Park is one of the few places you can “go to the beach” so to say. It’s a little peninsula in Lake Erie that kind of closes around a body of water called Presque Isle Bay! Probably best during the summer.

Address: 301 Peninsula Dr, Erie, PA 16505

78. Punxsutawney for Groundhog’s Day

One of the oddest mainstream holidays we celebrate in the US is Groundhog’s Day! It was first reported on in Punxsutawney, and so every year they hold a huge celebration on February 2nd to see if Phil will emerge or not.

Address: Punxsutawney, PA 15767

79. Seven Springs Mountain Resort

While it’s more known for its ski slopes, I first found out about it as a beautiful places to enjoy the fall foliage since it’s an all-year resort!

Address: 777 Water Wheel Dr, Champion, PA 15622

Pittsburgh

80. Andy Warhol Museum

I’m also surprised by how many famous people have called Pittsburgh their hometowns! The iconic Andy Warhol is one of them. It spans 7 floors and is all about the Warhol’s life and legacy.

Address: 117 Sandusky St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

81. Canton Avenue

Why not try to walk up the steepest street in the world?

Address: Canton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216

82. Carnegie Museum of Art

Can be considered the first modern art museum in the country.

Address: 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

83. Carnegie Museum of Natural History

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is one of the top natural history museums in the country and has one of the best dinosaur exhibits.

Address: 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

84. Carnegie Science Center

This is probably the most kid-friendly of the Carnegie museums, and it’s easily the most visited!

Address: 1 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

85. Cathedral of Learning

The Cathedral of Learning is a centerpiece of the University of Pittsburgh, and stands at 535-ft tall. Besides its gorgeous exterior, the interior is made up of themed-rooms you can visit! Pitt students even have classes in some of them.

Address: 4200 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

86. Duquesne Incline

The Duquesne (pronounced doo-kane) Incline is in the South Side and has ben around since 1877! PS It’s featured in Flashdance for 80s movies lovers.

Address: Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15211

87. Frick Art + Historical Center

The Frick Art + Historical Center is actually a few buildings in one area from the historical mansion called Clayton, the Frick Art Museum, the Playhouse. the Greenhouse and Gardens, and more.

Address: 7227 Reynolds St, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

88. Heinz Field for a Steelers Game

I mean, I may bleed green, but I have come to appreciate the Steelers and their fandom. Still waiting for a Steelers vs. Eagles Superbowl! P.S. Pittsburgh was Gotham in the Christopher Nolan Batman movies, and you might recognize Heinz Field from The Dark Night Rises.

Address: 100 Art Rooney Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

89. Kennywood

Kennywood is a traditional amusement park that has been around since 1898 and is considered a classic must-visit in Pittsburgh. Quite a few of the rides date back to the 1920s.

Address: 4800 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA 15122

90. Monongahela Incline

The Monongahela Incline is the other incline up to the Mt. Washington neighborhood! It’s the oldest continuously operating funicular in the country.

Address: Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15211

91. Mt. Washington Neighborhood

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an old photo I took when I still used an iPhone4!

Mt. Washington is where you go for the best view of Pittsburgh! It’ll give you the perfect view of the Golden Triangle, or Pittsburgh’s business district.

Address: Mt Washington, Pittsburgh, PA

92. Phipps Conservatory + Botanical Gardens

Within Schenley Park is a gorgeous botanical garden that covers 15 acres and has been around since 1893. Where there’s a garden, I must go!

Address: 1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

93. Pittsburgh’ Children Museum

Okay, I know. Unless you have kids, why the heck would you want to visit the Children Museum? Um, because Mr. Rogers’ puppets are here as well as a few exhibits dedicated to humanity’s favorite human being.

Address: 1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

94. Point State Park

The Point got its name because it’s where the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers meet. There’s a fountain to mark the exact spot.

Address: 1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

95. Randyland

Randyland is definitely high up on my list for when I go to Pittsburgh next! It reminds me a bit of Gamcheon, but a museum instead of a neighborhood with how fun and colorful it is. Even Anthony Bourdain and Fred Rogers were fans.

Address: 1501 Arch St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

96. Schenley Park

Schenley Park is over 300 acres and is in kind of the most ideal spot in Pittsburgh! It’ll also give you really pretty views of the city.

Address: Pittsburgh, PA 15213

And there you have it! My not-so-little Pennsylvania bucket list! I can’t wait to start writing more about PA as I finally visit some of these places for the first time!

Have you been to PA? What would you add to this list?

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2 Comments

  1. Maria
    September 11, 2020 / 10:26 pm

    This is really an interesting topic! I just wish there are photos for each places mentioned here. I’m from the PH and it’s my dream to live, work, and raise my fam in Pennsylvania. I’ve been to California and I lived there for a few months, and it was so amazing, but PA really got stuck in my head and my heart for some reason. I haven’t been there YET but it already feels like home to me just by seeing photos of the magnificent place. Thank you for this very informative list! I’ll keep them and I hope to visit them all soon! *crossfingers*

    • Samantha
      Author
      September 22, 2020 / 12:32 am

      Haha me too. My plan this summer and fall was to basically work my way through this bucket list and finally get to see all of PA and thus put photos to this text! Still in Vietnam though haha. It’s funny, right? I always thought California would be my ultimate place to live in the US, but actually I’m finding myself drawn to PA more and more the older I get. Not just because of family but it’s just a cool state with more history than I think people realize. I’m also shocked Philly gets so overlooked by international tourists! Like almost all of the US’s early history happened here!

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