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Pittsburgh to Philly- looking for things to do

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Pittsburgh to Philly- looking for things to do

I'm going to have a full day to drive between Pittsburgh and the Philadelphia area. Looking for some interesting things to do, sites to see or place to stay over night that can help shape my route. I'll be leaving by car from Pitt mid-day and don't need to arrive in the Philly area until late afternoon. Thus, I'll need a place to stay somewhere between the two. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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1. Re: Pittsburgh to Philly- looking for things to do

Hi citygal07, What types of things do you enjoy? I'll list some of things I would l do, but they may be far off from what you want to do... I'll start in Pittsburgh and move east:

- Kennywood is a nice fun amusement park, and is great for a half day: https://www.kennywood.com/

- Horseshoe Curve is a must for any railfan: …wikipedia.org/wiki/…29

- Lakemont Park has the oldest operating rollercoaster in the world. This is a good park to spend an hour or two: http://www.lakemontparkfun.com/

- DelGrosso's is another small but fun park that is good for an hour or two: http://www.mydelgrossopark.com/

- the Pike2Bike tour is a fun and educational tour. We did the whole tour in a couple hours. Here is info on the abandoned PA Turnpike: …wikipedia.org/wiki/Abandoned_Pennsylvania_T… or here: http://www.pike2bike.com/ And here is info on the Pike2Bike tour: http://www.grouseland.com/pike2bike.html

- Hershey Park is a nice amusement park: http://www.hersheypark.com/

- Dorney Park is the last amusement park I'll list: https://www.dorneypark.com/

I have stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Somerset, Altoona, and Breezewood. I would suggest any of these for places to stay the night. If you are a member of any hotel chain, you could search for hotels in your chain anywhere along the route you decide to take...

Here is a map showing all of my suggestions above: http://goo.gl/maps/4U9SQ

Have a great trip!

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2. Re: Pittsburgh to Philly- looking for things to do

The Flight 93 memorial is always worth a stop.

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3. Re: Pittsburgh to Philly- looking for things to do

One attraction between Pittsburgh and Philly is Fallingwater, one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous houses. It's only about an hour southwest of Pittsburgh.

Gettysburg is about halfway between Pittsburgh and Philly, in case you have any interest in the Civil War. Closer to Philadelphia is Lancaster; east of the city is Amish country. Lots of nice places to stay in the city and the surrounding countryside.

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4. Re: Pittsburgh to Philly- looking for things to do

The Harrisburg/Hershey area would be a great stopping point between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Even if you aren't interested in Hersheypark, there are plenty of other things to do in Hershey. The Hershey Trolley Works tour which departs from Chocolate World, gives a great entertaining overview of the history of the area. The Hershey Story is a museum that chronicles the life of Milton S. Hershey and his chocolate making. The Hershey Gardens are beautiful. The Antique Auto Museum may also be of interest. In nearby Hummelstown is Indian Echo Caverns.

The PA State Museum, Whitaker Center for the Performing Arts/Harsco Science Center, PA State Capitol, Fort Hunter Park, and Wildwood Nature Center are some sites of interest in Harrisburg.

Please let me know if you need more information.

Saint Paul...
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5. Re: Pittsburgh to Philly- looking for things to do

Thanks for the replies! As an architect, yes Fallingwater is definitely on my radar. Gettysburg is also an excellent suggestion.

Thanks to Mike E for the amusement park summary and route. Lots of options there!

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If you are an architect, I would highly recommend a stop in Harrisburg to tour our state capitol building. I have visited this beautiful building many times and never stop marveling at the architecture and art. The following is copied from the PA State Capitol website.

When President Theodore Roosevelt attended the dedication of the building on October 4, 1906, he said, “This is the handsomest building I ever saw.” The Capitol was designed in the American Renaissance style by Philadelphia architect Joseph Huston (1866-1940), who envisioned the building as a “Palace of Art.”

Built and furnished at a cost of $13 million, the Capitol features paintings, stained glass and furnishings by some of the best artisans of the day. The building incorporates various Renaissance designs in some of its largest rooms: Italian in the House Chamber, French in the Senate Chamber, and English in the Governor’s Reception Room. It also reflects Greek, Roman and Victorian influences in its art and ornamentation. Throughout the building, Huston blended the various styles with motifs featuring Pennsylvania’s achievements in labor, industry and history, making the Capitol uniquely American. Its five-story exterior is faced with handsome Vermont granite, and the roof is composed of green glazed terra cotta tile.

The Capitol’s centerpiece is a spectacular 272-foot, 52 million-pound dome inspired by Michelangelo’s design for St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Following its completion, the building was the tallest structure between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh for 80 years. While the building has been modernized over time, efforts to blend form and function continue today, and a special Capitol Preservation Committee ensures that as the building evolves, the artistic elements are never lost. The seat of Pennsylvania’s government continues to inspire visitors with its wealth of art, its outstanding architecture, and its strong connection to the vision of the Commonwealth’s founder, William Penn, who sought to establish a land that would be governed by just laws and tolerant of all religious faiths.

http://www.pacapitol.com/tours.html

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7. Re: Pittsburgh to Philly- looking for things to do

This is closed for 2 more weeks, but Johnstown has an inclinator that can hold your automobile http://www.inclinedplane.org/ And also out of the way is Centralia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia,_Pennsylvania It's STILL burning

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8. Re: Pittsburgh to Philly- looking for things to do

citygal07, You're welcome for the amusement park summery and map ;o)

If you visit Centralia, be cautious if it is a still day as toxic gasses may accumulate... (If it is windy, you are probably fine, but visit at your own risk.) I was there about 10 years ago and it was an interesting feeling driving around what used to be a city...

Also, if you are in that area, You are just around the corner from Knobels ;o) http://www.knoebels.com/

http://goo.gl/maps/UE1vc

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9. Re: Pittsburgh to Philly- looking for things to do

If you're an architect and like FLW, you might enjoy Polymath Park, too. http://www.polymathpark.com/. It's an opportunity to stay overnight in a Wright house.

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