Whether you’re just starting out or in your final semester as a college student, everyone needs a little time away. We’ve put together some of our favorite day trips that can even turn into weekend getaways, right here in Pennsylvania!
Located just outside of Pittsburgh, Frank Lloyd Wright designed one of the most famous houses in The United States. The house has been recognized by the Smithsonian Institution as well as Time magazine as a must see. This beautiful home offers guided tours, or you can explore yourself and see what Fallingwater has to offer!
Ranked as one of the safest and most affordable cities, Pittsburgh has a lot to offer for anyone wanting to explore. The Steel City has quickly grown into a great stop for foodies, sports lovers, and even architecture! Hang out at The Point by the three rivers or get an unbelievable view from the incline to Mt. Washington. Pittsburgh is a must for any urban explorers!
Just about two hours north of Pittsburgh lives one of the great lakes and plenty of activities to go with it! This is a great destination for those looking to kick back and relax. Take a stroll through the arboretum or lay down a blanket and enjoy the calm waters on one of Erie’s beaches. There are also great restaurants, golf courses and more!
Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park
A great stop for anyone close to or passing through Central PA, Penn’s Cave is a unique piece of landscape. You can take a fully guided cavern tour by boat or explore the nature and wildlife on the wide-open farm. You’ll also find a Gift Shop full of fun knick-knacks as mementos of your adventure.
The site of the most famous Civil War battle, Gettysburg is a must-see for anyone living in PA. Less than an hour from Harrisburg, there is plenty to explore at this historical location. Visit one of the many museums, such as the Jennie Wade House or explore The National Military Park with a guided tour by segway, carriage, bus, or even horse! Even better, admission to the National Military Park is free!
One of the most famous places is PA, Hershey is the birthplace of one of the world’s most famous chocolates. Check out Hershey Chocolate World where you can eat and learn about the history of Hershey. You can also check out Hersheypark or other great stops such as ZooAmerica and the Hershey Gardens! There is definitely plenty to do for a day in this sweet town!
Going back to south central Pennsylvania, Lancaster has more to offer than people realize. With one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the state, this city has it all! You can check out the home of President James Buchanan, visit the famous Lancaster Central market, or go right outside the city to visit its famous Amish country.
Possibly the most famous location on the list, Philadelphia is the perfect destination for weekend travelers. Stop by King of Prussia Mall to see the biggest mall in PA, see the Liberty Bell and other historical sites, run up the famous steps in Rocky, and so much more! There are endless things to do and see in this city!