Exploring PA

Exploring PA

With acres of rugged, unspoiled terrain, hundreds of intriguing historic landmarks, an award-winning food scene, and engaging cultural events year-round, you can’t go wrong. Get ready to pursue your happiness in Pennsylvania.

Welcome to Pennsylvania

William Penn proudly founded this state in 1681 on the values of tolerance and freedom, and we continue that legacy in how we care for and serve our citizens, facilitate business and entrepreneurship, and act as stewards of our natural resources.

Here, you can pursue your happiness to the fullest, whether it’s hiking or biking through pristine wilderness, or delving into history. Pennsylvanians continue to pursue — and find! — their happiness.

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Outdoor Recreation

With hundreds of miles of rugged mountain trails, powder-covered mountainsides, sweeping waterways, and secluded state forests, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy our greater-than-great outdoors wherever your bike, boat, feet, or raft takes you.

Discover the vast diversity of the Pennsylvania landscape as you bike a rail trail, navigate frothy class IV rapids, boulder in the Alleghenies, or spend a relaxing afternoon swimming or fishing in one of our 121 state parks.

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Get Outdoors


Pennsylvania’s history spans five centuries and weaves a storied fabric of revolution, innovation, and vision. This nation was born in Philadelphia, saved at Gettysburg, and thrust into the Industrial Revolution because of cities across Pennsylvania.

We’re the birthplace of everything from Little League Baseball and Andy Warhol to radio stations and lending libraries, and, of course, the United States. Get ready to unlock the riveting narrative of Pennsylvania, and its role within national and international history, as you learn about rebellions, battles, industries, and more.

Photo of Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, PA

Explore PA History

Arts and Culture

PA presents countless authentic cultural experiences that will broaden your perspective and engage your senses right from home.

Experience Michelin-Star restaurants, local watering holes, James Beard-recognized eateries, and everything in between. World-class art collections, independent galleries, and studios offer works to delight and challenge visitors, and engaging museums present key historical narratives from diverse viewpoints.

Photo of Randyland in Pittsburgh, PA

Experience Arts and Culture

Events and Activities

Whether you’re looking for something to do with family or friends over the weekend at a state park or solo at a new museum, Pennsylvania has something for everyone.

Photo of Randyland in Pittsburgh, PA

Events and Activities Near You

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