Pennsylvania is named the “Keystone” state because of its integral part in the historical vote for independence and for being the supporting vote for a new government.
Besides being known as the “Keystone” state, Pennsylvania has several other nicknames, including the “Quaker” state -named for the religion of the Quaker William Penn who settled the state. The “Coal” state, the “Oil” state and also the “Steel” state are three additional nicknames for Pennsylvania due to the state’s three largest industries.
Pennsylvania is separated into fourteen different metropolitan areas: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Harrisburg, Lancaster, York-Hanover, Reading, Erie, Johnston, State College, Altoona, Sharon and Williamsport.
Philadelphia, home of Independence Hall, has a wide variety of attractions. History lovers can visit sites such as the Liberty Bell, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Betsy Ross House, the Franklin Institute, the Ben Franklin National Memorial, and the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The Philadelphia Zoo, a 42-acre “Victorian garden”, holds approximately 1,300 animals of many species and is one of the great attractions of Philadelphia. Opened in 1874, the Philadelphia Zoo was the first Zoo in the United States. Some of the many different varieties of animals that you can visit at the zoo are zebras, rhinos, baboons, and Australian animals; many different bears, birds, monkeys, an amphibian house and these are only some of the animals.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is only one of the fine art museums that is housed in Philadelphia and exhibits many of the best collections of art from around the country. If you are searching for family events and attractions and have little children, do not forget “Sesame Place,” an amusement theme park based on the famous Sesame Street show, or the “Please Touch” Museum, an interactive museum for children.
Philadelphia also has its fair share of “Nightlife” with many clubs and bars and also the famous “Penn’s Landing,” which is a waterfront area near Center City along the Delaware River. Penn’s Landing runs for ten blocks from Vine Street to South Street and offers an outdoor ice-skating rink, the “Great Plaza,” a seaport museum and a world sculpture garden and many other attractions.
In Lehigh Valley county, Pennsylvania, along the Lehigh River you can find the Allentown metropolitan area. From Philadelphia you can drive here in about one hour.
Dorney Park Wildwater Kingdom attracts many travelers every year with park rides, live shows, food and entertainment and of course many attractions for children from Camp Snoopy to 16 mini water park rides that they can enjoy.
Every Labor Day weekend the Great Allentown Fair brings in over half a million people to view the farm and house exhibits, enjoy the animals and variety acts and seek thrills with amusement park rides and a wide variety of wonderful fair food.
The Allentown Art Museum that was founded during the Great Depression presents a great collection of art of over 13,000 pieces that are primarily of European background.