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One of thirteen original colonies, Pennsylvania is home to two historic "biggies," Philadelphia, birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States, and Gettysburg, Civil War battle site. On February 2, Groundhog Day, people come to Punxsutawney - will the groundhog see his shadow, foretelling another six weeks of winter?

Valley Forge


Strasburg Rail Road (Ronks) - Take a ride on this historic railroad, operating since 1832. Ride in authentic Victorian coach, or open air car, have lunch in the dining car on the 45 min. excursion train. Also available, special event trains, e.g. Easter bunny train. Here's the schedule.
Crayola Experience (Easton) - Crayola crayons have been produced in Easton for over 100 years. At the Crayola Experience, see the world's largest crayon and watch crayons being made, color in 4-D, make a dinosaur shaped crayon, and more.
Hershey chocolates (Hershey) - Pennsylvania is noted for Hershey chocolates, kids will have fun taking a tour to see how chocolates are made, and visiting Hershey Park, historic theme park with roller coaster rides.
Fun food
Lancaster County is famous for Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. Try shoofly pie (molasses-brown sugar pie with crumb topping), whoopie pies, sand tarts, red beet eggs (hard boiled eggs colored with beet juice), chicken pot pie (made with homemade egg noodles instead of a crust).
Lancaster Central Market, one of the oldest farmers markets, is open Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday year round - try Amish specialties.
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