A Weekend Getaway to Pennsylvania: What You Need to Know


Pennsylvania isn’t exactly at the top of everyone’s bucket list. But it should be because there are many cool places to see here.

Pennsylvania was one of the original colonies and thus is one of the oldest states in the country. In fact, it’s so old they still refer to themselves as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania instead of the state.

For a weekend getaway, Pennsylvania is perfect. Here are just a few reasons why you should come here on your next trip.

1) There’s A Lot to See

This almost goes without saying.

But a lot of people, even Pennsylvanians, forget how much there is to see here. It’s easy to forget that the Declaration of Independence was signed at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

It’s also easy to forget that it’s home to a thriving Amish community. Amish country is a great destination for a weekend getaway.

Some Amish families even allow visitors to stay for the weekend. There is truly no better way to relax than unplugging your phone and returning to the basics of life.

No one knows how to live simply better than the Amish. And once you’ve visited, you might not even want to leave.

But if you do like a big city, Pennsylvania has several.

2) Weed is Semi-Legal

The big cities are the only place you can enjoy marijuana.

Here’s an article on the legal status of cannabis in Pennsylvania. It’s still only legal for medical purposes.

However, big cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have decriminalized cannabis for recreational use in small amounts. There is a fine if you get caught, but it isn’t that expensive.

Cannabis is one of the best ways to relax over the weekend. It’s perfectly safe to use and can make for a memorable vacation. As with any substance, you should always use it with caution and be responsible.

Marijuana should always be purchased from a licensed dispensary. That’s the only way you can be sure that the product is safe and high quality. You don’t want to be buying weed from the streets of Philly.

If you don’t want to try cannabis, CBD products are legal in Pennsylvania. They can also help you unwind and relax after a stressful work week.

3) History is Everywhere

It can be hard to escape history in Pennsylvania.

There are many historical sites like Gettysburg. Here are some fun facts about the Battle of Gettysburg that you might not have known.

For history lovers, it’s the perfect destination. You’ll be overwhelmed by how many artifacts and info spots there are in Gettysburg.

For architectural history, head to Fallingwater. This is also known as the Frank Lloyd Wright house because it was his architectural masterpiece.

In Pittsburgh, you can also head to the Andy Warhol Museum to learn about him and his artwork.

4) The Food is Great

Everyone has heard of a Philly cheesesteak.

But you haven’t really had a Philly cheesesteak until you’ve had one in Philly. Look up the best restaurants in the city. Or, better yet, ask a local.

If you aren’t in Philadelphia, most of the small towns have nice restaurants. The food in Amish country is incredible. You can’t get any more traditional than Amish cooking.

Pittsburgh also has a rising restaurant scene that you should check out.


Because there is so much to do here, Pennsylvania is the perfect weekend getaway no matter what you’re interested in.

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I am Jessica Moretti, mother of 1 boy and 2 beautiful twin angels, and live in on Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia. I started this blog to discuss issues on parenting, motherhood and to explore my own experiences as a parent. I hope to help you and inspire you through simple ideas for happier family life!


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