Best Pennsylvania attraction? Readers vote Presque Isle State Park!

Knoebels, Pine Creek Gorge, Ohiopyle State Park and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens also winners

Stretching all the way from the East Coast to the edge of the Midwest, Pennsylvania offers a wide range of experiences for those who take the time to explore. Some of the most important moments in American History took place in Philadelphia, while Pittsburgh was front and center during the Industrial Revolution. Outside the cities lies pastoral Pennsylvania Dutch Country and the deep forests of the Appalachian Mountains.

  • Fallingwater
    Mill Run

    Fallingwater, perhaps Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous architectural masterpiece, was designed and built in 1935 as a private residence for Pittsburgh department store owner Edgar J. Kaufmann, Sr. Known for its organic architecture, the house sits above a natural waterfall and was made from natural materials quarried from the property.
    Photo courtesy of Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau

  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History
    Pittsburgh

    Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History ranks among the best natural history museums in the country. Its 20 exhibition halls includes favorites like Dinosaurs in Their Time, Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems, PaleoLab and the Hall of North American Wildlife.
    Photo courtesy of James Tiffin Jr. / Flickr

  • Longwood Gardens
    Kennett Square

    The massive Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Creek Valley comprise more than 1,000 acres of gardens, woodlands and meadows divided into numerous indoor and outdoor named gardens. When it’s chilly outside, indoor options include a Banana House, Mediterranean Garden, Orchid House and Orangery, while outside, visitors can explore Canopy Cathedral, Flower Garden Walk, Rose Arbor, Peirce’s Woods and the Idea Garden, where home gardeners can find inspiration.
    Photo courtesy of B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

  • Pennsylvania Amish of Lancaster County
    Lancaster County

    The oldest Amish settlement in the United States can be found in Lancaster County. Within Pennsylvania Amish Country, thousands of people maintain a centuries old lifestyle, complete with windmills and horse and buggies. Visitors can tour the scenic countryside, shop for handmade Amish crafts and indulge in some comforting Pennsylvania Dutch cooking.
    Photo courtesy of Discover Lancaster

  • Flight 93 National Memorial
    Stoystown

    Among the tragedies of September 11, 2001 was the heroic loss of the 40 passengers onboard the highjacked Flight 93. This national memorial, opened in 2015, commemorates the lives lost while interpreting the events of that Tuesday morning in the Visitor Center Complex.
    Photo courtesy of NPS-Schwartz

  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
    Pittsburgh

    Located within Pittsburgh's Schenley Park, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens centers around a steel and glass Victorian greenhouse, built in 1893. The plant collection on display spans the globe, including a fragrant Orchid Room, colorful Outdoor Gardens and living pieces of art known as Bonsai.
    Photo courtesy of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden

  • Ohiopyle State Park
    Ohiopyle

    Encompassing 20,500 acres of Pennsylvania's Laurel Ridge, Ohiopyle State Park welcomes millions of visitors each year.The Youghiogheny River Gorge sets the scene for some of the best whitewater rafting in the Eastern United States.
    Photo courtesy of Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau

  • Pine Creek Gorge
    Wellsboro

    Pine Creek Gorge, better known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, measures more than 50 miles long and over 1,000 feet deep. The area is popular not only for its spectacular views, but also for its abundant wildlife, including numerous species of migratory and breeding birds.
    Photo courtesy of Commonwealth Media Services (CMS)

  • Knoebels
    Elysburg

    Knoebels, the nation's largest free-admission amusement park, offers rides, games and attractions geared toward visitors of all ages. Spread across 45 acres, the park includes 63 rides, a 900,000-gallon Crystal Pool, 26 midway games, two arcades and over 30 places to grab a bite to eat.
    Photo courtesy of Knoebels Amuseument Resort

  • Presque Isle State Park
    Erie

    Visitors to Presque Isle State Park are in for a singular Pennsylvania experience: the state’s only formidable shoreline, which boasts a number of beaches. Beach 11 is the park’s most sheltered, and therefore most serene. Its shallow water is a safe option for visitors with little ones and boasts views of the Erie skyline. Beach 6 on the other hand, is a draw for young people, with its concession stands and volleyball courts. The flipside, it is often the most crowded.
    Photo courtesy of Presque Isle State Park

We asked a panel of Pennsylvania travel writers to nominate their favorite state attractions, and for the past four weeks, our readers have been voting for their favorites. The results are in!

The top 10 winners in the category Best Pennsylvania Attraction are as follows:

  1. Presque Isle State Park - Erie
  2. Knoebels - Elysburg
  3. Pine Creek Gorge - Wellsboro
  4. Ohiopyle State Park - Ohiopyle
  5. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens - Pittsburgh
  6. Flight 93 National Memorial - Stoystown
  7. Pennsylvania Amish of Lancaster County - Lancaster County
  8. Longwood Gardens - Kennett Square
  9. Carnegie Museum of Natural History - Pittsburgh
  10. Fallingwater - Mill Run

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Jim Cheney (UncoveringPA.com), Jill Gleeson (gleesonreboots.com)Chris O’TooleJonathan Palmisano and Sharon Rigney (10Best) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of travel in Pennsylvania.

Congratulations to all these winning attractions.

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Chris O’Toole is a travel writer and Detour developer based in Pittsburgh. She loves islands, oceans, museums, and quirky adventures, like going to circus school, pedaling her bike to Washington, DC, and finding the best beaches in Burma. She is the author of Pennsylvania Off the Beaten Path, now in its 12th edition, as well as features for major USA magazines and newspapers. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Chris O'Toole

Chris O’Toole is a travel writer and Detour developer based in Pittsburgh. She loves islands, oceans, museums, and quirky adventures, like going to circus school, pedaling her bike to Washington, DC, and finding the best beaches in Burma. She is the author of Pennsylvania Off the Beaten Path, now in its 12th edition, as well as features for major USA magazines and newspapers. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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