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You'll be charmed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at each and every turn of the road. From the edge of the Great Lakes in Erie to the City of Brotherly Love, from hunting and fishing to NASCAR and Little League, PA will never bore you. Love history? Visit Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Falling Water home in Mill Run, the Gettysburg memorial, or the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. Are you the outdoorsy type? Hike through the mountains of Northeastern PA, go white water rafting on the Delaware river, or visit one of the 117 state parks. Looking for fun for the whole family? Stroll through another time in the Pennsylvania Dutch country, attend the Little League World Series in Williamsport, or tour the Crayola Factory or Hershey's Chocolate. The choices are endless. Or are you looking for more culture or just a great college? Visit one of the many famous universities that call PA home, including the University of PA, Temple, Bryn Mawr, Bucknell, Carnegie Mellon, Lehigh, Seton Hall, Villanova and Penn. State — you'll be among friends as 1 out of every 127 people in the United States graduated from Penn State. The great cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh serve as bookends for PA: Philly and its suburbs serving the east side and the Greater Pittsburgh area on the west. Each city has its own unique character, and each adds to the overall flavor of PA — multi-cultural, rural and urban, old and new — there's so much to see, you don't want to miss a thing.

 

Famous Residents

Famous people that live in or are from Pennsylvania
  • James Buchanan
  • W.C. Fields
  • Ben Franklin
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Daniel Boon
  • Lisa Scottoline
  • Margaret Mead
  • Kevin Bacon
  • Robert Fuller
  • Grace Kelly
  • Stephen Foster
  • Boyz II Men
  • Betsy Ross
  • Bill Cosby
  • William Penn
  • Arnold Palmer
  • Joe Montana
  • John Dickinson
  • Richard Gere
  • Mike Ditka
  • Henry Mancini
  • Wilt Chamberlin
  • Roberto Clemente
  • Don Knotts
  • Gene Kelly
  • Andrew Wyeth
  • Lee Iacocca
  • Mary Cassatt
  • Will Smith
  • Andy Warhol
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Chubby Checker
  • Jim Croce
  • Alexander Haig
  • Shirley Jones
  • John Updike
  • Reggie Jackson
  • Tommy Dorsey
  • John Barrymore
  • Jimmy Stewart
  • Joan Jett
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Tara Lipinski
  • Mario Andretti
  • Sharon Stone
 

 

Local Color

What makes Pennsylvania unique
  • Philly Cheese Steaks
  • Groundhog Day
  • Hoagies
  • Little League World Series
  • Delaware Water Gap
  • Peeps
  • Tastykakes
  • City of Brotherly Love
  • The Grand Canyon of PA
  • Pierogies
 

 

Nicknames

Pennsylvania's alter egos
  • Keystone State
  • Quaker State
  • State of Independence
  • Coal State
  • Oil State
 

 

Major Industries

Most profitable industries in Pennsylvania
  • Manufacturing
  • Financial
  • Insurance
  • Services
  • Farming
  • Education
 

 

Geographic Regions

Regions that extend into Pennsylvania
  • Greater Philadelphia
  • Lehigh Valley
  • Northeast PA
  • Susquehanna Valley
  • Central PA
  • Great Lakes Region
  • Greater Pittsburgh