Pennsylvania & Maryland holiday highlights

During a trip to Pennsylvania, visiting Philadelphia is a must. Head to the Convention Center in the east, spend some time wandering through eclectic Chinatown or meander down the Broad Street Arts Corridor. The west has numerous museums, great shopping opportunities on Chestnut and Walnut Street and some of Philadelphia’s tallest skyscrapers. The Old City has an excellent art scene with boutiques and galleries, and you can also get a taste of Philadelphia’s history here; landmarks include Constitution Hall, Independence Hall and the famous cracked Liberty Bell. You’ll also find wonderful authentic food here too; try a Philly cheesesteak, a citywide obsession, or a hoagie, a long Italian roll filled with deli meats, cheese and salad.

Pittsburgh is also worth seeing; stop off at its north shore to see the Andy Warhol Museum – the largest museum in North America dedicated to a single artist. To experience some of Pennsylvania’s charming outdoor scenery, take a trip on the oldest operating railroad in the Western Hemisphere – the Strasburg Rail Road. Enjoy a 45-minute, nine-mile journey through the heart of Amish Country with views over 2,500 acres of pristine farmland, travelling how and when you want – from First-Class and Dining Cars to Open Air and Coach.

Head over to Maryland for some of the finest waterways in the USA. Pop to the Inner Harbor at Baltimore, a historic seaport and landmark tourist attraction. The star-shaped Fort McHenry lies just across the water; it’s a national monument known for its role during the War of 1812, where it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from the British Navy. Further inland you’ll find the stunning Great Falls, a series of rapids and waterfalls on the banks of the Potomac River between Montgomery County, Maryland and Fairfax County, Virginia – you’ll have some wonderful scenic views from both sides. Down on the coast, visit the ever-popular Chesapeake Bay and the Ocean City resort, home to miles of golden beach and a boardwalk lined with restaurants and shops.

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