From Civil War battlefields to icons of the American Revolution, Pennsylvania is littered with historical sites, museums and monuments. However, history buffs aren't the only people who'll find things to do in the Keystone State; Pennsylvania is also filled with beautiful scenery, exciting theme parks, fun festivals and breathtaking artwork.
The annual Punxsutawney event remains the most well known in the country. On February 2 of each year, thousands gather wondering if the resident groundhog named Phil views his shadow. Donned in top hats and tuxedos, the Inner Circle waits in anticipation of Phil's decision. A general air of celebration surrounds the event with music, dancing and food.
For 10 days residents look forward to spring with the arrival of local and big name artists who perform numerous musical genres spanning from big band to jazz. Nightly shows occur throughout the city ranging from restaurants to major event venues.
Geared toward youngsters, the annual May event provides parents with the chance to introduce children to the performing arts. Entertainment groups representing countries worldwide offer acrobatics, comedy, music, dance, puppetry and multimedia shows at the Schenley Plaza and the University of Pittsburgh campus.
The traditional community weekend long June event brings hundreds of artisans from across the country together with craft lovers. Located along Main Street, the expansive open gallery provides artisans the chance to display wares and offer demonstrations. Children's activities, live entertainment and refreshments accompany the festival.
Penn State hosts the annual five day July event in the middle of the month that celebrates the arts. During the festival, guests have the opportunity to see hundreds of visual art displays and while enjoying live musical and theatrical performances. A special Children's Day encourages young guests to create and sell individual works of art.
The annual event spans 10 days in July and serves to commemorate the history of auto racing in the country. Races involve vehicles manufactured before and after 1960 and represent domestic and exotic models. Along with the races, guests attend parades, auto shows and a live concert.