February 22, 2003


Pennsylvania - "The Keystone State"

Chris: "We have Punxsatawney Phil."

Andrea Harris: "Pennsylvania has Philadelphia. It's one of my favorite cities. I get a real sense of history every time I go there."

albo: "We're a state of contrasts. Start in downtown Philly, shop at Reading Terminal Market, see the flower show at the convention center, then have a world-class dinner at Le Bec Fin or Morimoto and stay overnight.

Get in your car and drive north to New Hope on the Delaware for lunch and antiquing in a quaint artist's haven.

Then grab your mountain bike or hiking boots and drive west into the heart of the state to enjoy 17 million acres of beautiful hardwood forest, including 3.3 million acres of public land, much of which has only been seen by deer and bear and the occasional hunter.

We have a couple of big cities, but we are really defined by our simple beauties--cold mountain trout streams, vistas of endless rolling mountains colored by fall's changing leaves, and the sound of wild turkeys calling to each other from tree to tree as they wake up on a frosty morning."

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Posted by Lester on February 22, 2003 11:32 AM

In Philadelphia have the Liberty Bell, and Carpenter's Hall (where the constitution was written), Mummers, amazing steak sandwiches, The Philadelphia Flower Show (second largest in the world). There's so much history here, you can *feel* it as you walk the cobblestone streets in the old part of town.
We have the Pocono Mountains that provide great beauty and wonderful skiing. There are beautiful forests in the western part of the state, and you can even stroll the banks of Lake Erie, should you choose to do so.
Lakes, mountains, historical old cities and emerging technology centers - what more could you ask?
Having lived in many other states (and even in Europe), Pennsylvania is my *home* of choice, always.

Posted by: Suze on February 22, 2003 04:56 PM

My old home state...where I go when I need to feel better! PA has Philadelphia, Penn's Landing and most of all, my Philadelphia FLYERS!!!!

Posted by: Lisa on February 23, 2003 12:41 PM

I grew up in Philly and my favorite thing about the city is, and always will be Fairmount Park. It is one of the world's largest municipal parks, and the world's largest landscaped park. It's 4,180 acres of green and trees and grass in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the country, and one of those well-kept secrets of Philadelphia that make it a great place to live.

Posted by: Dawn on February 23, 2003 08:05 PM

I love Philadelphia. In general, PA isn't a bad state to live in. I'm 30 minutes from Philadelphia. Home of cheesesteaks (with whiz thank you), and "wooder ice". Not to mention how rich with history it is. I mean, I still get awestruck walking into Independence Hall and thinking, this is where it all started. Our forefathers actually stood on this very floor. Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, Edgar Allen Poe. I can go on all day. So many great people have come from Philadelphia. It doesn't get nearly enough recognition as far as I'm concerned.

Now if we could just get rid of all of this damn snow.

Posted by: statia on February 24, 2003 08:08 PM

What's not to like about Pennsylvania? Freedom rang out in Philadelphia and continues to ring out in the hearts and minds of Americans everywhere. We have purple mountains majesties in the Poconos ! We have a most beautiful fall season and we're the land of steel and anthracite coal. We are Pennsylvania ! God shed HIS grace on us !

Posted by: tina on February 26, 2003 07:09 AM

Being from Scranton, the northeast part of the state, you get slammed alot. But there is one good thing about Scranton, and that's my family's restaurant. There's alot of history, because when my grandfather came from Greece in 1919, he settled in that city, and opened this restaurant. It's called Coney Island Lunch .

Now I live about 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia, and I love it. There's so much to do and see.

Posted by: Margie on February 26, 2003 11:49 AM

Grew up in Central Pa., State College in particular. Besides the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains it is also the home of one of the most storied college football programs in the country, and the sport's most legendary coach - Joe Paterno.

When 110,000+ Penn State faithful pack Beaver Stadium on one of those sublime Pennsylvania fall afternoons it becomes the third largest city in the state.

Of course, Centre County is also home to some of the most historic trout streams in the East such as Spring Creek and Penns Creek. Not to mention some of the most exciting technical mountain biking I've experienced.

Other Pennsy highlights: Old Forge Pizza, Primani Brothers subs in Pittsburgh. A pound of fries at "O's" in Oakland...yum.

Posted by: chris on March 7, 2003 11:33 PM

I'm surprised that so little has been mentioned about the Pittsburgh side of the state.

Western PA is the site of the Whiskey Rebellion, the first test of the legitimacy of our government.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water is located in Mill Run near Ohiopyle State Park.

One of the areas underappreciated treasures is the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh (http://www.pitt.edu/~natrooms/index.html)

Posted by: Rick on March 11, 2003 01:12 PM

Yeah, let's get some props for the western part of the state- home of PA's only 4 Super Bowl titles, Quaker Steak and Lube, The Carnegie museums and libraries, the Lake Erie shore, Primanti Brothers sandwiches, Penn Pilsner, Mario Lemieux, and the view of Pittsburgh from Mount Washington.

Posted by: Mark on March 14, 2003 10:58 AM

The main branch of the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh is where virtuous bibliophiles go when they die... room after room of books, crammed floor to ceiling into every niche that would accommodate shelving. Some of the stacks have glass floors. In strange little corners you can find a perfect alcove for sitting, reading, and looking out over a beautiful autumn day.

Posted by: Mike on March 17, 2003 08:46 PM