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Allegheny National Forest Area- The Allegheny National Forest Region of Pennsylvania is a remote area of the state characterized by wilderness surroundings. This region offers the best opportunities for viewing elk and black bear.
Hershey / Dutch Country Area- History and natural delights intermingle with the hand-plowed farm fields of the Amish and the scent of the Hershey Chocolate Factory.
Lake Erie Area- The Lake Erie Area is located in Pennsylvania's northwest corner offering a great playground of beautiful beaches and spectacular sunsets. Cultural, historical and natural wonders of this beautiful area attract thousands of visitors to the outdoors each year.
Laurel Highlands / Southern Alleghenies Area- This area's mountains, valleys, rivers, meadows and woodlands make it irresistible for relaxation and recreation. It also has Mt. Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia, Country-Side, Lehigh Valley Area- The Philadelphia area is historically rich and diverse in natural resources. This beautiful area beacons as a vacation destination.
Pittsburgh Area- Pittsburgh is one of the greatest steel-making centers of the world. The area is host to the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers creating the Ohio River.
Pocono Mountains / Endless Mountains Area- The Pocono Mountains abound in natural wonders. The Glens Natural Area has 22 named waterfalls in a scenic gorge with old growth timber. You can also try whitewater rafting on the Lehigh River.
Valleys of the Susquehanna Area- The beautiful Susquehanna River winds through fertile valleys surrounded by forest covered ridges. Anglers can explore the world-class smallmouth bass fishing in the river or Penns Creek which is known as one of the best trout streams in America.

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Description - Pennsylvania is divided into eight travel regions. These regions include Lake Erie, Pittsburgh, Allegheny National Forest, Laurel Highlands / Southern Alleghenies, Valleys of the Susquehanna, Hershey / Dutch Country, Pocono Mountains / Endless Mountains and the Philadelphia and its countryside / Lehigh Valley.

Attractions - Experience the diverse state of Pennsylvania. Routed in American industrial history, the state offers unsurpassed educational and recreational opportunities in all eight travel regions.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will please the outdoor enthusiasts year-round. Miles of multi-use trails are available for hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers. Pennsylvania offers so much to so many including both cold and warm water fishing opportunities, mountain views, historical monuments and battlefields, large game hunting, paddling placid lakes and much more. The Commonwealth is a treasure of outdoor opportunity for all tastes, ages and abilities and usually within a few minutes drive of your location.

Climate - Pennsylvania has four distinct seasons and recreationists can find good in each one. Summer is usually hot and humid often extending from late May into September. Expect temperatures in the southeastern part of the state to reach 90 degrees F frequently. Temperatures in the Northern and western areas of the state are slightly cooler. Summer lows usually don't dip below 60 degrees F.

Winter temperatures average between 25 degrees and 45 degrees F in southeastern Pennsylvania. The west and mountains receive colder temperatures that average between -10 degrees and 35 degrees F. Spring and fall are excellent times to visit the state as temperatures are mild with little humidity. Spring brings a variety of wildflowers and shrubs into bloom and fall color displays of deciduous trees draw many to the forests of the state.

Location - Pennsylvania is comprised of eight travel regions.


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Pennsylvania Bureau of Travel Marketing, 453 Forum Building , Harrisburg, PA, 17120, Phone: 717-787-5453

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Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania is a large state by eastern standards with approximately 4.5 million acres of public land. The state maintains 116 state parks of natural, historical and cultural interest. Within the last few years, a major initiative to turn abandoned railways into trails has resulted in 84 multi-use trails.

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