U.S. Virtual Road Trip- Pennsylvania

*Note I haven't had access to my blog since last week as for some reason blogspot decided to not give me access. There will be a lot of back dated posts over the next few days*

Pennsylvania, where one of my favourite author's lives, the awesome Kelly Hashway. This see what awaits us in Pennsylvania.

Places to Visit in Pennsylvania

Bushkill Falls – Gorgeous waterfalls, hiking trails, mini golf, picnic areas, and playground

Crayola Factory – Yes, you make your own crayons! Located in Easton, PA

Dorney Park – This is an amusement park and water park.

Dutch Wonderland – 48-acre amusement park in Lancaster, PA

Gettysburg – A must for history lovers

Harrisburg (our capital) – If you’re going to check out a state, you should visit the ca

Hershey Park – Hershey’s Chocolate World located in Hershey, PA

Moravian Book Shop – Located in Historic Bethlehem and founded in 1745, it is the oldest bookstore in the world!

Philadelphia – Houses the United States Mint, the Franklin Institute, the Liberty Bell, the Philadelphia Zoo, Independence Hall, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Pennsylvania Underground Railroad – Tracks across PA

Pocono Raceway – Home of the Tricky Triangle; Pocono 400; Pennsylvania 400; Great for Nascar fans; located in Long Pond, PA

Sesame Place – located in Langhorne

Places to eat in Pennsylvania

Buddakan – Located in Philadelphia (Named one of America’s Top 50 Restaurants)

Fountain Restaurant – Located in Philadelphia and rated number one restaurant for “Top Food” in Pennsylvania by the Zagat Survey in 2010.

Lacroix at The Rittenhouse – Located in Downtown Philadelphia

Bethlehem Brew Works – Located in Bethlehem (This is one of my favorites.)

Quirky Facts About Pennsylvania:

Just Born Candy Factory (located in Bethlehem, PA) celebrates the New Year by dropping a 4.5-foot tall PEEP Chick on December 31. The PEEP Chick weighs in at 85 pounds.

Centralia Mine Fire – a coal vein has been burning under Centralia, PA since 1962!

The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia supposedly had indoor plumbing and central heating before the White House.

Every year on Groundhog’s Day, people gather to watch Punxsutawney Phil predict how many more weeks are left in winter.

Philadelphia is home to the World’s Largest Clothespin, sculpted in 1976 by Claes Oldenburg and standing at 45 feet.

Famous People From Pennsylvania: (a very abbreviated list)

Frankie Avalon (singer)
Kevin Bacon (actor)
Boyz II Men (singing group)
Charles Bronson (actor)
Perry Como (singer)
Bill Cosby (actor)
Jim Croce (singer, songwriter)
Dwight F. Davis (tennis player and founder of the Davis Cup)
Walter Diemer (inventor of bubble gum)
Mike Ditka (football player, coach)
Tina Fey (actress, comedian)
Benjamin Franklin (author, inventor, statesman)
Newt Gingrich 
Jeff Goldblum (actor)
Hall & Oates (music group)
Shirley Jones (actress)
Gene Kelly (actor, dancer, singer)
Grace Kelly (actress)
Tara Lipinski (Olympic skater)
Joe Montana (football player)
Joe Namath (football player)
Arnold Palmer (golfer)
William Penn (founder of Pennsylvania)
Fred Rogers (host of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood)
Betsy Ross (flagmaker)
Amanda Seyfried (actress)
Sister Sledge (music group)
Will Smith (actor)
Sharon Stone (actress)
Taylor Swift (singer)
Andy Warhol (artist)
Punxsutawney Phil (groundhog who predicts how many weeks are left in winter)
Authors in Pennsylvania: (an abbreviated list)

Louisa May Alcott
Lloyd Alexander
Kell Andrews
Janet Asimov
Stephen Chbosky
Kelly Hashway (That’s me!)
Dean Koontz
Elisa Ludwig
Conrad Richter
Dianne Salerni
Maria Snyder
Gertrude Stein
Wallace Stevens
John Updike

Books Set in Pennsylvania:

The Monster Within and The Darkness Within by Kelly Hashway are both set in the Poconos.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Bebold
Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Rabbit at Rest (Rabbit Angstrom #4) by John Updike
The King of Plagues by Jonathan Mayberry
Thumped by Megan McCafferty
The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson
A Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter
The Caged Graves by Dianne K. Salerni
Deadwood by Kelly Andrews

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What so you think of Pennsylvania? Let me know your thoughts below?

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