Top 10 Best Cities and Travel Hot Spots to See in Pennsylvania
Famous Movies and Film Stars
Ever talk with a six-foot tall rabbit? Only a 2-foot tall jackalope, you say?
At the Jimmy Stewart Museum, visitors can see and hear about the actor and USAF Generals experience in the film Harvey and many other of the 81 he completed. The museum is located in Mr. Stewart's hometown of Indiana in Western PA. Here, the large installation covers an entire upper floor in the town's large library facility and includes a 1930s-era movie theater in which filmed materials are presented.
At the entrance to the museum sits a 6-ft white rabbit on a bar stool at a replica of the corner of Fairfax and 18th from the film Harvey.
Universal City Studios donated the cutting edge sound and projection system to the 1930s-era theater top commemorate Jimmy Stewart's work. The theater contains Depression era plush velvet seats and draperies. and Jimmy Stewart classic films are presented on a regular schedule.
... and for some more great Pensylvania places:
Berks County Pennsylvania Renewable Energy Festival
This green event is held after mid-September in the town of Kember. The fesitval is educational as well as useful and fun, including a 1919 electric car.
Deminstrations include such developments as the solar powered tractor and a Sustainable Fashion Show.
Singles and families can camp at the Kempton Community Center very inexpensively and spend three days exploring how to live green and transform their homes in sustainable living spaces.
A 2008 contest at the festival included a 2008 Prius hydbrid car.
- Fallingwater Web Site
Nothing you have read or learned about Fallingwater can compare to the experience of visiting in person. The Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, nestled within the lush, wooded Bear Run Nature Reserve, is a timeless monument to organic architecture at it
Frank Lloyd Wright
My favorite place to visit in Pennsylvania is a part of the Western Pennslvania Nature Conservancy and a home built to order by renowned architect of the 20th century - my favorite - Frank Lloyd Wright. My favorite part of the story behind the building of Fallingwater is that Wright walked the property for three months daily, letting it "soak in" to his mind, On the day that the owner was to arrive at noon on to review the blue prints, Wright began work about 9:00 AM and finished at noon. When the owner, department store magnet Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr., entered at noon, Wright said warmly, "Hello, we've been waiting for you."
Kaufmann stores were big in the 1930s, but there were a few in Ohio as late as mid-1960s. Then Kaufmann and Lukoff stores dissolved. However, I have seen Kaufmann ads again, perhaps coming from a newer chain.
The land and the building are peaceful beyond any other place that I have discovered, the house centered on a large rock in the middle of a stream of clear waters. Inside, the windows are soundproofed by a unique design. You can open a door in the living room floor to a flight of stairs that extends down into the river. Rooms are spacious landscaping is beautiful, and no neighbors are nearby, although many have been welcomed into the home and now the reserve, over the decades.
Do visit the link below, because many features have been added in the last decade, including an additional included tour of a second house 7 miles away and a week-long study session for high schoolers interested in architecture.
Perhaps Hubpages could have such a program one day!
"Have you been waiting for me?"
That's the question the evangelist Kathrine Kuhlman sometimes used to greet congregants in meetings at the First Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, at least when one future pastor was present in the pews -- It was here that Pastor Benny Hinn waited in cold weather in a line outside the church and ran in to capture a set in the third row back from the stage for the experience of a lifetime. Living in Canada, he returned to her meetings several times in the US.
Pastor Hinn was scheduled to meet her one morning before her services, after his own ministry was established, but just a few minutes before the meeting she was whisked to a hospital, where she died. Today, the First Presbyterian Church is a National Historic Landmark well worth visiting for its 18th century architecture.
Historic Pittsburgh Landmark
- First Presbyterian Church, Founded 1784
The First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest Protestant entities west of the Allegheny Mountains. Roots of Presbyterianism in Pittsburgh go back to 1758 when the British defeated the French at Fort Duquesne, at the point of Pittsb
Yoder Mysteries, Inc.
Lancaster County, in Southeast Pennsylvania, is a center for all things "Pennsylvania Dutch." it is also the setting for mystery novels.
Tamar Myers is an interesting mystery writer that was raised in Egypt by missionary parents before coming home to America. She is of both Mennonite and Amish heritage. Her gems are the Penn Dutch Inn Mysteries and the Den of Antiquity antique shop mystery novels. I like them both for fun because of their wit and humor as well as puzzling plots in fresh venues.
Miss Yoder is a Mennonite amateur detective and owner of the Penn Dutch Inn in Eastern Pennsylvania among a lush crop of farmlands and bed and breakfasts. her older Amish cousin works in the inn and lives on a farm adjoining the property and conflict ensues between the cultures of the two world views as they meet in the inn.
The surrounding area of SE Pennsylvania is full of Amish and Mennonite communities as well as Early American History, shops, festivals, and enough to fill several vacations.
- MAP Credit: Westmoreland County, PA - Great Allegheny Passage Map
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Point State Park Revitalization
This smaller park covers 36 acres as a National Historic Landmark in Allegheny County. As such, it is the only large public park in Downtown Pittsburgh. It has been under renovation, but still open to the public.
The park sits at the juncture of three rivers and is the centerpiece for the expanding Three Rivers Park. An urban archaeological excavation is being preceded by examining valuable portions of the historic Fort Pitt.
A variety of outdoor recreational activities, including kayaking and dragonboating, are already available at the park, along with bikes and skating. As the park expands, event venues will be added. Marinas, boat docks, restaurants, hiking trails all the way to Cumberland, and other featuers are udnerway or finished. Additional plans are ongoing, so whenever you go, you will see something new.
Soon, you will be able to bike from Pittsburgh all the way to Washington D.C. on the Great Allegheny Passage.
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Point State Park
Diners, Drive-Thrus, and Dives
The self-proclaimed World's Largest Hamburgers are prepared in Clearfield, Pennsylvania at Denny's Beer Barrel Pub.
The owner, Denny, began selling 1.5-pound burgers back in 1990 and soon instituted an eating contest with the promise of paying for the customer's meal if he or she could finish the burger. The only catch was that the burgers became increasingly bigger with the years. The largest burger ever served in a single meal to one person is a 9-pound hamburger on a bun with trimmings, and it took over three hours to eat (by a female college student).
A 15-pounder feeds two people, but that takes a long time as well. Only one person has been able to eat one of these all by himself, back around Halloween of 2008. This was right about the time that the Pennsylvania Beef Council names Denny's place the winner of the state's 2008 Beef Backer Contest.
The burgers larger than 2 pounds need an advanced reseration, ebcuase they take several hours to cook.
The World Tavern Poker Association began play in the Pub on Wednesday nights in 2009. Visit the home page: Denny's Beer Belly Buster. This is not your run of the mill tavern.
Denny's Beer Barrel Pub
Martin Guitar Factory
Take the CF Martin Guitar Factory Tour in Nazareth, Pennsylvania at 510 Sycamore Street during regular business hours Monday through Friday. The company is world renowned and for its coveted high quality products since the early 1820s in Germany.
This free 1-hour tour for families and individuals shows you the 300 steps that it takes to craft a fine instrument. Tour guides also present old world tools used historically, compared to the newest technologies used today. You see rough-cut lumber turn into a Martin Guitar before you leave. Groups can make reservations by calling 610-759-2837or emailing email@example.com.
Founded in 1833, the Martin Company offers a custom shop where you can design your own instrument.
Andy Warhol Museum
Andy Warhol Museum
In Downtown Pittsburgh at 117 Sandusky Street, this famous museum is dedicated to bringing art to the community and artistic opportunities to diverse artists. Well funded and supported by Carnegie and the Warhol Foundation, the museum holds permanent collrctions (with 12,000 pieces) and visiting collections year 'round. One interesting temporary exhibit includes the work of 100 individuals in capturing their own interpretation of Darth Vader. Most interestingly, the museum holds a total of 273 Warhol films as well.
A museum store and cafe are also available and admission prices are reasonable. Call (412) 237-8300 for more information.
"In the future everybody will be world-famous for 15 minutes." - Andy Warhol.
DelGrosso Amusement Park Pow Wows
DelGrosso is located in the Allegheny Mountains, where Fred DelGrosso purchased an old park and developed his gourmet spaghetti sauce on the grounds. today it can compete with amusement parks anywhere in the country with its rides and attractions. Every year, the Annual Native American Pow Wow and Dance Competition is held at the park a a weekend in mid-July.
Aside form special events, the park features Spaghetti Wednesdays weekly, with a different specialty of the week at reasonable meal prices.
Visit the website at DelGrosso Amusement Park. Summer employment is available every year, so apply as early in the year as possible.
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© 2009 Patty Inglish