Pennsylvania's combination of culture, colonial treasures, and natural beauty captivates history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Pittsburgh, famous for its rivers, is sure to impress with the world-renowned Carnegie museums and the Andy Warhol Museum. With iconic gems like Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the National Constitution Center concentrated in Philadelphia, and Valley Forge and the Gettysburg National Military Park an easy drive away, you could easily spend days there traipsing through the past. But adventure awaits in the Laurel Highlands, the Appalachian Mountains, and the Pennsylvania Wilds. Here visitors will discover breathtaking views, miles of waterways, trails, and plenty of wildlife, with lovely tucked-away towns scattered along the state's 21 scenic byways. From Amish Country to Hershey, your pet friendly vacation in Pennsylvania is sure to be sweet.
Best Time To Visit
The best season for a pet friendly trip to Pennsylvania is the fall. From Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, the temperatures are lovely and the humidity moves out. October is simply glorious, with highs in the 60s, few rainy days, and spectacular color from the hardwood trees that cover the state. In November, the crowds thin and the crisp days are ideal for enjoying outdoor activities. By early December the fine weather is gone, but winter is the easiest time to find great deals on lodging. Spring arrives in April and can be quite nice, though the weather is fickle, changing drastically from day to day.
Things Not To Miss
Explore the city on a walking tour of Philadelphia's famous squares. Along the way, try some iconic cheesesteaks and decide for yourself which is best.
Stroll Pittsburgh's 89 distinct neighborhoods, each celebrating ethnic cultures from around the globe, and ride the Duquesne Incline for great views of the city skyline.
Enjoy a unique pet friendly shopping experience at Peddlers Village, set on 42 beautifully landscaped acres in Bucks County.
Make unforgetable memories at Knoebels in Elysburg, one of the country's only pet friendly theme parks! Though pets cannont be accommodated on most rides, they are welcome on the train that encircles the park.
Visit Independence Hall National Park, where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were both debated and signed. Be sure to ask how your pet can become a BARK Ranger during your visit.
All aboard the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway for a 70-minute ride along the Lehigh River. Powered by diesel engines and departing from the old railroad station in historic downtown Jim Thorpe, pets are welcome in both the vintage passenger coaches and open-air cars.
Walk in the footsteps of General George Washington at Valley Forge National Historic Park and discover monuments, exhibits, living history enactments, and miles of pet friendly walking trails.