Cheap flights to Pennsylvania

As one part of the original Thirteen Colonies – the group of British colonies in North America that came together to eventually found the United States of America – Pennsylvania, situated next to fellow Thirteen-Colonies-members Delaware, Maryland, New York and New Jersey, is a state chock-full of historical significance. Founded by Admiral William Penn – after whom the state was eventually named (the Sylvania comes from the Latin word for woods) – Pennsylvania was the second state to ratify the United States Constitution, joining the Union in 1787. Today the state has a population of more than 12 million, making it one of the most populous of the 50 American states, and is known as the ‘Keystone State’ – both as a reference to its central location in the first thirteen states and to its subsequent heavy involvement in the development of the USA.

Being the place where the first Continental Congresses were hosted, where the U.S Constitution was written, where the Declaration of Independence was signed and where the horrific Battle of Gettysburg took place, few would deny Pennsylvania’s status as a keystone of American history.

Getting around

As with most US states, the best way to get around Pennsylvania is by car; the entire region is road-trip-friendly, with an extensive network of well-developed highways and roads and plenty of scenery along the way. For those who’d prefer not to helm their own vehicle, long-distance Greyhound buses are readily available for inter-city transport.

Within Pennsylvania’s major cities (e.g. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia), buses, trains and taxis can easily be found, so a rental vehicle will not be necessary for those planning to stay there.

What to see and do

A national treasure of the United States, Independence National Historic Park – home to Independence Hall, Franklin Court, Liberty Bell, Old City Hall and countless other historically significant buildings – represents the humble beginnings of the country that eventually became one of the superpowers of the world. Feel the weight of history on your shoulders as you journey into Independence Hall, where the U.S Constitution and Declaration of Independence were signed (you can even the see the exact table and chair that George Washington used). Gaze upon the iconic Liberty Bell – symbol of American independence – hanging in Liberty Bell Centre, then visit Franklin Court, built on the land that once held the home of Benjamin Franklin, for an in-depth understanding of the life of this inspiring patriot.

After Independence National Park, the next must-see in Pennsylvania is Gettysburg National Military Park. The site of the Gettysburg Battle – during which more than 50,000 lives were lost in a matter of days – Gettysburg today stands as a reminder of the high price that was paid for America’s freedom.

Flights to Pennsylvania

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