ARTS & CULTURE
Pennsylvania’s cities have world-class centers of art, museums and restaurants galore. Between award-winning cheesesteaks and Primanti Brother’s sandwiches loaded with fries, our cities allow residents and visitors to pursue whatever it is that makes them happy. For a full list, visit visitPA.com.
Located in Pittsburgh, the Andy Warhol Museum is ever-changing and constantly redefining itself, using its unique collections and dynamic, interactive programming as tools. Opened in 1994, the museum features extensive permanent collections of art and archives on one of the most influential American artists of the twentieth century.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest in the United States, showcasing more than 2,000 years of exceptional masterpieces of painting, sculpture, works on paper, decorative arts and architectural settings from Europe, Asia, the Americas, and the unfolding art of the present in its many forms.
Immerse yourself in four centuries of American art at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Newly expanded, the museum offers 3,400 works of fine and decorative art, and you’ll want to indulge your creative side at the museum’s Center for Creative Connections.
Celebrating the art and culture of the Bucks County region, the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown is an independent nonprofit institution dedicated to showcasing both historic and local contemporary art. The museum is housed in the old Bucks County jail, boasting a world-class collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings. In addition, the museum plays host to travelling national exhibits and places with an emphasis on showcasing the work of local talent.
The Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg is the artistic heart of central Pennsylvania, focusing on education through art as its primary philosophy. With a mission to “experience creativity and explore meaning through the visual arts,” the museum seeks to build community through the human magnetism of art. Featuring a variety of rotating exhibits and classes for both adults and youth, there is always something breathtaking to discover.
Luca Lancaster is inspired by the generosity and conviviality of the Italian table. The casual yet elegant dining experience is known for its wood-burning handmade Neapolitan oven that helps create every dish, including the charred lime that garnishes their whiskey sour cocktail. It’s no wonder this restaurant is gaining popularity, especially since being featured in The New York Times.
John J. Jeffries serves seasonal farm-to-table fare inside the Lancaster Arts Hotel. This fine-dining establishment prides itself on working with local businesses, and you’ll be impressed with the sustainable seafood and fresh veggies.
Changing the way diners experience locally sourced vegetables, chefs Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby (both James Beard Foundation Award nominees) offer plates filled with wood-roasted carrots, acorn squash, spicy grilled tofu and more at Vedge in Philadelphia. The restaurant was recently voted best farm-to-table cuisine by Travel + Leisure, which speaks highly of the deliciousness of the pair’s vision.
The stained-glass windows, church pews and lanterns in the center bay of The St. John the Baptist Church in Pittsburgh remain, but on the altar of this former place of worship sits the large brewing kettles of the casual gastropub Church Brew Works. Sample handcrafted beers using the freshest ingredients, and taste the menu that strikes a balance between hearty and heavenly.
Pennsylvania Dutch Country is home to many unique favorites such as scrapple, apple butter and chicken pot pie, but whoopie pies is the one comfort food of choice. Created from leftover cake batter, the pies are made with chocolate cakes and a creamy, vanilla center. Other famous PA Dutch foods can be found right in the heart of Lancaster County at Lancaster Central Market – the country’s oldest farmers market – or Bird in Hand Bakery.
The small Medix Hotel in Weedville features a surprisingly unique dining experience. The hotel’s bar and restaurant serves elk burgers, which have become a local favorite and secret. Elk is similar to regular beef in flavor but has a tinge of sweetness not present in a typical burger. The grassy diet of elk also leads to a high amount of protein, which makes elk burgers a delicious and nutritious addition to a list of unique foods.
One of America’s most iconic architectural marvels, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in the Laurel Highlands, is the famous designer’s crowning achievement. Situated atop a tranquil waterfall, the house has delighted visitors for over 50 years. A variety of tours are available, including a general tour, an in-depth look into the house’s every intricacy and a brunch tour that gives guests a chance to sit back and enjoy the scenery.
Known as the cradle of liberty, Philadelphia is where the United States was born and the American Dream was founded. Many of the iconic locations that played major roles in our country’s history — like Independence Hall and Carpenter’s House — all can be found within one square mile. Other historic institutions, like the African American Museum in Philadelphia and the National Museum of American Jewish History, also lie within this area, making Philadelphia’s Historic Mile a must-see for visitors.
Hershey is certainly worthy of its title as “The Sweetest Place on Earth.” As the headquarters of the Hershey Company, one of the world’s leaders in chocolate production, the town’s legacy is as sweet as its name. Factory smokestacks help form the town iconography, and popular attractions like Hersheypark, Zoo America, the Giant Center and Hershey’s Chocolate World provide delight year-round.
The Duquesne Incline opened in 1877 to transport people from Pittsburgh to the residential area atop Mount Washington. Today, it is one of the few remaining inclines in the country and has become a “must-do” for visitors. Ride the wooden cable cars to see unparalleled views of Pittsburgh’s skyline, ranked second on USA Weekend Magazine’s list of 10 most beautiful places in America.
When you order a lager in Pennsylvania, there is only one option – Yuengling. Brewed in Pottstown at “America’s Oldest Brewery,” the classic beverage has been a local and national favorite for more than 175 years. Yuengling offers tours of its facilities, including its fermentation caves, cool spaces that were hand-dug in order to keep beer cool before modern refrigeration.