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State of Pennsylvania

Email from Governor Tom Ridge

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Date: Wed, 01 Oct 97 12:52:18

I suggest you start in historic Philadelphia - must sees are the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was drafted, check out Penn's Landing, hit South Street, try a Philly Cheesesteak at Pat's - after taking in all the historic attractions in Philladelphia head north on I-95 to scenic Rt. 32 and wind along the Delaware River - make sure you stop at Washington Crossing State Park to see the site of General Washington's historic crossing, next stop is New Hope filled with crafts, art and antiques, then head west to Doylestown and visit the Mercer Museum, Moravian Tileworks and James A. Michner Art Museum - take Rt. 202 West through the heart of bucolic Bucks County and then follow Rt. 309 North to Bethlehem and take a leisurely stroll through the Christmas City - have lunch at the Hotel Bethlehem or Sun Inn and check out the Moravian Bookstore and Museum. Leaving Bethlehem find the NE extension of the PA Turnpike( Rt. 476) and travel through the Northeast and enjoy a tour of the majestic Pocono Mountains. Prepare for a long drive over the northern tier of PA on Route 6 - a must stop is the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania in Wellsboro, Tioga County - follow Rt. 15 South through Williamsport and visit the home of the Little League World Series and continue down Rt. 15 to the Capital City of Harrisburg - visit the State Capitol Building - ranked the most beautiful in the nation - take a stroll across the Walnut Street footbridge to City Island and a cruise on the Pride of the Susquehanna - from Harrisburg travel east on Rt. 283 to Lancaster and spend a quiet day touring the Amish Countryside - Miller's Smorgasbord on Rt. 30 provides the palette with a true taste of Pennsylvania-German food. From Lancaster follow Rt. 30 West to Gettysburg - a must see is the Gettysburg Battlefield - tide turning battle of the Civil War and site of Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address. Your visit in early May should coincide with the blossoming of Adams County, courtesy of the acres of apple trees in the county. Continue West on Rt. 30 to the birthplace of Pennsylvania's only president - James Buchanan. Continue West again on Rt. 30 to the PA Turnpike heading west to the Steel City - Pittsburgh! Must dos include - a ride on the incline up to Mt. Washington - have dinner overlooking the city lights - check out the Carnegie Museum of Art - take a stroll around Point State Park - and hop a ride on the Gateway Clipper along the Three Rivers - take a peek at Phipps Conservatory - the Strip District is well know for food and quaint little restaurants. Heading north out of Pittsburgh take I-79 to Erie, my hometown! Stroll along the sandy shores of Lake Erie, visit Presque Isle State Park - the most visited park in Pennsylvania - sample the labors of the Northeast Vintners - check out the Brig Niagara. Each of these spots will provide a Pennsylvania Memory to Last a Lifetime! Enjoy!!!

Tom Ridge

PS. I have asked staff to forward a tourism booklet and maps to help you plot your trip.

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