Self catering holidays in the USA - The United States of America - so much to explore!

In the story of American history, Pennsylvania takes centre stage. From the War of Independence to Philadelphia's role as the nation's first capital, you can trace the course of history right across the state. Those seeking modern comforts will not be disappointed with up-to-date attractions including white water rafting and, every big kid's dream, a visit to Hershey's Chocolate World.

The War of Independence and the Civil War were fought on this soil. The British defeated Washington's troops at Brandywine Battlefield. See how Washington made his battle plans at his former headquarters and take a look at weapons used at the time in the museum. Gettysburg was the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. Gettysburg National Military Park marks the spot were so many died.

Philadelphia is a grand old city. Take a walk through Society Hill, where winding cobblestone streets are lined with historic houses. For lunch or shopping, head down to the Old City where warehouses have been transformed into funky restaurants and specialty shops. The Independence National Historical Park is where you will find the important state buildings which made up the old capital. For a taste of old seafaring days, the Independence Seaport Museum features a chance to board a 19th century cruiser and a Second World War submarine. Aspects of 19th century Philadelphia life can be glimpsed at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, the former home of the spooky American writer, or amongst the cells of the fascinating prison tour at the Eastern State Penitentiary.

Pennsylvania is blessed with beautiful countryside. In autumn, see the burning reds and gold of the foliage. Summer is a great time for exploring one of the many state parks. Dense woodland provides sanctuary for birds and solitude for hiking. There are many fine golf courses and plenty of lakes just perfect for a quiet afternoon of fishing.

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