Pennsylvania is a diverse state full of bustling cities, charming small towns, beautiful waterfalls, and more history than you could learn in a lifetime. Each of the 11 regions of Pennsylvania is unique and has something to offer each member of the family.
If you aren’t sure where to go, spend a few minutes checking out the different regions of Pennsylvania below. Each region links to a whole page just about the best places to visit in that corner of the state.
If you want to visit a certain area of PA, you can check out our PA Travel Map or scroll down to the bottom of this page where you can explore Pennsylvania by county. (You can see which part of the state each of our PA regions covers by the color listed in each description).
The Regions of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia and its Suburbs is located in the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania and is home to a third of all Pennsylvanians. In addition to Independence Hall, great art museums, and lively culture, the region is also home to many great outdoor destinations. Map Color: Pink
Pennsylvania Dutch Country is located in south-central Pennsylvania and is home to some of PA’s most iconic destinations. In the area, you can visit the PA Capitol in Harrisburg, Hershey, the Gettysburg Battlefield, and the large Amish community in Lancaster. Map Color: Dark Blue
Pittsburgh and its Suburbs is the hub of western Pennsylvania. Centered around Pittsburgh, the second largest city in PA, visitors to the area enjoy the large city ammenities including great museums and an amazing food scene. Outside the city, there are many fascinating cultural attractions worth exploring. Map Color: Yellow
The Alleghenies is located in central Pennsylvania and is dominated by the Allegheny Mountains and its valleys. Here you’ll find State College, the home of Penn State, the largest lake entirely within PA, fascinating transportation history, and some great small towns. Map Color: Orange
The Great Lakes Region is in PA’s northwestern corner and is dominated by large lakes and the shoreline of Lake Erie. Here, you’ll discover the state’s most visited state park and its many beaches, the birthplace of the oil industry, and many great water activities. Map Color: Light Blue
The Laurel Highlands is a region of PA in the southwestern part of the state. The Laurel Highlands is dominated by outdoor attractions, beautiful waterfalls, and great state parks. It is also home to the famous Fallingwater, the first shots of the French and Indian War, and the Flight 93 National Memorial. Map Color: Teal
The Lehigh Valley is located in eastern Pennsylvania and centered around three large cities: Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton. In these cities you can find great museums, amazing history, and the home of Crayola Crayons. Bethlehem is also known as Christmas City USA and is a great holiday season destination. Map Color: Gray
Northeastern Pennsylvania is one of the best destinations in PA for outdoor lovers. While there are big city attractions in cities like Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, much of the region is covered by state parks and forests. Spots like Ricketts Glen State Park and Worlds End State Park are great places for waterfalls and vistas. Map Color: Red
The Pennsylvania Wilds is a perfect destination if you love seclusion. With more than a million acres of public land and only three percent of the state’s population, it’s easy to get lost in this part of northern PA. Highlights here include the PA Grand Canyon, Cherry Springs State Park, and one of the largest elk herds in the east. Map Color: Olive Green
The Poconos is located in northeastern Pennsylvania. One of the main draw to this region is the beautiful Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, which is home to the tallest waterfalls in PA. The region is also home to some great small towns, fantastic state parks, and many hidden waterfalls. Map Color: Dark Green
The Susquehanna Region is a rural region in eastern Pennsylvania. This area of the state is home to dozens of scenic covered bridges, Knoebels, one of the most award-winning amusement parks in the world, and the Little League World Series. Map Color: Purple