Travel Writing by Cory Hanson

History and Romance in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has something to offer travelers of every taste: Its cities are packed with historical highlights and cultural color; its Appalachian interior is crisscrossed with accessible adventure trails. When making your Pennsylvania travel plans, consider these five unique hotels to fit your personal style and your trip budget.

Treat Yourself in the Poconos

The Poconos of Eastern Pennsylvania have long been a top pick for weekend getaways, with no shortage of outdoor adventure and climate-controlled, pillowy relaxation. Mount Airy Casino and Resort offers the best of both, with world-class accommodation and entertainment surrounded by more than 1,000 acres of forest, streams, and trails. Choose from a wide variety of hotel and spa packages, and check the busy concert schedule to make sure you don’t miss your favorite touring bands and comedians.

Autumn Colors in the Poconos | Image via Flickr by Ravi_Shah

A Top Pick for Business Travelers in Philadelphia

If your upcoming trip to the City of Brotherly Love will be more work than play, book your stay at a business-friendly hotel convenient to the airport like the Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia Airport. Upon arriving in the city, you’ll be able to check in and catch that early dinner meeting or keynote speech thanks to the free round-the-clock shuttle to and from Philadelphia International Airport. Stay connected with free Wi-Fi and print, copy, and fax services. If you are planning your own conference or event, ask about booking the flexible meeting and ballroom space.

Historic Comfort

In what is now a leafy Philadelphia suburb, George Washington’s Continental Army spent a harsh, tragic winter during the height of the Revolutionary War. By the end of the winter of 1777–1778, starvation, disease, and exposure to the elements had claimed the lives of more than 2,500 people in the infamous camp at Valley Forge. Today, the site is preserved as a national historical park by the National Park Service, and is well worth a visit during your stay in the Philadelphia area. After exploring the park, spend a relaxing evening at the nearby Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Valley Forge. Here, you can enjoy all the modern amenities without the big-city price tag.

A Steamy Getaway

Lovebirds looking to spend some time getting to know each other a bit better in luxurious comfort need look no farther than Inn of the Dove in Bensalem. Honeymooners can spend a weekend squirreled away in one of the inn’s exotic themed rooms with a wood fireplace, hot tub, and private entrance. Make your trip that much more memorable with one of their romantic add-ons — dinner for two with rose petals on the bed, anyone?

In the Heart of Pittsburgh

The historically industrial Pittsburgh downtown district is currently undergoing a youthful, artistic revival. Nestled in the middle of all this exciting new cultural development is the brand-new Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel. Offering luxury accommodation within sight of many of the city’s most popular attractions, the Fairmont is a must-stay for those looking to fully explore the museums, restaurants, and nightlife of the city’s vibrant center. When you visit, make sure to introduce yourself to Edie, the Fairmont’s on-site “canine ambassador.” Weary travelers missing their own pets can take Edie for a walk to nearby Point State Park for fresh air and a clear view of one of America’s most beautiful skylines.

Pittsburgh Skyline from PNC Park | Image via Flickr by daveynin

When planning your next East Coast adventure, make some time to experience the important history, the rugged outdoors, and modern comforts in Pennsylvania.

Cory Hanson is an American travel writer specializing in American and European travel. This is part of a series of American destination posts brought to you by travel search engine and booking service Hipmunk. Find more Hipmunk posts here, and a full sponsored content disclosure here

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