From initially being a modest ferry outpost by the bank of the Susquehanna River, Harrisburg has become the picturesque capital city that has developed as an important center for arts and culture. The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts was one of the first centers in the United States where science and performing arts was practiced under the same roof.
It was here that the First and the Second Continental Congress, that were instrumental in The American War of Independence (American revolution), met. The Continental Convention was also hosted by the city in 1787 that took place to address the problems faced in governing the United States of America since its independence from England.
Though traditionally associated with the heavy industry and manufacturing and then with textile and silk industry that pulled it out of economic slowdown after The Great Depression, Allentown at present houses the headquarters of a number of international companies.
Its association with history has left it with impressive architectural structures such as the neo-Roman Art Museum. Allentown also has the Wildwater Kingdom Amusement Park and Dorney Park, and hosts the Mayfair Festival of the Arts each year since 1986 at the Cedar Beach Park.
Erie is the fourth largest city of the state of Pennsylvania. It is located on the banks of the lake Erie from which it derives it name. It is called the Gem City because of the sparkling waters of the lake. Traditionally it is known for its heavy industries like locomotive and plastic manufacturing.
However, in recent years the city is focusing on tourism as an important revenue of income. Its Presque Isle State Water Park, Waldameer Amusement Park, Water World, and Erie Zoo already draw thousands of visitors each year. Erie is also known for its slake effect snow which is formed during the cold winters when cold winds move over warmer lake waters.
Besides the mentioned cities, Pennsylvania is also the house of other important cities like Reading, Bethlehem, Lancaster, Scranton and Altoona, each of which has its own historic significance and tourist attractions.