Military Officer Magazine Live and Play: Pennsylvania

Military Officer Magazine Live and Play: Pennsylvania
Visitors to Pennsylvania will find no shortage of military history. (Tetra Images/Getty Images)

The following first appeared as part of Live & Play, a special section in the June issue of Military Officer magazine. The magazine is available to all MOAA Premium and Life members. Learn more and access the digital edition here; learn more about joining MOAA here.) 

By Don Vaughan

Pennsylvania is steeped in military history. Sites of interest include Fort Necessity National Bat­tlefield, the National Civil War Museum, Valley Forge National Historic Park, the Eldred World War II Museum, and Gettysburg National Military Park, among many others.

Independence Hall in Phila­delphia is where the Declaration of Independence and the Con­stitution were drafted. Other historic state points of interest include the Liberty Bell, the Johnstown Flood Museum, and the Flight 93 National Memorial.

Pennsylvanians love their sports. Major league teams include the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates (baseball), Philadelphia Ea­gles and Pittsburgh Steelers (football), Philadelphia 76ers (basketball), Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins (ice hockey), and Philadelphia Union (soccer).

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Like attractions that are a lit­tle on the odd side? Pennsylvania has you covered with the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia (an anatomy museum like no other), Amos the Giant Amish Man in Strasburg, and Gravity Hill in the suburbs of New Paris, where water flows in the opposite di­rection and cars glide uphill.

Pennsylvania features some of the most stunning hiking trails around — nearly 800, according to AllTrails. They range from 0.6 to 61.6 miles long and up to 3,208 feet above sea level.

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