Pennsylvania is a state rich in history with incredible nature, busy big cities, and friendly small towns. The state is divided into eleven regions, each with their own unique atmosphere and demographic. From Pennsylvania Dutch Country to Lehigh Valley to the Poconos, there are so many towns to discover. All perfect for travelers who love to venture into unknown territory and see aspects of Pennsylvania that most of the world never gets a chance to.
Many visitors (and Pennsylvanians themselves) love to cover the state with a good old-fashion road trip. Pennsylvania roads will lead you through beautiful forests, lakes, waterfalls and small towns known for welcoming any visitor who comes by, no matter how long the pit stop.
See sights of famous Civil War battles, take a factory tour, ride along an old-time railroad, explore peaceful Amish country, and taste gourmet mushrooms all within the borders of this interesting state.
Here are the best small towns to visit in Pennsylvania:
1. New Hope
On the beautiful Delaware River, New Hope is a town aptly named for its bright future. New Hope was once an industrial town but is now home to a thriving artist community with over 200 arts and crafts galleries to browse. There are also a variety of antique shops and family-owned restaurants to spend your time in. With its beautiful landscape and lively residents, it’s easy to understand why tourism is New Hope’s primary industry.
Outside of the main center, you can walk along the river and the picturesque Delaware Canal or see the canal from the comforts of a boat ride.
Though you could easily spend a few days in New Hope, this town makes a great day trip from Philadelphia.