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The state of Pennsylvania is located in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States of America. The state is bordered by New Jersey, West Virginia, Ohio, Lake Erie, and New York. The state capital is Harrisburg. The geography of Pennsylvania includes vast forests, many lakes and parks, and thousands of miles of rivers and streams.
Pennsylvania’s major industries include agribusiness, advanced manufacturing, health care, tourism, bio technology, warehousing, and legal services. Manufactured goods include pharmaceuticals, wood, stone, clay, and glass products. Major crops include corn, hay, mushrooms, apples, potatoes, winter wheat, oats, tobacco, grapes, and peaches. Top companies with office space or other facilities in Pennsylvania include U.S. Steel, PPG Industries, H.J. Heinz, and GE Transportation Systems – the largest producer of train locomotives in the country.
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A popular fall tourist attraction in the state is the changing colors in the forests. Pennsylvania is home to many quaint historic towns, numerous covered bridges, world-class museums, and a number of ethnic communities. Top tourist attractions include Independence National Historic Park, Valley Forge National Historic Park, Gettysburg National Military Park, Franklin Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Hershey City and Chocolate Factory, and the Pocono’s Mountains. The cuisine in Pennsylvania is diverse, with many regions having their own specialties. Favorite dishes include the Hoagie, Philly cheesesteak and Pennsylvania Dutch dishes such as scrapple, funnel cake, shoofly pie, whoopie pie, apple butter, and soft pretzels. Pennsylvania is also famous for Hershey’s Chocolate.
The two major airports in Pennsylvania are Philadelphia International Airport and Pittsburgh International. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority operates the commuter, heavy and light rail transit, and bus service in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. The Port Authority of Allegheny County provides bus and light rail service in and around Pittsburgh. To reach the remote parts of the state it is advisable to hire a car from one of the many trusted dealerships found in the cities.