The Atlas Obscura Guide To Pennsylvania
358 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Pennsylvania
Updated May 29, 2023
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6 Fascinating Medical Marvels in Pennsylvania
In the 1700s and 1800s, Philadelphia was the center of medical scholarship in the United States. The city not only attracted the brightest minds, but also the most curious cases and characters. From the oldest quarantine facility in the country to a museum that memorializes a traveling dental circus, here are six places to marvel at the trials, errors, and triumphs of medical history in Pennsylvania. As the pandemic continues, we hope this virtual trip helps you explore America’s wonders. If you do choose to venture out, please follow all guidelines, maintain social distance, and wear a mask.
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Stories About Pennsylvania
The Sweet and Sour Origins of Amish Soul Food
In Pennsylvania Dutch Country, African Americans have created a distinct and delicious cuisine.
by Sam Lin-Sommer
The Alternative Groundhogs Vying for Punxsutawney Phil's Weather Forecasting Job
Don't forget about Big Al the Alligator and Scramble the Duck's predicting powers either.
by Jennifer Byrne
What’s the Real Christmas Tree Capital of the World?
At least a half dozen communities in North America have claimed the title.
by Justin Franz
The Historians Saving America’s Pint-Sized Railroads
From Maine to Alaska, narrow gauge is all the rage, including one of the most historic, Pennsylvania’s East Broad Top.
by Justin Franz
When Groundhog Was on the Menu in Punxsutawney
From picnics to club dinners, the critter has a long culinary history in Pennsylvania.
by Diana Hubbell
Podcast: The Pennsylvania Firefly Festival
Join us for a daily celebration of the world’s most wondrous, unexpected, even strange places.
by The Podcast Team
Meet 'Firebows,' the Flat, Rainbow-Like Stacks That Appear in Sunny Skies
But whatever you do, don’t call them rainbows.
by Jessica Leigh Hester