Destination guide

History and culture near Pennsylvania vacation home rentals

Boasting rolling fields, sprawling forests and enormous mountains, Pennsylvania is a picturesque place with a fascinating past. From storied landmarks such as Independence Hall to the cracked and weathered Liberty Bell, the state's heritage is preserved in countless historical sites and museums. Pennsylvania vacation rentals offer endless experiences, from tasty cheesesteaks and world-class art in vibrant Philadelphia, to professional sports and a rich industrial past in the "Steel City" of Pittsburgh. Add in the great outdoors and the theme parks dotted around the state and it's clear that Pennsylvania offers attractions for all.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Pennsylvania vacation rentals

Like to see the state's best-known attractions? Choose a Pennsylvania vacation rental in Philadelphia and you'll be at the heart of it all. Visit Independence Hall, a redbrick Georgian building where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed, and be sure to see the iconic Liberty Bell, a symbol of American freedom, which is now situated in the adjacent park. Cast in the 1750s and featuring a distinctive crack, the bell was last sounded in 1846 and is a must-see attraction. For a fun-filled excursion, chocolate lovers can head to the much-loved Hersheypark, which boasts roller coasters, rides for children, a water park and a factory-themed tour ride.

Activities

Things to do near Pennsylvania vacation homes

When it comes to family-friendly days out, Pennsylvania is packed with opportunities. There are theme parks for thrill-seekers, including Hersheypark, Kennywood, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, and numerous natural beauty spots for those preferring something more peaceful. Kick back on the beaches of Lake Erie, ski the mountain slopes in winter and enjoy cycling, kayaking, fishing and more than 600-miles of hiking trails at the picturesque Allegheny National Forest. There's stacks to do in the cities, too, whether you want to devour cheesesteaks, sample seasonal beers at a brewery, shop until you drop or delve into the state's well-preserved history.

Weather

Best time to travel to Pennsylvania vacation homes

The state's diverse landscape means weather conditions can vary, depending on where you choose your Pennsylvania vacation rental. For the most part, winters are chilly and summers hot and humid. Pennsylvania's mountainous interior tends to be much colder in the winter, with a greater snowfall that makes it a haven for winter sports fans. Not coming to ski? Fall is a great time to visit, with September offering pleasant daytime highs in the 70s. Pennsylvania can experience severe weather from time to time. Tornados can be encountered here, although they're usually not too destructive or dangerous.

Natural features

Explore the great outdoors in stunning Pennsylvania

From the sandy shores of Lake Erie and the misty Appalachian Mountains to the endless green forests and manicured fields occupied by quaint Amish farms, Pennsylvania is a picturesque place. As well as providing a playground for outdoor adventures, the diverse landscape also offers a home to an abundance of wildlife. Nature lovers can admire deer, elk and foxes in the state's vast forests, while bears and otters can be seen at the Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park. Those with a penchant for bird watching should head to Fort Washington State Park, where the migrations of raptor species, including hawks and eagles, take place in fall.

Food and drink

Culinary culture in Pennsylvania

From authentic Dutch cuisine to iconic cheesesteaks, Pennsylvania has a range of culinary delights. Pittsburgh boasts massive sandwiches piled high with meat and cheese, Philadelphia is known for its cheesesteaks and soft pretzels, and shoofly pie and whoopie pies are common staples in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. No matter your craving, you'll find a range of unique foods to sample near your vacation rental.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation rentals in Pennsylvania

From the peaceful outdoor spaces to the world-class museums, Pennsylvania is filled with unique attractions for a romantic retreat. Vacation rentals are available near places like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a famed art museum with renaissance classics and rotating exhibits, and Longwood Gardens, a sprawling landscape with elegant gardens, fountain shows, and a greenhouse. You could also explore the Barnes Foundation, an art gallery with paintings by greats like Picasso and Renoir.

Can I find a vacation rental around Pennsylvania?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 6,095 vacation rentals near Pennsylvania. From 735 Cabins to 2,904 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Pennsylvania for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Pennsylvania?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Pennsylvania. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Pocono Mountains: 2,824 vacation rentals
  • Philadelphia: 1,165 vacation rentals
  • Upper Black Eddy: 44 vacation rentals
  • Pittsburgh: 281 vacation rentals
  • Pocono Lake: 1,528 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Pennsylvania! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Pennsylvania?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Pennsylvania:

  • Philadelphia: 1,165 rentals
  • Upper Black Eddy: 44 rentals
  • Pittsburgh: 281 rentals
  • Pocono Lake: 1,528 rentals
  • Lancaster: 276 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Pennsylvania?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Pennsylvania are:

  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL): 1,173 vacation rentals
  • Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE): 73 vacation rentals
  • Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE): 1,158 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Pennsylvania?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Pennsylvania. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Presque Isle State Park: 76 rentals
  • Camelback Mountain: 1,892 rentals
  • Hersheypark: 175 rentals
  • Amish Country: 256 rentals
  • Ricketts Glen State Park: 118 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Pennsylvania listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Pennsylvania

Philadelphia
1,165 vacation rentals
Upper Black Eddy
44 vacation rentals
Pittsburgh
281 vacation rentals
Pocono Lake
1,528 vacation rentals
Lancaster
276 vacation rentals
Lake Harmony
1,183 vacation rentals
Hershey
142 vacation rentals
Erie
270 vacation rentals
Gettysburg
98 vacation rentals
Mechanicsburg
74 vacation rentals
Jim Thorpe
744 vacation rentals
State College
202 vacation rentals
Ohiopyle
82 vacation rentals
Bushkill
324 vacation rentals
Lake Ariel
491 vacation rentals
Albrightsville
1,427 vacation rentals
Seven Springs
286 vacation rentals
Mount Pocono
1,989 vacation rentals
East Stroudsburg
1,464 vacation rentals
Harrisburg
297 vacation rentals