Pennsylvania has an expansive highway system, including Interstate 80, Interstate 86, Interstate 90 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76/276). There are 69 railways encompassing 5,100 miles, as well as six international airports (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Lehigh Valley, Harrisburg, Erie and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton).
Pennsylvania has an extensive state park system with 4.5 million acres of public land, 83,000 miles of streams and rivers, and 4,000 inland lakes and ponds covering 160,000 acres. Most campgrounds can accomodate most types of equipment. Some include modern facilities; many are rustic. Depending on region, camping can be a year-round activity, though the period from Memorial Day through Labor Day is considered peak season.
Pennsylvania offers scenic hiking opportunities for all seasons and skill levels, ranging from the hills, valleys and caverns of the Allegheny region to the flatlands of Pennsylvania Dutch country. Many wilderness trails feature mountain streams, waterfalls, lakes and ponds. During the winter months cross-country skiing is popular along many routes.
The Lake Erie coastal areas and the inland lakes and rivers of Pennsylvania host many varieties of water sports. Wakeboarding, tubing, skiing and kayaking are especially popular. Equipment rentals are available near most locations.
Mountain Climbing and Biking
Climbing opportunities are available throughout the state, with over 300 climbing sites, mainly in the northeastern and Allegheny areas. Mountain bike rentals are available at many locations, as well as rock climbing equipment.
Article Written By Timothy Aldinger
Timothy Aldinger brings 20 years of experience as an instructional design consultant and corporate training strategist in the automotive, environmental, health and insurance industries. His professional writings have been published by Ford Motor Company, Chrysler Corporation, General Motors, Volkswagen, Toyota, Nissan and many other major corporations. Aldinger received his Bachelor of Arts in political theory from Michigan State University.