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One of the original 13 Colonies, the “Keystone State” contains a rich cross-section of American history, from the colonial heritage of the nation's former capital, Philadelphia, to Gettysburg and other Civil War battlefields to the original oil boomtown of Titusville. In the Dutch Country ...

One of the original 13 Colonies, the “Keystone State” contains a rich cross-section of American history, from the colonial heritage of the nation's former capital, Philadelphia, to Gettysburg and other Civil War battlefields to the original oil boomtown of Titusville. In the Dutch Country Roads region in the south-central part of the state, Amish farmers still drive horse-drawn buggies through stunning farmland, while nearby amusement parks and shopping malls move at 21st-century speed. Pittsburgh, in the southwest, has grown beyond its steel and coal industrial grittiness to include a vibrant arts and culture scene. The Andy Warhol Museum, one of four Carnegie Museums in the city, is a hub of contemporary art and popular culture. And Philadelphia has its own impressive set of museums and superb restaurants, set amid a grid of pedestrian-friendly streets, squares and parks.

bird icon Recommended Luxury Hotels in Pennsylvania

All Andrew Harper-recommended hotels offer impeccable accommodations and high levels of personal service. Only the best of the best make our list, so we rate them on a scale from bird icon 90 to 100.
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Best Restaurants in Pennsylvania

This small restaurant has a big reputation, which is just how partners Marc Vetri, the chef, and Jeff Benjamin, the sommelier, like it. Occupying a Center City brownstone with light walls, dark wood floors and white linen tablecloths, it is an oasis of calm. The fine Italian-inflected menu is structured around four courses: “fish,” “vegetable,” “from the earth” and “dessert.” It changes regularly, but dishes could include tonnarelli with razor clams and green tomato, or a sweet onion crêpe with white truffle. Look also for selections such as braised veal breast with endive salad, or duck confit ravioli with Pinot Noir and currants. The wine list has more than 500 labels.

1312 Spruce Street Philadelphia Four-course tasting menu, $135

After garnering acclaim for tiny Talula's Table, chef Aimee Olexy opened this much larger farm-to-table restaurant on Washington Square in late 2011. Early reviews complained of fussy presentations, but we found no fault with the tender sweetbreads accompanied by sweet corn, savory tomato jam and pickled peppers, nor with the Berkshire pork chop topped with al dente runner beans and charred ripe peaches. The mouthwatering cheese menu proved impossible to resist.

210 W Washington Square Philadelphia

Set in the historic Barclay building on the southeast corner of Rittenhouse Square, this handsome steakhouse has a stylish black-and-white deco lounge, a clubby wood-paneled bar and a main dining room that skillfully blends deco and contemporary designs. The menu offers all the classic dishes, done right. You can begin, for example, with selections from the raw bar that include oysters from the East and West coasts, caviar and shrimp cocktail. You could follow with the expected wedge of iceberg lettuce with blue cheese dressing, and then proceed to the beef, with choices such as an 18-ounce dry- aged rib eye and a 16-ounce dry-aged New York strip steak. Seafood enthusiasts might opt for butter-poached lobster.

237 S. 18th Street Philadelphia $90

Tucked into The Rittenhouse Hotel, this restaurant offers American contemporary cuisine with nods to other culinary influences. As the menu is market-driven, the listings will change accordingly, but look for starters such as asparagus salad with smoked trout roe. Main courses might include wild striped bass with beluga lentils, golden beets, raisins and mussels; or a satisfying rib eye with chickpeas, chilies and tamarind.

210 West Rittenhouse Square The Rittenhouse Hotel Philadelphia $75. Nine-course tasting menu, $75

"Iron Chef" Masaharu Morimoto's first American restaurant continues to serve top-quality Japanese cuisine in a brightly surreal space with futuristic table lamps and color-changing booths. A light but richly flavored whitefish carpaccio paired perfectly with a glass of Morimoto's dry and fruity daiginjo sake, and a bowl of pork belly ramen in pork broth made for a comforting and substantial lunch.

723 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA
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