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Pennsylvania Vacation Basic Facts

Pennsylvania Tourism, 4th Floor, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120-0225; 717-787-5453; 800-VISIT-PA; Fax: 717-787-0687. Web:

State Animal: whitetail deer

State Beautification and Conservation Plant: Penngift crownvetch

State Beverage: milk

State Bird: ruffed grouse

State Coat of Arms:

State Dog: great dane

State Fish: brook trout

State Flower: mountain laurel

State Fossil: Phacops rana (a trilobite)

State Insect: firefly

State Electric Locomotive: GCI 4849 Electric Locomotive

State Steam Locomotive: K4s Steam Locomotive

State Motto: Virtue, liberty, and independence

State Nickname: Keystone State

State Quarter:

State Seal:

State Ship: U.S. Brig Niagara

State Slogan: State of Independence

State Soil: Hazleton soil series

State Song: Pennsylvania

State Tree: Eastern hemlock

State Capitals

Chester, Pennsylvania Chester City Hall, 1 Fourth Street, Chester, Pennsylvania 19103; 610-447-7700. Web: In December 1682, the first Pennsylvania Assembly met in Chester (the oldest town in Pennsylvania) and adopted a naturalization act and the Great Law (a humanitarian code adopted on December 7th). Chester was the seat of government for the colony for several years.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Independence Hall, Independence National Historic Park, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106; 215-965-2305; Fax: 215-597-1548.
Web: Colonial capital and first state capital. U.S. capital (intermittently from 1774 to 1800).

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Dutch Visitors Bureau, 501 Greenfield Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601; 800-PADUTCH; Fax: 717-299-0470. Email:
Web: State capital (1799-1812). U.S. capital (1777).

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120-0028; 800-868-7672. Web: Current state capital.

State Songs

Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Polka; Pennsylvania 6-5000.

State Specials

Pennsylvania is the first state to list their web site URL on a license plate.

It's against the law in Hazleton, Pennsylvania to sip a carbonated drink while giving a lecture to students in an auditorium.

Hershey has the world's largest chocolate factory.

Blackcherry Capital of the World: Kane, Pennsylvania

Christmas Tree Capital of the World: Indiana County, Pennsylvania

Mushroom Capital of the World: Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

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