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Famous for its history in the Revolutionary War, the US state of Pennsylvania has much to offer and is a great place to tour with car hire in Pennsylvania. The state consists of mountains, valleys, farmlands and bustling cities and has a large number of amusements parks, casinos and museums. Harrisburg, the capital city, is a major transportation hub, while the much larger city of Philadelphia is best known for its history, culture and vibrant nightlife. Pittsburgh is famous for its skyline and rivers, while Hersey is home to the popular chocolate brand.
Numerous well-known suppliers such as Alamo, Avis and Thrifty offer cars for rent. Vehicles can be picked up in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia as well as at major airports throughout the state. To ensure the best rates possible compare car hire options ahead of time.
Harrisburg Airport, found eight miles from the capital, offers flights from Toronto, Canada as well as from within the US. Most international flights arrive at Philadelphia International Airport, the main air hub for the state. Amtrak trains running from New York to New Orleans make a stop in Pennsylvania, and Harrisburg and Pittsburgh receive trains from New York. The I-79, I-81 and I-476 are major routes that travel north and south, while the I-80 and I-90 connect it east and west.
Driving is the best way to explore with car rental in Pennsylvania, and here they drive on the right-hand side. All major interstate highways have a posted limit of 65mph in rural areas and 55mph in urban zones. Other routes have a maximum limit of 55mph in rural areas and 45mph in urban areas. In the cities, drivers should expect a posted speed limit of 35mph.
Be sure to spend some time in Philadelphia eating hoagies, cheesesteaks and tastykakes. From there, go skiing in Easton where you can also visit the Crayola Factory. Bangor is known for its spiritual retreats and meditation centres while Bellefonte is a must for those that like Victorian architecture. For boating, swimming and sunbathing head north to Lake Erie.
Philadelphia has two climates, one in the mountainous interior and the other everywhere else. Expect colder temperatures in the interior in January with lows of -9°C, while elsewhere it is rarely colder than -3°C. The same is true in July; closer to the mountains it is as cool as 16°C and the rest of the state experiences highs of 30°C.