Many Philadelphians don't think about PA beyond the borders of Philly and the burbs, including me. City-dwellers really live in an all-inclusive enclave where thinking outside the borders isn't deemed necessary.
When I started traveling to see relatives in Ohio by car (a nine-hour ride), I realized that Philly is really just a tiny portion of PA. Western PA especially seems to be full of farmland, mountains, forest, and small towns. It kind of seems like the mid-west. As for my own excursions in PA, I was in Harrisburg once, and was amazed by the beauty of the capitol building, have gone to Lancaster, and Hershey.
Does anyone have any experience with living or traveling in the state beyond the burbs and those above-mentioned areas?
Just because a spot isn't touristy, doesn't mean it isn't worth the trip. I'd like to hear of your experiences.