What. A. Ride. That’s the only way I can describe my 3 day trip in partnership with Visit PA! I had no idea there were so many incredible things to do and see in Pennsylvania. Even though I visited a ton of interesting and fun places (google Kitchen Kettle Village when you get the chance), I’ve narrowed down my top 4 places every art and design lover must see in Pennsylvania. 

1. The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh

The Andy Warhol Museum left me feeling so inspired, I don’t even know where to begin! As someone who’s watched every documentary on the man, it somehow slipped my mind that he was originally from Pittsburgh. The museum is the largest collection of one artist’s work in North America. The seven floor museum houses Andy’s paintings, drawings, commercial illustrations, sculptures, prints, photographs, wallpapers, sketchbooks and books. It also includes his film and video collection which includes approximately 350 preserved Warhol films, and it houses the entire collection of the artist’s work in video, comprised of more than 4,000 videotapes! They even have a room in the museum full of Warhol’s personal belongings- the skincare bottles he used, the medication he kept in his medicine cabinet, the girdles he wore for the rest of his life after being shot in June of 1968-they’ve got it all. If you’re traveling to Pittsburgh, this museum is not to be missed.

2. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

When we arrived at Fallingwater it felt like something out of a dream. The crisp mountain air and the sound of rushing waterfalls allows you to slip into this trance of tranquility. All this happens before you even see the house. If you’re a architecture and design freak, you’ve no doubt heard about the genius architect behind this house. For design newbies (like myself), allow me to fill you in! Frank Lloyd Wright designed this house for the Kaufmann family in the 1930’s. To date, Frank Lloyd Wright is America’s most famous architect. The home appears to be floating on top of a waterfall- it’s such a surreal sight. The house is just as gorgeous on the inside as it is on the outside. The interior is a minimalist’s dream.

3. Mural Arts Tour in Philadelphia

 

I had the pleasure of taking a private tour with Mural Arts and I’ve got to say, it was the highlight of my entire trip. Philadelphia is internationally known as the “City of Murals” and it lives up to its name. I was blown away by all of the beautiful murals we saw and the stories behind them. Some of those murals were there when I lived in Philly, and although I always thought they were beautiful, it wasn’t until this tour did I understand what they truly represented. Our tour guide Nancy was incredible! Not only did she explain the history behind the murals, she was also able to tell us about how each mural was created. It’s amazing to learn how many different ways there are to create a mural. Philadelphia has done a great job of promoting art initiatives throughout their community and this tour is the perfect way to see and experience it firsthand!

4. The John Wanamaker Building 

When I found out we were going to be visiting Philadelphia, I knew I had to go by the John Wanamaker building. When I was a kid it was a Strawbridges Department Store. We used to go into the city to shop occasionally and whenever we went to the Wanamaker building, it felt like I was in a castle out of a Disney movie. What makes the John Wanamaker building (it’s now a Macy’s) so stunning is that it house the world’s largest playing organ. The Grand Court Organ became a National Historic Landmark in 1978. As you can see from the photo I took above, it is truly breathtaking. Today, the organ weighs in at 287 tons, incorporates an astounding 28,500 pipes, six ivory keyboards, 729 color-coded stop tablets, 168 piston buttons (under the keyboards) and 42 foot controls. The largest pipe, made of three-inch-thick Oregon sugar pine, is more than 32 feet long and the smallest is a quarter-inch long. On your next visit to Philadelphia be sure to check it out. You will not regret it!

These are hands down my favorite things to do and see in Pennsylvania! I also enjoyed checking out the Johnstown Incline. Although I couldn’t muster up the courage to ride it, the view from the top of the mountain was breathtaking! I’ve teamed up with VisitPA to give one lucky follower a swag bag full of goodies (the same awesome treats I unboxed in my Facebook Reveal, and the winner is Ashley Joseph! A big thank you to everyone who entered and for the Visit PA Tourism board for this incredible opportunity!

Thinking about visiting PA soon? If so, are you planning on checking out any of the places I visited?

This post was written by me through an activation with HireInfluence on behalf of Visit PA. Although I received compensation for participating in the campaign, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • I love going to places to see art and design. Never really thought about Pennsylvania before, but it looks lush!

  • That house! Fallingwater would be my first choice to see. It’s just absolutely stunning.

  • francesca

    oh yes!!! I watched grand designs the other day and a couple were trying to build a new house with old features and the Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater was a big inspiration for them, they showed us around and its just like something out of a magazine isn’t it!!

  • Baby Isabella

    We’d love to visit the John Wanamaker building even if its just to see the amazing organ, looks like it belongs in films. Looks like you saw some amazing sights!

  • Wow! How stunning are all these places? I would love to visit the John Wanamaker building the most z

  • These all look like amazing places to visit, I want to goto the Andy Warhol museum

  • Donna

    Oh wow these all look amazing! I would love to visit the Andy Warhol building especially – would never think to go here before this!

  • Melanie Williams

    The Mural Arts Tour in Philadelphia looks like the place for me 🙂 x

  • I’ve never though of going to Pennsylvania before but I’m a huge Andy Warhol fan so may have to look into booking a trip x

  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house is stunning! The view from inside and sound of the water must be so relaxing.

  • As you can probably tell by reading my blog I am a big fan of art and thus the Andy Warhol museum would appeal to me massively. So glad you had fun x

  • Jenna E Morley

    Pennsylvania isn’t somewhere i’d immediately think of visiting…but wow! I’d love to see the Andy Warhol Museum

  • I bet the mural arts tours were amazing, and I’d have loved to see the Andy Warhol exhibition x

    • The mural arts tour was incredible!

  • Loving the Frank Lloyd and also the John Wanamaker building. Sounds like an artist dream out there in PA

    • The Frank Lloyd Wright home was unreal!

  • Oh my goodness what some amazing things to see, how much art is there and of all different kinds.

    • Thanks for commenting Sarah!

  • Elodie

    Oh! I have never really given a second thought about going to Pennsylvania before but now I definitely will try to squeeze it in next time I’m in the US!

    • You totally should Elodie!

  • Mummy Times Two

    These look like incredible places to visit. If I ever get to America I will check them out for sure x

    • Definitely check them out if you ever get the chance to visit the US!

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    Looks like there are some great places to visit. The Andy Warhol museum looks great

    • The museum was incredible!

  • Becca Talbot

    I’d never considered Pennsylvania as a destination for my bucket list, but I do like art and architecture, so maybe I should reconsider! x

    • I totally get what you mean! I was pleasantly surprised on my trip.

  • Gareth Torrance

    The John Wanamaker building looks really nice! And I really want to see the Andy Warhol museum

    • Gareth the museum was unbelievable!

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