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Pennsylvania is a state in the northeastern United States. One of the state's nicknames is the "Keystone State", which reflects both its central location in the original thirteen colonies, and its mix of northern and southern characteristics.
The capital city of Pennsylvania is Harrisburg, but the state's two largest and most famous cities are Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Other large cities in Pennsylvania include Allentown, Altoona, Bethlehem, Erie, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading and Scranton.
There are many tourist attractions in Pennsylvania. These range from historic sites such Independence Hall in Philadelphia (be sure to also visit the nearby Liberty Bell Center) and Gettysburg Battlefield, to art and science museums. There are also quite a number of ski resorts in Pennsylvania, not to mention amusement and waterparks, such as Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in South Whitehall Township, just outside Allentown.
Some of the major companies that have based their headquarters in Pennsylvania are Air Products & Chemicals (in Allentown), CIGNA (in Philadelphia), Cigna (in Philadelphia), Comcast (in Philadelphia), Heinz (in Pittsburgh), PPG Industries (in Pittsburgh), PPL (in Allentown), Rite Aid (in Camp Hill), Sunoco (in Philadelphia), the Hershey Company (in Hershey) and U.S. Steel (in Pittsburgh).
Professional sports teams in Pennsylvania include the Altoona Curve (Eastern League baseball) in Altoona, the Erie SeaWolves (Eastern League baseball) in Erie, the Harrisburg Senators (Eastern League baseball) in Harrisburg, the Hershey Bears (ice hockey in the AHL) in Hershey, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (International League baseball) in Allentown, the Philadelphia 76ers (National Basketball Association) in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Eagles (American football in the NFL) in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Flyers (ice hockey in the NHL) in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Phantoms (ice hockey in the AHL) in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Phillies (Major League Baseball) in Philadelphia, the Pittsburgh Penguins (ice hockey in the NHL) in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Pirates (Major League Baseball) in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Steelers (American football in the NFL) in Pittsburgh, the Reading Phillies (Eastern League baseball) in Reading, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (International League baseball) in Moosic, the State College Spikes (New York-Penn League baseball) in University Park, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (ice hockey in the AHL) in Wilkes-Barre, and the Williamsport Crosscutters (New York-Penn League baseball) in Williamsport.
Some of the leading educational institutions in Pennsylvania include Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (in Bloomsburg), Bucknell University (in Lewisburg), California University of Pennsylvania (in California), Carnegie Mellon University (in Pittsburgh), Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (in Cheyney), Clarion University of Pennsylvania (in Clarion), East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (in East Stroudsburg), Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (in Edinboro), Indiana University of Pennsylvania (in Indiana), Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (in Kutztown), Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania (in Lock Haven), Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (in Mansfield), Millersville University of Pennsylvania (in Millersville), the Pennsylvania State University (in University Park), Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (in Shippensburg), Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (in Slippery Rock), the University of Pennsylvania (in Philadelphia), West Chester University of Pennsylvania (in west Chester) and Wilkes University (in Wilkes-Barre).
Major airports in Pennsylvania include Harrisburg International Airport in Harrisburg, Lehigh Valley International Airport in Hanover Township, Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh.
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