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Why rent a car in Pennsylvania?

Without doubt one of the most attractive states in the US, Pennsylvania is alive with history. It played a vital role in the American Civil War, and you will find abundant museums and monuments charting that heritage in towns and cities across the state.

Split down the middle by the Appalachian Mountains, Pennsylvania has a vast number of outdoor recreation opportunities, particularly on and around beautiful Lake Erie, where you can even find some inland beaches. Rental cars in Pennsylvania enable you to explore everything this fantastic part of the country has to offer with ease.

How to get to and around Pennsylvania?

If you intend to fly into Pennsylvania, then you have a good choice of airports. Harrisburg International Airport, situated just outside Harrisburg, serves primarily domestic carriers, while flights from further afield arrive daily at Pittsburgh International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport.

Pennsylvania car hire companies have offices onsite at each of these airports, enabling you to reserve a vehicle before departure and pick it up as soon as you’ve collected your baggage, ready to begin exploring.

What brands are available?

Whatever the type or size of vehicle you need, you’ll find a range of Pennsylvania car hire companies with the Expedia search tool that can meet your needs, including Avis, Hertz and Budget.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, otherwise known as ‘Steel City’, is a vibrant Pennsylvania destination teeming with cultural institutions such as the Andy Warhol Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art, a thriving theatre scene and of course a great sporting tradition. This is the kind of city where you might come to spend a day trip and wish you were there for a whole lot longer.

Though liberally sprinkled with excellent restaurants, museums and nightlife, Philadelphia’s main draw for many visitors is its many historical sites of national significance. These range from the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the former homes of Betsy Ross and Edgar Allen Poe. On the bank of the Lehigh river, Allentown is a lively city with a characterful downtown area, a swinging cultural scene and excellent golf courses nearby for those hoping to play a few holes while in Pennsylvania.

Perhaps the most famous landmark in Harrisburg, which sits on the Susquehanna river, is the Rotunda, an impressive replica of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. This historic city served as an important base for the Union army during the Civil War, and today is one of the state’s most popular visitor destinations.

Tips and tricks for driving in Pennsylvania

Driving in Pennsylvania is usually both easy and very pleasant. However, given the state’s location in the northeast of the US, it is of course subject to unpredictable weather conditions throughout the year which can create road hazards. This can include wildlife appearing by the side of the road, from raccoons to deer and even the occasional bear in springtime, so it’s advisable to always watch your speed.

Ready to plan your Pennsylvania city break?

If you’re visiting Pennsylvania soon then you’ll find a great resource in the Expedia search tool. Book everything you need for you trip, from great-value hotels and flights to Pennsylvania car hire and even excursions.