Steeped in history yet pulsating with popular attractions, Central Pennsylvania is an area where residents walk in the footsteps of figures like Theodore Roosevelt, John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, James Buchanan, Molly Pitcher, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington. This region is home to most famous of Civil War sites in Gettysburg but also features the City of York, where the Continental Congress members met for nine months when they fled Philadelphia in 1777. York’s Gates & Plough complex offers a replica Colonial Courthouse that honors the adoption of the Articles of Confederation, the nation’s first constitution. Fine museums and historic sites cover the region, harmonizing with fascinating science centers like the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and amusements like Hersheypark. Shopping is available in open-air markets, quaint boutiques, antique malls, factory outlets, and sprawling malls. Not far away in Reading, bargain hunters can browse through hundreds of factory outlets that are nationally recognized as a treasure chest of name-brand bargains.

The craftsmanship and charm of days gone by are also evident in the architectural styling of commercial and residential development throughout Central Pennsylvania, where newcomers will discover distinctive Georgian, Colonial, and Victorian designs in one structure after another. Vibrant new construction harmonizes with well-kept older homes graced by meticulous landscaping, hanging planters, and ancient trees. Many buildings have been carefully restored and lavishly furnished with priceless antiques and historic treasures. From rustic log cabins to exclusive custom homes, the housing in Central Pennsylvania caters to every taste, budget, and lifestyle. Many of the townships in this area are experiencing exponential growth, drawing new residents to rolling countryside and the opportunity for large lots or acreage. Within the region’s cities and historic boroughs, friendly neighborhoods with tree-shaded backyards and quiet streets offer a close-knit community atmosphere.

Aficionados of the arts will find everything from community theater to elegant venues that present Broadway hits, Shakespeare, opera, symphony, choral groups, and ballet. Wonderful galleries, art centers, and museums display important collections that span the cultures and the ages. College and university campuses add a full calendar of lively performances, concerts, films, and lectures. Colorful festivals and celebrations bring excitement to every season, honoring everything from antiques and apples to the warm glow of the holiday spirit. Popular events like the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire and the Gettysburg Battle Reenactment draw regional and even national crowds.

Sports enthusiasts and those who appreciate nature can enjoy downhill or cross-country skiing, wildlife preserves, horseback riding, primitive campgrounds, hiking trails, or placid lakes that offer the finest in boating, water sports, fishing and swimming. County and state parks and forests preserve natural beauty and encourage every imaginational activity, including fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, backpacking, camping, horseback riding, boating, water sports, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, and nature study. Sports fans will enjoy cheering on Harrisburg’s soccer, basketball, baseball, and hockey teams. Speedways dot the region for high-speed racing thrills, and ski areas offer everything from downhill skiing and snowboarding to snowtubing. Day trips and getaways that are convenient to Central Pennsylvania include the Brandywine Valley, the Pocono Mountains, Philadelphia’s historic sites, the Delaware beaches, Washington’s Smithsonian museums, and Jersey shore resorts. For the best of all worlds including a strategic location, flourishing economy, a low cost of living, and an unrivaled quality of life, Central Pennsylvania is the ideal place to call home.

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