inspiration for President Lincoln’s immortal Gettysburg Address.
York County, the “Factory Tour Capital
of the World,” is renowned for its snack
and candy manufacturers, while Lancaster
County is synonymous with timeless Amish
tradition and industriousness.
Former steel capital Pittsburgh once
ranked among the planet’s most polluted cities. Today, it is one of the greenest,
thanks to a committed collaboration
among the city’s major stakeholders.
From the LEED Gold- and Platinum-cer-
tified David L. Lawrence Convention
Center (the world’s first green convention
center) and CONSOL Energy Center (the
NHL’s first LEED-certified arena) to the
circa-1893 Phipps Conservatory and Bo-
tanical Gardens, where the Center for Sus-
tainable Landscapes is one of the greenest
buildings on Earth, groups can
meet amid flourishing symbols
of ambition and turnaround.
Inspiration of another kind
comes from local son Andy
Warhol, who rewrote the rules
of art. Offering private rental space, his
eponymous museum is among Pittsburgh’s
From the somber to the iconic, draws
in the scenic Laurel Highlands region
southeast of Pittsburgh include the Flight
93 National Memorial and three Frank
Lloyd Wright homes. Groups can tour his
incomparable Fallingwater, with event
space at the adjacent Barn; hold events and
take tours at his nearby Kentuck Knob; and
overnight (six people) at his Duncan House
at Polymath Park.
Opened in 1891 following the devastating flood of 1889, the Johnstown Inclined
Plane is the world’s steepest vehicular
inclined plane, moving 900 feet up and
down a 71 percent-grade hillside. There are
group options for up to 20 or more on the
funicular-style inclined plane, including
going up to the observation deck and/or
hiking adjacent hillside trails.
North of Pittsburgh in the picturesque
Butler County town of Zelienople, the 287-
seat Strand Theater is the event-capable
revival of a 1914 silent-film palace. East of
Pittsburgh in Indiana County, groups of
up to 125 can hold functions at the Jimmy
Stewart Museum, honoring the local son
turned Hollywood legend. South of Pittsburgh, Washington County is renowned
for its 23 covered bridges, many located in
local parks with event-capable pavilions.
Offering miles of sandy beaches, Presque
Isle State Park, a National Natural Landmark, is the irresistible stage for seasonal concerts and events in festive Erie.
Recreation equipment rentals are available
inside and outside the park, part of the 518-
mile Great Lakes Seaway Trail.
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