Maybe you subscribe to Thrillist, the online site that offers guides to the best of just about everything Millennials care about, especially beer, burgers and restaurants, but not only those. Or maybe you don't. It's worth checking out (it's free to subscribe) if only to compare the judgement of the Thrillist editors with your own.
And with one recent set of Thrillist recommendations, we here at Philly Living decided that the Thrillist editors either needed to spend less time eating burgers in brewpubs or must live in New York, for there were almost no surprises on Thrillist's list of the "The Most Beautiful Places in Pennsylvania You Didn't Know Existed."
Many, if not most, of the 12 places on this list strike at least this blogger as pretty well known places, though maybe not to people living some distance from them. But I've heard of Fallingwater, and Presque Isle State Park, and Kinzua Bridge - and I, and probably you too, know all three of the places in Philadelphia (more than in any other single location in the state) that made the list. But maybe you haven't checked them out lately. So here are three good excuses to invite your out-of-town friends to visit you:
Begun in the 1850s and gradually expanded through the rest of the 19th century, the strip of boat houses along the Schuylkill above Fairmount Dam has been a well-known landmark for decades, but it became magical when they were outlined in strings of lights around the Bicentennial. The original incandescent bulbs have been upgraded to more efficient and longer-lasting LED lights, but the magic remains. Best views are from the opposite bank along Martin Luther King Drive.
The nation's oldest continuously occupied residential street dates to the 1690s; the oldest home on the street today was built in 1720 and the youngest in 1830, making this historic cobblestone street a trip back in time. Other Pennsylvanians may not know it exists, but thousands of visitors to Philadelphia each year do know.
Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul
Even those locals who have never set foot inside Philadelphia's Catholic cathedral know about it, given its prominent location on Logan Square. The Roman-style cathedral, modeled on the Sant'Ambrogio e Carlo al Corsa in Rome, is as splendid on the inside as it is unassuming on the outside, with a 156-foot-high dome featuring a painting of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin at its top.
Then again, maybe they do get out enough and the rest of us don't: the article stated that at least one of the 12 sites would be unfamiliar to the reader, and that was certainly true for me: Ohiopyle State Park, Cook Forest and Cherry Springs State Park, one of the few dark-sky locations in the Northeast, were all off my radar screen. But if Ohiopyle State Park in southwestern Pennsylvania is one of the most visited state parks in Pennsylvania, then it's certainly on lots of other Pennsylvanians'. Guess we all need to explore our diverse and wonderful state more.
The Most Beautiful Places in Pennsylvania You Didn't Know Existed (Thrillist)