Pennsylvania's rich political and religious heritage will ring true on this route. Depart Philadelphia, where the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were signed, from the historic 30th Street Station, Your exploration will take you to yet another energetic city at the opposite end of the state — Pittsburgh. In between the two, Pennsylvania's vast open spaces, remarkable mountainous region and plentiful rivers offer a peaceful respite.
You will find that life certainly moves at a slower, easier pace in Lancaster, an Amish farming community in the idyllic Pennsylvania Dutch Country. The expansive, patchwork quilt of farmland with rustic barns will add to the peaceful feeling. And as the train moves along, time will appear to have stopped as you take in the covered wooden bridges, horse drawn buggies, and the simple, traditional clothing of the Amish.
Then, when you catch a glimpse of Harrisburg's State Capitol Dome, modeled after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, you will be transported to an entirely different time and place.
Entering the western part of the state, look forward to dramatic mountainous terrain. As you climb the rolling hills of the Allegheny Mountains, you'll be amazed to observe your train wind around in a half-circle at Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, before crossing the Allegheny summit through the Gallitzin Tunnels. The curve is a marvel of engineering that has been astonishing passers-by since it opened in 1854. Reaching Pittsburgh, you will come upon nature's own remarkable engineering: the convergence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers.
The Pennsylvanian offers an especially resplendent spectacle in the fall when you will be treated to some of the most vivid foliage the East has to offer.