Ever wondered how crayons are made? Hoped to walk where Civil War battles took place? Maybe "Fly Like an Eagle" is your theme song. If you said, "Yes!" to any of the above, pick up a Philadelphia rental car and head to Pennsylvania! The signing of the Declaration of Independence is not the only exciting thing to happen in this fascinating place!
Lincoln Financial Field
Sometimes known as "the Linc" this field houses the Philadelphia Eagles National Football League team. With 22,000 parking spaces available, five hours before kickoff, this is your chance to fire up the grill, and break out the beers for some tailgating! When you bring in parking lot food to watch the game, just know that for one week in 2003, outside food and beverages were banned, due to nerves about security surrounding the 9/11 attacks.
Fans regaled stories of bringing in local favorites like hoagies and Philly cheese steaks for decades previously, and the nearby sandwich shops were outraged at the loss of business. The team quickly reversed their stance. Today, food is allowed if it is wrapped in clear plastic, but leave the drinks in the car, beverage containers of any kind are not allowed.
If you're looking for something more kid-friendly, drive your Philadelphia rental car an hour and a half north to Easton, home of the Crayola Experience. At this colorful place you can create your own markers, and see how crayons are made! Visit the cafe for a snack to refuel and be sure to look out the window at the World's Largest Crayon! Head to The Doodle in the Dark Room for dancing and glowing doodle boards! Stop by the Crayola shop for a unique selection of products on your way out.
If history is your thing, this stop is a must! This area saw a lot of action during the Civil War. Take a walk through Gettysburg National Cemetery, the final resting place for over 3,500 Union soldiers. Nearby is George Spangler Farm, one of the most well-preserved Civil War Field hospitals. Directly next to the battlefield is the Eisenhower National Historic site, where President Dwight D. Eisenhower spent occasional weekends and peace meetings during the Cold War.
During the summer months there are Ranger-led programs, and battlefield walks highlighting local history. If you find yourself here in the winter, try the indoor lecture series. For a tour that highlights the individuals of the war, be sure to visit during the anniversary, July 1-3, for special ranger-guided programs that take visitors to parts of the battlefield park that are not accessible during the rest of the year.