It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Pennsylvania

Peak Season: March to August

School groups visit Philadelphia en masse during the spring semester, while families line up to see the Liberty Bell in summer. June is Pittsburgh's rainiest month, but in July and August, families crowd the museums and the zoo.

Off Season: November; January to February

Pennsylvania is cold and snowy in winter, but those that don't mind the weather can find hotel deals in the cities. If the Steelers are in town, the Northside of Pittsburgh can be snarled in traffic, so check for football games in advance.

Sweet Spot: September to October; December

Cool fall days and prettily colored trees make historic attractions refreshing instead of wilting. Parades, holiday celebrations, and museums (and fewer lines) make December a good time to travel to Pennsylvania. Families and beginning skiers will find the Poconos to be just their speed.

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