Happy Thoughts

Hey, Happy Traveler.

Yeah, we’re talking to you — the one who lets serendipity ride shotgun. We’ve packed you a suitcase full of best of the best must-dos, clever tips, recipes, and great stories to inspire your today and plan your tomorrow.

Where does a great trip begin? Definitely not with a GPS, plotting out your every turn. Is it by browsing hotel listings or studying a fistful of brochures? Probably not. We have found, and we bet you’ll agree, that a great trip begins with great story from a good friend (or great source, *ahem*).

Under the hood of this site, you’ll find travel stories that put a smile on your face, along with lifestyle tips wrapped in happiness. We also want to use this space to spread the word that whoever you are and no matter what you love to do, happiness is Pennsylvania’s keystone, and we want it to be yours, too. It lives in our historic treasures. Our dynamic urban spaces. Our greater-than-great outdoors. It’s around every corner.

So, come along for the ride. Each month, we’ll update this site with stories from our newsletter and add new stories and videos as they pop up. You’ll discover what’s causing the latest buzz among travelers and locals along with advice from our friends in the field — you know, chefs, park rangers, farmers, master gardeners, curators, bartenders, and maybe even a certain weather prognosticating groundhog. You get the picture.

Mix it up. Make it yours. Visit soon and build your own personal must-do list with stops plotted in every corner of our warm and welcoming state.

But wait, there’s more — if Happy Thoughts has inspired you to pack your bags, you can find all you need to round out your trip at visitPA.com. Think of Happy Thoughts as the great storyteller by the camp fire and visitPA.com as the manual on how to get the sparks flying/spark the flame/set your traveler inspiration ablaze. 

And remember: great trips begin with good advice shared by friends, so please pass along Happy Thoughts to all who are pursuing happiness (you can take credit, we won’t mind.)

DISCLAIMER: Happy Thoughts, visitPA.com, and the Happy Traveler guide are crafted by the Pennsylvania Tourism Office, and they’re on the house just for you.