Pennsylvania Tourist Attractions
Cambria County PA

Visit one of the Pennsylvania tourist attractions located in the Johnstown PA area on a family vacation getaway.

The tourist attractions in Pennsylvania in this area offer tours, museums and rides on an incline.

You will love the view from the inclined plane in Johnstown. It gives a panoramic view of the city.

Visit in October when the leaves are changing color for a really pretty view.

This county offers visitors a lot of Pennsylvania tourist attractions and history, so visit each one of these if you can.

Allegheny Portage Railroad
110 Federal Park Road
Gallitzin PA 16641

Pennsylvania tourist attractions brown picnic area sign with railroad train cars in the grass with green trees in the background at the Allegheny Portage National Railroad in Cresson PA, Cambria County PA

Open all year 9 AM-5 PM Mon-Sun

  • This railroad linked the eastern US to the western US during the early to mid 19th century
  • 36 acre park
  • Included 10 inclined planes as the terrain was steep
  • Lemon House located on the grounds
  • Educational programs
  • Events

Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel
321 St. Mary Street
Loretto PA 15940

St Michael the Archangel Basilica Loretto PA

Founded by Fr. Demetrius Gallitzin.

Demetrius Gallitzin sign

Johnstown Flood National Memorial
733 Lake Rd
St Michael PA

Johnstown Flood National Memorial white and tan brick sign in St Michael PA

Visit the visitor's center and view a film, see exhibits and a model of the South Fork dam, and information on the Johnstown flood of 1889. There are summer programs, an interpretive trail, and a restored house.

Johnstown Inclined Plane
white and purple Johnstown PA inclined plane sign on tan outside walls surrounded by purple beams and poles

711 Edgehill Drive
Johnstown PA
Johnstown PA Hotels

May-September 9 AM-11 PM daily
October-April Sun-Thurs 11 AM-10 PM, Fri-Sat 10 AM-11 PM

The incline is the steepest vehicular (capable of hauling cars) one in the country. It consists of 2 cable cars side by side which move in opposite directions (when 1 goes up the other goes down).

It was originally constructed after the Johnstown Flood when the city was rebuilt on higher ground to connect the town at the top to the central area of the city at the bottom.

Johnstown PA inclined plane view from the top of the incline showing the city scape, green mountains, blue sky and white clouds

Riders can get a view of the city at the top of the incline on the observation deck.

Mount Assisi Sunken Gardens
Loretto PA

Loretto PA Schwab Estate sunken gardens staircase surrounded by green gardens trees and shrubs and water ponds

Open dusk to dawn

The monastery on the grounds is the former Charles Schwab estate. The Franciscans care for the gardens.

This is one of the most popular Pennsylvania tourist attractions in the county. Enjoy the gorgeous gardens filled with flowers over the summer months.

Be refreshed by the statues and the fountain in the center of the lawn. The gardens are very peaceful and a nice spiritual refuge.

sunken gardens at the Schwab Estate in Loretto PA sign hanging on the stone wall

There is a Lady of Fatima statue where you can light candles, Stations of the Cross, a St. Francis statue, Rock Gardens with a statue of St. Michael the Archangel, and a statue of St. Joseph with the baby Jesus.

Prince Gallitzin’s Chapel House

Prince Demetrius Gallitzin shrine Loretto PA

357 Saint Mary Street
Loretto PA

Private chapel of Father Demetrius Gallitzin who is currently being commissioned for canonization.

His tomb is located by the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel.

Prince Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin was born in December 1770 in the Netherlands.

He arrived in the United States at the age of 22 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1795.

He requested that he become the pastor of a mountain area in western central Pennsylvania which he renamed Loretto, after an Italian city named Loreto, after being granted pastorship there.

He constructed a church and small house out of logs in the PA mountains where he served Catholics in a 100 mile area as the sole priest for over 20 years.

His writings include, "Defense of Catholic Principles", "A Letter on the Holy Scriptures" and "An Appeal to the Protestant Public". He died in May 1840.

Seldom Seen Coal Mine
Patton PA 16668

Seldom Seen mine sign surrounded by green shrubbery and trees in Patton PA

Tours - noon to 5 PM

Saturdays and Sundays in June
July-August - Thursday-Sunday
May, September-October - tours for groups of 25+ people

  • See authentic equipment and historic structures

Have fun sight seeing at the Pennsylvania tourist attractions in this area!

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