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
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
Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel
321 St. Mary Street
Loretto PA 15940
Founded by Fr. Demetrius Gallitzin.
Johnstown Flood National Memorial
733 Lake Rd
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
711 Edgehill Drive
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.
Riders can get a view of the city at the top of the incline on the observation deck.
Mount Assisi Sunken Gardens
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.
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
357 Saint Mary Street
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
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!