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Four Seasons of Fun! Don’t miss your chance to visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece Fallingwater, hit the slopes at one of our world-class resorts, visit Idlewild & SoakZone, voted “Best Kid’s Park in the World,” and more! Check out Ohiopyle State Park for a white water adventure, or bike through the Laurel Highlands on over 150 miles of the nearly-level bike trail that connects Pittsburgh to D.C., The Great Allegheny Passage. Discover more in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, just a short drive from Pittsburgh.

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Dear Fellow Traveler, Explore the landscapes, avors and fan favorites of Pennsylvania in this year’s Vacation Guide and you will discover what I have always known about my home — Pennsylvania is an experience unmatched by any other state. Pennsylvania is known for its incredible history — from the battleď€ elds of Gettysburg to Philadelphia’s pivotal role in shaping our nation’s independence. You can truly get away from it all in the outdoor beauty of the Pennsylvania Wilds, Pocono Mountains and Laurel Highlands. You’ll ď€ nd endless local charm from the Lincoln Highway to Rt. 6, and CondĂŠ Nast Traveler just named Pittsburgh one of its “Top 15 Places to Go in 2015.â€? Did you know Pennsylvania was the state that gave America its ď€ rst daily newspaper, its ď€ rst stock exchange, its ď€ rst commercial oil well, its ď€ rst computer and its ď€ rst art museum? While we’re proud of our ď€ rsts, we’re not done yet. We continue to make history with new experiences for you to uncover. As a four-season destination, the landscape and colors of Pennsylvania are always changing. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the deep reds and golds of the fall scenery and the crisp winter white of fresh powder at our 19 ski resorts. The deep blue waterways and the lush green forests in PA’s 120 state parks are among Pennsylvania’s abundant natural resources that keep us all coming back for more. Sometimes the best way to experience Pennsylvania is bite by bite, as you’ll read in our “State on a Plateâ€? feature. You may not know that my home county of York is affectionately known as the “Snack Food Capital of the World,â€? with more than 20 factory tours to sample. What I love about our diverse food scene is there’s something for every palate — from local farmers markets and Pennsylvania Dutch classics to celebrity chefs and microbreweries popping up throughout the commonwealth. But don’t take my word for it — Travel + Leisure just declared Philadelphia “America’s Next Great Food City.â€? Finally, Pennsylvania’s passion for sports runs deep with professional leagues in every major sport. Whether you’re a baseball fan like me or a racing fan, Pennsylvania offers game-changing experiences for sports enthusiasts from our eight minor league ball parks to the Pocono Raceway. So put on your favorite team colors and explore the Pennsylvania sports scene. Ready to see it for yourself? I invite you to enjoy the Pennsylvania I am constantly rediscovering. Happy Travels!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES

Dutch Country Roads................. 61

Fan-Friendly PA.......................... 10

The Alleghenies........................... 74

State on a Plate........................... 14

Valleys of the Susquehanna........................ 78

Colorful PA................................... 18

REGIONS

Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region.................... 81

Pittsburgh and Its Countryside............................ 25

Laurel Highlands......................... 84

Pennsylvania Wilds.................... 36

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Upstate PA................................... 42 Pocono Mountains...................... 46 Lehigh Valley............................... 49 Philadelphia and The Countryside.......................... 53

Letter from the Governor.............. 2 Pennsylvania State Map............... 8 Index of Advertisers................... 86 Travel Tools on visitPA.com...... 88

REFERENCE MAP Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region

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Philadelphia and The Countryside Valleys of the Susquehanna

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Fan-Friendly By Erica Levi Zelinger

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Pennsylvania offers game-changing experiences for sports enthusiasts.

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The Keystone State scores big with its sports teams and athletic adventures. With professional leagues in every major sport, Pennsylvania’s the best in the field at attracting fans to its basketball arenas, football and soccer stadiums, hockey rinks and baseball parks. And the love of sport extends far beyond heavy-hitting professional teams. Cheer for college powerhouses and home-team minor leagues, rev up your energy at a superspeedway, congratulate mom at the end of her marathon, applaud rowers from the grandstand or relive unforgettable sporting moments in Pennsylvania history. PROFESSIONAL SPORTS Cross state lines into Pennsylvania from any direction and you won’t miss superfans sporting gear from one of the state’s nine professional teams: In Philadelphia, you’ve got the 76ers, Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Union soccer. In Pittsburgh, there’s the Pirates, Penguins (who were recently named by Forbes magazine as having the NHL’s best fans — again), Riverhounds and Steel-

ers. Several of these pro teams have brought home championships. But there’s more to sports than just winning the game; it’s about determination and drive — and practice! Steelers fans can don black and gold and head to Saint Vincent College in the Laurel Highlands for the Steelers Annual Summer Training Camp, a chance to watch your favorite players push themselves each July and August. You can also see the Philadelphia Eagles prep for the upcoming season on their former home turf at Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania campus. MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Almost every Major League Baseball player was groomed in the minor leagues, so there’s no better way to see the development of young players than to attend a minor league game, where lower ticket and concession prices contribute to a family atmosphere. • A  ltoona Curve: A team named for the nearby engineering marvel — and not the spin on the pitch (Pittsburgh Pirate AA affiliate).


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• E  rie Seawolves: The pirate wolf mascot’s sword-like bat makes reference to the city’s maritime history (Detroit Tigers AA affiliate).

• W  illiamsport Crosscutters: Named for the city’s “Lumber Capital of the World” heritage (Phillies affiliate in the shortseason New York-Penn League).

• H  arrisburg Senators: The Senators hit homeruns on City Island, where baseball has been played since the late 19th century (Washington Nationals AA affiliate).

Pittsburgh is also home to the Passion, a women’s football team; the Power, an arena football team; and the Harlequins, a rugby team originally formed by University of Pittsburgh law students.

• L ancaster Barnstormers: A reference to both Lancaster’s agricultural heritage and a traveling sports team (unaffiliated). • L ehigh Valley IronPigs: Known for their PorkCenter social media headquarters, hands-free gaming system at urinals and sellout crowds (Philadelphia Phillies AAA affiliate). • R  eading Fightin Phils: Reading’s professional baseball roots earned it the nickname “Baseballtown” (Philadelphia Phillies AA affiliate). • Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: They’ve got a play area for kids in center field (New York Yankees AAA affiliate).

DIVISION I COLLEGE SPORTS Stand among a wall of 106,000 people at a whiteout game at Penn State or watch to make sure St. Joe’s hawk mascot is always flapping its wings, and enjoy the sporting traditions of Pennsylvania’s many colleges and universities, including the Hawks and Bucknell Bison, Drexel Dragons, Duquesne Dukes, La Salle Explorers, Lafayette Leopards, Lehigh Mountain Hawks, Penn Quakers, Penn State Nittany Lions, Pittsburgh Panthers, Saint Francis Red Flash, Temple Owls and Villanova Wildcats.

LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES Just like the big leagues, the Little League World Series celebrated its 75th anniversary last year in Williamsport. The world’s largest name in youth sports started by accident, when Carl E. Stotz lost his balance while tossing fly balls with his nephews. While nursing his injury, he conjured up the idea for his nephews to play a scaled-down version of the American pastime. What started as three teams grew to more than 7,000 teams worldwide in 2014 — see the spectacle for yourself Aug. 20–30, 2015. The Pittsburgh-based PONY League World Series, a baseball and softball program for ages 4 to 19, also unites junior athletes from all over the world Aug. 7–12, 2015. AUTO RACING Fans of fast can make tracks around any one of Pennsylvania’s speedways: • P  ocono Raceway: You know what fans say about “Any Given Sunday.” Well, at Pocono Raceway, anything can

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happen when all 43 NASCAR teams converge to “Start Their Engines” and race for the checkered flag. This summer, Dale Jr. returns after completing a historic Pocono sweep in 2014. Be here to see if he can make it three in a row at Pocono. • L ernerville Speedway: Stock cars burn rubber from March to October at this Pittsburgh-area raceway operated by former champion Don Martin. • M  aple Grove Raceway: Local drag racers love this quarter-mile dragstrip just outside of Reading. Stroll through the pits, and if you are lucky, meet the drivers and take pictures. • W  illiams Grove Speedway: Champions like Mario Andretti have strapped themselves into an open cockpit car and sped around the half-mile semi-banked clay oval southwest of Harrisburg. FIELD HOCKEY USA Field Hockey found a home for its hockey last year at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster County; the 14-acre indoor Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs ©Curtis Salonick

sports complex hosts the National Field Hockey Club Championship for the most elite athletes in the country, including top collegiate players, and is the training center of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Field Hockey Team. HORSE RACING Pennsylvania boasts one of the best racing programs in the country, and that’s due in part to the state’s rich equine history. Get your giddy-up at one of these tracks: • H  arrah’s Philadelphia: It’s off to the races as majestic thoroughbreds stampede around a first-of-its-kind turn that extends over the Delaware River. • T he Meadows Racetrack Casino: Watch and wager at this western PA racetrack with its grandstand, VIP suites, simulcast area and even an allages bowling center. • M  ohegan Sun at Pocono Downs: It’s down-to-the-wire action at this live harness-racing track with free admission and free parking.

• P  arx Casino: Smarty Jones brought fame to this Bucks County racetrack, home to the Pennsylvania Derby. • P  enn National Race Course: Most tracks shut down in winter, but you can line your purse at this Hershey-area course year-round. • P  resque Isle Downs & Casino: Pure adrenaline will course through your veins as you watch the ponies race at this Erie track. POLO CLUBS Tailgaters come out in style to watch weekly matches, stomp the divots and enjoy a lively social scene. • B  randywine Polo Club: Spectators may be just as impressed by the matches as they are with Chester County’s elite equestrian scene. May–Sept. • D  arlington Polo Club: Touted as a mix of hometown sport and backyard festival, the family will enjoy an evening at the first lighted field in the U.S. outside Pittsburgh. May–Sept. • L ancaster Polo Club: Beautiful horses pair with gorgeous countryside as you sit carside on a Sunday afternoon. June–Oct. • T inicum Polo Club: Pull your car up to the Bucks County field, bring out a lawn chair and sit back — until it’s time for the divot stomping. May–Oct. RACES FOR THE REST OF US Less interested in being a spectator and more of an on-the-go type with a high capacity for aerobic work? Devote your strength to one of these races: • River Town Race Series: This crossdiscipline race through Montour County offers a lengthy schedule of humdinger trail runs, endurance runs, a triathlon and a cycling race. March–Oct.

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Heinz History Center ©Ed Massery

Sports Museums You can score major points if you take the family to one of these fine collections of sporting memorabilia, trivia and fanfare: The Biggest Loser RunWalk Race Series ©Nuvision Action Image

• H  yner View Trail Challenge: If you’ve got the mental and physical stamina for Hyner View’s three major climbs and three major descents, you’ll be able to enjoy the panoramic vistas on this course. April 18, 2015 • P  ittsburgh Marathon: Take a 26.2-mile scenic tour of Pittsburgh across bridges, through neighborhoods and accompanied by music. May 3, 2015 • S even Springs Mountain Resort Mud on the Mountain: Get down and dirty in the Laurel Highlands as you work through obstacles — covered in mud, of course. May 9, 2015 • G  od’s Country Marathon: Conquer “the hill” from Galeton to Coudersport, named one of the “10 toughest marathons” in America by Runner’s World Magazine. June 6, 2015 • E  rie’s The Biggest Loser RunWalk Race Series: If celebrity appearances by former contestants aren’t incentive to get off the couch and do this run, then a free photo of you crossing the finish line should be. June 7, 2015 • R  un with the Deer Flies: A 15K and 25K run through Indiana County features plenty of hills, swamps and even wild boar sightings. July 26, 2015 • B  ird-in-Hand Half Marathon: You’ll earn a horseshoe medal made by local Amish blacksmiths and presented by Amish volunteers at this Dutch Country race. Sept. 12, 2015 • C  umberland Valley Race Series: This yearlong competition offers you 14 races and 14 ways to experience the Cumberland Valley. REGATTA Rowers head out on the water for competition, camaraderie and keeping in

harmony. Whatever the reason, spectators can enjoy the energy at: • W  e Gotta Regatta: We just love-a the name-a of this Bradford-based race where participants boat and float their way to the party. May 2015 • A  berdeen Dad Vail Regatta: Student athletes from more than 100 colleges and universities descend on Philly to row the Schuylkill River. May 8–9, 2015 • E  QT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta: Top drivers zoom down the shoreline to claim water fame. July 2, 2015 • S am Myers Memorial Regatta: Pymatuning Sailing Club’s memorial race held each year in the Great Lakes Region. July 11–12, 2015 • S usquehanna Gateway Flatwater Challenge: Paddlers put their boats in just down from Indian Steps Museum on the lower Susquehanna. July 18, 2015 • L ake Arthur Regatta: This eco-recreational experience in Butler County offers land and lake activities. Aug. 1–2, 2015 • L ake Winola Regatta: Held on a glacial lake in Wyoming County. Aug. 8, 2015 • K  ipona Festival: Kipona, from the American Indian name meaning “Sparkling Waters,” includes the Rubber Duck Regatta in Harrisburg. Aug./Sept. 2015 • L ock Haven Labor Day Regatta: This farewell to summer is the largest of its kind on the East Coast. Sept. 5–7, 2015

 WP BATS: B A tour of this Brookville boutique bat maker will run you through baseball history and lore. CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER’S HIGHMARK SPORTSWORKS: Scale a 25-foot wall or test your reaction time to a hockey puck at this Pittsburgh museum, which uses sports as a way to explain physics, anatomy and biology. HEINZ HISTORY CENTER: Throw a perfect pass or drive a motorboat at the Western PA Sports Museum, which honors Pittsburgh’s sports heritage. PENN STATE ALL-SPORTS MUSEUM: Fan up and see how much you know about the legends of the blue and white at this State College museum. YORK BARBELL MUSEUM: Follow the history of weightlifting, from the early Olympics to the powerlifting and bodybuilding of today.

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• S eptember Fest at Yellow Creek State Park: Explore the sport and art of sailing on Yellow Creek Lake. Sept. 2015 • H  ead of the Schuylkill Regatta: Master, veteran, adaptive and recreational rowers compete in this 2.5-mile course along Philadelphia’s Boathouse Row in autumn. Oct. 24–25, 2015

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Farm-fresh ingredients — tomatoes grown on the roof of a restaurant, products procured in their prime, fundamentals of a meal carted in from local farmers and foragers — are plated up in Pennsylvania for appetizers, entrées and desserts, and mixed in and served up in snacks, beer, wine and spirits across the state.

The Ingredients The farm-to-fork trend starts with ingredients found on the farm or purchased at farmers’ markets and roadside stands across the state. This page from top: ©Bricco; Dinette Garden ©Laura Petrilla; Honeycomb ©iStock/kcrep; ©Savor Gettysburg Food Tours

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Farms • E  at dinner in the field with the cast of Great American Country’s “Farm Kings” at Butler’s Freedom Farms, or buy fruit, produce and meats from their markets.

• L  ansdale’s Merrymead Farm has the scoop on working dairy farms: Their Holsteins supply the milk for 30-plus hand-dipped ice cream flavors.

• P  ick your own juicy sandwich topper at Myers Pickle Farm in Armstrong County.

• M  ake it your beeswax to try a hands-on beekeeping workshop at Summer Smiles Honey Farm in Stoystown.

• C  alm down with a visit to Peace Valley Lavender Farm in Bucks County. Bring it home in bath, culinary, dried floral or sachet form. • T  ake an intensive weekend seminar on wild, edible and medicinal plants at Quiet Creek Herb Farm in Brookville.

• S  tutzman U-Pick Farms in Penn Run guarantees your blueberry muffins, cobblers and pies will be fresh and tasty.

• T  he aroma of hardwood-smoked ham at West Shore Farmers Market’s S. Clyde Weaver in Lemoyne lures visitors in, and the fresh-baked pies keep them coming back. • L ancaster’s Central Market has all the Amish staples: scrapple, headcheese, chowchow and butter pickles.

If you can fit in another morsel, stop over for a snack at one of these favorite roadside stands; they’ll tide you over until your next course. • F  ollow your snout to a pulled-pork sandwich at Andy’s Fatback BBQ in Kittanning. • R  oadside stands in Pennsylvania Dutch Country have ample snacks to tempt you: whoopie pies, apple dumplings and shoofly pie, for starters. • C  hris of Chris’ BBQ near Wyalusing brings a little Texas to Pennsylvania with his tasty ribs.

Farmers’ Markets • G  rowers and vendors gather in York to sell their produce and goods; they also offer courses to teach the public on the importance of locally grown ingredients. The delicious fruits and veggies at Dennis Fitz Produce are the best form of advertising for Central Market’s local flavors. So is the freshly squeezed juice from Glick’s Produce at Glen Rock’s Markets at Shrewsbury. At Flinchbaugh’s Orchard & Farm Market, enroll the kids in Little Sprouts hands-on lessons; and at Brown’s Orchards & Farm Market, learn step-by-step how to create a container garden.

Roadside Stands

• Y  ou can pick your own or just pick up tomatoes, strawberries, beans, beets and pickles from Mason Farms Country Market and its roadside stands in Erie. • T  he sugar-and-butter sweet corn at Yarnick’s Farm Market in Indiana is picked within sight of its market. • Y  ou can buy a rambutan — the lychee’s exotic cousin — or gourmet cheeses and fresh produce at Ardmore Farmers Market.

• T  he Meadows’ original frozen custard — unchanged since 1950 — is sold at its original Duncansville location in Blair County and has franchised out to nearly 20 other Pennsylvania spots. • T  he sauce, ’kraut and onions give the hot dogs at Eddie’s Footlong in Meadville a nice bite.

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• P  art meeting place, part market, the Meadville Market House is the perfect spot to buy northwest PA maple syrup for your pancakes. • Y  ou’ll find one of the last remaining independent mushroom growers in Pennsylvania at Easton Farmers’ Market, selling shiitake, trumpet and oyster varieties.

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Now join us at the table for a taste of place. We’ve put together a hypothetical tasting menu, made up of appetizers, entrées and desserts from Pennsylvania’s most popular farm-to-table restaurants.

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 other Nature Network selected chef Sonja Finn M of Pittsburgh’s Dinette as one of 40 chefs under 40 who “link farms to forks” with her rooftop garden salad starters.

Ma(i)son, a farm-driven urban cookery in Lancaster dishes up Tulip Tree Hill Farm’s squash blossoms filled with fresh, local goat cheese, chives, parsley, mint and lemon.

 very Monday, Harrisburg’s Bricco changes up E its menu to highlight local ingredients like the roasted pepper involtini, grilled eggplant, ricotta, parmesan, arugula and aceto balsamico.

 he charred local asparagus with roasted T pepper aioli and local sunny-side-up egg is a fantastic way to begin a meal at Gateway Lodge in Cooksburg.

 ou’ll crave more if you start off a meal at Y York’s Roosevelt Tavern with day-boat scallops wrapped in hickory-smoked bacon from Groff’s Meats in Elizabethtown.

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Snacks There’s even a local component to Pennsylvania’s snacks.

Tall, dark and handsome but a little bit buzzed is the chocolate stout cake made with North Country Brewing Company’s Stone House Stout in Slippery Rock.

• S  nack on a buttery pretzel rolled by the Amish at Miller’s Twist at Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia or the fresh-baked coconut chocolate chip biscotti from Enrico Biscotti Co. in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. • T  aste your way through York County, where sweet and salty eats like soft pretzels, potato chips and chocolate make it easy to love this Snack Capital of the World.

Drink Menu PA Wine Indulge us. You can intensify the joy of this made-up tasting menu with a wine pairing. Consult the vintners themselves at a tour along one of Pennsylvania’s wine trails, and discover how to match lamb chops with the firm tannins of a cabernet or a pinot grigio with a citrusy ceviche. Pennsylvania’s varied climates produce a large range of wines: from the cooler mountainous climates that supply vinifera grape varieties to award-winning wines made with Chambourcin, Lehigh Valley’s signature grape, the fertile soil in some regions produce the gamut from dry table wine to sweet and sparkling. And in northwest PA, the lake effect creates the perfect terroir for producing ice and fruit wines as well as specialty wines like brandies and ports. Learn about the state’s 12 wine trails: visitPA/WineTrails.

Pennsylvania Beer & Spirits The earthy ingredients in beer make it a worthy partner with our imaginary menu as well. And tour any one of Pennsylvania’s numerous breweries or distilleries to try a porter with your barbecue, a hops with your hamburger or an oak-aged scotch with your chocolate soufflé. Check out PA breweries at visitpa.com/ articles/pennsylvania-s-microbreweries.

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 Harmony-area farmers and foragers help supply the ingredients for Burgh’ers Forest Hills craft burger including its beef, bleu cheese, sautéed mushrooms, spring mix and honey.

 ake-out containers at Boxer’s Café in HuntingT don are biodegradable, rooftop solar energy reduces its impact and the locally grown produce used for its open-faced zucchini mozzarella broil is as fresh as it comes.

 aintaining Milton Hershey’s commitment M to locally sourced foods, the pan-seared Joe Jurgielewicz & Son’s duck breast served at Hershey’s Harvest is delectable. Just because Voodoo Brewery in Meadville specializes in quirky beers, its rotating menu

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of seven to 10 items often contains salads with hydroponic greens, local Pure Run pork and homemade roasted red pepper hummus.

At Glasbern Inn near Allentown, they know the source because they are the source: “Glasbern chicken, simply roasted,” means free-range poultry raised on its 130-acre farm.

 orget the calories and the chemicals at EndF less Mountains Café Bakery Too in Sayre, where they serve nitrate-free bacon from Leona Meat in Troy.

 uring summer months at Glendorn Inn in D Bradford, the chef plucks many of the veggies accompanying main dishes from the garden right on site.

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Factory & Food- Cooking Classes Related Tours • D  on’t just see the sights of York. Taste them on tour at Martin’s Potato Chips, where 50,000 pounds of fresh potatoes are transformed into chips each day. Have a hand-dipped ice cream cone after a tour of Perrydell Farm, where you get to see the cows being milked and calves being fed. Learn about the coffee bean roasting process at New Grounds Roasting Company. Into the twisted? Tour Revonah Pretzel or Snyder’s of Hanover for a look at how the knotted snacks are made.

• G  o nuts on a tour of Edwards-Freeman Nut Company in Conshohocken or watch chocolate being made at Asher’s Chocolates in Souderton. • T  wo family-owned candy stores in Mercer County, Daffin’s and Philadelphia Candies, also offer factory tours to see how their confections are concocted. • T  ake the ultimate chocolate excursion to Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction or get the scoop on ice cream production at the Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia. • T  ake your taste buds on a historic journey of Gettysburg on a Savor Gettysburg Food Tour. • N  amed the “Next Big Food City” by Bon Appétit, guests on the Flavor of Pittsburgh Popular Food Culture Tour will taste their way through the foods that celebrity chefs, magazine writers and bloggers enjoy. Tour the factories of other made-in-PA snackables: visitPA.com/FactoryTours.

Grab an apron and play with your food at a specialty cooking class:

• L  earn the secrets of making flaky, flavorful piecrusts or bake a proper English scone you can slather with clotted cream at York’s YorKitchen. • F  rom homemade pesto and knife skills to canning apples and cookies to gifts, Carlisle’s Kitchen Shoppe & Cooking School has a sweet lineup of classes. • T  he Home Textile Tool Museum in Orwell is anything but cheesy, but you can take a beginner class there to learn the basics of cheese making. • S  pend Thyme In Your Kitchen in Sharon and learn to cook sushi, soups, Korean, Caribbean — even cooking with your kids. • L  earn how to twist your own pretzel at Tom Sturgis Pretzels in Shillington.

Fun Fair Food

There’s deep-fried everything and then there’s… • O  x roast and maple milk­ shakes: Crawford County Fair in Meadville (Aug.) • A  ll-you-can-eat chicken pot pie: Kutztown Fair (Aug.) • R  ed velvet funnel cake, venison jerky and Cajun fried chicken on a stick: Centre County Grange Fair Encampment in Centre Hall (Aug.) • P  retzel sandwiches and haluski (cabbage and noodles): Wyoming County Fair in Meshoppen (Sept.) • F  ireball sandwich, bologna sticks and sweet-corn nug­gets: Bloomsburg Fair (Sept.–Oct.)

Iconic Foods

The recipe for a unique culinary experience should always include a bite of something iconic.

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• W  hoopie pie, shoofly pie, chowchow (a sweet-andsour relish made from cabbage), scrapple (mush of pork scraps, cornmeal and flour) and Fasnacht (a type of donut): PA Dutch Country. • D  rown a plate of pancakes with maple syrup (“the nectar of the gods”) tapped right in northwest PA. • S  avor Farm-raised-elk burgers at Medix, Benezette and Weedville hotels in the PA Wilds. • C  runch the maple popcorn at Loch’s in Springville. • S  ample anything and everything apple from Adams County, where 20,000 of its acres are dedicated to fruit production. • T  aste Pittsburgh perfection: Squirt some Heinz Ketchup on a Big Mac, which was invented near the city in the 1960s, and eat a sandwich at Primanti Bros. with fries right inside. Follow that up with a plate of potato-andcheese pierogies. • G  obble mushroom sandwiches at Indiana Garden Club’s May Mart. • A  ward-winning wings are served your way but you have to sign a release

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to down them coated in triple-atomic hot sauce at Original Quaker Steak & Lube in Sharon. • P  op a few pepperoni balls from Stanganelli’s and follow that up with sponge candy (honeycomb, sea foam or sponge toffee) from Stefanelli’s in Erie. • Y  occo’s, the Hot Dog King of Emmaus, dishes up a well-done dog in a steamed roll with chopped onions, tangy mustard and Yocco’s chili sauce. • Y  e Olde College Diner in State College invented a better way to eat a sticky bun: grilled, so the glaze gets all ooey and gooey. And thus, grilled stickies. • E  nd the meal with a souvenir bag of HERSHEY’S KISSES.

Unique Food Experiences

It’s not just the food that seals a great culinary experience. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of these dining encounters: • E  very three months, takeout joint Conflict Kitchen in Pittsburgh rotates its cuisine to only serve up dishes from countries with which the U.S. is in conflict. Its lunch-hour discussions, performances and events help to engage the public — and what better way to do that than with food? • E  at your face off at The Spa at The Hotel Hershey with an edible chocolate facial. Like the smell of fresh-baked brownies, the chocolate mask helps combat the visual signs of aging. • U  nplug and unwind (no wi-fi for miles) at Two Sisters Amish Cooking, a home catering company

near Lewisburg where you can enjoy a familystyle, gas-lamp-lit meal of homegrown veggies, fresh meats and legendary baked goods. • T  he mix of traditional and gourmet dishes at Bube’s Brewery in Mt. Joy make a good menu for a fine-dining restaurant, but rarely do you get led to your seat by descending 43 feet into the stone-lined vaults of the catacombs as you do at this circa-1876 establishment. • T  he stained-glass windows, church pews and lanterns in the center bay of The St. John the Baptist Church in Lawrenceville remain. But on the altar of this former place of worship sits the large brewing kettles of the casual gastropub Church Brew Works. • I f you don’t make it past the pool table at Ligonier’s Joe’s Bar, the barebones dive may not impress. But head straight back to a two-story glass-encased taxidermy treasure trove and take in the giraffe, elephant’s head, rhino, tigers, lions and costumed squirrels. • V  enture down an alley and up a steep flight of stairs to The Horse Inn, a converted hayloft above a stable-turned-Prohibitionera speakeasy-turned restaurant in Lancaster. Dine — amid the horse stalls and equine accessories — on the popular tenderloin tips on toast. And with that, we’ll put a fork in it. Or at least that’s what they did in Centerport near Reading, where an eight-foot steel dinner fork marks a split between Main Street and Centerport Road. Learn more about all of Pennsylvania’s tasty heritage at visitPA.com/TasteOfPA.

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Campers Paradise Campground & Cabins

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Family fun, Just minutes from Cabelas and Hawk mountain, over 100 wooded acres, huge boulder field, access to the Appalachian trail. RV, Cabin, and tent sites available. "An outdoor lovers must!"

Beautiful wooded RV & tent sites bordering Clear Creek State Forest. Summer fun with themed weekend activities, playground, hiking trails & pool. Enjoy winter relaxation in front of your fireplace or your own private hot tub after a day of X country skiing.

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Mountain Vista Campground

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Ponderosa Pines Campground

Nestled in the Scenic Pocono Mountains of Northeastern PA. Minutes from the Delaware Water Gap and 1-1⁄2 hours from New York and Philadelphia. Escape to our small forest located in the rolling hills of the Poconos. Wooded camp sites accommodating all types of camping families.

Fully Equipped wooded campsites - 60 acre lake - fishing- no fishing license is required - Boating - Indoor Pool with Sauna & 2 whirlpools - Outdoor Pool Kiddies Pool & Splash pad - Lighted Ball field - 4 tennis courts - 2 racquetball courts - Basketball court - Seasonal planned activities, including Archery & Ceramics - camp store

We offer open, semi-wooded and wooded campsites. Ten-acre stocked lake, pedal boat, rowboat, canoe and kayak rentals; pool, playground, ballfield, basketball court, volleyball, horseshoe pits, 18 hole mini-golf course, arcade and paintball. The store has all your supplies. On-site pump out service available.

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Your Family Fun Campground in the Northern Poconos. Pet & kid friendly park and just 2 hours away from NY and Philly! RV, tent, water, electric, sewer sites available. Come and stay in one of our rustic or deluxe cabins that can be pet friendly. Pool, fishing,mini golf, game room, gaga, store, laundry, activities, wagon rides, and wifi!

Our small family campground is only 20 minutes from Hershey and provides a FREE HERSHEYPARK SHUTTLE during summer. We are OPEN YEAR ROUND with full service sites for RVs of all sizes. Enjoy nature on the adjacent Rail Trail and Swatara Creek.

Honesdale, PA (570) 253-0424 koa.com/camp/honesdale-pocono

Western Village RV Park Celebrating 47 years of Family Camping in Central PA! Conveniently located 2 miles from I-81, 8 miles from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, 3.5 miles from the world famous Car Shows, and to nearby attractions in Hershey, Gettysburg, Lancaster and York. 235 sites with pool, jumping pillow, minigolf, cabins and much more! Carlisle, PA (717) 243-1179 www.westernvillagervpark.com

Mountain Springs Camping Resort Family campground featuring 290 sites, rental cabins, swimming pool, game room, fishing, laundry and activities. Conveniently located off of Exit 23 of I78 between Allentown and Harrisburg. Close to Cabelas and many nearby attractions.

Jonestown, PA (800) 562-2609 www.jonestownkoa.com

Hamburg, PA (610) 488-6859 www.mountainspringscampground.com

Williamsport South/Nittany Mountain KOA

Yogi Bear Mill Run

Fun family camping in the beautiful Susquehanna River Valley. Swimming & Wading Pools, Camp Store, Jumping Pillow, Bike & Golf Cart Rentals, Kamp K9 Dog Park, Playground. Spacious campsites, Rental Cabins, Full Service Cottages & Lodge. 50amp Patio Pull thru sites, Theme Weekends.

Wooded Campground nestled in the Laurel Highlands. Pirates Lagoon • Hurricane Mountain • 2 heated pools • spray zones • snowless snow tubing • mini golf • fishing • movies • game room • restaurant • paintball • carousel • train and picnic basket rides • planned activities • cabin and RV rentals.

New Columbia, PA (800) 562-4208 www.nittanymountainkoa.com

Mill Run, PA (800) HEY-YOGI www.jellystonemillrun.com

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PA ORIGINALS

Experience Pennsylvania’s Favorite Companies

Get behind-the-scenes looks at the making of everything from placemats to potato chips and from money to motorcycles across Pennsylvania. Factory tours, tastings, gift shops and more open the doors to the state’s rich industrial scene and make for great Keystone State keepsakes from your travels.

Check out VisitPA.com/Made-in-PA for more details!

The Pennsylvania Turnpike A true PA original, the Pennsylvania Turnpike set the standard for highway design and construction more than 16 years before the first U.S. interstate opened. Our nation’s first four-lane, limited-access highway, the PA Turnpike received coast-to-coast acclaim as an engineering and construction marvel during its development. When it opened to traffic on Oct. 1, 1940 it was dubbed “America’s First Superhighway” because it literally paved the way for our Interstate System. Today, the PA Turnpike operates more than 550 miles of toll road across the state and remains an innovator in transportation as it Harrisburg celebrates its 75th anniversary. Pittsburgh

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike 700 S. Eisenhower Blvd. Middletown, PA 17057 Phone: 1-800-331-3414 www.paturnpike.com


PA ORIGINALS

Experience Pennsylvania’s Favorite Companies

HERSHEYPARK Happy With A Side Of Chocolate

Introducing Our 13th Coaster

Happiness is at the root of everything we do in Hershey The Sweetest Place On Earth®. Enjoy year-round fun with thrilling rollercoasters, water rides, and live entertainment at Hersheypark®. Get up close and personal with the world of chocolate and your favorite sweets at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction. And spend quality family time relaxing at our three Official Resorts: The Hotel Hershey®, Hershey® Lodge, and HersheyparkSM Camping Resort. This year, experience the town built on chocolate and discover the difference between happy and Hersheypark HappySM.

Laff TrakkSM is the first indoor, spinning, glow-coaster in the United States. This family friendly house of laughs spins riders through an exciting adventure of sights and sounds complete with glimpses of colorful characters, a dizzying hall of mirrors, and more!

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Hersheypark 100 W. Hersheypark Drive Hershey, PA 17033 Hersheypark.com


Turkey Hill Come learn how our ice cream is made, sit in our milk truck, create your own virtual ice cream flavor and packaging, and star in your own Turkey Hill commercial. Milk our mechanical cows and learn about the people and culture of Turkey Hill Dairy. Enjoy unlimited free samples! Bring your virtual flavor to life in the Turkey Hill Taste Lab: a hands-on educational experience that allows you to develop and taste the flavor you created. Seating is limited in the Taste Lab, reservations are required, and a nominal additional fee applies. It’s fun for all ages! For more information, please visit www.turkeyhillexperience.com. Harrisburg Pittsburgh

Philadelphia

Turkey Hill Experience 301 Linden Street Columbia, PA 17512 1-844-847-4884 (1-844-VISIT-TH) turkeyhillexperience.com

Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival Hailed as America’s “greatest contribution to modern warfare,” the world’s original Jeep was made in Butler in 1940. The American Bantam Car Co. was the only U.S. company to meet the Army’s need for a general purpose vehicle during WWII. Bantam built a prototype and more than 2,500 vehicles whose design still influences Jeep models made today. The Jeep is celebrated at the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival in Butler where 2,000+ Jeeps enjoy off-and-on road trail rides, obstacle courses, competitions, street party and exhibits. The Guinness World Records Largest Jeep Parade and the Jeep’s 75th birthday will highlight the 2015 event.

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Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has become a popular way to get a full-body workout while gaining fabulous views. Visitors can hook up with a local SUP outfitter or bring their own gear for a scenic paddle on Lake Arthur at Moraine State Park, where SUP has become a favorite pastime. dcnr.state.pa.us

At Carnegie Science Center, visitors can explore the world’s largest permanent robotics exhibit, look for Punxsutawney Phil in a detailed miniature replica of western Pennsylvania and investigate tons of hands-on displays, including an opportunity to become a human yo-yo in the aptly named “You-yo” exhibit. carnegiesciencecenter.org

While you’ve undoubtedly heard of the beauty of PNC Park, consider joining the Steel Army in support of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, the city’s pro soccer team. Their riverside stadium hosts soccer academies and opportunities to train with soccer pros. riverhounds.com

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The final section of the GREAT ALLEGHENY PASSAGE has been completed in Pittsburgh, opening a vehicle-free route from Point State Park all the way to Washington, D.C. Hikers and bikers on the Pittsburgh portion can sneak past Kennywood’s rollercoasters, cross through former rail tunnels and climb over bridges to enjoy the steel valley. atatrail.org 3

Find out why Pittsburgh has been called the new Hollywood. PITTSBURGH FILM TOURS visit famous sets where hits like “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises,” “Flashdance,” “Perks of Being a 1 Wallflower” and “Silence of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum ©John Polyak Lambs” were filmed. /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// pghfilm.org 4

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More than 40 restored antique trolley cars are on display at the PENNSYLVANIA TROLLEY MUSEUM in Washington. Celebrate the golden age of trolley transportation by hopping a ride on their four-mile trolley track passing the restoration shop, car barn and visitor center. pa-trolley.org

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Pittsburgh boasts one of the country’s only indoor mountainbike facilities. THE WHEEL MILL offers ladies’ night, kids’ nights and a BMX room with a foam pit for stunts. Bring your bike or rent one of theirs. thewheelmill.com 6

Get up close and personal with some llamas on a tour of 84 ALPACAS at Linwood Farm in Eighty Four. Depending on what time of year you visit, you can even witness a shearing. Enjoy homemade ice cream, milk and cookies from the nearby Springwood Dairies. 84alpacas.com

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Climb aboard the KISKI JUNCTION RAILROAD in Armstrong County, a working freight train that also takes passengers along the Kiski River en route to delivering supplies to the ludlum (metalworking) plant. The railroad runs special trains for fall foliage tours, Halloween rides and Christmas Polar Express. kiskijunction.com 9 Zoom over to the races at LERNERVILLE SPEEDWAY in Sarver, where stock cars, big-block modified cars and sprint cars burn rubber from March through October. Operated by former racing champion Don Martin, this track is sure to thrill. lernerville.com 10

Do feed the animals at LIVING TREASURES WILD ANIMAL PARK in Lawrence County. Personal interactions are encouraged in this walk-through zoo that puts you face-to-face with leopards and lions, tigers and tamarins. ltanimalpark.com 11

Did you know the Monongahela region was once a hotbed for rye whiskey? WIGLE WHISKEY, a distillery in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Strip District, handcrafts spirits from scratch using local, organic grains. Hop on a tour with one of the owners, taste a flight and learn the history of whiskey in this region. wiglewhiskey.com 12

Pittsburgh’s own miniHobbiton, the AUDUBON SOCIETY BEECHWOOD FARMS NATURE RESERVE’S natural playground features tunnels and climbing structures carved into the hillside. Plenty of hiking trails showcase native birds, local wildlife and even apiaries. Visit at night for bonfire hikes. aswp.org

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Trot to the DARLINGTON POLO CLUB to watch the sport of kings. Home games on Friday nights under the lights bring in mounted competitors from as far as Canada. Pack a picnic and a lawn chair for a mix of hometown sports and backyard festival. Beware the steaming divot! darlingtonpoloclub.com //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

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13 A little-known gem just outside Pittsburgh in Aspinwall is the LIKEN TRAIL. Camp Guyasuta, owned by the Boy Scouts of America, hosts a half-mile, handicap accessible trail crossing bridges and streams, leading to a beautiful series of waterfalls. campguyasuta.org 14

With a specific focus on Asian art and antiquities — including jade and ivory statues and Chinese scholarly scrolls, as well as German Meissen porcelain — THE MARIDON MUSEUM, a gift from lifelong Butler resident Mary Hulton Phillips, is a unique gem in western PA. maridon.org 15

One of the nation’s first amusement parks, KENNYWOOD still runs a wooden rollercoaster — a rare and awesome thrill. Don’t skip the potato patch: the waffle fries are a must-eat. Just make sure to eat them after riding the Thunderbolt. kennywood.com

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17 Ever wonder where an alpaca spends the night? Find out along a self-guided BUTLER COUNTY BARN TRAIL driving tour featuring 16 barns (five are open for tours) located along three driving routes. visitbutlercounty.com 18 The third-largest historic district in Pennsylvania includes an abundance of architecturally beautiful Victorian mansions located in New Castle’s HISTORIC NORTH HILL. visitlawrencecounty.com 19 The peaceful waterfall, desert and stream mimic Israel’s landscape at the largest RODEF SHALOM BIBLICAL BOTANICAL GARDEN in North America. Study crops, trees and herbs grown by the ancient Israelites. biblicalgarden pittsburgh.org

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An art, car and carriage museum, Pittsburgh’s FRICK ART & HISTORICAL CENTER provides an opportunity to tour the restored home of Henry Frick. 2015 brings an exhibit on the international development of photography and a selection of British landscape paintings from the National Museum of Wales. thefrickpittsburgh.org

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A winter 5K race held entirely underground starts in Wampum’s Gateway Commerce Center and weaves through an underground, retired limestone mine. Observers sign in (for safety) to watch 5,000 competitors Runnin’ Out of Our Mine. runsignup.com

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Join the Fireworks Capital of America in celebrating its rich heritage at the 25th annual Fireworks Festival in downtown New Castle. Enjoy a large children’s area and great ethnic food, plus an unbelievable display of fireworks presented by one of New Castle’s two award-winning fireworks companies, Pyrotecnico and Zambelli Internationale. fireworkscapitalofamerica.com

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Slovenefest is a three-day event bringing thousands together to enjoy the ethnic food, music, culture and fun of Slovenia. It is held at the SNPJ Recreation Center in the borough of S.N.P.J. (Slovenska Narodna Podporna Jednota or Slovene National Benefit Society), the smallest borough in Pennsylvania. slovenefest.com

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Celebrate watercraft of all sorts at the Regatta at Lake Arthur. Visitors take part in everything from the dead-fish polo match (it’s really just a sponge!) to the wooden canoe race to the Eco Relay Race — a triathlon of mountain biking, trail running and kayaking. lakearthurregatta.org

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Butler’s strong agricultural roots are showcased annually at the Butler Farm Show, where visitors watch furry friends compete for big prizes, cheer on truck and tractor pulls and experience all the best fair rides and food. butlerfarmshow.com

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It’s all about apples in September at the Smicksburg Apple Fest, which features apple butter and cider-making demonstrations. In addition to plenty of apple-inspired treats, locally grown pumpkins, mums and gourds will also be for sale. smicksburg.net

It’s no surprise that the city of Indiana, the Christmas Tree Capital of the World and Jimmy Stewart’s hometown, hosts a spectacular kickoff to the holiday season. The “It’s A Wonderful Life” Festival and Parade pays tribute to Stewart’s iconic movie with a parade, free showings of the film at the Indiana Theatre and an infinite number of twinkling lights. visitindianacountypa.org/holiday-season

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This year’s Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival celebrates thru the 75th birthday of the Bantum Jeep. The largest event of its kind in the East, the three-day festival features an off-road playground, trails, show ’n shine, WWII encampment, history exhibits and more. Watch the Guinness World Record attempt for the world’s longest Jeep parade. bantamjeepfestival.com

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Begin with breakfast at Pamela’s Diner (pamelasdiner.com) — President Obama liked the pancakes so much he invited Pamela to the White House! Take some time to wander through the markets on Penn Avenue and Smallman Street. Don’t miss Enrico’s Biscotti (enricobiscotti.com) or the Pennsylvania Macaroni Company (pennmac.com), where you can bottle your own imported olive oil. Pack pickles like historic factory workers in the Heinz History Center (heinzhistorycenter.org) and grab dinner in one of many fantastic restaurants. If you still have the energy, there’s great nightlife.

The Golden Triangle is best explored on two wheels, so either rent a bike (bikepittsburgh.com) or book a Segway tour (seg wayinparadise.com) to soak in the bridges and historic buildings. Dip a toe in the fountain at Point Park (dcnr.state.pa.us) en route to lunch in Market Square (downtownpittsburgh.com), where there’s always something happening, from massive public water-balloon fights to live music. You’re close by the cultural district (trustarts.org) if you care to see a show. Prefer visual art? A quick jaunt across the Andy Warhol Bridge guides you to the museum of his works (warhol.org).

Find a serene bench at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (phipps.conservatory.org). Check out their “living building” or just admire the bonsai collection. Their award-winning café offers organic, local cuisine — so local much of the produce is grown on site. After lunch, head across the bridge to the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History (carnegiemuseums.org) to dig the dinosaur exhibit. Study your heritage in the Cathedral of Learning’s Nationality Rooms (nationalityrooms.pitt. edu) while you wait for a dinner table at nearby Legume Bistro (legumebistro.com). Save room for the chocolate truffle cake!

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Find your bliss in the small towns and big nature of the Pennsylvania Wilds. Treasure-hunt for antiques among fine architecture. Blaze your own trails in vast forests and rugged mountains. The old-growth pine trees of Cook Forest, paddlers on the West Branch Susquehanna River, a legendary groundhog named Phil, stargazers, chainsaw-carvers, lumberjacks and Little Leaguers all know the call and magic of the Wilds. Yours awaits.

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Knock on wood at Pennsylvania Lumber Museum in Ulysses, which documents the history and significance of lumbering and land use in the state. After a recent renovation, the museum houses a recreated lumber camp and exhibits featuring logging equipment and tools, forest-fire-fighting gear, artifacts depicting the lives of loggers and memorabilia related to everyone’s favorite forest ranger — Smokey Bear. lumbermuseum.org

Darkness matters — especially when you’re stargazing. The Susquehannock State Forest surrounding Cherry Springs State Park keeps the area free of ambient light, making the park one of the darkest spots in the eastern U.S. Visit under a dark moon for the best views of meteor showers, constellations and the Milky Way. visitPAparks.com

Learn how Little League became one of the world’s largest and most respected names in youth sports at the World of Little League Peter J. McGovern Museum & Official Store in South Williamsport. Reopened after a $4.3 million renovation, the museum recounts how the Little League has intertwined with U.S. and world history through a mixture of artifacts, images and interactive experiences. littleleague.org


15 Reasons to Visit 1 When first built in 1882, the KINZUA VIADUCT was the world’s largest and longest bridge, built to span the gorge. Now you can walk “across the sky” 600 feet over Mount Jewett’s Kinzua Gorge on the KINZUA SKY WALK, reinvented from the historic structure. visitanf.com 2

Taste some of the 10 awardwinning wines at STARR HILL WINERY & VINEYARD, one of six in Clearfield County, or visit the GROUNDHOG WINE TRAIL, which starts in northern Pennsylvania and connects several distinctive wineries. visitclearfieldcounty.org, groundhogwinetrail.com 3

The brewing process at St. Marys STRAUB BREWERY has remained virtually unchanged since its establishment in 1872. Tour the historic facility, still owned and operated by descendants of founder Peter Straub, and then savor an ice-cold American lager from the facility’s Eternal Tap. straubbeer.com 4

Experience the magnificent Pine Creek Gorge on foot, bike or horseback via the flat and easy 62-mile PINE CREEK RAIL TRAIL, one of USA Today’s “10 great

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Float atop the calm waters of PINE CREEK and steer through its Class I to Class III rapids in a kayak, canoe or raft. PINE CREEK OUTFITTERS offers rentals, guides and shuttle service. pinecrk.com 6 Settle into The Bird Observation Blind at MARSH CREEK near Wellsboro an hour before sunset to view marsh wrens, Virginia rails, American bitterns and Wilson’s snipes from March to October in this wetland complex known as “The Muck.” tiaudubon.org 7

Make new friends among the alpacas at DREAMCATCHER FARM FIBER MILL in West Decatur and see how their fleece is made into warm scarves, gloves and hats. Open early spring through late fall by appointment. 814.339.7347. 8

Look for and learn all about elk, bear, deer and bald eagles at the Wildlife Center at SINNEMAHONING STATE PARK in Austin. Learn how geothermal heat and energy-efficient lighting makes this modern facility eco-friendly. visitPAparks.com

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Bradford’s ZIPPO/CASE MUSEUM embraces pop art and even tells the history of 20thcentury America through its unique displays, including a 40-foot Zippo lighter, an American flag constructed of 3,000-plus red, white and blue lighters and a “knife-in-motion” hologram. zippo. com/about/article.aspx?id=1584 10

Experience the gorgeous Wilds countryside from a railcar on the TIOGA CENTRAL RAILROAD line from Wellsboro Junction to the north end of Hammond Lake. Unwind with a seasonal dinner or brunch menu. tiogacentral.com 11

Tour PATTERSON FARMS in Westfield to learn how tapping trees has changed over 100 years

since the first generation of Pattersons gathered and boiled sap to make maple sugar, candy and syrup on their farm. patterson maplefarms.com 12

See bird’s-eye views of Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon aboard a Cessna 172 Skyhawk. CANYON AERO offers 10-15 minute airplane rides out of the Wellsboro Johnston Airport spring through fall for two or three people. 570.724.3746 or 570.419.0517. 13

Climb, crawl and grapple through rock cracks, crevices and passageways among the fascinating geologic formations of BILGERS ROCKS in Curwensville where a volunteer environmental organization holds free talks on flora, animals and rocks! bilgersrocks.com 14

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Following the loss of native herds of elk to unregulated hunting in the mid-1800s, Pennsylvania worked to reintroduce them. At ELK COUNTRY VISITORS CENTER in Benezette, look for these magnificent creatures and learn how their habitat has been protected for the last century. elkcountryvisitorcenter.com Pennsylvania Wilds 37


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Wake in the wee hours to catch a glimpse of Punxsutawney Phil on the 130th Groundhog Day. The locals plan a full range of festivities, including a bonfire on the Knob at 3 a.m. The Groundhog Ball, featuring dinner and dancing, is typically held in late January. groundhog.org Watch chainsaw-wielding artists defy sharp blades and flying sparks at the Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous to create fine sculptures in downtown Ridgway along the Clarion River. Chainsaw carvers often auction off their week’s work on Saturday afternoon, when there are great bargains to be found. chainsawrendezvous.org

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Hit the road at Penn’s Wood’s Jeep Jamboree, a three-day, family-friendly off-road adventure that takes Jeepers through the Allegheny Highlands. Climb hills, crawl on rocks and splash through mud in your four-wheel chariot among scenic woodlands and historic sights. jeepjamboreeusa.com

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Smoked Country Jam brings all things bluegrass to Quiet Oaks Campground in Cross Forks, where the past, present and future of the music genre is showcased annually. Local and national performers bring more than 40 hours of music to two stages, and camping is available for outdoorsy jammers. smokedcountryjam.com

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Mar. 22 Watch maple sugar tree-tapping and sugar boiling when 14 maple producers in Potter and Tioga counties open their sugar-shack doors for the deliciously sweet Maple Weekend. A free open house at Hills Creek State Park explains how to identify maple trees and the history of maple syrup making. pamaple.com

Courageous wranglers attempt to catch venomous rattlesnakes that populate the town of Cross Fork at the 43rd annual Cross Fork Snake Hunt. Little hunters can participate in a snake race, snake challenge and fake snake hunt and have the opportunity to handle the reptiles under the supervision of the Keystone Reptile Club. crossfork.com

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Put on your blue-and-yellow best for Mt. Jewett’s Swedish Festival, where visitors can partake in Scandinavianinspired fun, including a Norwegian storyteller, parade, maypole dance, traditional Swedish smorgasbord, fireworks and a folk band with Swedish dancers. mtjewettpa.com

Enjoy an old-time music festival dancing and food and craft vendors at the Crook Farm Country Fair, held at the restored Crook Farm — an 1800s pioneer homestead with a one-room schoolhouse, blacksmith shop and old-fashioned bank building. bradfordlandmark.org

Watch hang gliders sail the skies over Hyner Run State Park during the Hyner Hang Gliding Club’s Labor Day Fly-In. Then head to nearby Lock Haven for the annual Labor Day Regatta on the Susquehanna River with motorboat racing, rides, food, crafts and fireworks. hynerclub.com, clintoncountyinfo.com

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During the PA State Flaming Foliage Festival, the town of Renovo celebrates the transformation of its leafy inhabitants with an autumn-themed parade, queen’s coronation and a lineup of craft and food vendors.


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Mounted above the Postmaster’s door at the Scranton Post Office is a New Deal-era mural depicting the juxtaposition of Upstate PA: pastoral beauty amid industrial heritage. The scene evokes the very essence of the region — industry, agriculture, history — intertwined with mountain scenery and outdoor recreation. Where else can you go 300 feet beneath the Earth’s surface, travel 50 mph above a 60foot mountain or suit up for a trip down world-class whitewater?

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At Seven Tubs Natural Area in Wilkes-Barre, a stream of water tumbles down a rock ravine forming several pools or tubs. Easy hiking trails suitable for young ramblers weave around the water amid moss-covered geological formations and emerald-tinted woodlands.

Featured on MSNBC as one of the country’s wackiest festivals, the Pittston Tomato Festival gives prizes to the largest, smallest, ugliest and most perfect tomato. Snag a spot in the Tomato Fights, where participants get the chance to chuck more than 12,000 tomatoes at each other. pittstontomatofestival.com

Reviews of Elk Mountain tout this Union Dale ski resort as the best in Pennsylvania. Its 1,000-foot vertical drop provides prolonged runs and challenging moguls for serious skiers. Don’t miss the Elk Mountain Fall Festival for a chance to ride the chairlifts up and hike down the mountain. elkskier.com


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1 MARIE ANTOINETTE LOOKOUT, a site rumored to have been built by French refugees for the ill-fated queen in the late 1700s, is now a stop off Route 6 near Wyalusing for gorgeous views of the Susquehanna River and the Endless Mountains.

4 Take a tour during the week at D.G. YUENGLING & SON when America’s oldest brewery™ is in full production. Walk the factory floor where they produce around 600,000 barrels of beer each year and go back in time when you step into the pre-refrigeration lagering caves. yuengling.com

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The preserved homes, churches, blacksmith shop and company store at ECKLEY MINERS’ VILLAGE tell the story of anthracite mining in this region. The Weatherly livinghistory site was also the setting for “The Molly Maguires,” a film about Irish-American miners. eckleyminersvillagemuseum.com

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“A thing colossal and impressive,” wrote Theodore Dreiser in 1916 about Nicholson’s TUNKHANNOCK VIADUCT, the world’s largest poured-concrete railroad bridge. Ten visible 180foot arches standing 240 feet above the Tunkhannock Creek lend themselves to photographs. endlessmountains.org

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In addition to its 82,000 square feet of gaming space — including more than 82 live table games and 2,300 slot machines — MOHEGAN SUN AT POCONO DOWNS in Wilkes-Barre recently opened a 238-room hotel and Spa Sapphire including a full-service men’s salon. poconodowns.com

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Make tracks to STEAMTOWN NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE in Scranton and smell the hot steam and oil. Hop aboard a seasonal passenger train pulled by a historic steam or diesel locomotive where you can experience a part of American railroading that hasn’t existed for nearly half a century. nps.gov/stea 8

Catch the giraffes at feeding time at CLAWS ‘N’ PAWS ANIMAL PARK and let one eat a carrot from your hand. Lake Ariel’s forest setting has an impressive collection of exotic animals, including an African crested porcupine, cottontop tamarin and ocelot. clawsnpaws.com

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Built in 1936, the DIETRICH THEATER in Tunkhannock last year made the big switch from film to digital in order to expand the programming of its four Art Deco-style theaters, which already include blockbuster and indie films, cultural events and film festivals. dietrichtheater.com 10

Take the PIONEER TUNNEL COAL MINE & STEAM TRAIN into the side of Mahanoy Mountain, where a camera is a necessity and a jacket is suggested. Learn about the way of life for the anthracite coal miners in and around Ashland who helped inspire the Industrial Revolution. pioneertunnel.com

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14 Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day in downtown Scranton. Make plans to attend America’s fourthlargest St. Patrick’s Day Parade and celebration. More than 12,000 participants — including bagpipe, high school and string bands — march alongside festive floats and balloons. stpatparade.com.

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For those with a passion for the road, the annual Great Pottsville Cruise provides driving excitement when more than 1,000 classic cars, rods, trucks and Corvettes line the city for a celebration of all things automobile. thegreatpottsvillecruise.com

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Get yourself in apple pie order and make it out to the Pennsylvania Apple ‘n Cheese Festival in Canton. Line up for an apple dumpling made by The Apple Dumpling Gang from East Canton Methodist Church and watch apples being pressed into cider on a vintage cider press or apple butter being cooked over an open flame. paapplecheese.com

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Strolling carolers, ice carvings, Christmas tree lighting, and of course, appearances by Mr. Claus highlight downtown Tunkhannock’s transformation into a holiday village during Christmas in Our Hometown. Somewhere between the roasted nuts and live nativity, you might find yourself feeling warm and fuzzy inside. tunkhannockbusiness.com


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Two new family resorts are opening soon, both with tons of activities on site, access to outdoor adventure as well as water parks. Kalahari Resort in Pocono Manor is an Africanthemed paradise, and Camelback Lodge in Tannersville offers yearround fun next to the Camelback Mountain ski resort. kalahariresorts.com, camelbackresort.com

Solve a murder mystery inspired by the Packer family at the 1874 Harry Packer Mansion Inn. Asa Packer — founder of the Lehigh Valley Railroad and Lehigh University — built this wedding gift for his son, Harry. Its stunning gothic facade helped inspire the design of Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion. murdermansion.com

Watch professional race car drivers work the Tricky Triangle at Pocono Raceway during two annual NASCAR races and an IndyCar Series race. Indulge your inner Earnhardt by riding or driving in 600-HP stock cars with Stock Car Racing Experience, offering thrills from three-lap rides to 80-mile drives. poconoraceway.com, 877stockcar.com


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Fish for bass, walleye or trout, explore 52 miles of shoreline or relax at the water’s edge of Lake Wallenpaupack. WALLENPAUPACK SCENIC BOAT TOURS offers guided sunset summertime or autumn foliage cruises. hawleypaupackcc.com, wallenpaupackboattour.com 2

Soak in the breathtaking waterfalls of the Lehigh River while hiking or biking the 26-mile LEHIGH GORGE RAIL TRAIL. See remnants of the Lehigh Canal and watch for wildlife among the thick vegetation and rock outcroppings. visitPAparks.com

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Get a glimpse of America’s national bird, the bald eagle. The majestic creatures are prominent on the land of the ZANE GREY MUSEUM. The former home of the famous Western novel author is located on the Upper Delaware River, a favorite nesting area for the bald eagle. nps.gov/upde/ historyculture/zanegrey.htm 4 Pick your path carefully at BOULDER FIELD, a National Natural Landmark at HICKORY RUN STATE PARK, with 40 miles of hiking trails and an abundance of trout streams in the Pocono region’s western foothills. dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/ findapark/hickoryrun 5 Navigate suspended bridges, scramble nets, swinging logs and ziplines on the TreeTop Adventure Course at CBK MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES or drop 36 stories on a thrilling zipline ride on the KITTATINNY CANOES’ DUAL RACING ZIPLINES. cbkmountainadventures.com, kittatinny.com 6

Feed your need for fashion and bargains at THE CROSSINGS PREMIUM OUTLETS in Tannersville, promising savings of 25 to 65 percent at 100 outlet stores: Ann Taylor, Coach, Calvin Klein,

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See the summer home and forest that inspired conservationist Gifford Pinchot to become America’s first forester and a twice-elected governor of Pennsylvania. GREY TOWERS in Milford celebrated 50 years as a national historic site in 2013. greytowers.org 8

French glassmaker Christian Dorflinger chose the land that is now the preserved woodlands of the DORFLINGER-SUYDAM WILDLIFE SANCTUARY for a rural escape. The property in White Mills is home to the DORFLINGER GLASS MUSEUM, which displays his

fine-cut, etched, engraved, gilded and enameled crystal, including glassware from the Lincoln administration. dorflinger.org/glass_museum.html 9

Look back two centuries at Stroudsburg’s QUIET VALLEY LIVING HISTORICAL FARM, where people in period costumes re-enact the daily life of the Pennsylvania German family who worked this farm from the 1760s to 1913. quietvalley.org 10 Powder play at seven ski resorts, or for something different, try BLUE MOUNTAIN SKI AREA’s 2,000-foot Ice Luge Track — the East Coast’s only natural track open to the public and a USA Luge Team training site. skibluemt.com

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Indulge the entire family in some cuddle-worthy fun at Quiet Valley’s 27th Annual Farm Animal Frolic, where newborn chickens, bunnies, lambs, goats and piglets greet visitors. Kids love the hay jump, pony rides and traditional games. Bring your appetite for some comforting country eats. quietvalley.org

Marvel at the crisp creations Feb. carved from 100 tons of ice by the talented designers and carvers at Sculpted Ice Works during Crystal Cabin Fever. The carvers create annual favorites, like a Crystal Cabin and ice slide, plus dozens of additional carvings, and perform live ice-carving shows and demonstrations. sculptediceworks.com

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Shop the work of local artists, savor delicious eats and enjoy free music concerts throughout picturesque downtown Jim Thorpe at the annual Fall Foliage Weekends. Check out ticketed headline shows offered at the 1861 Mauch Chunk Opera House and specials from area restaurants and shops during these October weekends. jimthorpe.org

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Man’s best friend takes center stage at the Autumn Timber Festival at Shawnee Mountain when the Marvelous Mutts perform Frisbee, agility and trick dog shows. This celebration at the glorious peak of fall foliage includes lumberjack demos, chainsaw sculptures, children’s activities, live music, craft vendors and tasty eats! shawneemt.com

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Downtown Allentown’s PPL Center is not only home to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms ice hockey team, but it also hosts performances year-round. Eagles, Cher and Tom Petty are just a few of many notable musicians who’ve graced the new center’s stage. pplcenter.com

At Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown, a hurricane simulator allowing visitors to experience 78-mph winds and hands-on chemistry exhibits explaining spectacles like how water freezes and bulletproof vests will seize the attention of even the most uninterested members of your family. davincisciencecenter.org

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs played for more than 600,000 fans last season — making the Phillies’ farm team the most attended Triple-A baseball team in the nation. Try PorkCenter, the first social-media command center in pro baseball. Men should make sure to visit the bathrooms at Coca-Cola Park, the first sports venue in the world to offer a hands-free gaming system controlled by your “stream.” milb.com

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Situated at the foot of Bethlehem’s majestic and iconic blast furnaces, the ARTSQUEST CENTER at SteelStacks has become a hub for music, movies and performing arts. Among the popular attractions is the Art & Architecture Walking Tour, highlighting the industrial history and modern art installations on the site. steelstacks.org 3

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Roam some of the 1,108 acres of rolling hills, deep ravines and pastoral fields, or hike both easy and challenging trails at TREXLER NATURE PRESERVE — you might be joined by a few elk or bison. The land is also home to the LEHIGH VALLEY ZOO. lehighcounty.org/ trexlernaturepreserve 6

Dare to go into the Snake Pit, a new waterslide complex at Allentown’s DORNEY PARK AND WILDWATER KINGDOM, where you’ll contend with the Python Plummet or Boa Blasters. For the younger set, PLANET SNOOPY will let you and the kids swing, fly and soar with the Peanuts characters. dorneypark.com

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Eager to find Nemo? Aquatic adventures can be had at DUTCH SPRINGS in Bethlehem, a 50-acre lake and underwater playground for scuba divers who can spot an airplane, trolley, helicopter and tanker submerged at different depths of the lake. dutchsprings.com 8 Coplay’s STRAWBERRY ACRES, the third-largest pickyour-own fruit farm in the state, offers a chance to gather your fill of apples, cherries, peaches, pears and pumpkins. Its family-friendly activities are pretty sweet, too: ride the Turbo Tube slide, take a nighttime hayride and watch a giant pumpkin balloon chase. strawberryacres.com

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Countless cycling champions, including gold medalist and Lehigh Valley native Marty Nothstein, began their trek to glory on the 333-meter track of Trexlertown’s VALLEY PREFERRED CYCLING CENTER. Racing fans, roll out to the most celebrated velodrome in modern American cycling history. thevelodrome.com 10 Explore the history of the machines that made America move at Allentown’s AMERICA ON WHEELS MUSEUM. The museum — a motorist’s dream — offers glimpses into the past, present and future of the nation’s transportation system by illustrating the car’s roaring impact on society. americaonwheels.org

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The nation’s largest free music festival, Musikfest features 500-plus shows on 14 stages over 10 days and brings nearly one million people to the Lehigh Valley in search of one commonality: music. musikfest.org

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Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem Nov. 19 — recognized by Travel + thru Leisure as one of the world’s Dec.20 top holiday markets — highlights handmade works by the nation’s finest artisans, live holiday music, a glass-blowing booth where you can even try your hand at making a glass ornament and intricate ice-sculpting demonstrations. artsquest.org/christkindlmarkt

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Experience the sweetest festival of the summer at Historic Bethlehem’s Blueberry Festival. Taste homemade blueberry pies, strudel, coffee cake and ice cream while kids partake in activities like colonial dress up and hoop-rolling and sack races. historicbethlehem.org


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Take hanging around to the next level at Elmwood Park Zoo’s Treetop Adventure Park in Norristown. Tackle more than 60 obstacle course challenges set high in the treetops and zipline up to 80 feet above the animals of Elmwood Park Zoo. There’s even a special course, built just a few feet off the ground, for adventurers in training. treetopadventureparks.com

Visitors can tour the Mill Grove home of naturalist and artist John James Audubon. Hike more than nine miles of trails that Audubon paved through the area’s woods and meadows, admire John James Audubon Center’s large collection of taxidermy and take a guided canoe excursion on nearby Perkiomen Creek. johnjames.audubon.org

Philadelphia promises an actionpacked 2015 for any sports enthusiast — from NCAA Lacrosse in May to a summer of regattas to the legendary Army-Navy rivalry in December, the city plays host to a full calendar of exciting events. Or, join our passionate fans and root for one of the city’s home teams! phlsports.com

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The fabric of Philadelphia — like a patchwork quilt — is made up of a CITY OF NEIGHBORHOODS. Watch videos, explore top picks and read stories about 14 unique sections of the city — each coexisting with a distinct identity, traditions, festivals, restaurants and cultures. visitphilly.com/neighborhood 3 In a former 19th-century prison, the MICHENER ART MUSEUM in Doylestown houses the finest collection of Pennsylvania Impressionism, an installation of classic furniture from the studio of woodworker George Nakashima and the opportunity to engage with sculpture on the museum’s grounds. michenermuseum.org 4

On the banks of the Brandywine River in historic Chadds Ford, the BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM is home to one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of works by N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. brandywinemuseum.org 5

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We can tell you how to get, how to get to Sesame Street: Try the rides at Oxford Valley’s SESAME PLACE and then rock out with Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster and the rest of the gang at the Neighborhood Street Party Parade. sesameplace.com 6

Learn about the struggles and triumphs General Washington’s Continental Army experienced at VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK during the brutal 1777–78 winter encampment. Then travel just west of the park to the studio of WHARTON ESHERICK, a woodworker of nontraditional designs. nps.gov/vafo, whartonesherickmuseum.org

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Take a bite out of Travel Channel’s “Best Sandwich in America” at DINIC’S ROAST PORK AND BEEF, one of 80 merchants at READING TERMINAL MARKET, one of the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ markets. readingterminalmarket.org 9 Unlock one of EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY’s intricate “escape-proof” cell doors or climb down into “the Hole” during the prison’s Hands-On History interactive experiences. easternstate.org 10

BEN FRANKLIN PARKWAY, Philadelphia’s artistic mile, was created like a wide Parisian boulevard and leads from Center City first to the BARNES FOUNDATION, which houses a leading collection of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. Then, head to the RODIN MUSEUM, with the largest collection of Auguste Rodin sculptures outside Paris, and on to the PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART, with its 300,000 artistic works. visitphilly.com/withart 11

Walk through the fantastic world of multimedia retailing on the QVC STUDIO TOUR, a look into the state-of-the-art broadcasting facility, where guests will see and experience how QVC products are sourced, tested, brought to life on air and delivered to millions of QVC customers. qvc.com/aboutusvisit.content.html 12

See the story of our rebellious forefathers as you tour the Assembly Room of INDEPENDENCE HALL, where the Declaration of Independence was adopted, the American flag was agreed upon and the U.S. Constitution was drafted. nps.gov/inde

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13 The MERCER MILE tells the story of Henry Mercer, an artist, archaeologist and tilemaker in Doylestown. Admire Mercer’s home, FONTHILL CASTLE, with its 44 rooms covered in decorative ceramic tiles. Then press on to the MERCER MUSEUM, an “encyclopedic assemblage” of preindustrial American culture, and the MORAVIAN POTTERY & TILE WORKS, where artists still craft Mercer’s designs. mercermuseum.org, buckscounty.org 14

Gain a better understanding of the Constitution and the essential freedoms it protects at the NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER. On display is one of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights. constitutioncenter.org 15

Nestled in charming PEDDLER’S VILLAGE is a collection of 65 boutique stores, perfect for the shopper who likes to stroll. Bring your wallets and your children: The kids can get lost in an indoor obstacle course at Giggleberry Fair, and 14 annual festivals celebrate such things as

strawberries, bluegrass and scarecrows. peddlersvillage.com

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They spread Texas Hold ’em, Seven Card Stud and Omaha at HARRAH’S PHILADELPHIA in the only World Series of Poker Room in Pennsylvania. Don’t miss great harness racing action, racing simulcasts and the C-Bar, an ultra lounge in the middle of the casino floor. harrahsphilly.com 17

So often kids are told, “No touching. Hands off,” but at Philadelphia’s PLEASE TOUCH MUSEUM, children are encouraged to try their hands at being architects, city planners, shopkeepers, medical professionals, construction workers and bus drivers. pleasetouchmuseum.org 18

After visiting the world’s most famous gardens, Pierre S. du Pont built his own meticulous gardens. Step into his world at Kennett Square’s LONGWOOD GARDENS, complete with intricate fountain systems, architectural masterpieces and sustainable resources. longwoodgardens.org

19 PHILADELPHIA ZOO redefines the zoo experience for both animals and visitors with its campuswide animal travel and exploration trail system, Great Ape and Treetop Trails, which allow small primates and orangutans to move along, above and across visitor pathways. philadelphiazoo.org

20 A good pair of walking shoes is a must at KING OF PRUSSIA MALL, the largest shopping mall on the East Coast. But if you’ve left yours behind, there are more than 70 shoe retailers to check out across three million square feet of retail space. kingofprussiamall.com

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Mummer’s the word on January 1 as Philadelphia hosts the annual Mummers Parade, a strut down Broad Street. Nearly 10,000 entertainers donning elaborate costumes are divided into five divisions: comics, wench brigades, fancy brigades and the string bands (the most popular division), bringing all the elements of a Broadway show to Broad Street. phillymummers.com

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Winter may still be in full force outside, but not thru inside the Philadelphia Flower Show at the Philadelphia Convention Center. It’s one large canvas painted in shades of spring, summer and fall. This year’s theme, “Lights, Camera, BLOOM!” explores the magic of movies and horticulture. theflowershow.com

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Bring your appetite to Kennett Square’s Mushroom Festival to celebrate your favorite fungi. There’s a growing number of events like a mushroom appetizer cook-off, farm tours, a mushroomgrowing exhibit and appearances by TV chefs. mushroomfestival.org

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Joggers, dashers and speed ramblers unite for the Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run through Valley Forge National Historic Park, the famous Revolutionary War winter encampment site of the Continental Army. Runners can trek the challenging five miles through the scenic park while walkers trot three miles to and from the National Memorial Arch. valleyforge.org

On a working farm in bucolic Upper Salford Township near Schwenksville, the 54th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival is the longest continuously running musical event of its kind in North America, presenting more than 85 musical acts from shooting stars to rising stars who shift from roots and blues to country and Celtic. folkfest.org

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place promises ear-to-ear grins with three special Christmas shows, rides, holiday music, the Neighborhood Street Party Christmas Parade and glittering lights galore. A special holiday menu, shopping opportunities and a visit from Santa supply added fun. sesameplace.com

The kids will light up when they witness Santa flip the switch at Peddler’s Village Grand Illumination Celebration. At 6:15 p.m., on comes the display of a million lights, followed by the chance to sip hot cider, toast marshmallows and view winners’ entries for the Annual Gingerbread House Competition. peddlersvillage.com

History comes alive annually on Christmas Day at Washington Crossing Historic Park. Watch a dramatic re-enactment of George Washington’s crucial 1776 river crossing featuring 200 men clad in Continental Army uniforms, four replica vessels and an inspiring speech from General Washington himself — an enlightening way to pass the time between holiday feasts. washingtoncrossingpark.org/events/

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Expose yourself to art you might not normally see at First Fridays in Old City, where you can meander in and out of a dense group of galleries to soak up the vibe, as well as peruse and purchase art. The towns of Ambler, Kennett Square, Phoenixville, Skippack and West Chester also host First Fridays in warmer months to showcase the galleries, shops and restaurants in their towns.


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3-Day Itinerary

MORNING: Start your journey of the Brandywine Valley at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge (fws.gov/refuge/john_heinz), a hidden treasure of lush flora and native fauna surrounded by five million people. AFTERNOON: See hundreds of artifacts, uniforms and living history replicas from World War I through the Vietnam War at the PA Veterans Museum and Trolley Ride (paveteransmuseum. org) through downtown Media. For lunch, consider Margaret Kuo’s Peking Restaurant (margaretkuos. net) at the Granite Run Mall. EVENING: Book tickets for the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center (udpac.org), People’s Light and Theatre Company (peopleslight.org) or Hedgegrow Theatre (hedgerowtheatre.org). Or take in some music at Rose Tree Park (co.delaware.pa.us) with 45 nights of live shows in the summer. Grab dinner in downtown Media at the popular Iron Hill Brewery (ironhillbrewery. com), a local chain with homegrown brews. Then stay the night at Magnolia House B&B (magnoliahousehotel.com), Longfellow House B&B (thelong fellowhouse.com) or Purcell Darrel House B&B (purcell darrellhouse.com), all in Swarthmore.

MORNING: Pick your own fruit and vegetables at Linvilla Orchards (linvilla.com), and say “hi” to the farm animals. Or choose Tyler Arboretum (tylerarboretum. org), a unique hiking spot with cool exhibits and activities for children. In winter, lace up your skates and visit IceWorks (iceworks.net), with four skating rinks, game rooms, restaurants and hockey tournaments. AFTERNOON: Chow down at Jimmy John’s Pipin’ Hot Sandwich Shop (jimmyjohns1940.com), where they sell 90,000 hot dogs each year. Plus, the kids will love the cool electrical train display (reservations suggested). Next, head to Nottingham for a free tour of Herr’s Snack Factory (herrs. com). Sample chips hot off the conveyor belt and then buy “oops” samples in the gift shop. EVENING: Stroll Olde Ridge Village (olderidgevillage.com), a quaint village of specialty stores for beading, scrapbooking, knitting, crocheting, quilting, beer and winemaking. Dine at Big Fork Restaurant or, just a mile down the road, at Pecatores Italian Restaurant (pescatoresrestaurant.com) and stay the night at Sweetwater Farm in Glen Mills with the addition of Grace Winery (gracewinery. com), a five-acre estate vineyard off the Quaker farmhouse.

MORNING: Start the day off on the Brandywine Battlefield (ushistory.org), the site of one of the fiercest battles of the Revolutionary War. Here, you can walk the fields where thousands of troops fought and died. Across the street, also visit Washington’s Headquarters. AFTERNOON: Thinking about one last meal before leaving town? Then proceed to Hank’s Place (hanks-place.net). While known for their blueberry pancakes, the homestyle restaurant proudly serves up fresh-baked goods and delicious salads, sandwiches, burgers and Italian specialties. Afterward, check out the American Helicopter Museum (americanhelicopter.museum), one of few like it in the country. See historic rotary-wing aircraft, learn about aerodynamics, and on select days, you can take a short helicopter ride. Speaking of rides, there’s no better way to make a lasting memory of the Brandywine Valley then booking a hot-air balloon ride over the region. The U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team (ushotairballoon.com) offers an ascent over Wyeth country. View beautiful horse farms, lakes and ponds — even the skylines of Philadelphia, West Chester, Exton, Pottstown, Downingtown and Reading on a clear day.

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Give your feet a rest and tour the best of Harrisburg by Segway Tours. Zip by Zembo Shrine, Riverfront Park, the Susquehanna River, downtown Harrisburg and the capitol building. Tours include a 20-minute Segway training class and breathtaking views. harrisburgbysegway.com

Visit Gettysburg’s most adorable residents at Land of Little Horses Farm Park to greet pint-sized horses, participate in handson demonstrations like horse bathing and grooming and watch performances by the ponies and other residents of the 100-acre farm. landoflittlehorses.com

Manheim’s Spooky Nook Sports Complex is the new homerun, slam dunk, touchdown, goal and match point for athletes. The 14-acre indoor sports complex — the largest of its kind in the country — can host 16 volleyball games and 15 basketball games, hold eight batting cage practices, eight pitching tunnels and six tennis matches, and four small-turf field hockey or soccer games. Score! spookynooksports.com

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Your kid may already think he’s king of the castle, but at DUTCH WONDERLAND, the kingdom is just his size. Go to new heights with the Kingdom Coaster or let the little one get behind the wheel at the Off-Road Rally. dutchwonderland.com 4

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Gettysburg’s newest museum, the SEMINARY RIDGE MUSEUM, highlights the pivotal first day of the Battle of Gettysburg and looks at Civil War field medicine used at the largest field hospital at Gettysburg. seminaryridgemuseum.org

Pick up a dog tag representing a soldier at the U.S. ARMY HERITAGE AND EDUCATION CENTER in Carlisle and learn more about the person who owned it as you span the Army’s history from the American Revolution to recent peacekeeping missions. carlisle.army.mil/AHEC 5

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There is seasonal fun to be had at PINE GROVE FURNACE STATE PARK. Visit the APPALACHIAN TRAIL MUSEUM, take a free kayaking for beginners class or tour the IRON MASTER’S MANSION and spend the night. visitPAparks.com 6

Sip and savor the flavors of York County along the self-guided, year-round MASON-DIXON WINE TRAIL, with more than 20 wineries and one distillery. Raise a pint along the SUSQUEHANNA ALE TRAIL and celebrate local craft beer at nine breweries. masondixonwinetrail.com, susquehannaaletrail.com 7

At the STRASBURG RAIL ROAD, take a 45-minute ride through Amish farmland, unwrap a knapsack of goodies on a Hobo

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Touch the past at Lancaster County’s heritage sites, including the EPHRATA CLOISTER, one of America’s earliest religious communities; LANDIS VALLEY, where the kids can play historical games, go on wagon rides; or make Pennsylvania German art and WHEATLAND, the stately home of our 15th President, James Buchanan. ephratacloister.org, landisvalleymuseum.org, lancasterhistory.org 9

Gain a better understanding of the iron-making process at CORNWALL IRON FURNACE, where you’ll get to see colonial stove plates and cannon balls, and at HOPEWELL FURNACE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE in Elverson, where an entire plantation village provides a glimpse of ironworkers’ daily lives. cornwallironfurnace.org, nps.gov/hofu 10

Experience GOGGLEWORKS CENTER FOR THE ARTS, a whole city block where art happens. Visit on a Second Sunday and browse galleries and studios, see artists at work or take in a glass-blowing demonstration, all in one complex. goggleworks.org 11

Through June, THE NATIONAL CIVIL WAR MUSEUM in Harrisburg, the only museum in the U.S. to portray the entire story of the Civil War, will house a temporary exhibit about prisoners of war, both Confederate and Union. nationalcivilwarmuseum.org

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Discover Amish simplicity in Lancaster through buggy rides, schoolhouses, quilt shops and country cooking. LANCASTER COUNTY is known for the Amish and its covered bridges, but you’ll also discover a rich history, fun family attractions, a historic yet creative downtown and vigorous outdoor fun. padutchcountry.com Wheatland ©LancasterHistory.org

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13 Go around the world in one meal on a TASTE THE WORLD walking tour of Lancaster, like “Seafood from Seven Cultures,” where participants can try Greek caviar dip, Vietnamese shrimp stir fry, Asian crab Rangoon, Dominican cod salad, Cambodian shrimp cake, Mexican seafood soup, Puerto Rican octopus salad, and for dessert: something Italian — sans seafood! tastetheworldlancaster.com 14

Journey on a safari at LAKE TOBIAS WILDLIFE PARK in Halifax from an open-top bus that winds just close enough to the elk, watusi and emus that you can feed them from your hand with animal food purchased at the concession stand. laketobias.com 15

It’s a refreshing 54 degrees in summer — and a refreshing 54 degrees in winter — at CRYSTAL CAVE in Kutztown, where drops of water emerged from tiny cracks in the ceiling and ran down the wall,

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Art and woodwork, light fixtures and vast murals will impress on a tour of the STATE CAPITOL. No wonder President Theodore Roosevelt once described the Capitol as the “handsomest building” he ever saw. pacapitol.com 17

More than a century and a half after the Civil War, the GETTYSBURG BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER seeks to chronicle the deeds of black soldiers who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg and the descendants who’ve lived with the civil rights struggle since. gettysburgblackhistory.org 18 At UNION CANAL TUNNEL PARK, take a Sunday boat ride through the oldest transportation tunnel in the U.S., walk on the towpath once trampled by mules or climb the trails along the

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Step back in time as you hop aboard a locomotive and travel the Northern Central Railway at STEAM INTO HISTORY — a historical attraction where passengers can learn about the role York County played in the Civil War. steamintohistory.com ©Strasburg Rail Road

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In January, view butter sculptures, PA Preferred baking competitions and cow-patty bingo at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. In February, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center is prepped to host archery competitions, fishing boats and gun manufacturers at the National Rifle Association’s Great American Outdoor Show. farmshow.state.pa.us, greatamericanoutdoorshow.org “Wining” is allowed on Saturdays and Sundays throughout March during the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail’s Tour De Tanks event, where you can enjoy tank and barrel tastings, learn about winemaking and peruse more than 20 familyowned wineries. Tour De Tanks celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. masondixonwinetrail.com

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More than 100 flavors of whoopie pie headline Ronks’ Whoopie Pie Festival at the Hershey Farm Restaurant and Inn. Other activities include a whoopie pie treasure hunt, race, launch and eating contest. Don’t miss the world’s largest whoopie pie — a whopping 250 pounds of deliciousness. whoopiepiefestival.com

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More than 6,000 amateur athletes compete in 24 events at the Keystone State Games, a sports festival in the Hershey/Harrisburg area modeled after the Olympic Games. Events include baseball, ice hockey, wrestling, martial arts and women’s field hockey.

Jam with the cool cats at the 25th annual Berks Jazz Fest in Reading, one of the largest jazz festivals in the country. Listen to smooth soloists to improv performers who play post-bop and R&B, as well as charismatic multi-instrumentalists and 12-piece funk horn bands. berksjazzfest.com

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“Eat til ya ouch,” at the Kutztown Folk Festival, a nine-day celebration of allthings Pennsylvania Dutch. There’s the traditional fair component — entertainment, crafts, kids’ activities — as well as unique glimpses into ©Apuch/Flickr the PA Dutch way of living. Witness a Mennonite wedding, learn the basics of farming techniques or peruse the largest quilt sale in America. kutztownfestival.com The annual Gettysburg National Civil War Re-Enactment includes a living history village, ghostly tales of historic Gettysburg, motor-fire demonstrations and multiple battle re-enactments at the filming site “Gettysburg,” which overlooks the Sachs Mill Covered Bridge used by both armies. gettysburgreenactment.com

Compare apples to apples at the National Apple Harvest Festival in Biglerville, featuring an antique cider press, apple art, apple jellies, free live entertainment, pony rides, antique and classic car displays, pie-baking contest and auction, hay rides, square dancing, delicious barbecue and more. appleharvest.com Hersheypark is dressed in its knockout holiday best at Christmas Candylane, where two million lights, more than 30 holidaythemed rides for all ages and a Christmas show provoke squeals of delight. Meanwhile, Holiday Sweet Lights features 600 illuminated and animated holiday displays — all of which can be viewed from the comfort of your vehicle. hersheypark.com/seasonal/christmas/

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Unrivaled outdoor lighting and buildings filled with holiday decoration ideas and souvenirs make Koziar’s Christmas Village a holiday sanctuary. Themes for dazzling indoor and outdoor displays include Christmas in the Jungle and Christmas Beneath the Sea. koziarschristmasvillage.com

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It’s up and down, topsy-turvy and definitely chocolatey at Hersheypark®(hersheypark. com), where you can enjoy 65 rides and attractions (including 11 rollercoasters!), live shows, games and special events. Make your way over the covered bridge that takes you to ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park (zooamerica.com), so you can get up close and personal with the animal kingdom. Lions and lizards and bears, oh my! Eat lunch at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction (Hershey’s food court serves many nonchocolate food items) and then unwrap the art of making chocolate as you ride through the simulated factory tour (hersheys. com/chocolateworld). Hit the sweet spot before you leave, and take home HERSHEY’s brand candy, souvenirs and toys from the gift shop. Exhausted from a day of adventure, but still hungry for dinner? The Hershey area has family-friendly options and cozy cafés for you to unwind — and indulge in another chocolate dessert.

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Grab a great Central PA breakfast — berries and cream-baked oatmeal, stuffed French toast or a giant iced cinnamon roll — at the Hershey Pantry (hersheypantry.com) and then walk it off at Hershey Gardens (hersheygardens.org), where the kids will delight in the butterflies that land on their shoulders inside the Butterfly House. Get the drive to continue at the Antique Auto Museum (aacamuseum.org), where Mom and Dad will love the exhibit of famous cars used in movies and the kids will love having their photo taken behind the wheel of a vintage car. Mull over lunch the various options for the afternoon: paint some pottery or play around at Hummelstown’s Toys on the Square (toysonthesquare. com), where the sales associates ride scooters; take in a Hershey Bears (hersheybears.com) hockey game or grab tickets at the GIANT Center (giantcenter. com) for Disney On Ice, the Harlem Globetrotters, the Fresh Beat Band or the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

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Set the history books aside and get some hands-on history lessons at the State Museum of Pennsylvania (statemuseumpa.org) in Harrisburg, where you can plunge right into Pennsylvania’s past with the Curiosity Connection for the younger kids and for the older ones, watch technicians working on real fossils in the Dino Lab. Or let the forces of nature pull you to the Whitaker Center For Science and the Arts (whitakercenter.org), where you can examine how weather and geology affect Earth, play in a kid-sized cityscape or learn about the physics in human movement at the Bodies in Motion (bimdance.org) exhibit. Eat lunch downtown at one of 2nd Street’s many eateries and have an afternoon at the theater with one of the Popcorn Hat Players Children’s Theatre’s (gamut theatre.org) many productions. This season includes Jack and the Beanstalk, the Little Mermaid, Aesop’s Fables and the Three Little Pigs. For the more sportsinclined, head to Harrisburg’s City Island (visitPA.com) for an afternoon of hiking, biking or boating.

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The Alleghenies’ forest-covered mountain ridges, farm-filled valleys, sense of tradition and vibrant arts scene beckon in every season. In the spring, walk among the giant rhododendrons of Alan Seeger Natural Area. Arts take the spotlight at Central Pennsylvania Festival for the Arts. Fall brings tailgate parties and cheering for the Nittany Lions. The arts are alive at Penn State’s School of Theatre and at downtown State College playhouses.

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Sample the region’s tastiest thirst quenchers on the Central PA Tasting Trail, a self-guided tour of more than 13 acclaimed breweries, wineries and distilleries. From the Tailgater Pale Ale at Happy Valley Brewing Co. to Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery’s Spiced Apple Wine, there are plenty of lovingly crafted beverages to sip along the way (for those with a designated driver). visitpennstate.org

Miniature meteorologists, paleontologists, geologists and other types of aspiring “ists” can delve into their passions at the Discovery Space Children’s Science Museum in State College. Packed with hands-on, educational activities for ages 2 to 12, the museum allows kids to star in their own weather forecast video, dig for dinosaur fossils and even explore the depths of a cave. mydiscoveryspace.org

Soak in the triumphant and rich tradition of Penn State’s student athletes across all sports, from fencing and field hockey to football at the Penn State All-Sports Museum. Experience (or relive) the thrill of the Penn State Nittany Lions’ first football national championship at the 1983 Sugar Bowl. gopsusports.com/museum


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A two-story tulip mosaic graces the outside walls of Johnstown’s BOTTLE WORKS ETHNIC ARTS CENTER, in the former Tulip Bottling Co. building, offering classes and events to celebrate ethnic arts like dance, music and costumes. bottleworks.org 2

Anglers love the nine miles of near-wilderness trout fishing in STONYCREEK GORGE and whitewater paddlers seek Stonycreek River canyon’s 15 rapids in four miles — the longest set of continuous rapids in the Eastern U.S. thestonycreek.com 3

Experience gorgeous views of folding ridges and a vertical railroad ride down and back up 1,693 feet at a 35-degree angle on Johnstown’s INCLINED PLANE built in 1891. Enjoy an ice cream cone up top. inclinedplane.org ©Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park

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Learn what it was like to be a Polish immigrant newly arrived in Johnstown at the turn of the century through the eyes of Josef, a 12-year-old peasant boy and virtual tour guide at the FRANK & SYLVIA PASQUERILLA HERITAGE DISCOVERY CENTER. jaha.org 5 Explore the Victorian architecture and browse the shops of downtown Bellefonte. Check out the ART MUSEUM FOR CENTRE COUNTY, then have a great meal with a view of TALLEYRAND PARK at CAFÉ ON THE PARK. bellefontemuseum.org 6

Birders, boaters, bikers and anglers have a piece of heaven at RAYSTOWN LAKE, a winding lake surrounded by mountain ridges. The ALLEGRIPPIS TRAILS offer mountain bikers 33 miles of “buttery smooth singletrack bliss.” raystown.org, allegrippistrails.com

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7 Travel an underwater stream at PENN’S CAVE & WILDLIFE PARK in Centre Hall through limestone passages of stalagmites, stalactites and flowstone cascades on America’s only all-water cavern tour with two new tour options: a 4,800-square-foot maze or Jeep climb. pennscave.com

Railroad enthusiasts will love the ALTOONA RAILROADERS MEMORIAL MUSEUM, a look at the Pennsylvania Railroad’s repair shop, locomotive construction facility and test department that by 1945 was the world’s largest rail shop. Don’t miss the Horseshoe Curve engineering feat. railroadcity.com 9

Zip along Happy Valley at TUSSEY MOUNTAIN in Boalsburg. This snow-sports haven offers serious summertime out-

door fun, including mini golf and nine-hole course, batting cages, go-karts and a skate park. Enjoy a concert or movie in the amphitheater. tusseymountain.com 10

Stop to smell the roses at THE ARBORETUM AT PENN STATE in University Park, then pop into the BERKEY CREAMERY for a superfresh scoop. Save your feet with a Blue/White Campus Tour from Happy Valley Segway Tours. happyvalleytours.net

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DirtRag Dirt Fest is an annual celebration of mountain biking at Raystown Lake in Hesston. More than 30 miles of singletrack trails are available for bikers of all levels, along with camping, beer tasting and a bicycle industry expo. dirtragdirtfest.com

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While the spectacular fireworks are always a high point at Central PA 4th Fest, the lumberjack shows provide one-of-a-kind entertainment. Watch professional lumberjacks compete in events involving axes, chainsaws and log rolling. Other entertainment includes the America’s Got Heroes Parade, Firecracker 4K and performances from BMX riders and rollerbladers. 4thfest.org

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Art takes over downtown State College during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, where you can shop for artwork and see musicians, dancers and authors perform. Then, hop over to the People’s Choice Festival on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum to see the work of Pennsylvania artisans. arts-festival.com, peopleschoicefestival.com

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29 Plan a corny time at the 35th annual Shippensburg Corn Festival, a street fair featuring 300 craft and food vendors. An antique car show and corn-eating contest provide hours of entertainment. shippensburgcornfestival.net


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Valleys of the Susquehanna

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Stop to savor the flavors from the Valleys of the Susquehanna. Wander country roads through rolling farmland, pausing at farmers’ markets, cafés and a winery for treats. Head for a picnic at Shikellamy State Park overlooking the confluence where the Susquehanna’s West Branch meets its northern soul mate. Visit tall, old hemlocks at Tall Timbers and Snyder Middleswarth Natural Areas. See charming small towns that have made their mark on history.

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Hand-breaded fish sandwiches and fresh-cut fries are the specialties at The Fence Drive-In, where carhops still wait windows. This beloved local landmark just south of the Lewisburg Bridge offers spectacular Susquehanna River views and is only open April to October. fencedrivein.com

ICONIC OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES Twenty-two named wild waterfalls, including 94-foot Ganoga Falls, make a hike through Ricketts Glen State Park in Benton an extra-special experience. Surround yourself with gorgeous views while you meander one of the park’s 26 miles of trails or launch a paddleboat, kayak or canoe in glistening Lake Jean. dcnr.state.pa.us

SPORTS FAN Tear up the trails in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), side-by-side vehicle (UTV), motorcycle or full-sized vehicle at the new Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area in Coal Township. This 6,500-acre off-road vehicle park, reclaimed from abandoned mining land, offers different types of trails for vehicles, mountain biking and hiking. anthraciteadventure.com


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Lick your fingers — it’s OK — and savor SKEETER’S PIT BBQ’S signature ribs, pulled-pork, pulledchicken, brisket and veggie options. Drink in a panoramic view of the Susquehanna and the casual, family-friendly atmosphere in Shamokin Dam. skeetersbbq.com 2

CAMPUS THEATRE, a singlescreen movie palace in Lewisburg, offers a rare experience in the multiplex age; it is only one of five remaining theaters designed by Philadelphia architect David Supowitz, renowned for his Revival Art Deco work. campustheatre.org 3

Treasure hunt among three floors of antiques, Edelholz Pennsylvania hardwood furniture, plus a selection of local wines — all displayed in a renovated, century-old barn at SHOPS OF THE POINT BARN in Northumberland. thepointbarn.com

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Get to know fascinating and important, yet not-so-popular creatures like cobras, vipers, giant alligators and lizards at CLYDE PEELING’S REPTILAND in Allenwood, a specialized zoo with multimedia exhibits teaching the natural history of our reptile friends. reptiland.com 5

Wine-taste your way along the SUSQUEHANNA HEARTLAND WINE TRAIL. One ticket during any March weekend lets you visit any of the wineries for tours and special events, while year-round hospitality is a hallmark of Susquehanna’s winemakers. pawinetrail.com 6

T&D CATS OF THE WORLD, an exotic animal and wildlife refuge and rescue in Penns Creek, shares the majesty of more than 200 lions, tigers, cougars, leopards and lynx among the more familiar deer, foxes, bears and raccoons. tdscats.com 7 Spin, soar and plunge on more than 50 rides at KNOEBELS AMUSEMENT RESORT in Elysburg, including two rollercoasters and the Grand Carousel, one of the first attractions in 1926 when America’s largest free-admission amusement park opened. knoebels.com

belting, wheels and upholstered seats are virtually as he left them. buggymuseum.org

8 See music, dance and theater events by Bucknell performance groups and visiting professionals, and enjoy the exceptional acoustics of the 1,200-seat WEIS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS with two Steinway concert grand pianos. bucknell.edu

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Watch as potter Bill Lynch and his assistants work magic at their wheels, hand-shaping PENNS CREEK POTTERY stoneware and porcelain in a water-powered, creekside mill building restored as a studio and showroom in 1989. pennscreekpottery.com

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William A. Heiss made buggies for four decades until 1920. Now, his factory is the MIFFLINBURG BUGGY MUSEUM, where his tools, horseshoes, forges,

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Build a cardboard boat then race it in a regatta along the Susquehanna during Sunbury’s River Festival in August, with live music, competitions, a car show, sidewalk-chalk art contest, train rides, a petting zoo and pony and horse rides. The festivities include the Valley’s Got Talent show and competition. sunburyriverfestival.com

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The Bloomsburg Fair has hosted agricultural and horticultural exhibits since 1855. Pennsylvania’s largest agricultural fair also has all the typical fair fun, including food stands, games and rides, plus historical exhibits and entertainment at the grandstand. bloomsburgfair.com

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Learn what life was like on the frontier and during colonial and Civil War times at the Warrior Run – Fort Freeland Heritage Days, held for two days every October. See demonstrations on making hand-hewn logs, herb gardening, early medicines, Revolutionary clothing and 1800s cooking. Ride in horseand mule-drawn wagons. freelandfarm.org

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Upper Shenango River Lake, a designated PA Water Trail, offers 21 miles of unobstructed flowing waters. Drift peacefully via kayak or canoe from Pymatuning State Park to Shenango River Lake without any bumpy interruptions from portages, rapids or dams. octrr.org/caboosemotel.htm

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At Splash Lagoon in Erie, a 12-level interactive tree house, laser-tag facility, 200,000-gallon wave pool and nine water slides keep kids occupied while parents relax in hot tubs and pools in the 84-degree Polynesianthemed atmosphere. Plus, three connecting hotels add convenience. splashlagoon.com

Golf Digest lists Mercer County as “One of America’s Top Golf Destinations,” and for good reason! The Golf Trail has a variety of courses with stay and play options ranging from luxury inns to B&Bs. visitmercercountypa.com

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The Flagship Niagara at the ERIE MARITIME MUSEUM is a reproduction of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s relief flagship from the Battle of Lake Erie. Starting with the War of 1812 through the present day, the museum is a voyage through time, offering a glimpse of fishing history, fishing vessels and the events surrounding Lake Erie. eriemaritimemuseum.org 2

Build a sandcastle, fly a kite or bike Erie’s PRESQUE ISLE STATE PARK on the shores of Lake Erie. This picturesque peninsula is loaded with outdoor recreational adventures, including hiking, biking, sailing, birding, swimming and fishing. Sandy surf beaches and a variety of wildlife make Presque Isle a National Natural Landmark. presqueisle.org

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Ogle the red pandas or Rodents of Unusual Size (OK, it’s really a Brazilian agouti) at the ERIE ZOO. Plan to spend a few hours exploring the menagerie exhibits and peaceful botanical gardens. eriezoo.org 4

Kids can spend the whole day filling baskets with food in the corner store exhibit, and exploring the aerodynamics display, the bubbles and the model trains at the EXPERIENCE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM in Erie. eriechildrensmuseum.org

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Pioneering metalcrafter WENDELL AUGUST has opened a new flagship store in Grove City offering tours, a history center and one-of-a-kind metal giftware. Browse the metal masterpieces — both jewelry and collectables. wendellaugust.com

Along the south shore of Lake Erie sit 30,000 acres of tasty WINE COUNTRY. Bike, drive or ride a limo between the vineyards, sampling the best of the region. Enjoy a full progressive dinner or just pair your wine tastings with cheese and snacks. lakeeriewinecountry.org

The DRAKE WELL MUSEUM just outside Titusville commemorates the birthplace of the modern petroleum industry, where Edwin L. Drake drilled in 1859. Watch a reproduction steam engine pump petroleum and learn about operating oil field machinery. drakewell.org

6 Imagine more than 50 sparkling bonfires lit on the Shenango River in downtown Sharon. The fragrant scent of cedar and pine burning in WATERFIRE is set to enchanting music while diverse performers engage all the senses through this ongoing series of daylong exhibits. waterfiresharonpa.org

8 Whether by foot, pedal or paddle; with a backpack or on horseback; for fun or for exercise; with camera in hand or guided by a GPS, the OIL HERITAGE REGION has more than 60 miles of paved asphalt biking trails, and water trails are prime for fishing, kayaking or canoeing. grabtrails.com

10 CONNEAUT LAKE PARK, a traditional amusement park and beach club, is a popular summer destination for boaters and anglers, but most folks come to ride the Blue Streak — an antique wooden rollercoaster. If you’re up for a thrill, make sure to check out the Hostile Hostel, a walk-through haunted house. conneautlakepark.com

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Admire the Thurston Classic hot-air balloon festival, which includes the simultaneous launch of more than 30 balloons, honors the long history of aeronauts in Meadville. thurstonclassic.com

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Sept. 25 Celebrate the best part of autumn: the Wine Country Harvest Festival in thru Sept. 27 Erie (North East, PA). Go grape stomping and feel the fruit squish between your toes, enjoy a gourmet brunch highlighting local produce, bike through wine country and, of course, raise a glass of the region’s finest vintage. nechamber.org

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Pymatuning Pioneer and Arts Festival has appearances by famous figures from American history (think Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln impersonators), cowmilking demonstrations, pie-eating contests, a Civil War encampment and other old-fashioned fun. pymatuningpioneerdays.com


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Dubbed the “Yough” (yawk) by locals, the Youghiogheny River offers terrific opportunities for paddlers in Ohiopyle State Park. The Middle Yough has Class I and II rapids, and the Lower Yough has Class III waves. Meanwhile, the Upper Yough supplies Class V rapids and is best tackled under the care of a trained guide.

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Part museum and part scavenger hunt, the Lincoln Highway Roadside Museum exhibits span 200 miles of the country’s first coastto-coast highway. Explore vintage gas pumps, murals depicting life in the early 1900s and (of course) Roadside Giants — supersized whimsical structures that help tell the story of life along the Lincoln. lhhc.org/roadside.asp

If you’re a Pittsburgh Steelers Fan, plan to join Steelers Nation as they head to Saint Vincent College in the Laurel Highlands for the Steelers Annual Summer Training Camp at the end of July. This free opportunity shows fans how practice makes perfect for their favorite NFL players. steelers.com/community/ training-camp.html


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Tour three Frank Lloyd Wright homes. Start with FALLINGWATER, the famed house cantilevered over a rushing waterfall, then drive six short miles to KENTUCK KNOB to explore art and architecture in a serene mountain setting. Book a tranquil overnight experience at DUNCAN HOUSE, a rare chance to spend the night in a Wright masterpiece. fallingwater.org 2

Young children will treasure a stop at IDLEWILD AND SOAKZONE in Ligonier, where they can hop aboard Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood trolley, visit Storybook Forest or drive their own pump car. It’s no surprise this park was named “Best Park for Families” by the National Amusement Park Historical Association — even the water attractions are geared for little squirts. idlewild.com

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THE GREAT ALLEGHENY PASSAGE, completed in 2013, offers 150 miles of flat trails from Pittsburgh’s Point State Park through to the Maryland border. Riding a bike for the Laurel Highlands portion offers panoramic vistas, rides through tunnels and over bridges and quirky trail towns along the way. atatrail.org 4

Enjoy 5-Diamond luxury lodging and dining at the secluded NEMACOLIN WOODLANDS RESORT, sprawled across 2,000 wooded acres in Farmington. Book a serene spa treatment, explore the adventure center or hit the links at the Mystic Rock Golf Course. nemacolin.com 5

FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL: Be inspired by the extraordinary actions of 40 individuals that averted a larger loss to our nation on September 11, 2001. See the 40 memorial groves of trees to honor the passengers and crew members who lost their lives. Construction is ongoing for the Visitor Center and 40 Memorial Groves, while 35,000 tributes left at the site create a growing archival collection. nps.gov/flni/index.htm

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Explore the battlefields that set the stage for the American Revolution. FORT NECESSITY offers a glimpse into the first battle of the French and Indian War (be sure to view the documentary “Road of Necessity” at the visitor center), while Fort Ligonier provides a full-scale reproduction of the original command post from the 1700s. fortligonier.org 7 Pennsylvania’s oldest professional summer stock theater, MOUNTAIN PLAYHOUSE, Jennerstown, celebrates its 76th anniversary this year. Housed in a restored, 18th-century gristmill, the playhouse hosts comedies, dramas and musicals. Shows run for several weeks each, with multiple performances daily. mountainplayhouse.com 8

TOUCHSTONE CENTER FOR CRAFTS was formed to preserve the region’s mountain crafts. Today, the school offers the state’s only residential opportunity to study traditional and contemporary arts ranging from blacksmith-

ing to glass blowing to printmaking and sculpture. Visitors can bid on students’ work on Thursdays from June to August, or simply take a self-guided tour of the studios. touchstonecrafts.org 9

The LAUREL HIGHLANDS HIKING TRAIL spans 70 miles along Laurel Mountain, passing fields of wildflowers and offering diverse terrain perfect for backpackers, trail runners or casual hikers. Follow the yellow blazes from any of six trailheads on this piece of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail network. dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/lhht 10

Westmoreland @rt 30, the temporary location of the WESTMORELAND MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART during their renovation, features regional artists in a series of month-long, pop-up exhibitions as well as highlights from the museum’s permanent collection. Monthly studio classes bring back artists to teach techniques featured in past exhibits; their completed new facility is slated to open this summer. wmuseumaa.org

Events Weekends Mar. 21-22 and

Mar. 25-29 Get sappy and tap a tree at the Pennsylvania Maple Festival in Meyersdale. Dig into a pancake breakfast or run the Maple 8K to burn it off. pamaplefestival.com

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18-20

Mother Earth News descends upon Seven Springs Mountain Resort with its annual fair, bringing vendors, workshops and leading authorities for all things eco-friendly. The Tree House includes kid-friendly activities from beekeeping basics to handmade ice cream. motherearthnews.com/fair

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The clans are clashing! Idlewild Park hosts the Ligonier Highland Games, where competitors hurl stones, pluck harps and kick up their ghillie shoes — all set to the skirl of bagpipes. ligonierhighlandgames.org

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26

Devour turkey legs and “steak on a stake” while you mingle with jugglers, jousters and Old World artisans at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival. The village features a cast of spirited, authentically costumed characters, and if you’re lucky, you might spot King Henry himself. pittsburghrenfest.com

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STATEWIDE ADVERTISERS Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association.......................................... 20–21 Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission...................27 Pennsylvania Lottery...................................................5 Pennsylvania Turnpike..........................................7, 22 Pennsylvania Wines..............................................6, 55

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A AACA Museum.........................................................65 The Allegheny Grille.................................................41 Altoona/Blair County................................................75 American Treasure Tour...........................................55 Americas Best Value Inn.............................................6 The Amish Village.....................................................63 Armstrong County....................................................34

B Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival...............................24 Beaver County..........................................................35 Bedford County........................................................77 Best Western Plus Bradford.....................................38 Bushkill Falls..............................................................48 Butler County............................................................32

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C Central Pennsylvania................................................77 Cherry Crest Adventure Farm..................................63 Clarion County...................................................... IBC* Claws ‘N’ Paws Wild Animal Park............................48 Clearfield County......................................................38 Clinton County..........................................................39 Cook Riverside Cabins.............................................41 Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts........................48 Crawford County......................................................83 Crowne Plaza Philadelphia - Valley Forge..............55 Crystal Cave..............................................................64 Cumberland Valley...................................................62


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Dauphin County Parks & Recreation.......................65

Lackawanna County..................................................45

Valley Forge & Montgomery County................ 54–55

Discover Lancaster....................................................63

Lake Tobias Wildlife Park.........................................65

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Dobbin House Tavern...............................................69

Laurel Highlands.........................................................1

Dorney Park

Lawrence County......................................................34

& Wildwater Kingdom............................................50 Dutch Springs...........................................................50 Dutch Wonderland...................................................63

E Elk Country................................................................41

Lehigh Valley....................................................... 50–51 Liberty Mountain Resort & Conference Center.................................................69 Lost River Caverns....................................................50 Luzerne County.........................................................43

Washington County..................................................26 West Chester.............................................................60 Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton International Airport...............................43 The Woodlands Inn..................................................43 World of Little League Museum..............................80 Wyndham Vacation Resorts

Endless Mountains...................................................45

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Erie County................................................................83

Martin Guitar Factory Tour.......................................51

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Mercer County..........................................................83

York County...............................................................72

Franklin County.........................................................64

G Gettysburg.......................................................... 68–70

Shawnee Village.....................................................48

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.........................4, 43

N The National Civil War Museum..............................65

Gettysburg Hotel......................................................70

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Gettysburg National Military Park

Oil Region.................................................................83

Museum & Visitor Center.......................................68 Gettysburg Tour Center...........................................70 Greene County.........................................................27

H Harley-Davidson Motor

One Lincoln Food & Spirits......................................70

P Pennsylvania Trails of History...................................35 Pennsylvania Trolley Museum..................................27 Pennsylvania Great Outdoors..................................41

Company Factory Tours.........................................72

Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region.........................83

Herr’s Snack Factory Tour.........................................60

Pittsburgh..................................................................27

Hershey & Harrisburg...............................................65

Pocono Mountains................................................ BC*

Hersheypark..............................................................23

The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley................50

Hilton Garden Inn Hershey......................................65

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The Horse Soldier.....................................................69 Howard Johnson Harrisburg....................................65

Raystown Lake Region/ Huntingdon County...............................................75

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Reading.....................................................................64

Indiana County..........................................................33

Route 422............................................................ 32–34

Inn at Cemetery Hill..................................................69

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Intercourse Village Inn..............................................63

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Muddy Creek in Butler County ©James Fotia

Sands Bethlehem......................................................51 Schuylkill County.......................................................45

Johnstown.................................................................75

Simon Premium Outlets....................................... IFC*

Juniata River Valley...................................................75

SteelStacks................................................................51

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Susquehnnah River Valley........................................80

Kinzua Sky Walk/Allegheny National Forest..........39

T Tioga County............................................................38 Turkey Hill Experience..............................................24

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