Unique Cool Places to Visit in Pennsylvania (Hidden Gems!)

Pennsylvania Is A Great Road Trip Destination.

When we select a destination for our road trip, we always make sure it is somewhere we will have a good time. At other times, your options are predetermined by the circumstances. Our travel plans to Pennsylvania by car take into account certain special circumstances.

Over the course of the past few years, there have been annual visits to Pennsylvania made via car on two separate occasions. Whenever we travel to Pennsylvania, we always keep an alert lookout for new and exciting things to do in the state. There is a significant amount of tourism in Pennsylvania. We came across a lot!

From any starting point, you can find a beautiful route into Pennsylvania.

The distance between our house in Mississippi and the house we want to visit in Pennsylvania is approximately one thousand miles. In most cases, the trip will take us two days, during which time we will stop at a cozy inn approximately halfway along the route. There are a few different ways that we can approach this. Nearly every time we go, we take a different path than before.

There are two primary paths that we take. One of the possible routes we could take from our house would take us through Nashville, Tennessee. Two different courses can get us to Nashville in a hurry. There is a route that travels through Kentucky, into Ohio at Cincinnati, and then into western Pennsylvania. The alternative path takes a turn to the east and travels through Kentucky on the Bluegrass Parkway on the way to Lexington. This route will take you through the center of thoroughbred horse country as well as past the birthplace of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. Cave country is another name for this region. The hillsides of this region are covered in caves of varying sizes, including the famous Mammoth cave as well as hundreds of others.

After we have left Lexington, we will continue our journey into West Virginia. Along this route, you’ll pass through some breathtaking mountains as well as the West Virginia towns of Morgantown and Clarksburg.

The second route that we like to take takes us through Chattanooga and Knoxville, after which we head north through Bristol, which is located on the border of Tennessee and Virginia. The Big Walker Mountain Tunnel and the Brushy Mountain Tunnel are the next two tunnels you’ll go through after traveling through Wytheville, Virginia. Shortly after exiting the tunnels, you will arrive in Bluefield, West Virginia, which features a diverse assortment of eateries, retail establishments, and gas stations.

Along this route, we travel on US Highway 19. The road is four lanes wide and travels through the West Virginia region known for its ski resorts. Both West Virginia and Virginia have some stunning mountain scenery. Just below Washington and Pittsburgh, you will find yourself in Pennsylvania.

To those who live on the Atlantic coast, Pennsylvania should seem like an especially attractive option. There are dozens of destinations that offer the possibility of a vacation that will live long in the memory. Pennsylvania is the state you should move to because of its proximity to the Atlantic coast. Even though some families are going through difficult financial situations, it is still possible to have a vacation in Pennsylvania that is not affected by the recession.

It doesn’t take a big imagination to find fun things to do in Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, you can choose from a dizzying array of exciting activities. It is absolutely mind-boggling how many historic and recreational sites there are to visit in this area. In comparison to the rates at which we stay in other states, those at motels and hotels in Pennsylvania are significantly more affordable. You can save hundreds of dollars on lodging by staying in this state because it has a large number of bed and breakfast inns, cabins, and even vacation rental homes. These types of accommodations are comparable to those found in other states.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is a destination that should be at the top of your list if you are planning a trip with children. Hands-On Science Fun at Winter Camps is an event that will allow both your children and the child that is still inside of you to have a great time. There is the option to attend either a full day or a half-day camp. The Harsco Science Center is where they take place. Children will have a good time here while simultaneously gaining an appreciation for the natural world and its workings.

Those who enjoy being outside will feel as though they have arrived in paradise when they visit Pennsylvania. This state is home to some of the nation’s most memorable excursions into the great outdoors. There is some of the best deer hunting in the United States in western Pennsylvania. Many people travel to Washington, Pennsylvania, to take advantage of the Panhandle Trail’s opportunities for mountain biking and hiking. The length of this trail is 29 miles. It is a nature exploration as well as a one-of-a-kind experience that you can have while biking or hiking. If you would rather ride horseback through the trail, that option is available to you as well. Because it provides a change of pace during the winter months, this section of the Panhandle Trail is an excellent place to go cross-country skiing during the colder months.

Michaud State Forest is a wonderful destination for those who are vacationing in Fayetteville, Pennsylvania. You can go hunting for deer and other small game in this area. With 85,000 acres of land, there is no doubt that you will be able to find something to your liking in this location.

If you enjoy fishing, you will absolutely adore the lakes and reservoirs in this region, as the fishing in these bodies of water is widely regarded as being among the best in the entire country. A section of the Appalachian Trail that is 39 miles long runs right through the middle of this region, and there are hiking trails here as well. There are primitive camping spots scattered throughout this state forest.

The amusement park that bears the Delgrosso name is located in Tipton, Pennsylvania. For those only interested in miniature golf and go-carts, a separate admission ticket can be purchased. This is a great place to bring the kids. In addition to that, there is a Summer Concert Series.

Hershey, Pennsylvania is home to the world-famous chocolate maker, and the area around the factory is filled with attractions geared toward families.

History buffs go nuts here.

The Liberty Bell was originally housed in Philadelphia, which also served as the nation’s first capital. This lovely city has so many attractions, activities, and places of historical significance that it would be impossible to list them all. Major sports teams compete throughout the year in a variety of different competitions.

Although it does not have the same historical significance as Philadelphia, Pittsburg is home to several major sports teams and is known for its beautiful scenery. In comparison to Venice, Pittsburg has a greater number of bridges.

Your trip to Gettysburg, where Abraham Lincoln gave his famous speech and where the historic battle that changed the course of the Civil War took place, will stay with you for the rest of your life. Every single American should make the trip and pay attention to the stories that are told about the battle that took place on the hills that are now so well kept. You will walk away from this experience with a renewed sense of determination to do everything in your power to ensure that a tragedy of this magnitude never occurs again.

We travel out to the western region of the state to see our relatives. We take day trips from their home to Eerie, where we got our first glimpse of Lake Erie. We like to visit Cooks Forest and Tom’s Run, as well as Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, which is the location of Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog who has been photographed more than any other in the world.

A scenic drive through elk country that is 127 miles long can be found not far from Punxsutawney. These lovely rolling hills are dotted with traditional homes designed in the country farm style. Elk can be found in great numbers grazing in the pastures that are located along these roadsides. Convenience stores and gas stations in the surrounding area stock maps that highlight the most optimal viewing spots. Because elk are not hunted in this area, they will not become startled if you stop to look at them or take pictures of them.

The Amish communities located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania are visited by tens of hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. We went there as well, and while we were there, we spent the day touring and eating. It is a fantastic learning opportunity. The lawns of these homes are immaculately kept. Quilts sewn by local ladies and put up for sale in local shops that specialize in selling goods made in the area

There are a number of other Amish communities located here and there throughout the state of Pennsylvania. We went to a couple in western Pennsylvania. There are a few of these towns that are located in more remote areas. Smicksburg, Pennsylvania is a charming little town that won our hearts. There was a quaint bakery and restaurant there, and it was through their food that I was able to win over my affections. This is a very small town, but the countryside that surrounds it makes for a very interesting drive in order to get there. The visit to Smicksburg is made more interesting by the presence of gift shops and some historic buildings. In the majority of Amish communities, you’ll be able to buy cheeses, baked goods, homemade quilts, hand-sewn goods, and souvenirs.

We spent the afternoon in Volant, Pennsylvania, which is located in the far northwest corner of the state. This quaint Amish community features a larger collection of locally owned shops as well as a number of eateries. When we were there, the State Fish and Game Commission was in the process of stocking the rainbow trout in the river that cuts through the middle of town. On the banks of the river, there were probably a hundred fly fishermen all competing for the same catch.

Keep an eye out for local festivals.

In Pennsylvania, seasonal festivals are a popular activity that frequently draws large crowds. Make sure to get in touch with the chambers of commerce located in the cities and towns you intend to visit. They have knowledge regarding the festivals, including what to anticipate and when the events will take place. The Autumn Leaf Festival in Clarion, Pennsylvania is without a doubt our most beloved celebration. A significant parade that lasts for more than an hour and a half and that features dignitaries, bands, and amusing rides. During the week of the festival, hundreds of thousands of people visit this region to take in the autumn foliage. Similar events take place in dozens of towns, on alternating weekends.

When we went to Oil City, Pennsylvania, we happened to be there on the day of a festival. The main street, which was named Seneca, was crowded with vendors, and business was brisk in the shops along the street. Although I highly doubt that this was a typical day, it demonstrates that the town must have some kind of activity going on if it is able to boast as many stores. The road is flanked on both sides by historically significant and architecturally stunning old buildings.

We boarded the historic Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad for a ride through the countryside. The train travels slowly along the Oil Creek, stopping at three or four different historic locations along the way. It is a breathtaking journey up a steep and winding valley. The conductor of the train pointed out a Bald Eagle that was flying high above near the peaks of the mountains.

As you can see, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is home to a diverse range of entertaining activities. You will find something amazing to do and have a wonderful time while visiting a location that you will absolutely adore, regardless of whether you are traveling by yourself, with your friends, or with your family. There is something for everyone in Pennsylvania, whether you are a fan of the great outdoors or you are searching for activities that your children will enjoy doing. Therefore, if you are looking for a way to have a fantastic vacation without breaking the bank, you should look into what Pennsylvania has to offer as soon as possible.

Regardless of which part of this gorgeous, expansive state you choose to explore, you won’t be disappointed. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to assist you with information regarding your choices of locations.

Regional Oddities

Our search for what we refer to as “regional oddities” is one of our most-loved types of searches. The desert landscape stands out as one of the most distinctive features of Arizona and New Mexico. In some other locations, the peculiarities are not as noticeable.

The state of Pennsylvania is home to a wide variety of peculiar rock formations. A park has been built, albeit very clumsily; at this point, it consists of little more than a trail and a sign. Bear Town Rocks is the name given to the rocky formation. The story behind where the name came from is a mystery to me.

Large boulders can be found in this area, some of which rise up to a height of more than 10 meters. The fact that trees are able to grow on the boulders is a peculiar feature. Hardwood On top of the boulders is a variety of different-sized trees. There are some truly massive trees here. The rhizomes and other underground stems travel down the boulders and into the surrounding soil. Although it seems as though the area is covered in untouched forest, I am unable to confirm this assertion.

This quaint park is perfect for spending an hour or two in. Although I have a lot of pictures, the most interesting thing to me was the way the roots were growing down the side of the boulder. Anywhere you go you will find regional oddities. Covered bridges are a local curiosity that can be found in certain counties of Pennsylvania. But I’ll save that discussion for another post.

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