Camping Gems - Places to Eat in Pennsylvania
Passage to India
Appalachian Brewing Co.
Elizabeth's an American Bistro
Choo Choo Barn
Camping Gems - Pennsylvania
This is an ideal place for fishing, boating, running, or just lying on a beach. You can rent a canoe, paddleboat, motor boat, pontoon, or sailboat for an afternoon of boating, enjoy a picnic lunch near the shore, or put your own craft into the water by using one of the eleven easy-access public boat launches with docking facilities. Lake Arthur is the largest man-made lake in Pennsylvania, boasting 42 miles of scenic shoreline.
Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River, Pike and Wayne
Rolling hills, riverfront villages, and bald eagles perched on trees form a vibrant backdrop as the Delaware River snakes gracefully through the rural countryside. You'll find plenty of room for canoeing, kayaking, rafting, tubing, fishing, and eagle watching.
Erie Maritime Museum, Erie
Climb aboard the reconstructed ship Flagship Niagara and step back to September 10, 1813 when Commander Oliver Hazard Perry led nine ships out to whip the British Lake Erie fleet at Put-In-Bay, near present day Sandusky, Ohio. While there be sure and pick up a copy of the Niagara brochure. It lists a more detailed history, notes ship's specifications, and talks about the restoration process. (150 E Front St., 814-871-4596)
Living Treasures Animal Park, Donegal and Moraine
Wolves, lemurs, zebras, bears and a host of other animals are all congregated at Living Treasures Animal Park. Show the kids something they will never forget by taking them to visit the petting zoo, where they can have a hands-on experience with goats, pigs, miniature horses, and wooly lambs. Then tour through the rest of the park, viewing tigers, kangaroos, peacocks, camels, and baboons.
Pennsylvania Covered Bridges
Historic, romantic covered bridges are fun to discover. Head to Lancaster County for a well-preserved collection, set in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. Pay a visit to the Harrington Bridge (built in 1870) on LR 25088 northeast of Cherry Hill between Springfield and Conneaut. While you're in the area, see the Carmen Bridge (1870) on TR 338. Another charming bridge is the Brotherton Crossing Bridge (1875) east of Waterford on Niemeyer Road.
Path of Progress National Heritage Tour Route, Hollidaysburg
The Path of Progress is a 500 mile driving route that winds through the hills and valleys of nine scenic southwestern Pennsylvania counties. Your route will link key historical sites and give you a good sense of Pennsylvania's industrial, cultural, and economic heritage.
Lake Shore Railway Historical Society Museum, North East
You'll get to see dining car china, silver, timetables, lanterns, telegraph equipment, a Pullman Sleeping car, a diner car, a coach car, a baggage car, a caboose, and a freight car. Outside you'll find a Heisler steam locomotive built in Erie in 1937 and a 1940 gasoline mechanical locomotive. (Wall St. at Robinson, 814-725-1911)
Chocolate lovers won't want to miss a visit to the "sweetest place on earth." This is where you'll find Hershey's Chocolate World, where you can take a chocolate making tour ride, get a free sample, and give in to temptation in the gift shop. To learn more about Milton Hershey and the town he founded, visit the Hershey Museum and enjoy the beauty of his 23-acre Hershey Gardens and its 7,000 roses, native plants, and Butterfly House.
North Country National Scenic Trail
This amazing trail stretches from North Dakota to New York, winding past the best scenic highlights of the northern states. In Pennsylvania, y'll trek through the rolling hills and stream valleys of the Allegheny National Forest, cutting across the northwestern corner of the state. Watch for black bears!
After you visit the Gettysburg National Military Park, take some time to get to know the town of Gettysburg. It's full of fun attractions that help you get closer to history, such as the battle re-enactment at the Battle Theater. Or try the National Civil War Wax Museum with its 200+ life-size figures, animated Lincoln giving the Gettysburg address, and battle room auditorium. If you'd like to ride the rails with a Lincoln re-enactor or experience a Civil War raid, call the Gettysburg Scenic Railway.
Camping Gems - Places to Go in Pennsylvania
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Bushkill
For 40 miles the Middle Delaware River passes between low forested mountains with barely a house in sight. Then the river cuts through the mountain ridge to form the famed "Water Gap." Enjoy fabulous canoeing, kayaking, boating, fishing, and swimming in the river, as well as 100 miles of hiking trails, including more than 27 miles of the Appalachian Trail.
Presque Isle State Park
This 3,200 acre sandy peninsula juts out into Lake Erie for 7 miles. Enjoy dramatic, sweeping views of the lake, plus plenty of room for boating, fishing, hiking, and birding. Don't forget to pack your swim suit -- Presque Isle State Park beaches have been rated among the top 100 swimming places in American by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. (814-833-7424)
Lower Delaware National Wild and Scenic River
For 40 miles the Middle Delaware River passes between low forested mountains with barely a house in sight. Then the river cuts through the mountain ridge to form the famed "Water Gap." Head out on the Delaware for terrific canoeing, kayaking, boating, fishing, and swimming. In addition, the recreation area offers 100 miles of hiking trails, including more than 27 miles of the Appalachian Trail.
Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg
The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory in the summer of 1863 that ended General Robert E. Lee's second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the "High Water Mark of the Confederacy", it was the war's bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties. It also provided President Abraham Lincoln with the setting for his most famous address.
Visit the heart of Amish Dutch country, a land filled with covered bridges, delightful small towns, and horse-and-buggy transportation. You can plan a tour through Volant, a grist mill town that was founded in 1893 and that now offers antique shops and Victorian collectibles. New Wilmington has picturesque scenery, historic sites, and Old World charm. If riding by Amish farms makes you want to know more about how they live, tour the Amish Country Homestead, where you'll see a nine-room Amish house, learn about their clothing, furniture, family life, and customs.
Valley Forge National Historical Park
At this scenic park, you can walk the same ground George Washington and his men camped on during the bitter winter of 1777-78. Start at the Visitors Center, where you can pick up a self guided brochure and see some amazing artifacts including George Washington's sleeping marquee. (N Gulph Rd. & Rt. 23, Valley Forge, 610-783-1077)
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail is a partnership to develop a network of locally-managed trails in a corridor between the mouth of the Potomac River and the Allegheny Highlands. You can trek along trails including the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (Laurel Ridge State Park), the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage, and the 184.5-mile Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath.
Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area, Pottstown
The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is the birthplace of the movements that shaped the nation, fueled its growth, and reclaimed its future. You can learn about the Schuylkill River's part in the battle for America’s independence, in the Industrial Revolution, and in the early American environmental movement.
This is the fourth largest of the Great Lakes, a lake with miles of sandy shoreline, blue open waters, and stunning sunsets. Don't miss the chance to fish for walleye, smallmouth bass, and yellow perch. You'll also find plenty of space for boating and water skiing, sailing, swimming, and canoeing.
Appalachian National Scenic Trail
The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is a more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. In Pennsylvania, you'll hike through the Michaux and Caledonia State Forests, the Rausch Gap, and the breathtaking Delaware Water Gap.
Camping Gems - Things to Do in Pennsylvania
Go fishing on the sandy shores of Lake Erie.
Explore the old grist mills and covered bridges of Amish Dutch country.
View the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.
Canoe down the Lower Delaware (a National Wild and Scenic River).
Hike a leg of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
See the leaves change color in the Schuylkill River Valley.
Walk the battlefields of Gettysburg.
Fish for bass, walleye, crappie, and catfish at Lake Arthur.
Take a walk on the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.
Taste incredible the chocolate at Hershey's Chocolate World.