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Black Moshannon State Park

Black Moshannon State Park

Perched on the top of the Allegheny Plateau, Black Moshannon State Park features the Black Moshannon Bog Natural Area. Trails and a boardwalk help people explore the birds and plants of the bog and surrounding forests. Stay overnight to extend your stay so you can 

Bald Eagle Valley

Bald Eagle Valley

The 5,900-acre park lies in the broad Bald Eagle Valley of northcentral Pennsylvania. Two geologic provinces create Bald Eagle’s scenic beauty. The Allegheny Plateau to the north and west holds smooth, undulating uplands. The Ridge and Valley Province to the south and east contains numerous 

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

The Railroad Museum of PA has a huge amount of exhibits and information available, covering the history of railroading in the United States.

You can see the history and heritage of the old steam trains to the technology and advancement through the years.  Over 100 vintage engines and cars are in the museum, restored to their original colors and glory.  Old rail signs and rail artifacts are on display as well, with the stories of the men that worked the railroads.

Be sure to check their website and plan your visit on a day when one of the numerous special events are occurring.  Group tours and special admission rates may be available.

Choo Choo Barn and the Shops at Traintown

Choo Choo Barn and the Shops at Traintown

Whether you’re a resident or a visitor to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, you will not want to miss a visit to the Choo Choo Barn and the other stores at the Shops Of Traintown. Children of all ages will enjoy watching the trains operating, the animated 

Seven Springs

Seven Springs

Seven Springs Mountain Resort is the perfect place for family vacations that create lifelong memories. So much more than exceptional snowsports, Seven Springs’ legendary service provides guests with relaxing escapes. Take the entire family skiing in the morning, take a shot at sporting clays or 

Allegheny Portage Railroad

Allegheny Portage Railroad

The Allegheny Portage Railroad was a great achievement in early travel. Charles Dickens, Jenny Linn, and Ulysses S. Grant traveled over the Allegheny Mountains. They braved a system that injured passengers on a weekly basis. A system of inclined planes and a nine hundred foot tunnel carved through solid rock by Welsh coalminers made this feat possible. For twenty years, it was the fastest way to transgress the rough and wild terrain of Pennsylvania.

Site Includes:
Special Evenst, Trails, and `What to See` information.

See the Allegheny Portage Railroad websites for special fee free days.

Bear Creek Mountain

Bear Creek Mountain

At Bear Creek you can shoot down 21 trails which all have lights and snowmaking equipment. Bear Creek has a 510′ vertical drop and consists of an even breakdown of trails from beginner to intermediate. The Inn has gotten quite a few good reviews, so 

Blue Knob State Park

Blue Knob State Park

Blue Knob State Park offers year-round wilderness adventures on 6,128 acres of woodland. The park is in the northwestern tip of Bedford County, west of I-99. Altoona, Johnstown and Bedford are within 25 miles of this scenic park. The elevation of the park can cause 

WildRiver Waterpark

WildRiver Waterpark

WildRiver features two waterslides, a heated swimming pool, a Children’s Splash and Play area, plus mini golf.

Each of the winding and twisting slides are 380′ long! They are called the White Water Innertube Ride and the Atomic Blaster.

WildRiver is located in the tourist area of Lake Raystown Resort, Lodge & Conference Center.

Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg National Military Park

The park is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. April 1 to October 31, and 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. November 1 to March 31. The park visitor center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with summer hours from 8:00 

White Clay Creek Preserve

White Clay Creek Preserve

The 1,341-acre White Clay Creek Preserve is in southern Chester County, three miles north of Newark, Delaware. The White Clay Creek Valley, which forms the core of the Preserve, varies from steep to gradually falling terrain with some flat bottomlands. White Clay Creek Preserve shares 

National Toy Train Museum

National Toy Train Museum

Although it looks like an old train station, the National Toy Train Museum is a modern museum, just built like a historic train station and it houses hundreds of toy trains.

In addition to many old and new toy trains on display are the 5 train layouts. Visitors can see these layouts – representing various gauges of scale model – O, S, G, HO, and Z.

You can even control some of the trains!

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

Hot, smoky, noisy — these words describe how Hopewell Furnace looked from 1771 to 1883. Hopewell and other `iron plantations` laid the foundations for America’s iron and steel industry. Today, the site stands as an example of America’s development during the industrial revolution. The historic 

Martin Guitar Museum

Martin Guitar Museum

The Martin Guitar Museum is a centre for reflection, bringing together music history, culture and craftsmanship. Attractive displays showcase over 170 exquisitely crafted guitars that parallel our 174-year history. Through six generations, our Company’s legendary heritage has helped create music history and define musical culture. 

Appalachian Trail Museum

Appalachian Trail Museum

Located in Pennsylvania’s Pine Grove Furnace State Park, about two miles from the midpoint of the Appalachian Trail, the Museum is halfway between Maine and Georgia. Appropriately, the Museum is housed in a building that is itself a historical artifact, a structure built more than two hundred years ago as a grist mill. It stands across the road from the Pine Grove general store, a site famed in hiker lore. It is here that thru-hikers traditionally stop to celebrate reaching the midpoint by eating — or attempting to eat — a half gallon of ice cream in one sitting.

The Old Mill is owned by the State Park, but has had limited use in recent years. Following the negotiation of a lease agreement that allowed the building’s use for museum purposes, extensive renovations were undertaken — mostly with the use of volunteer labor. The result is that the main floor is now up to code requirements and is in use as the Appalachian Trail Museum. Plans are in the works for future renovations, as funds become available, that will make space available on another floor.

Current exhibits include a trail shelter that was built by hiker legend Earl Shaffer. The shelter, which has been replaced with a more modern one, was painstakingly disassembled at its former site on Peters Mountain in Pennsylvania and reassembled in the new Museum. In addition, there are artifacts that belonged to other hiking pioneers such as Grandma Gatewood, Gene Espy, and Ed Garvey. In the Museum computers display the more than 12,000 photos that have been taken of thru-hikers as they reached Harpers Ferry on their journeys either north or south. There is also a children’s discovery area and hiker welcoming areas both inside and outside.