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Buggies and Boutiques: Lancaster is the Best Small Town for Christmas Visits & Beyond

12/07/2022 - 11:13am

Perhaps one drawback to Lancaster having the largest and most vibrant Amish community in the United States is that outsiders tend to think it’s the only reason to visit Lancaster. In reality, Lancaster uniquely combines seeming opposites as strikingly as the scene of a horse-drawn buggy next to a world-class mall, modern attractions wit...

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Getaway to Happy Valley this Winter Season

12/07/2022 - 11:11am

Viisit Happy Valley, as we celebrate the holidays & ring in the New Year! There are several exciting events coming up in our area. Downtown State College is the perfect location to ring in the New Year as we celebrate First Night! This event is jam packed with family-friendly fun, including horse drawn carriage rides, live ice sculpture carv...

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The Season for Timeless Towns: Charming Buck’s County Main Streets

12/05/2022 - 8:26pm

During Christmastime, main streets in Bucks County are not only central to each town’s history, but also—with the plethora of twinkling lights, oversized wreaths, and festive displays adorning historic buildings and quaint businesses—they’re the heart of the holiday season. To find the key to your Christmas spirit this year, visit one of these p...

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Rewind and Unwind with Cross-Country Skiing at Allegheny National Forest

12/05/2022 - 8:04pm

Skiing—with its lifts and snow groomers and glossy gear in all shades of neon—may seem to some an ultra-modern form of recreation. But cross-country skiing, a replica of the original form of skiing, is almost primeval, dating to Chinese and Scandinavian communities as least as early as 600 BCE. In a holiday season brimming with modern busyness a...

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US Route 40: See History in Full Color

09/25/2022 - 5:24pm

The Historic National Road Byway in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands wasn’t christened “historic” for nothing—the area has an overabundance of historic landmarks, perhaps only matched by the proliferation of spectacular views. As the nation’s first federally funded interstate highway...

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Saints & Spirits Trail in Philadelphia and Its Countryside

09/25/2022 - 5:06pm

With its iconic places of worship and its renowned breweries, you might say that in Philadelphia both meanings of “spirit” receive their due. The city has much to summon the best and worst of human nature—although we will leave it up to you to decide which of the City of Love’s longstanding traditions merits the superlative. This fall, find your...

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Jim Thorpe in the Fall: Festivals, Foliage, and Fun

09/25/2022 - 4:53pm

While summer gets its fanfare in the form of salt-water vacations and outdoor barbeques, no season heralds itself quite as magnificently as autumn does. The spectacular foliage and invigorating air are an invitation to step outside this fall, to drink in the jewel-toned leaves and sunsets—perhaps summoning you to enjoy more and do less. If you’r...

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Pittsburgh: From "Steel City" to City of Gardens

05/30/2022 - 11:48am

While perhaps not attaining the acclaim of a wonder of the world à la Babylon’s Hanging Gardens, Pittsburgh’s Garden Trail is indisputably a wonder in the region. Pittsburgh’s reputation as “the Steel City” may well be replaced by another moniker, as the urban landscape now enco...

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Find Wonder while Getting Lost in Moraine State Park

05/30/2022 - 11:38am

If you want to rediscover your wonder of the natural world this summer, Moraine State Park — which invokes the vastness of the glaciers which created it—is the place to reignite that spark. The enormous 16,725-acre park (and 3,225-acre Lake...

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Find Your Flavor of Happy in the Summer Traditions of "Happy Valley"

05/30/2022 - 11:30am

If Pennsylvania’s “Happy Valley” was deemed happy even in the financial fluctuations of the Great Depression, how much more happiness is there to be discovered today in vibrant Penn State and its surrounding regions? Find your happy in an array of longstanding Penn State traditions, beloved by locals and visitors alike.

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