It's summer, a great time for day trips and weekend getaways! Pennsylvania is loaded with magnificent views, beautiful lakes and waterfalls, peaceful trails and lots of history. If shopping is your idea of relaxing and having fun, Pennsylvania also offers many beautifully restored towns whose streets are lined with wonderful shops and restaurants. Before you head out of state, DISCOVER PENNSYLVANIA!
Located in Ricketts Glen State Park, near Red Rock, Luzerne County. With a drop of 94 feet, Ganoga Falls is the tallest of 21 waterfalls along the 7.2 mile Falls Trail through the Glens Natural Area. Breathtaking scenery abounds along the wooded glens through which the Falls Trail loops.
Pine Creek Gorge
Nicknamed the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. A magnificent 800-foot deep canyon through the forest of Tioga County. Lots of great trails and overlooks. Nearby is Colton Point State Park and the charming town of Wellsboro, a slice of Americana with gas-lit streets and a picturesque downtown of family owned shops and restaurants.
Youghiogheny River Gorge
Located in the Ohiopyle State Park, the large boulder-strewn river is great for white water boating and even offers natural waterslides! There are 79 miles of trails throughout the Laurel Highlands as well as great rock climbing opportunities.
You couldn't ask for a more beautiful location, in rural Lancaster County, with its rolling farmland and traditional Amish communities. The town of Lititz is beautifully restored and chock full of charming shops and eateries. Less than 10 minutes away is the wonderful Wolf Sanctuary of PA and the adjoining historic Speedwell
Forge Bed and Breakfast.
Located at the base of a steep valley carved by the Lehigh River, the town of Jim Thorpe combines a rich history with a growing reputation as a place to enjoy the beauty of the mountains, outdoor recreation (river rafting, biking, hiking, and horseback riding), funky little shops, and historic building tours.
Located in the anthracite coal region of eastern Pennsylvania, Ashland offers you the opportunity to experience a real anthracite coal mine. The Pioneer Tunnel allows you to ride deep into the tunnel on an updated passenger mine car. At the bottom of the tunnel, visitors can walk the cavern with experienced miners as they explain the process of deep-mining methods. Above ground, you can also travel on the Henry Clay, a 1920's narrow gauge steam locomotive. Enjoy a scenic ride around the side of Mahanoy Mountain to see another kind of mining called strip mining.
This list just names a few of the dozens and dozens of wonderful places to visit in Pennsylvania. For more trip-worthy areas, click here.