Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth largest city, is on beautiful Presque Isle Bay, one of the world’s best-protected harbors, surrounded by a seven-mile peninsula. As a Great Lakes City, Erie, Pennsylvania has an extensive maritime history, and boasts the state’s only seashore. Central to the Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo triangle, Erie is within 500 miles of more than half of the U.S. population and is accessible by automobile, boat, plane, train or bus.
The sandy surf beaches at Presque Isle State Park along Lake Erie help to make tourism Erie’s second largest industry, next to manufacturing. Sailing, swimming, hiking, biking, kite flying and fishing are popular on the lake. Presque Isle, a National Natural Landmark, is known for its ecological diversity with rare and endangered species of wildflowers and over 428 species of birds. Just outside Presque Isle is the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC), a year-round facility [...]
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Cumberland Valley Pennsylvania is conveniently located just 2 hours north of Washington D.C. and in the middle of the Gettysburg and Hershey vacation region.
The Valley offers a perfect collection of experiences to craft your next stay, whether you’re visiting for a taste of the past, a revved up car show or to enjoy the scenic natural beauty.
Experience our rich history including architectural downtowns and modern facilities honoring past heroes. Cumberland Valley is home to the premier facility for U.S. Army research and sites dating back to the Revolutionary War.
If your passion is hiking, biking, kayaking, seeking out breathtaking views or simply being outdoors, you’ll find it all and more in the Valley. We are home to the midway point of the 2,186-mile Appalachian Trail and the only museum dedicated to hiking in the country.
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Whether you are looking to hit the trails, do some paddling, take in a history lesson, hit some golf balls or just drive the countryside in search of covered bridges and farmer’s markets, Indiana County, Pennsylvania offers it. “A little bit of everything” is how we describe this Western Pennsylvania region. Only slightly more than an hour east of Pittsburgh, Indiana County offers diverse activities, events and products, that no matter your interest or skill level, you will be pleased. Search each of these categories, some unique only to Indiana County, and plan your day around a visit to the Jimmy Stewart Museum or perhaps a trip out to Reeger’s Farm for lunch prepared from seasonal items growing in the fields behind the restaurant. How about cheese that is prepared from the milk collected from the local Amish Farmers? Stick around and have [...]
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Visual artists, filmmakers, musicians, dancers, and fine artisans are coming together in Oil City, PA in response to home purchase incentives and affordable Victorian residences. Explore, discover, and get inspired yourself!
Oil City’s Arts Revitalization and Artist Relocation program is tapping into the creativity of long-time residents and attracting the good energy and fresh vision of relocating artists from all over the country. The Seneca Street Arts District boasts the Transit Fine Art Gallery, Graffiti Gallery, and Art on Elm. Twenty-seven visual artists and artisans now work in downtown studios in the National Transit Building, a historic, oil-era structure now re-purposed to house the arts.
Mark your calendars now: Second Saturdays of each month feature Open Studio events in the National Transit Art Studios and exhibit openings in Graffiti Gallery. You can discover more about this high-energy, low overhead arts scene at 814-676-5303 or [...]
Looking for buried treasure? Look no further…Franklin, Pennsylvania is rich with opportunities guaranteed to satisfy. When mapping out your day-trips and weekend get-a-ways, be sure to include Franklin, Pennsylvania!
Throughout the year, this quaint Victorian city, home to the impressive Venango County Courthouse and countless other historic homes and landmarks, prepares the walkway to welcome aboard visitors from everywhere to enjoy the many festivals and gems our community has to offer.
The most beautiful night of the year is Franklin’s Light Up Night featuring a wonderful holiday parade and spectacular fireworks display. A visit to Franklin over the holidays is magical as the downtown merchants and restaurants roll out the red carpet to celebrate the season.
Franklin On Ice is our winter festival and the audience can watch as professional ice carvers turn lifeless blocks of ice into works of art.
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Are you seeking a Pennsylvania family vacation filled with beauty, renowned historic sites and breathtaking natural scenery? Then, Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands is your next Pennsylvania destination.
In the Laurel Highlands, you’ll discover dramatic mountains and Pennsylvania’s deepest river gorge. You’ll be surrounded by clear, glassy ponds, lakes, and streams.
Get your hiking shoes ready as you take on a 150-mile trail. The Great Allegheny Passage, an award-winning 150-mile unpaved rail trail for hiking and biking, runs south/southeast through, over, around and even under some of the most beautiful mountains, forests and rivers you’ll ever see.
For the thrill seeker in you and your family, the Idlewild & SoakZone in Ligonier awaits you! It offers everything your family could ask for – seven individual themed areas of fun, two roller coasters, dozens of other rides, an antique merry-go-round, a wet and wild water park with 11 different attractions of its own and so much more!
Enjoy the excitement of the times – be it 1859 or today! Listen for the train whistle, hear the sound of an old oil lease barker or enjoy the sights and sounds of a nickelodeon or band organ while you travel through “the valley that changed the world.”
Learn about the history of the oil industry at Drake Well Museum in Titusville or Venango Museum of Art, Science & Industry in Oil City; ride the vintage Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad; mail a post card from the only operating Railway Post Office in the US.
Recreational opportunities include over 60 miles of asphalt-paved trails, perfect for hiking, biking or walking. The Allegheny River is the perfect place for canoeing, kayaking or fishing.
Our towns have many artist studios where you can observe them working or buy a beautiful piece of art for you or [...]
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This is the perfect time of year to explore and discover the Susquehanna River Valley. Here, the river sets a relaxing pace where meandering and exploring come easily.
Spend the day at a local winery, enjoying some of the good things that are homegrown in the Susquehanna River Valley. Along the way, do some antiquing, take the kids to a historical house museum, explore our thriving downtowns, attend a seasonal festival, or take a hike at one of our three state parks. Everywhere you turn, you’ll see something that amazes and inspires you.
As evening approaches, plan a romantic dinner for two or share your day’s adventures with friends and family at one of many pubs, cafés and restaurants. Settle into a quiet evening at a cozy hotel, cabin, cottage, or bed and breakfast or catch a performance at one of many unique venues.