After catching some fresh air, there are tons of ways to wind down in Pennsylvania. Like sipping a local craft brew, enjoying some farm-to-table eats, or getting toasty by the fire. Whatever makes you feel warm inside. Pennsylvania. Pursue Your Happiness.
Home to millions of acres of unspoiled forests and mountains, this region seems to be built for fishing, hiking, kayaking and outdoor activities. This is where you'll find a range of sites and activities from the Straub Brewery, with 135 years of serving all-natural beer, to Hyner View Hang Gliding, where you'll see the PA Wilds like few others do. Take some time to check out the Peters J McGovern Little League Museum, where every major league dream begins. You can even try your hand at play-by-play announcing. At the Piper Aviation Museum, you'll learn about aviation's humble beginnings through their vast archive of aircrafts and aircraft equipment. Of course a place called the PA Wilds is going to have some natural attractions. Bring your camera to Bucktail Trail Scenic Byway and you just might catch a shot of some of PA's wildlife. Also, there's Pine Creek Gorge, PA's answer to the Grand Canyon, and the Kinzua Dam in the Allegheny National Forest, a designated Recreational Waterway. The Cherry Spring State Park, with 48 acres of wide-open dark skies, is a haven for astronomers. And the PA Lumber Museum gives you a glimpse into our state's lumberjack past. After an exciting and exhausting trip through the Wilds, you'll be ready for a good night's sleep. Good thing they have plenty of options for you.
Pittsburgh and Its Countryside is a region full of history, great food, and cool activities. The "Steel City," surrounded by the Three Rivers, is full of beautiful bridges and its countryside has some unique traits of its own. Pittsburgh is the site of the Andy Warhol Museum and The Carnegie Museum of Art. It's also home to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium where you'll have a chance to walk, talk, and splash with the animals. If you're feeling cultural, there's the Senator John Heinz History Center where you'll learn about everything from the French & Indian War to the recent Super Bowl championship. Yeah, these guys leave no topic untouched. And the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh gives the kids a place to play, learn, and create all at the same time.
You'll notice a dramatic change in scenery in this region as you cross under the Lehigh Tunnel and into the Pocono Mountains. In this endless outdoor playground, you'll find steep mountains with cloud-covered peaks great for hiking, biking, fishing and canoeing. You'll come across destinations like Lehigh Gorge State Park, with miles of trails for hikers and bikers to enjoy. There's also Jim Thorpe, the heart of the East Coast's cycling scene. Yep, heart-racing adventures at every turn. But that's what you signed up for, right? The Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark has hours of family-friendly activities for you. And yeah, it's a little easier on the legs than a day in the woods. Speaking of easy on the legs, we'd recommend a relaxing stop at Skyview Spa at Skytop Lodge. It'll give you a chance to recharge before you head back on the road. Pay a visit to the Columns Museum in Pike County. They'll take you on a journey through the centuries as you uncover the area's unique roots. The Grey Towers in Glenside has been giving travelers a historic photo op since the 1800s. Then there's the town of Milford, right along the banks of the Delaware River. There you'll catch guided tours along the river, and come across shops and great B&Bs. Stop by The Crossings Premium Outlets to stock up for your journey through the Poconos. You'll want to pick up a pair of comfortable hiking shoes for a brisk afternoon walk through the woods. Hickory Run State Park and Boulder Field has acres of land sure to break in the toughest of hiking footwear. And Jack Frost Big Boulder Ski Area is a skier's paradise. Even if you're a seasoned snow bunny, you may want to start slow and work your way up to the expert slopes. It gets steep up there. Then take off those snowshoes and kick up your feet in a warm and cozy hotel, cabin or B&B. You've earned a good night's sleep.