OUR PENNSYLVANIA VACATION
From Around The World; Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-08-15
Kayaking in Allegheny National Forest is very fun. We went out on the water in Warren, Pennsylvania, just north of Allegheny. We used Allegheny Outfitters.
Allegheny Outfitters offers three basic day trips of varying lengths and prices. Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are strongly recommended, especially on weekends and holidays. Large groups of 6 or more canoes typically plan their trips at least a month ahead of time. Trip prices listed below include boat rental, paddles, lifejackets, tax and transportation to and from the start and end points. Groups of six or more canoes on a weekday get a 10 percent discount. Tax-exempt groups should take 6 percent off the listed price.
The route that we did was the Kinzua Dam, leaving from Allegheny Outfitters.
It is a 7 mile trip that takes 2 to 3 hours, longer if you like. The price is $40 per canoe or double kayak; $35 per single...(Read More)
From Around The World; Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-08-14
Gettysburg National Cemetery is a fantastic place to go to. The history in the cemetery shows not only the vast number of people that died in Gettysburg, but also of the armed forces who have fought in other wars. There are even great monuments of men such as Winfield Scott Hancock and John Reynolds. There is also a monument dedicated to the spot where President Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address.
The main monument is the Soldiers National Monument in the heart of the main part of Gettysburg Cemetery. It highlights the majestic nature of the area with a true showing of the appreciation that all have given these soldiers. There is a special section showing all of the soldiers who died in the Battle and have no name, rank or state tied to them. It is sad that the only way to identify these men is by a number on a small stone.
Adjacent to the Cemetery is East Cemetery...(Read More)
From Around The World; Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-08-11
My fiancee and I went horseback riding in Gettysburg at Confederate Trails. It was a great experience. You go on a guided tour with several other horses for either an hour or two. We did one hour. The guide will be dressed up as either a Union or Confederate general. You ride at the same speed as the Civil War forces did, just 4 mph. This is one of the things we learned on the tour.
It is a ride designed for people who have never been on a horse before. Neither of us had been on a horse, but it was actually very easy to learn. It was so much fun we actually want to go riding again.
For the price, it was a very good experience and well worth it. It is located just outside the heart of the village of Gettysburg. Make sure to make reservations if you would like to take the trip.
From Around The World; Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-08-09
Chocolate World in Hershey, Pennsylvania is a really fun place to visit. While it is a tourist attraction, it is a very fun and interactive place to visit. There is an amusement park right next to Chocolate World, so you can have a whole day of fun if you want.
We went to Chocolate World on our way down to Gettysburg. We were only planning on staying a few hours, which was perfect because if you stay less than 3 hours you can park for free. There is a 15 minute free tour which takes you through the whole process of how chocolate is made in the Hershey factory. It also shows how many chocolate bars of Hershey, Kisses, Reese Cups and Kit Kat are made daily. At the end of the tour, you get a mini chocolate bar. We were actually asked to do a taste test. We were given a full size chocolate bar after the survey.
We also wanted to do the Create Your Own Chocolate attraction. I am very glad...(Read More)
From Around The World; Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-08-05
My fiancee and I recently took a vacation to Pennsylvania. On our way we decided to stop in Wellsboro to go to Leonard Harrison State Park and Colton Point State Park. Together, these parks are known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. They are some of the most beautiful parks in the United States.
We visited on Leonard Harrison State Park on a Sunday. It was a much more crowded park than Colton Point State Park, which we visited Monday. The reason for this is that it is easier to get to, there is a gift shop and visitor center there, and it has trails down to the Pine Creek Rail Trail. The Rail Trail is considered one of the most scenic routes in the United States.
Leonard Harrison offered great overhead views, as well as two fairly easy trails. The Turkey Path trail will take you down the gorge to the Rail Trail. It is a moderate hike that includes some stairs and a few steep parts....(Read More)