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Pennsylvania – McConnells Mill State Park

Slippery Rock Creek and McConnells Mill

Looking for a gorgeous gorge? Head to McConnells Mill State Park in western Pennsylvania, about 40 miles north of Pittsburgh. This park showcases the Slippery Rock Creek Gorge, a National Natural Landmark. I grew up less than an hour from McConnells Mill and hadn’t been there since I was a kid and looked forward to bringing my kids there, knowing that they would love playing on the giant boulders in the valley floor. And I brought my parents along because, in his younger days, my dad was the skydiving, mountain climbing, spelunking, white water rafting type and I knew he’d […]

Pennsylvania – Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg Cyclorama 3

Gettysburg is a quiet town in south central Pennsylvania that likely wouldn’t be on anyone’s vacation itinerary except that it was the site of one of the most important battles of the Civil War, where 11,000 men lost their lives. It is now home to a National Military Park and Museum and should be part of your travel plans because your kids will learn about the history of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War much better than they could learn from any textbook. 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the park has special […]

Pennsylvania – Hershey’s Chocolate World

World's Largest Chocolate Bar

While planning our trip to the Mid-Atlantic region last year, we considered both Hershey and Gettysburg as possible stops in Pennsylvania to break up the drive home from the Jersey shore. Gettysburg won. But as we were driving across Pennsylvania in a downpour, I started contemplating how miserable it might be trying to tour a battlefield in the rain. (I hadn’t realized how extensive the indoor exhibits were at that time.) Then, suddenly, I saw an exit for Hershey and made a split-second decision to change the itinerary and add a stop at Hershey’s Chocolate World after all.

Although the […]