on where you're coming from or going to, some of these attractions may
make logical overnight stops on your way to or from my house. Some of
them are just good way points to stop and stretch your legs for a little
while, which is always nice, as long as you aren't traveling with a pet
who would be stuck in the car.
is the state capital of Pennsylvania and is easily accessible off of I-81
north of the Penn Turnpike, about 2 hours from here. In addition to the
statehouse, for those who want to get the entire history of the Civil
War, there's the National
Civil War Museum. The State
Museum of Pennsylvania serves as the Smithsonian of the state; you
can see everything from ancient natural history to the latest technological
breakthroughs in its four floors of exhibits. The Susquehanna
Art Museum started as and continues to be a museum dedicated to art
education for all ages.
- A Chocoholic's
Dream come true: Hershey is
chocolate scented. I've only driven through the outskirts of town on
I-81 and just inhaling had me craving a good Kiss of the chocolate kind.
(We won't comment on cravings I might or might not have for any other
kind.) Their website says it all, except YUM, YUM, YUM! (Hershey is
about half an hour northeast of Harrisburg.)
- The Lehigh
Valley is about 4 hours from here, accessible from I-81 or I-78.
Allentown has its own wonderful Billy Joel song. Bethlehem, far from
being the hometown of the Messiah, was the hometown of Bethlehem Steel
until 2003, when the last of the company's assets were sold to an overseas
interest. From 1913-1964, Bethlehem Steel owned the Fore River Shipyard
in Quincy, Massachusetts, where the U.S.S. Lexington (now on
permanent display as a museum in Corpus Christi, Texas!) and many other
warships were made during its ownership.
- I don't even want
to know why it's called Happy Valley, but State
College is nestled snuggly within it. Home of Penn
State University and all its NCAA Division I sports programs, State
College is about 75 minutes due north of Schellsburg. Eventually, I-99
will connect all the way through from the Penn Turnpike here in south
central PA to I-80 in north central PA, just above State College. For
now, you can get to within about 5 miles of State College on a major
in Allenwood is just off of I-80, on U.S. 15 southeast of Williamsport.
It's a world-class zoo specializing in reptiles and amphibians - a perfect
stop for any family with kids as long as Mom and Dad are game!
- Home of the Little
League World Series, Williamsport
is a beautiful stop in the northern part of the state. I learned the
4-in-hand technique of playing handbells at a workshop in Williamsport
back in 1991. Strange the things you remember!
- The headquarters
of Zippo, the lighter people, includes
a museum and gift shop. It's in Bradford, PA, off U.S. Route 219 in
Bradford (making it a good stop if you're interested in touring the
Great Lakes on your visit this way).