Early mornings, sleepless nights, countless cups of coffee, and endless meetings – We’ve all been there. Did you know 54% of hard-working Americans aren’t using their hard-earned vacation time? You work around the clock to make your dreams come to fruition, so you deserve a break from the daily grind. January 29 is National Plan for Vacation Day, so don’t let your time off go to waste!
In need of inspiration? Look no further — our annual Happy Traveler guide is out to help you map out your 2019 PA bucket lists with fun-filled attractions, history-filled streets and museums, and our greater-than-great outdoors.
So set up your out-of-office message, put a pause on conference calls, and start to enjoy life for everything it has to offer – including travel. Add these must-dos to your #PABucketList and make sure you share these Instagram-worthy PA destinations – let your followers see what they’re missing!
Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater has been named as one of "12 landmarks that will change the way you see the world" by Travel + Leisure magazine, so you know this has to be a mandatory stop on your list!
2. Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania
Pine Creek Gorge, often referred to as the Grand Canyon of PA, is a natural wonder surrounded by approximately 165,000 acres of the Tioga State Forest and offers spectacular views ranging from overlooks and hiking trails to waterfalls. Camping, biking, horseback riding, and snowmobiling opportunities are also available in the park throughout the year.
3. Kinzua Bridge State Park
Showcasing remnants of a 2,053-foot railroad bridge, Kinzua Bridge State Park encompasses 329 acres of woods. Although a tornado knocked down much of the bridge in 2003, its remaining overlook and glass floor offer a stunning view of the viaduct and the Kinzua Creek Valley. In 2016, the viewpoint was named one of the 10 most beautiful in the world by theculturetrip.com.
4. Gettysburg National Military Park
Probably the most famous American battlefield, Gettysburg marked the turning point in the Civil War, and the site where President Lincoln gave his most famous address. Wander the hallowed grounds and soak in important moments of history at Gettysburg National Military Park.
5. Hyner View
Sitting 1,300 feet above the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, Hyner View Overlook offers breathtaking views and is ideal for hang gliding. Ride the winds and soar high in Hyner View State Park which makes the list of "25 Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks.”
6. Bushkill Falls
Open as an attraction since 1904, Bushkill Falls encompasses about 300 acres and features eight waterfalls as well as more than two miles of trails, bridges, and walkways. The waterfalls are nestled deep in the wooded Pocono Mountains.
7. Ohiopyle State Park
Ohiopyle State Park attracts millions of visitors each year to its 20,500 acres. With more than 14 miles of the Youghiogheny River passing through the heart of the park, visitors can enjoy some of the best whitewater rafting east of the Mississippi and natural waterslides that are the result of thousands of years of erosion. The park also offers 80 miles of trails, making it an ideal place for hiking and mountain biking.
8. Worlds End State Park
The 780-acre Worlds End State Park offers visitors diverse recreational opportunities within a pristine environment. The rugged natural beauty coursing through the heart of the Endless Mountains landscape provides provides plenty of opportunities for photos. The scenery is spectacular, especially in June, when the mountain laurel in bloom, and in October, when fall foliage is at its peak.
9. Lehigh Gorge Glen Onoko Access
Located in a deep gorge near Jim Thorpe, Lehigh Gorge State Park is characterized by lush vegetation, steep rock outcroppings, and cascading waterfalls. These waterfalls are the prime attraction of the trail to Glen Onoko Falls, one of the state’s most challenging yet rewarding hikes. The trail gets its name from the 60-foot Onoko Falls.
10. Ricketts Glen
Reconnect with nature year-round in the heart of Ricketts Glen State Park. Hike and bike the picture-perfect waterfalls and enjoy breathtaking fall foliage in autumn. During the spring and summer, enjoy Lake Jean beach or kayak your way to the edge and pick blueberries right from your boat. In winter enjoy cross-country skiing or snowmobiling with miles and miles of groomed trails.