Get ready to hold onto your hat! You’ll feel you’re at the top of the world exploring Pennsylvania’s “peak” attractions!
Grab your hiking boots, because you just might need them to reach the aptly named Mount Davis High Point Rock in Somerset County. At 3,213 feet above sea level, the top of the rock is the officially recognized highest point in Pennsylvania. Along the way, be sure to enjoy the scenic beauty, woods, and wildlife of Forbes State Forest.
Take your zoo adventures to new heights at Pittsburgh Zoo‘s new high-flying, adrenaline-rushing zipline. Kicking off from the zoo’s highest point, you’ll soon be cruising above diverse ecosystems as you spy a pygmy hippo, ocelots, fossa, giant anteaters, and a wide variety of animals along the way.
1943 Boeing Stearman
Feel the rush of wind in your hair and the sun on your face soaring high above Kinzua Gorge and the Allegheny National Forest in a completely restored 1943 Boeing Stearman vintage biplane in Bradford. It’s a “once-in-a-lifetime” thrill you just might want to repeat again and again!
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Watch hundreds of hawks, eagles, falcons and other raptors soar through the air during their annual fall migration at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton. At 1,500 feet in the air, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the surrounding forests and loads of fresh air as you witness the breathtaking raptor migration up close!
Experience the ultimate in thrill-seeking experiences: free-falling from 13,500 feet in the air with a parachute strapped to your back at Skydive Pennsylvania in Mercer. It’s an adrenaline rush like no other, especially when you jump out of the plane knowing terra firma is far below!
Enjoy elevated cuisine, cocktails and views at Altius in Pittsburgh. The owners, chef and staff of this top-rated restaurant strive to “create a sublime, elevated experience.” Perched high above the city on Mount Washington, you’ll feel you’re on top of the world!
Camelback Mountain Adventures
Discover your inner monkey and take to the tree tops at Treetops Adventure Course at Camelback Mountain Adventures in Tannersville. Suspended high in the trees with more than 100 aerial obstacles to conquer, you’ll find you can’t get enough of this heart-pounding adventure!
Hyner View State Park
Ride the winds, launching your hang glider from Hyner View State Park in North Bend. Soaring high above the west branch of the Susquehanna River, you’ll have a true bird’s eye view of the beautiful countryside below.
Endless Mountains Hot Air Balloons
Relax as you gently float through the skies of northeastern Pennsylvania nestled in the basket of a hot air balloon from Endless Mountains Hot Air Balloons in Nicholson. Flying in the sweet light of early morning or late afternoon, watch the world below you unfold and enjoy a traditional champagne (or other non-alcoholic beverage) toast!
Ohiopyle Zip-line Adventure Park
Conquer your fear of heights and seven challenge elements at the Ohiopyle Zip-line Adventure Park at Laurel Highlands Outdoor Center and River Tours. Your reward for mastering the seven challenges? The thrill of gliding along 200 feet of zipline suspended high in the air!
Refreshing Mountain Retreat
Test your physical and mental strength at the brand new Elevated Obstacle Course at Refreshing Mountain Retreat in Stevens. Suspended high among the trees and ranging in difficulty from intermediate to advanced, your climbing, balancing, swinging, and hanging skills will be fully tested as you maneuver through the 22-element full course!
Climb 87 steps to reach the seventh and top floor of The Pagoda in Reading to see an authentic Japanese bell cast in 1739 and an over-the-top view of the city. Afterwards, stop in at The Pagoda Café for a sweet treat. After ascending and descending all those steps, you deserve it!
Lancaster Balloon Rides
Board one of the hot air balloons of Lancaster Balloon Rides for an amazing journey floating above the beautiful farmlands and countryside of southcentral Pennsylvania. On a clear day, you just might spy the headwaters of Chesapeake Bay.
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