Pennsylvania, The Great American Getaway

The classic American road trip inspires a sense of adventure and exploration about the destination itself and the journey along the way. Whether you road-tripped as a child with your family, or prefer to travel solo, with a partner, or with friends, this is your invitation to road trip to Pennsylvania, The Great American Getaway. 

The Great American Getaway isn’t a single pin on a map—it’s all of Pennsylvania—and thousands of getaways and experiences can be had in a single weekend by nearly 72 million people who live within a 4-hour drive. Discover our new weekend itineraries for every type of traveler and make new memories one road trip at a time in PA. 

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Great American Weekend Getaways in PA

Filled with art, history, culture, vibrant cities, charming small towns, and beautiful woodlands, farmlands, and scenic countrysides, Pennsylvania offers the perfect setting for your Great American Getaway. Immerse yourself in the amazing art found in our museums and outside murals, absorb the rich history portrayed in our museums, battlefields, and iconic landmarks that provide a glimpse into our nation's past, take in a live performance, cheer on your favorite sports team, or escape to the quiet of Penn's Woods. With so much to see and do, we have put together our top recommendations complete with places to stay for an ideal mid-week or weekend getaway in PA.

Pennsylvania Getaways by City

From small towns to big cities with the great outdoors never too far away, the possibilities for a mid-week or weekend getaway in Pennsylvania are endless. Check out our list of iconic destinations offering fun weekend trips in PA.

Calling all fans of "The Office!" The popular sitcom was famously based and partly filmed in Scranton. In fact, the office building used in the show is a real company and is still in business! Fans of the show can visit many of the actual Scranton locations used in the show for unforgettable photo-ops and a novelty souvenir or two. There's even much more to see and do in “The Electric City” and surrounding area — from coal mines and museums to tour, to art museums and live performances to enjoy, to a great local dining scene serving up menus filled with the region's specialties, while the local AAA baseball team offers a fun and affordable afternoon or evening of great ball for sports enthusiasts.

Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel Scranton

The Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton offers ideal accommodations for a getaway weekend near you. This French Renaissance-style hotel blends historical charm with modern services right in the heart of the downtown. Explore the city or it's a quick 15-minute drive to the ski slopes and water activities at Montage Mountain. And did we mention the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel is pet-friendly?

The Pocono Mountains are just a 35-minute drive east of Scranton — perfect if you want to include some outdoor adventures on your weekend getaway in PA. With 2,400 square miles filled with breathtaking mountain and river views, scenic waterfalls, lush forests, and charming small towns, the Pocono Mountains offer a wealth of outdoor recreational activities including hiking trails, tranquil lakes, and outdoor adventure. Amidst all this natural beauty, the Pocono Raceway is a must-see for motorsports fans!

1870 Roebling Inn on the Delaware

You'll adore the 1870 Roebling Inn On The Delaware. This charming Bed and Breakfast happens to be the only B&B on the Delaware River and is perfect for a delightful weekend getaway in PA. Wake to the sounds of birds chirping and the rush of the tumbling rapids right from your room. Nearby are spas, paintball and ziplining adventures, great trout and bass fishing, hiking trails, antiquing spots, and local restaurants. Fun fact for old-time rock music fans — the 1969 Woodstock Festival took place just 30 minutes away!

As Pennsylvania's largest city, Philadelphia offers a bustling urban escape where you can stroll down Elfreth's Alley, the oldest continuously inhabited street in America, enjoy an Eagles game with some of the most fanatic fans in the nation, gaze at masterpieces by some of the world's greatest artists of past and present, and take a bite out of a famous Philly cheesesteak — all in the same day! Just imagine all you can see and do on day 2! Rest and rejuvenate at a world-renowned spa, shop till you drop, stop by some of the nation's most iconic historic spots, view medical miracles and oddities of the past, and while away the evening listening to amazing live music as you entice your taste buds with a creative cocktail or two! Come and see for yourself why Lonely Planet, AFAR Magazine, and Time Out have all named Philadelphia as one of the top places to visit.

The Franklin on Rittenhouse

Treat yourself and maybe that special someone with a lavish getaway at The Franklin on Rittenhouse. This boutique hotel offers a world of romance and sophistication with its warm wood floors and plush furnishings. Located in the Rittenhouse-Fitler Historic District, it's just steps away from shopping, dining, and Philly's nightlife. Be sure to stop by The Franklin Lounge for a delicious handcrafted cocktail and the Art-Deco ambiance!

After enjoying the city's sights and delights, take time to explore the greater Philly region where you'll find beautiful gardens, a vibrant art scene, trails filled with wineries, breweries, and distilleries, and numerous historical sites including the Valley Forge National Historical Park. Travel back in time to the site of the Continental Army’s encampment during the brutal winter of its 1777-1778 where the army’s soldiers showed their true grit and dedication to the American Revolution. The King of Prussia Mall just happens to be right next door, featuring a diverse mix of 450+ stores and 30 eateries; it’s the Philadelphia area’s premier shopping destination as well as the third largest and one of the most iconic malls in the nation.  

Morris House Hotel

If you're a history buff or even if not, check out the Morris House Hotel! This luxury boutique hotel was built in 1787 and is a National Historic Landmark recognized for maintaining its history, architecture, ambiance, and integrity. A perfect getaway spot if you're looking for the feel of an old inn with the exclusive amenities of a hotel and is just blocks away from the National Constitution Center and other historic destinations.

While a bit off the beaten track, the charming town of Bedford and the surrounding area provide for a delightful and fun weekend getaway in PA. Spend a morning or warm afternoon strolling through the downtown filled with unique shops. Step back in history to a time before industrialization and technology transformed the nation's way of life at Old Bedford Village, then defy gravity at Gravity Hill where you'll swear your vehicle is rolling uphill. The area is rich with flavorful orchards and wineries, outdoor adventures, walking and driving tours of the area's highlights, distinctive historical sites and museums including covered bridges and The National Museum of the American Coverlet, the nation's only full-time, year-round, independent institution devoted to antique woven coverlets.

Omni Bedford Springs Resort

Dreaming of a relaxing Pennsylvania getaway packed with spa activities? The Omni Bedford Springs Resort with its world-class Springs Eternal Spa provides the ideal stay location, especially with the eight mineral springs on site. Enjoy a customized wellness experience, including massages, body treatments, and facials using local herbs and botanicals. You'll feel rejuvenated after decompressing in the indoor and outdoor pools and inhaling the aromatic steam. As a very popular resort and especially the spa services, we recommend making your reservation several weeks in advance.  

The Chancellor's House Bed and Breakfast

If a B&B is more your style, you'll love the comfort and hospitality of the Chancellor's House Bed and Breakfast. This beautiful, Victorian Italianate-style house features a parlor, library, and dining room to make you feel right at home. Experience the combination of ornagely carve staircases and other traditional architectural features together with modern conveniences including cable TV and high-speed internet! This Bedford hotel is located near the historic Old Bedford Village, The Bedford Fine Arts Gallery, and many fine and casual dining options. 

Did you know Pittsburgh has more bridges than any other city in the world — including Venice, Italy? Long known as "Steel City," Pittsburgh has transformed itself into a modern, bustling metropolis where arts and culture thrive, historic buildings have been reimagined into trendsetting restaurants, breweries, and distilleries, and the city’s iconic three rivers form the backdrop for a Great American Getaway. It is a city bursting with awe-inspiring architecture and the site of numerous events throughout the year celebrating the city's diverse heritage. It also is the backdrop for many blockbuster films, including "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Avengers!" Despite its urban setting, Pittsburgh has plenty of outdoor experiences for nature enthusiasts, including Frick Park and Point State Park, along with a host of great science, art, and history museums and historical homes, and the simply stunning Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel

Rest and relax during your weekend getaway in Pittsburgh at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, a luxury hotel in the historic Fulton Building. Located just steps away from the Cultural District's theaters and concert halls, museums, downtown walking tours, and dozens of restaurants, as well as PNC Park (home of the Pittsburgh Pirates) and Acrisure Stadium (home of the Pittsburgh Steelers) for you sports fans, this iconic hotel pays tribute to the city's robust cocktail culture with a whiskey bar for a delicious nightcap following an adventure-filled day. 

The Priory Hotel

For a truly unique lodging experience, the Priory Hotel, a family-owned and operated boutique hotel located in Pittsburgh's historic “Deutschtown” is a hidden gem of luxury accommodations. Before it was a hotel, the Priory was a Benedictine Monastery, marked by its remarkable interior design and architectural features. Sip on a handcrafted cocktail in the cozy Monks' Bar while you take in the high ceilings and elegant, natural woodwork! Book your stay with one of their exciting packages, which include trips to the Andy Warhol Museum or a romantic or scenic boat ride on the Gateway Clipper.

With its rich maritime heritage, storied beaches, and vibrant culture and food scene, Erie offers a great weekend getaway spot to explore and enjoy.  This city's wealth of beaches, trails, and waterways form the backdrop of Presque Isle Bay. Spend a day enjoying watersports and fishing on Lake Erie or spend some time at one of Erie's two waterparks, Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park and Resort and Waldameer Amusement Park and Water World, for a fun water-filled weekend vacation near you, or explore the historical Erie Maritime Museum to see the U.S. Brig Niagara! If you’re on an adults-only excursion, sip your way through 50 miles of Lake Erie Wine Country. Stretching along the picturesque shores of Lake Erie, this renowned wine region boasts a variety of vineyards and wineries producing exquisite wines, from crisp whites to robust reds. 

Spencer House Bed & Breakfast

Housed in a historic Victorian mansion, the Spencer House Bed & Breakfast offers a delightful stay the heart of Erie's “Millionaires Row,” and close to the historic Warner Theatre and Presque Isle State Park. The owners of this delightful B&B will go out of their way to ensure your stay is as comfortable, hassle-free, and relaxing as possible. Make your weekend trip in PA complete with an experience package to the local wineries, blissful spa retreats, or a two-hour sunset sail on Lake Erie.

Just under three hours away is the town of Punxsutawney, best known for the town's most famous resident and world-renowned weather prognosticator, Punxsutawney Phil. Whether visiting for Groundhog Day or any other time of the year, you can take a self-guided tour of Gobbler’s Knob, visit the Weather Discovery Center, and appreciate the Phantastic Phils!, part of a public art project, scattered throughout town. It's definitely worth the trip. After all, you can't visit the iconic groundhog anywhere else! 

Barclay Bed & Breakfast

Stay nearby at the Barclay Bed & Breakfast and delight in their home-cooked breakfast and cozy outdoor area. This beautiful Victorian home welcomes you with warmth and comfort with spacious rooms ensuring a peaceful night's rest.

Pine Creek Gorge, often referred to as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, offers spectacular views of glacier-carved canyons and colorful hardwood trees. If you're planning a weekend getaway in PA, you won't want to miss the scenery this nearly 50-mile-long gorge has to offer! You can explore the gorge from the canyon floor along the Pine Creek Rail-Trail, the 62-mile multi-use recreational trail that runs the length of the gorge and popular with hikers, cyclists, and other outdoor recreation fans. The region surrounding the Pine Creek Gorge features charming small towns, flowing waterfalls, abundant wildlife, and observation areas with views of towering ridges. 

Bear Lodges Wellsboro

Complete your weekend stay at one of three quaint, non-traditional B&B locations of the Bear Lodges of Wellsboro. These private lodge rooms are perfect for a cozy, romantic getaway deep in the canyon, or opt for its downtown location. From your private outdoor hot tub, overlook a forest view among flickering candles and soft jazz music. You can also access bicycling trails and sunset views nearby.

Located about an hour away is Williamsport, the Lumber Capital of the World. This city is famously known as a key location for the Underground Railroad and more recently as the home of Little League Baseball, where the sport got its start and plays host each year to the Little League World Series. Williamsport and the surrounding area feature more than just baseball! Explore a variety of historical sites and museums featuring local history, transportation, and military operations and enjoy live theatre and art museums and galleries with a celebration of the arts held every First Friday. There's no shortage of fun camping and other outdoor adventures to be had in the greater area. 

City Hall Grand Hotel

Stay at the City Hall Grand Hotel in the heart of downtown Williamsport, just a few blocks away from the Susquehanna River Walk! This boutique hotel features a unique theme in every room, illustrating the history of the city's long-forgotten moments. Within walking distance, you'll find the finest eateries, microbreweries, pubs, and coffee houses to enjoy. 

Lancaster has a reputation as a quaint town characterized by its Amish farmland, but the city offers so much more, brimming with history and a lively arts and culture scene — perfect for a local getaway near you! Fall in love with Lancaster County on a hot air balloon ride for breathtaking sights, or stop by the Lancaster Brewing Company for craft beers and relaxed dining.

Lancaster Arts Hotel

The historic Lancaster Arts Hotel offers the perfection location to immerse yourself in the area's rich culture and lively art scene. This boutique hotel features modern amenities, eclectic rooms, and historic brick walls! It's also centrally located to the Dutch Wonderland amusement park, Amish buggy tours, and escape rooms.

On Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, don't forget to wander down to the Lancaster Central Market for locally sourced produce, fresh-cut flowers, antiques, and community vibes. On the first and third Friday of every month, you can also experience Lancaster's live music and art events.

About an hour east of Lancaster is historic Gettysburg, the site of one of the bloodiest battles ever fought on U.S. soil and that marked a turning point in the U.S. Civil War.  Learn about one of the Battle of Gettysburg with tours of the battlefield, museums dedicated to the battle and its impact on the local residents, and President Abraham Lincoln's historic Gettysburg Address that continues to resonate with people throughout the world.

The Brafferton Inn

Stay nearby at the Brafferton Inn in downtown Gettysburg, where you'll be just steps away from Lincoln Square, downtown antique shops, and ghost tours! Built in 1786, this hotel features cozy balconies, gas fireplaces, and jacuzzi tubs for an unforgettable trip. Take advantage of their history package with a two-hour tour of the Gettysburg battlefield!

Just north of Philadelphia and home to trendy shops, beautiful historic riverside restaurants, and an abundance of cultural attractions, the eclectic community of New Hope with its marvelous Main Street and the nearby small town of Lahaska, home to the shoppers’ paradise known as Peddler’s Village, together provide the ideal setting for a wonderful mid-week or weekend getaway. New Hope's vibrant downtown holds an abundance of shopping treasures with independently owned stores, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants that are sure to entice the savviest shopper. Be sure to check out the New Hope Winery for live music and a delicious wine flight. 

Olivia's Bridge Street Inn

For a perfect PA getaway, we recommend Olivia's Bridge Street Inn. Unwind by the cozy fireplace after a day of shopping and be sure to check out one of the hotel's many annual events, including a Chili Cook-Off and Winter Festival! 

A 10-minute drive from New Hope takes you to Lahaska and Peddler's Village. This storied destination houses 42 beautiful acres of charming colonial-style buildings, award-winning gardens, and brick pathways, with more than 60 unique shops, six delicious restaurants, and distinctive lodging. Along with shopping, enjoy a variety of festivals and year-round events, including specially themed months, comedy nights, outdoor movies, and extensive holiday happenings.

Golden Plough Inn

 Stay at the Golden Plough Inn and walk right outside your door to the Peddler's Village! Unwind by the fireside in a plush armchair or enjoy the ultimate haven in the many acres of lushly landscaped gardens. 

Visit the Sweetest Place on Earth with a weekend getaway to Hershey — the birthplace of Hershey's chocolate brand! This destination features the Hershey Gardens, the The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue, and, most notably, Hersheypark! The famous amusement park is the largest in PA and offers endless thrilling rides, shops, games, and entertainment. In summer months, you won't want to miss their 11-acre water park

The Hotel Hershey

We recommend staying at The Hotel Hershey, where you can take advantage of their one- and two-night packages for the perfect getaway. The Hotel Hershey features full-service amenities with a variety of luxurious accommodations for a family-friendly vacation or romantic escape. 

Hershey Lodge

Check out the Hershey Lodge for sweet hospitality, an indoor pool, and iconic chocolate details in every room! You can also enjoy miniature golf, roast s'mores, and relax at the MeltSpa while enjoying chocolate-inspired services and treatments! When you stay at either of these official Hersheypark resorts, you'll receive complimentary front gate shuttle service right to the park for all-day fun!

Named after the famous Native American Olympian Jim Thorpe, this historic town is known as a mountain sports destination. Located in the Pocono Mountains, visitors flock to Jim Thorpe to see the area's coal mining history, scenic railway, and the Victorian splendor of the town and the Asa Packer Mansion Museum. 

The Inn at Jim Thorpe

The Inn at Jim Thorpe is the perfect spot for exploring the city. It features three grand Victorian buildings with charming sitting rooms, soaking tubs, and ornate cast-iron balconies. The hotel's downtown location puts you right near the lively street — all guests even receive $5 off tickets to the local Mauch Chunk Opera House!

About an hour's drive from Jim Thorpe is Elysburg, where you can spend the day at the family-owned Knoebels Amusement Park. Admission and parking are entirely free! This park features more than 60 rides and attractions, musical performances, and delicious comfort food. It's easy to see why the park has been recognized by voters for USA Today 10Best awards and the National Amusement Park Historical Association, NS is a perennial favorite for Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards.

Pine Barn Inn

Stay nearby at the Pine Barn Inn for an elegant 19th-century style experience and thoughtfully crafted amenities. Pine Barn Inn features a tavern and terrace where you can unwind after a long day of thrilling roller coasters.

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