Pennsylvania January 05, 2018
10 Charming Small Towns In Pennsylvania You Simply Can’t Ignore In 2018
The only thing more fun than planning a trip is actually going on it, right? Well, there’s no better time than the present – to steal on old cliche – to start mapping out your travel destinations in 2018. The good news is you can do so much without ever leaving PA. Here are 10 charming small towns in Pennsylvania you’ll want to visit this year.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Boiling Springs
Journey to Boiling Springs in the heart of Cumberland County. The small town, a throwback to yesteryear, promises plenty to do all year around. The masterpiece of the town, Children's Lake provides an idyllic setting for picnics, leisurely strolls, boating, and fishing.
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Embrace tranquility and quaintness when you visit the one stoplight town of Dushore. Not far from Worlds End State Park and Loyalsock State Forest, the small town offers plenty to do from shopping to dining. And, of course, a visit for Founders Day (and the epic outhouse races) is also a plus.
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Discover plenty to do in the enchanting town of Lititz. Stroll along the quaint streets dotted with shops and restaurants. Learn how to twist pretzels at Julius Sturgis Pretzel Company. And, get a rare glimpse of rescued wolves at Wolf Sanctuary of PA.
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Travel just outside of Philadelphia to Doylestown. The charming small town is home to the Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle, the Historic Doylestown Inn, and an assortment of unique shops and restaurants. Doylestown hosts a plethora of events throughout the year, including the Annual Arts Festival each summer.
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Stroll through the charming town of Strasburg, with its white picket fences and vibrant flowers lining front yards. Explore the small town aboard an Amish buggy, an electric scooter, or by foot. Guided ghost tours are also available. Strasburg is also known for its railroad, which offers scenic and themed rides throughout the year.
Meadville's a spectacular small town destination any time of the year. But, the town leaps alive every summer with the Annual Crawford County Fair. The town, home to Allegheny College, also lays claim to the Baldwin House Museum and Bicentennial Park.
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Meet some of the state's friendliest people - the Martians who live in Mars, PA. The quirky town, which boasts a silver spaceship, celebrates its planet namesake every two years with the Mars New Year. (NASA's also involved in the community-wide event.) Learn more about Mars' history when you visit the Mars Area History and Landmarks Society.
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8. Mt. Gretna
Escape to the tranquil small town of Mt. Gretna, home to less than 200 residents. With its old-fashioned storefronts and popular roller skating rink, the charming town looks as though it belongs on a postcard. Mt. Gretna Lake and Beach beckons outdoors lovers with its swimming, sunbathing, and recreational activities during the summer months.
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Step into a bygone era when you visit Bellefonte, dotted with Victorian architecture. The small town is home to the Art Museum for Centre County, the Historical Railroad Society, and the Pennsylvania Room and Historical Museum. Spring Creek meanders through the town, drawing fishermen from all over PA.
Travel to the beautiful town that time simply forgot. Stroll down Wellsboro's Main Street, browsing eclectic shops and touring the town aboard an old-fashioned trolley. The charming town provides easy access to Leonard Harrison State Park and Colton Point State Park, both of which offer stunning views of Pine Creek Gorge (the Grand Canyon of PA).
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