With so many beautiful spots to explore in Pennsylvania, visiting them all could break your budget if you aren’t careful. We always try to save up for a special occasion vacation or two, but there are thousands of places to stay across the state that allow you to get out and about without going broke.
Camping is usually the cheapest option (and we’ve included a few of our favorites), but there are also plenty of cottages, cabins, inns, and bed and breakfasts that offer fun places to stay if you can’t (or don’t want to) pay for an extravagant luxury getaway. We’ve included several different options here to help inspire you to find a new favorite place to stay during your next adventure.
1. Lakeview Erie Mini-Cottages
These itty-bitty-little cottages make for a great getaway.
We’re not kidding when we say they are tiny…these cabins are perfect for couples that want to get cozy. Each has a deck with lounge chairs and start at only $129 per night.
The Lakeview property sits in the bluffs above Lake Erie and the cottages may be small, but they offer some spectacularly grand sunset views.
8696 East Lake Road, Erie, Pennsylvania 16511
2. French Creek State Park
The camping and cabins at French Creek State Park are perfect if you are looking for a quick, cheap adventure in one of the most beautiful areas in Pennsylvania. There are nearly 200 campsites; 60 have electric hookups and there are several ADA accessible spots, as well as cabins, camping cottages, and yurts to rent.
Pennsylvania State Parks have standard rates for tent sites and RV spots, which start at $15-$17 per night, and the yurts, cabins, and cottages vary depending season and occupancy, but start at $17.
French Creek State Park is a great spot to see wildlife – the park stretches across the Schuylkill Highlands and has forests, lakes, and wetlands to explore. The area was designated as an Important Bird and Mammal Area by the National Audubon Society.
843 Park Road, Elverson, PA 19520
3. Paddler's Lane
There are several lovely rooms to rent at Paddler’s Lane Bed & Breakfast (starting at $102 per night), but if you are looking for the cheapest way to enjoy their beautiful spot on the Youghiogheny River (it runs through the backyard!) then you must check out their campground.
Camping at Paddler’s Lane costs only $7 per night (per person) and they are both family-friendly and dog-friendly. The secluded grounds are situated at the southern tip of Ohiopyle State Park, so you will be close to tons of beautiful spots to explore – you are only two miles away from the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail and seven miles from Falling Water, and can fish and canoe right from the property.
They don’t take reservations and there is no RV camping at Paddler’s Lane, but it is generally not hard to find a perfect spot to pitch a tent (or car camp).
255 Paddler’s Lane, Confluence, PA 15424
4. White Birch Inn & Annex
All of the rooms at the White Birch Inn are lovely, but our favorite is definitely the Americana room in the Annex. At only $98 per night, this is a great deal.
We love the charm of the early Victorian era home, as well as the excellent location of The White Birch Inn – right between Ricketts Glen State Park and Knoebles Amusement Park, which makes The White Birch Inn a perfect pit stop on a weekend adventure.
1303 Market Street, Berwick, PA 18603
5. The Inn at Jim Thorpe
The Inn at Jim Thorpe is really three different Inns along Broadway, with rooms starting at $99 for the May-June season. The property was originally home to White Swan Hotel (built in 1833 and burnt to the ground in 1849) and later, the New American Hotel, which served as a favorite spot for famous folks like President Taft, Ulysses S. Grant, Thomas Edison, and John D. Rockefeller in the 19th century.
Some guests say that The Inn at Jim Thorpe may be haunted, but between the comfy rooms and the delicious food at the Broadway Grille & Pub, we think a few a few ghostly visitors would just add to the entertainment.
24 Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
6. Ricketts Glen State Park
With 115 campsites, 10 modern cabins, and 5 deluxe cottages to rent, staying at Ricketts Glen State Park is the perfect way to fully enjoy everything that this beautiful State Park has to offer.
The price per site (or structure) varies by season and occupancy, but tent campsites start at $15 per night during peak season in all Pennsylvania State Parks.
There are 22 major waterfalls within the park, including the 94-foot-tall Ganoga Falls, and adding an overnight stay at the part gives you the opportunity to explore them all, as well as the old growth forests and the Glens.
695 State Route 487, Benton, PA 17814
7. Arvgarden Bed & Breakfast
Arvgarden may look like an average farmhouse from the outside, but it is a glorious little Swedish retreat from within. The house has four private guest bedrooms and a shared living and dining space. At only $105 per night, this is a pretty sweet deal…but we haven’t even told you about the breakfasts yet.
Your stay at Arvgarden includes an amazing homemade Swedish breakfast featuring fresh ingredients grown on the property and in nearby farms. What a perfect way to start the day.
5159 Arnot Road Wellsboro, PA 16901
8. The Inn at Turkey Hill
The Courtyard Rooms at this historic Bed and Breakfast start at $129 and offers a lovely little place to stay.
This farmhouse property is also home to Turkey Hill Brewing Company, so you are only steps away from delicious food and drinks.
991 Central Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
9. Plantation Bed & Breakfast
This place gives you an excellent reason to visit Punxsutawney this summer.
The Plantation was founded in 1837 as a pioneer dwelling but now serves as a delightful bed and breakfast. The owner, Julie, used her international travels to bring creative cultural flair to every room in the house, which start at $115 per night ($85 if you skip breakfast…but you’ll be sorry you did).
When the town is not flooded with Groundhog Day festivities, The Plantation makes for a wonderfully relaxing oasis and the perfect place to stay for a quick getaway.
20652 Route 119 Punxsutawney, PA 15767
Of course, this list is far from all-inclusive…it’s simply impossible to know every single amazing spot and hidden gem in this state.
Have you stayed at any of these cool little spots? Do you have suggestions for where we should visit next? We would love to hear about your favorite stays in the comments!