These 9 Incredible Places In Pennsylvania Will Bring Out The Explorer In You

Exploring is fun! If you agree, you’ll want to grab your Davey Crockett hat, a pair of boots, binoculars, and your compass and head out on any (or all) of the following Pennsylvania adventures. The sites featured are truly among the most incredible places in Pennsylvania to explore. Some of them are outdoors and will bring you in contact with awe-inspiring natural phenomena, while indoor locations will show you man-made marvels and some of the best hidden gems in Pennsylvania.

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Address: Columcille Megalith Park, 2155 Fox Gap Rd, Bangor, PA 18013, USA
Address: Trundle Manor, 7724 Juniata St, Pittsburgh, PA 15218, USA
Address: The Bunkers Of Alvira, 1787-1883 Alvira Rd, Allenwood, PA 17810, USA
Address: Penn's Cave & Wildlife Park, 222 Penns Cave Rd, Centre Hall, PA 16828, USA
Address: Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden, 177 Rimmey Rd, Centre Hall, PA 16828, USA
Address: Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Address: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
Address: Cherry Springs State Park, 4639 Cherry Springs Rd, Coudersport, PA 16915, USA
Address: Bushkill Falls, Lehman Township, PA 18324, USA
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Pennsylvania Adventures

May 24, 2021

What are the best natural wonders in Pennsylvania?

There are lots of natural wonders in Pennsylvania, and one that shouldn’t be missed is the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, which is often referred to as the Pine Creek Gorge. Stretching for over 45 miles and reaching depths of nearly 1,500 feet, the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania may not be as big as its famous counterpart, but it’s sure to stun. You can view the canyon from above, where you’ll be met with expansive vistas or, for a close-up look, you can follow the Pine Creek Rail Trail, a converted railroad bed that meanders along the floor of the canyon. Not surprisingly, the Pine Creek Rail Trail is one of the state’s most popular treks, and according to USA Today, it’s one of the best bike trails in the world.

What are the top outdoorsy places in Pennsylvania?

There are so many options for outdoor exploration; however, the Ricketts Glen State Park in Benton is easily one of the top outdoorsy places in Pennsylvania. Encompassing 13,193 acres in three counties, the park is both expansive and breathtakingly beautiful. In fact, it’s consistently revered as one of the most scenic areas in Pennsylvania. But that’s not its only claim to fame. Home to nearly two dozen waterfalls, the park boasts one of the highest waterfall concentrations in the county. The Falls Trail is a great way to take in some of the park’s picturesque cascades, which range from 12 – 94 feet in height.

Which hidden gems in Pennsylvania are must-visits?

Of all the hidden gems in Pennsylvania, one you don’t want to miss is the Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania. Located in Lititz, the decades-old sanctuary, which is comprised of 80+ acres of natural woodland, offers refuge to gray wolves and wolf-dogs. The sanctuary offers guided tours, which must be scheduled in advance. And since wild wolves have been extinct in Pennsylvania for over 100 years, the sanctuary offers one of the few opportunities in the state to get a close-up look at the majestic creatures.

Address: Columcille Megalith Park, 2155 Fox Gap Rd, Bangor, PA 18013, USA
Address: Trundle Manor, 7724 Juniata St, Pittsburgh, PA 15218, USA
Address: The Bunkers Of Alvira, 1787-1883 Alvira Rd, Allenwood, PA 17810, USA
Address: Penn's Cave & Wildlife Park, 222 Penns Cave Rd, Centre Hall, PA 16828, USA
Address: Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden, 177 Rimmey Rd, Centre Hall, PA 16828, USA
Address: Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Address: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
Address: Cherry Springs State Park, 4639 Cherry Springs Rd, Coudersport, PA 16915, USA
Address: Bushkill Falls, Lehman Township, PA 18324, USA