Pennsylvania’s cities and towns promise plenty of excitement. But, sometimes it’s nice to just get away. To the small towns in Pennsylvania where time seems to stand still. You know the kind. Everyone knows everyone else’s name. Main Street is
the place to be. And, even though there is plenty to do, life just seems so much simpler. Today, let’s travel to nine of the sleepy small towns in Pennsylvania where things never seem to change.
The timeless town of Hamburg, named after the town of the same name in Germany, draws countless Pennsylvanians every September for the annual Hamburg-er Festival. Home to just over 4,000 residents, Hamburg promises plenty to do. Visit the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum and the Gallery of Hamburg. Or, relax at Kaercher Creek Park or Kernsville Dam Recreational Area.
Experience the small town friendliness of yesteryear in the enchanting town of Lititz. Previously named America's Coolest Small Town, Lititz boasts a traditional downtown. Stroll along the main street that's dotted with eclectic shops and quaint restaurants. Indulged in hand-dipped ice cream at Isabella's Ice Cream Parlor. And, learn how to twist pretzels at the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery.
3. Jim Thorpe
Charm oozes from Jim Thorpe, known as America's Switzerland. Meander through the enchanting downtown, dotted with Victorian-style homes, shops, and restaurants. Then, climb aboard the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway for a picturesque round trip through nearby Lehigh Gorge State Park. For a truly unique experience, visit Jim Thorpe in the fall for the annual Fall Foliage Weekends.
4. Eagles Mere
A trip to the quaint village of Eagles Mere is like stepping back in time. Home to less than 120 full-time residents, the adorable town has certainly earned the moniker of "Last Unspoiled Resort." Stroll across a picturesque footbridge. Sunbathe on the lush grass overlooking the lake. Or, go sailboating on the lake. The village also features an assortment of shops, museums, and restaurants.
A simple wooden sign alerts visitors they have arrived in the quaint town of Volant. Home to less than 200, the naturally beautiful town, surrounded by Amish farms, stretches across 70 acres. Drive alongside horses pulling buggies. Then, explore the historic Volant Mills, a former grist mill that's now a gift shop.
Travel back to colonial times when you visit Old Bedford Village. Or, head to Bedford's historic, timeless downtown that offers plenty to do. Watch a current hit film at the historic Pitt Theatre, Pennsylvania's oldest continuously operating movie theater. Explore the Fort Bedford Museum and the Coverlet Museum. Or, go shopping at the assortment of stores in the historic downtown.
Escape to the sleepy town of Hawley. Relax in ultimate luxury at the Woodloch Resort. Dine next to a waterfall at Glass - wine, bar, kitchen. Or, explore Lake Wallenpaupack on a scenic cruise. Hawley offers old-fashioned small town friendliness and such family-friendly destinations as Costa's Family Fun Park.
Tunkhannock, a charming town of more than 1,700, sits in the shadow of Osterhout Mountain. Plan what you want to do before heading to this timeless town that's packed with activities. Take in a movie at the Dietrich Theater, which opened in 1936. Go hiking or biking on the picturesque, two-mile Iroquois Trail. Or, sip wine at the Nimble Hill Vineyard & Winery.
Stroll along Main Street in Wellsboro or hop aboard a tourist trolley to discover the sheer charm of this timeless town. Spend the day shopping at the assortment of stores on Main Street. Or, head to nearby Leonard Harrison State Park or Colton Point State Park for sweeping views of Pine Creek Gorge. Then, sit down for a dinner at the old-fashioned Wellsboro Diner, Dumpling House, or Timeless Destination.
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