Why You Must Visit Northern Pennsylvania This Fall
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Many tourists have taken their final vacation for the summer, but there will still be opportunities to take weekend trips throughout the fall.
One of the top destinations to consider should be northern Pennsylvania.
Between the beautiful changing colors of the leaves in the endless mountains, to a stop at America's largest free-admission park, Knoebels, there is still an abundance of activities that will help entertain the entire family.
Photo via VisitPa.com.
Canoeing / Kayaking
Of the possible activities travelers will enjoy while in the Northern Pennsylvania area, few will be as entertaining as renting a canoe or kayak and taking it down the Susquehanna River with your closest friends and family.
For travelers visiting the area for the first time, finding a guide and a company who can answer all of your questions is imperative. The good people at Endless Mountain Outfitters in Sugar Run know the area like the back of their hand and provide all of the necessary rental options to accommodate your entire group.
From the canoes and kayaks to the life jackets, Endless Mountain Outfitters will provide everything needed for an affordable price, and the company will even drive you down the river to the drop-off point.
Floating down the Susquehanna River while the leaves are changing is a wonderful experience.
For those travelers looking to enjoy the sights and sounds of the wilderness, taking a hike through one of the many state forests and wildlife preserves in the area would make for the perfect weekend getaway.
Northern Pennsylvania has an abundance of state parks that feature hiking trails, but visiting during the fall is all about the scenery. The two best options for first-time visitors would be Ricketts Glen State Park in Benton or Worlds End State Park in Forksville.
Ricketts Glen features 26 miles of hiking trails that vary from level ground to very steep hills. The main attraction here is the Falls Trail, a 7.2-mile climb that takes visitors past some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world.
On the other hand, Worlds End features 20 miles of hiking trails, but almost all of them are rocky with steep sections, so come prepared. The highlight of this park is High Knob overlook, a portion of the park accessible by car that allows visitors to get a good view of the endless mountains.
Regardless of which park you choose, the views will be unparalleled.
Many families will be looking to enjoy a weekend vacation with children, and there are few better places for children of all ages than Knoebels Amusement Resort. For those on a budget, you can’t beat free admission.
The park is only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the fall season, but with Halloween themes and fall decorations, Knoebels is still must-visit destination. Add in the beautiful weather and cooler temperature in the area during the fall, and the park should be added to your itinerary.
Knoebels has dubbed the openings in October as HalloFun Weekends, and visitors will be treated to Halloween-themed treats, games attractions and a series of rides adorned with Halloween decorations. There is also an event called Phoenix Phall Phunfest that features exclusive roller coaster rides and a costume parade for guests.
With the perfect mixture of rides and attractions for older children and younger kids, award-winning food and enough history to satisfy even the most fickle visitor, a stop at Knoebels while touring Northern Pennsylvania must be on your list.
Photo via VisitHistoricEaglesMere.com
One of the forgotten reasons why Northern Pennsylvania is so appealing to tourists is the long history of the region. With generations of families residing in the same small towns all over the area, those who love history will find an abundance of it.
The first stop should be Eagles Mere. The small town was founded in the early 1800s, and many of the buildings built during the century still stand, occupied now by quaint shops and museums paying homage to the men and women who first settled the land.
Two other boroughs in the area with historic significance include Dushore and Forksville, with the former having several small shops selling locally sourced and themed items and the latter hosting several fall festivals.
There are several other historic towns throughout the area, and the spectacular fall foliage makes the perfect backdrop.
Photo via VisitPa.com
Endless Mountains of Leaves
There are few things on earth as beautiful as the changing colors of the leaves throughout the endless mountains of Northern Pennsylvania.
All of the aforementioned activities and must-visit sites are made even more impressive with miles and miles of endless trees adorning the landscape and featuring unique combinations of colors that only Mother Nature would be clever enough to create.
Nothing compares to sitting on the edge of a river or in one of the historic towns and losing yourself as you stare deep into the changing leaves. Peace and quiet have been lost in today’s technologically driven society, but for a moment of time, it can all be suspended as you enjoy a simpler way of living.
If you and your family can find the time, a trip to Northern Pennsylvania is worth the journey.
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