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Fall Day Trips

Fall Day Trips - East Petersburg, PA

Traveling throughout Pennsylvania is a great way to make this fall memorable. From taking in the scenery to experiencing fall in entirely new ways, there’s plenty of ways to take in the season. Check out these fall day trips recommended by us here at Lancaster Nissan.

Hellerick’s Family Farm

Located near Doylestown, Hellerick’s Family Farm is home to a family-friendly fall experience no one will soon forget. Explore a five-acre corn maze, take a scenic hayride, or pick your own pumpkins for carving once you return home. As though those activities are reason enough to visit, the farm also holds the Fall Harvest Festival from September 16th through October 31st.

Whistle Pig Pumpkin Patch

The Whistle Pig Pumpkin Patch is located in Noxen and features a number of classic fall activities. Visitors can explore a massive corn maze, take a hayride, and visit the pumpkin patch from which the attraction draws its name.

Ole Covered Wagon Tours

There’s nothing quite like exploring Pine Creek Gorge in a covered wagon! Located in Wellsboro, the gorge features some of the most scenic fall foliage wagon tours in the entire country, let alone the state of Pennsylvania. Visitors can also take a Fall Foliage Waterfalls Tour that will surely take their breath away.

Family Fall Bucket List

Fall Bucket List - East Petersburg, PA

Experiencing the fall season in new ways or practicing old traditions are great ways to celebrate the season. Cooler weather and luscious scenery provides the opportunity to take in nature in new ways. We here at Lancaster Nissan have a few items to add to your family’s fall bucket list.

Take a Hike

There are few ways to bond with your family that are better than taking a hike. Pennsylvania is full of areas with scenic fall foliage that will leave families, especially those with young children, speechless. Topping off the day with apple cider or hot chocolate is just an added bonus that the kids will enjoy!

Visit a Haunted House

Fall brings scenic views, cooler weather, and the start of the holiday season. Halloween kicks off a string of holidays and the perfect way to get in the spirit is by taking a tour of a haunted house. Local haunted houses have become quite popular which means you won’t have to go far to get a quick fright!

Paint a Pumpkin

Carving a pumpkin can be messy, what with all the seeds and other pumpkin insides. On top of that, young children may not be able to carve their own pumpkin. Fortunately, families of all ages can still decorate pumpkins with paint! Get creative with bright colors and interesting faces, then put it on display for the neighborhood to see.

Backroad Trips in Pennsylvania

Backroad trips in Pennsylvania

There’s nothing quite like cruising down a background in your new Nissan. From scenic views to long, relaxing drives, a backroad trip can make any driver feel complete. Check out these backroad trips in Pennsylvania recommended by us here at Lancaster Nissan.

Bucktail Trail Scenic Byway

Drivers hunting for a two-hour ride down the Bucktail Trail Scenic Byway will find their breath taken away by the scenic landscape. Hills, valleys, and forests cover the entire region. Wildlife is easily visible from the road. Just be careful not to hit any of the wild critters that may be trying to cross the road!

Longhouse Scenic Byway

The Longhouse Scenic Byway encompasses a 29-mile loop. Drivers will travel through Allegheny National Forest and be witness to some of the greatest miracles that nature has to offer. Those who are feeling more active and inspired by nature will have the opportunity to hike and swim. Make sure to get a good view of the Allegheny Reservoir while you’re there!

Lincoln Highway

The Lincoln Highway is a cross-country road that extends from New York to California. Drivers who find themselves heading through Pennsylvania will be subject to tourist hotspots, such as the Lincoln Highway Experience. You won’t want to miss the giant coffee pot in Bedford!

Fun October Events in Shippensburg

Children at October Events in Shippensburg

September will be coming to an end before you know it, which means that it’s time to start planning out your October schedule. Here are some October events in Shippensburg recommended by us here at Lancaster Nissan to get you started.

Creature Feature

This year’s October exhibit at the SHAPE Gallery puts the spotlight on monsters and other strange creatures and creations. Artists put their scariest works on display for all to see. Visitors will enjoy a fright from paintings and get a few chills from dolls and masks. The Dark Art Exhibition takes place on October 6th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admissions is free and the entire exhibit is open to the public.

2017 Wine & Stein

The 2017 Wine & Stein takes place at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey on October 12th. The Oktoberfest celebration features wine and beer tastings as well as live music to lighten the mood. Attendees are welcome to participate in a silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Capital Regional Partnership for Career Development.

Harvest Hustle 5K

This year’s Harvest Hustle 5K will be held on October 14th. The race starts at 10:30 a.m. and is organized by the Southampton Township Cumberland County Park & Rec department. All proceeds benefit the Shippensburg Kids Events Committee.

Must-See Pennsylvania Summer Road Trip Destinations

Woman in red car

The school year is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean summer road trip destinations are off the table. There are several areas you should visit places around the state while the weather is still warm. If you’re looking for one last hurrah in Pennsylvania before all your vacation time is spent, there are a few places we at Lancaster Nissan suggest you visit.

According to OnlyInYourState, one of the best Pennsylvania summer past times is taking a float down any one of the many lazy rivers in the state. You can usually rent inner tubes for about $10 to $15 per day on the weekend, and many canoe liveries will provide supplies for the entire day. One of the best places is Coal Tubin’, which features trips for 90 minutes to up to three hours at a time.

Stop by the Camelback Mountain Adventure for an adventure-filled weekend. Thrill-seekers will love the Appalachian Express Mountain Coaster that goes through the mountains, while ziplining and Segway trips will make any summer day unforgettable.

Finally, adults can enjoy the Flagship Trolley wine tour. Totaling roughly six hours, you can sample some of the best wine in the region for just $40. Running until late October, the wine tour takes you to up to five wineries, letting you to sample premium local drinks. There’s nothing quite like a wine tour to help you relax.

Pennsylvania Natural Attractions: Plan Your Road Trip Today

road by trees covered in fog

Pennsylvania natural attractions are equal to none, making the state one of the best in terms of road trips. You can hop in your new Nissan and explore the natural wonders of Pennsylvania, from the mountainous roadways to stunning hiking trails. Plan your trip today.

According to OnlyInYourState, one of the top areas to visit in Pennsylvania is Pine Creek Gorge in Watson Township.  Sometimes called the “Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania,” this location has several views from stomach-dropping heights. Spanning more than 160 acres, the Pine Creek Gorge is a must-visit attraction for the adventure-minded.

Next, check out the Blakeslee Natural Area. Hikers will love this 130-acre location that features ancient hemlock forests and pools, including the Tobyhanna Creek. You can even see memorable waterfalls that will make this day-trip well worth the visit.

Finally, stop by the Coudersport Ice Mine. This ice cave is located in Sweden Township and is created by icicles that form in the spring and summer. Interestingly, the ice mines disappear in colder months, so it’s best to visit in late summer and the fall. The mine features icicles that measure up to 3 feet long and up to 25 feet in length—a truly unforgettable sight. This is just one of many road-trip destinations we at Lancaster Nissan think you should visit before the winter.

Best Pennsylvania Towns to Visit in the Summer

Pennsylvania countryside

Pennsylvania is one of the oldest states in the country, which means there are tons of historic small towns and tiny cultural hubs that are perfect for taking a daytrip to. Here are some of the best Pennsylvania towns to visit in the summer.

One place you can learn a lot of local history is Ligonier, a quaint little town with lots of shops and restaurants as well as the old-fashioned water park SoakZone and, of course, Fort Ligonier, a British fortification from the French and Indian War.

If you’re more an outdoorsy type, check out Renovo, which is home to a gorgeous beach on the Alvin Bush Dam, plus scenic trails like the Donut Hole Trail and the Chuck Keiper Trail. Parker is another great place to enjoy the outdoors thanks to its location on the Allegheny River, where you can go canoeing and kayaking.

If you’re looking for festivals to enjoy, check out the Outdoor Art Show and Summer Craft Market in Mt. Gretna, the Summer Antiques Market and the Annual Arts & Crafts Festival in Eagles Mere, or the Founder’s Day festival in Dushore.

To schedule service before your next road trip to make sure your car is in great shape, give us a call at Lancaster Nissan today!

Best Campgrounds in Pennsylvania

Best Campgrounds in Pennsylvania

If you’re from Pennsylvania or just the Midwest and you’re looking for a beautiful place to spend a weekend camping, look no further! Here are some of the best campgrounds in Pennsylvania where you can camp, swim, fish, lay out on the beach, and cook over a campfire.

Ravensburg State Park in Jersey Shore is one beautiful spot that is also pet-friendly, so if you want a location that lets you bring your dogs along, this is a great option. So is Fowlers Hollow State Park in Blain, which also features flush toilets if you don’t want to go too rustic.

Get an incredible view of Pine Creek Gorge, called the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, at Colton Point State Park in Wellsboro, or get a picturesque lakeside view at Penn-Roosevelt State Park. The Riverside Campground in Montgomery is on a gorgeous river that lets you get a rustic camping experience plus nearby access to showers.

If you want to combine your Pennsylvania camping trip with a beach vacation, hit up Sara’s Campground in Erie, which sits right on Lake Erie with a spectacular view of the huge lake. Sara’s also has access to a game room and laundry facilities, so you can extend your stay.

For road trip tips, give us a call at Lancaster Nissan!

Our Four Favorite Ice Cream Stops in One Easy Road Trip

Favorite Ice Cream - Lancaster, PA
Ice cream season has finally arrived, and if you’re anywhere near as big a fan of the stuff as we are here at Lancaster Nissan, you’ve probably sampled (and/or binged at) every ice cream shop, parlor, or truck in your hometown. There’s nothing wrong with the tried-and-true; everyone has their favorite ice cream spots. But, if you’re in the mood for something shiny and new, consider taking our “ice cream road trip” across Pennsylvania this weekend.

 

  1. Franklin Fountain — Philadelphia
    As rich in history as its ice cream is in flavor, the Franklin Fountain is an old-timey ice cream parlor with dozens of flavors, bowtie-clad staff, and a beautiful location in the heart of the Old City neighborhood of Philly. Head’s up: they’re cash only.
  2. Lewisburg Freez — Lewisburg
    This might appear to be a simple roadside ice cream shop, but there’s something undeniably special about the simple soft serve cones coming out of the Lewisburg Freez.
  3. Eder’s Ice Cream — Montoursville
    When a business has been booming since 1927, you know it has to be good. Eder’s whips up some of the tastiest ice cream concoctions you’ll ever have the pleasure of tasting. This one might just become your new favorite ice cream parlor — don’t skip it!
  4. La Michoacana Homemade Ice Cream — Kennett Square
    Family-run and friendly, La Michoacana is destined to delight any customer with their down-to-earth handmade ice cream. Feeling adventurous? Ask for their classic sparkling of chili powder on your cone.

The Great Taco Trek: Pennsylvania’s Tastiest Taco Spots in One Easy Taco Road Trip

Taco Road Trip - Lancaster, PA
You can find a Taco Bell a few miles off almost every highway exit in America, but that’s hardly a good reason to hit the road. So we’ve decided to make it easy for friends of Lancaster Nissan to think outside the Bell and take to the freeway with one easy taco road trip across Pennsylvania.

  1. Taqueria la Veracruzana — Philadelphia (Passyunk Square)
    If authenticity means anything to you, you better find your way to Taqueria la Veracruzana for an honest Mexican taco. Pro tip: order the carnitas tacos; you won’t be sorry!
  2. Pipeline Taco — Wayne
    Pipeline Taco takes the cake (or pastel) for unique menu options. Hawaiian-inspired in decor and flavor, Pipeline offers the best fish tacos in PA, like the Tatonka buffalo shrimp. Not a fan of fish? Go for the Bonsai BBQ slow-roasted pork taco.
  3. Taco King — Harrisburg
    Some titles can be deceiving, but not when it comes to Taco King. Simple, no-frills tacos that are a guaranteed yum every time. For those of you feeling extra-hungry, get the taco platter with refried beans and rice.
  4. Let’s Taco Bout It — Reading
    A college-kid favorite, Let’s Taco Bout It’s fare is as charming as its quirky name. This luchador-themed restaurant offers tasty tacos for just $2.50. Explorers should try the esqueleto cactus taco (and we know you’re explorers — you’re on a taco road trip!).