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Must-See Pennsylvania Summer Road Trip Destinations

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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

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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

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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!

Items for Your Spring Bucket List

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Spring really is a wonderful time of year. It’s finally getting warmer outside, days are a little bit longer, and we are able to enjoy newly green leaves and colorful blooms of plants and flowers. Don’t let this glorious season pass you by! Enjoy every minute with activities from our Spring bucket list.

  1. Go for a bike ride
  2. Visit a farmer’s market
  3. Go hiking
  4. Give your house a Spring cleaning
  5. Watch the sunrise
  6. Play outside
  7. Start a DIY project
  8. Visit a museum
  9. Go to a baseball game
  10. Have a picnic
  11. Buy (or pick) some fresh flowers
  12. Swing at the playground
  13. Look for shapes in the clouds
  14. Go outside and dance in the rain
  15. Set up a gardening space
  16. Go for a nighttime stroll and stargaze
  17. Walk barefoot in the grass
  18. Go on nature scavenger hunts
  19. Look for four-leaf clovers
  20. Paint a picture of flowers
  21. Play outdoor games with friends
  22. Feed ducks at a pond
  23. Visit a local farm
  24. Sing in the car with the windows down

Another thing you could add to your Spring bucket list is visiting us at Lancaster Nissan! We are always more than happy to help find you the vehicle you’ve been looking for.

Free Fun Spring Activities

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Free spring fun can be just a short drive away!

Spring tends to be the first time many families take to the great outdoors, especially if winter was particularly harsh. Even families on a budget can find some fun things to do in the warmer weather. Here are some free fun spring activities as suggested by us here at Lancaster Nissan.

  • Fly Kites – There are few spring activities as classic as flying kites with the kids. Grab some string, your kite, and an open area to let the kite take to the skies! Do your best to avoid areas with trees and bushes as they can damage kites beyond repair.
  • Ride Bikes – Whether the kids can already ride a bike or they have yet to learn, spring is the perfect time to take to the streets. Whether you’re hitting the local trails or sticking to neighborhood sidewalks, families of all ages and sizes are sure to have a blast!
  • Camping – Taking to the great outdoors in summer can be miserable, what with all the heat and humidity. Fortunately, spring offers the perfect weather for camping. Set up the tent in the backyard, prepare a small fire, roast marshmallows, and tell scary stories. Just be sure to check the weather first to ensure it isn’t going to rain!

History of Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Learn the history of Lancaster, PA.

Learn the history of Lancaster, PA.

The history of Lancaster, Pennsylvania is rich and varied, dating back to the earliest parts of modern American history. It was originally called Hickory Town, but was renamed after the English city of Lancaster. The city was laid out by James Hamilton in 1734 and incorporated as a borough in 1742 and as a city in 1818.

During the Revolutionary War, Lancaster was actually the capital of the United States for one day—September 27, 1777—when the Continental Congress fled Philadelphia on their way to York, Pennsylvania.

Lancaster can also claim to be home to the first paved road in the country, the Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike, which is part of U.S. Route 30 today. Several notable early Americans called Lancaster home including Thaddeus Stevens, Robert Fulton, and President James Buchanan’s Wheatland estate is located here.

As America was expanding, Lancaster played an important role by producing the famous Conestoga wagon that many pioneers used to settle the American frontier. In 1803, Lancaster native Andrew Ellicott also helped train Meriwether Lewis in surveying techniques before Lewis headed out on the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Today, Lancaster is a great place to live, work, and visit and celebrates its rich history and culture every day.

Lancaster County Festivals and Fairs in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

List of Lancaster County Festivals

List of Lancaster County Festivals

Lancaster County is home to a host of fairs and festivals throughout the summer. From Renaissance Fairs to Independence Day celebrations, there are Lancaster County festivals and fairs for everyone.

Celebrate Lancaster, the annual celebration of cultural diversity in Lancaster, will take place on June 24 and will feature music, food vendors, drinks, and fireworks.

The Lancaster County Carriage and Antique Auction will also take place on June 24 and 25 in Bird-in-Hand, which raises money for the town’s fire company, and a similar event will happen in Refton.

July will see the Terre Hill Days Festival in Terre Hill from the 14th to the 17th, and on Saturday the 16th a Home and Craft Fair will be held in Landisville. The same day, the North Museum of Nature and Science will hold the STEAM Carnivale in Lancaster, which aims to inspire kids with both science and art.

The Renaissance Fair will go on from August into October, and the Reading Fair in Reading will happen over a week in August from the 7th to the 13th. These are just a few of this summer’s Lancaster County events, so no matter when you’re here, you’ll find something fun to do!

Things to Do in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

List of Things to do in Lancaster

List of Things to do in Lancaster

Lancaster County is best known for its huge Amish population, but there are a lot of things to do here besides buy cheese in Amish Country (not that Amish Country cheese isn’t worth the trip). Whether you live here or you’re planning to visit, check out these fun things to do in Lancaster.

The American Music Theater is a wonderful place to go when you’re in the area. This year, you can catch the American Music Theater Crooners Show, in which singers perform hits from iconic crooners. The Fulton Theater is another interesting spot to visit—restored from the 1800s, it hosts a variety of performances, including dance troupes.

If you have kids, you have to spend some time at Dutch Wonderland, a family amusement park, or the Caribbean Indoor Water Park. Then there’s Central Market, the best place around to buy food—the produce is super fresh and everything is grown naturally. A market may not seem like a tourist stop, but visitors and residents alike can spend whole days eating their way through the place.

And if you’re interested, take some time to learn about the Mennonite culture at the Mennonite Information Center and the Amish Farm and House Tour.

Lancaster Fall Family Activities to Signify the Season

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Crisp air, crunchy leaves, and everyone’s favorite orange squash – it’s fall!

 

It’s officially fall, one of the most festive times of the year. And what better way to prepare for the upcoming holiday season than to indulge in some classic, All-American traditions?  Here’s a short list of Lancaster fall family activities to enjoy in this year:

 

Annual Fall ArtWalk

Art Walks have been a popular part of Lancaster culture for decades, and the tradition continues each year with the Annual Fall ArtWalk, featuring both local and visiting artists.

 

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

 More than 50 activities are offered at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, where there’s sure to be something for every member of the family. Plus, they host a delicious local lunch.

 

Whoopie Pie Festival

 If you’re lucky, you might just find yourself in Lancaster during the annual Whoopie Pie Festival, a time each year set aside to admire and appreciate the wonders of “the whoopie pie.”

 

Kids’ Pumpkin Pickin’ Days

 And lastly – if you haven’t picked out your yearly pumpkins yet – the time is now! Head on down to the Oregon Dairy, where days are set aside just for kids.

 

What is your favorite fall activity? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. And be sure to make a drive to Lancaster Nissan part of your seasonal plans!