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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

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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

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!

Items for Your Spring Bucket List

Father and son play soccer on a Spring day

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

2014 Nissan NV Passenger - East Petersburg, PA

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!