Even outside of major cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, the great state of Pennsylvania is one of the most underrated states in the union when it comes to historical significance and breathtaking beauty. 

 

Pennsylvania has no shortage of unique and inspiring locations strewn all throughout its heavily-forested landscape, and many of them are just a few hours’ drive from Lebanon.

 

This summer, why not gather up your friends and family and take advantage of some of the most awe-inspiring locations PA has to offer? 

 

Keller Bros. Pre-Owned in Lebanon is here to give you a few ideas for your next summer day trip.

Steamtown National Historic Site

 

Extremely popular with kids and railroad connoisseurs, the Steamtown National Historic Site is located in downtown Scranton, less than two hours Northeast from Lebanon.

 

This historic park is famous for showcasing the steam-train era of American railroading. While visiting, you can partake in steam-powered excursions to nearby small towns and experience the historically-accurate rail yard and roundhouse as well.

 

This summer, the Steamtown National Historic Park will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Out of consideration for the health of all visitors, the park also strongly encourages the use of masks and adherence to proper social distancing protocols while attending.

Wyalusing Rocks Scenic Overlook

 

Located less than three hours north of Lebanon is the Wyalusing Rocks Scenic Overlook, a spot once sacred to the area's Native American residents, who used it as an important signalling point. Just by taking one look at this mesmerizing view, it isn’t difficult to see why.

 

This overlook in Bradford County is located 500 feet above the Susquehanna River and offers a dramatic panorama of the rolling fields and farmland of neighboring Terry Township.

 

The Wyalusing Rocks are free to attend, and walking tours are available. Tread lightly however, as no fencing or guardrails are currently in place. This succeeds in not impeding the view, but it can be dangerous the closer you get to the cliff’s edge.

 

Kinzua Bridge State Park

 

This amazing Pennsylvania vista is situated a bit further from home than most on our list, as it is located in Mt. Jewett, PA, just over 4 hours northwest from the local Lebanon area. That said, the Kinzua State Park is worth the extra mileage, especially for the incredible Kinzua Sky Walk.

 

The Kinzua Sky Walk was built on the historic towers of the Kinzua Viaduct, which was at one point the longest and highest railroad viaduct in the entire world. Today, the Sky Walk offers stunning views of the Kinzua Gorge, allowing visitors to walk 560 feet out over the valley, which can be seen through a partial glass floor.

 

The Kinzua Bridge State Park is currently open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk, but the visitors center is temporarily closed. Other park amenities include forestland picnic areas and hiking trails. As with all state parks, admission is entirely free of charge.


Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon

 

Pine Creek Gorge, colloquially known as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, is located just over three hours northwest of Lebanon. The gorge is located just 10 miles west of the charming town of Wellsboro, where lantern-lit streets, Victorian mansions, and small-town greenery are a common sight.

 

The gorge is surrounded by approximately 165,000 acres of the Tioga State Forest. Formed by the Pine Creek River, it is almost 50 miles long and up to 1,450 feet deep at its widest point. It is also the focal point of the Pennsylvania Wilds, a 2 million-acre recreational area in North-Central PA.

 

The gorge can be viewed from two locations, one at Leonard Harrison State Park, and another at Colton Point State Park. Camping is available from April to October, with campsites ranging from electrified cabins to rustic tenting.



 

Bushkill Falls

 

Perhaps Pennsylvania’s most precious natural gem is Bushkill Falls, which is located just over two hours northeast of Lebanon. This awe-inspiring scenic destination is commonly billed as the “Niagara of Pennsylvania,” and with immaculate natural wilderness like this, there’s no question as to why.

 

Among the Keystone State’s most famous locales, Bushkill Falls is a breathtaking series of eight waterfalls, quietly nestled deep in the woods of the Pocono Mountains. The falls are accessible through a vast network of hiking trails and walkway bridges that snake through the woods, along cliff sides, and over creeks and springs.

 

An indoor wildlife exhibit featuring native Pennsylvania animals and a lifestyle spotlight of the Native American tribes who once called this place home is also available.  

 

Visitors who plan to tackle the falls this summer may do so daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until the park reaches 75 percent capacity. Masks and proper social distancing protocols are required at all times, including on trails and in buildings. For more information on the current rules and regulations, please click here.


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