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Hickory Run State Park Boulder Field
Hickory Run State Park is not far off Rt 80 in the Pocono Mountain Region of Eastern Pennsylvania. The park has lots of hiking trails, fishing streams, snowmobiling paths ect, but it's main attraction is the large boulder field created by glaciers during the last ice age. It is a national natural landmark. The large expansive field (16 acres!) is surrounded by pine trees. The rocks are all different shapes and sizes and are at a depth of 10 feet. Walking through the field feels like crossing a stream without water. We had a lot of fun hopping from one stone to the next. The park asks that no one removes any stones or defaces them. Unfortunately not everyone listens to the rules and graffitti covers more stones then one might expect, which we found to be very disappointing.
Directions: From I-80, take Exit 274 at the Hickory Run State Park Exit, and drive east on PA 534 for six miles. From the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, take Exit 95 and drive west on PA 940 for three miles then turn east on PA 534 for six miles.
A great historical town. The Home of Independance Hall and The Liberty Bell. Perfect for American History buffs. Be aware that if you want to investigate this part of town that there is a security point. It reminded me of the airport! Guards and metal detectors, we even had to take our belts off to go through the scanners. The security really is no joke. The blocks around Liberty Bell and Independance Hall is gated off, with guards that will only let you enter and exit at certain points.
Philly is also home to some great Museums such as the Philadephia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archelogy. There is also a little Museum called the Mutter Museum. It houses Medical oddities. Not exactly for the faint of heart!
I will be posting more info on my Philadelphia page
If your in the Pittsburg area, or if you want to make a special trip like we did, Fallingwater will not disappoint! This famous house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 . There is a guided tour that will take you thoughout this home built over a waterfall and give you history on Wright and the people he built Fallingwater for. It really is extrodinary.
Located at the site is a very interesting pavilion which houses the Information center, bathrooms, Fallingwater Cafe and Museum Shop. This pavilion is the starting point for your tour. It's a bit of a walk to the house. They want to keep the cars far away from the site so as to better preserve it.
There is no photography allowed inside
It's best to make reservations in advance
Don't miss Kentuck Knob, another FLW house located only 15 minutes away. Info on my next tip!
Address: Mill Run , PA
Phone: (724) 329-8501.
Only 7 miles away from Fallingwater, is Kentuck Knob, another one of the homes that Frank Lloyd Wright built. Nestled in the woods, on the side of a mountain, the views are as breathtaking as the house. It is privately owned by Lord Palumbo, a jet setting millionaire who is kind enough to let tours continue though his residence, even when he is home! It has beautiful grounds and sculpture gardens, truly not something to be missed.
There is no photography allowed inside .
It's best to make reservations in advance.
Directions: Kentuck Knob is located on Kentuck Road (Chalk Hill - Ohiopyle Road), six miles north of U.S. Route 40 (the National Road) inStewart Township, Fayette County.
Phone: (724) 329-1640
They call Bushkill Falls " the Niagra of Pennsylvania"
I felt it looked more like the Ewok village in Star Wars! There are wooden pathways and staircases winding around the park. It doesn't feel as much of a "hike" as it does a guided nature stroll(with some heavy climbing).
There are 4 trails around the park with varying levels of difficulty. We took the longest and most difficult, the Bridal Veil Falls Trail. It was only 2 1/2 miles long and not too hard for us, though we stopped to take a ton of pictures. The waterfalls are really beautiful.
They also offer mini golf and paddle boats on the property. And there is a little village of stores and snack bars and museums as well. Last time we even saw a guy dressed up like a bear(not smokey) taking pix with all the kids
Seniors:$7 Adults: $8
Children 4 to 10: $4 Children 3 and under: Free
I have a complete page on Bushkill if you would like to see more pictures and tips!
Directions: Interstate 80 to Exit 309, Rt. 209 north.
Turn left onto Bushkill Falls Road at the blinking light in Bushkill, PA.
Other Contact: (570) 588-6682
This is a romantic little Bed and Breakfast town. We have been here in the middle of summer at the peak of the tourist season as well as in the dead of winter when it was literally 10 degrees Fahrenheit and we practically had the whole town to ourselves! The streets are lined with interesting little shops and cafes. Not to mention the plethora of antique stores! It may be a little pricey, and a little crowded, but there is a wonderful ambiance that is perfect when you are with that special someone.
Directions: About an hour out of Philadelphia on the Delaware River
mouth of the cavern
In Centre hall PA, near Penn State University, is an Amazing place called Penn's Cave. You walk down to the mouth of a cold cave(bring a sweatshirt!) Then climb aboard a small red boat that will take you travelling though the limestone caverns and out the other side to Lake Nitanee and back again. There are really interesting formations of stalagtites, stalagmites, "cave bacon" and more . Including some they refer to as "The Statue of Liberty" and "The Garden of the Gods".
There is also an Animal Park on the property for an additional fee you can tour this as well.
Address: 222 Penns Cave Road, Centre Hall, PA 16828
Rickett's Glen State Park is located in Northeast PA. It is a beautiful place with over 20 waterfalls. The Falls Trail can be somewhat precarious at times, but you will see most of the waterfalls along this route. The trail is marked difficult and it can be slippery from the mist or the rain (depending on when you go).
There are also easier trails you can hike if your not up to a very steep 7 mile hike!
Address: The park is 30 miles north of Bloomsburg on PA 487
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