DC to PA

April 23, 2011

I’m the one who moved away from PA to DC and now DC is going to PA to getaway from it all. Funny isn’t it?

Need to get away for a wallet-friendly spring break or summer getaway? Don’t want to be stuck in the car for too long? Have you thought about Pennsylvania?

Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Hershey and Lancaster, Pa. are all within about one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half hours away from the D.C. area by car.

Once you get to one destination, the others are at most an hour-and-a-half away.

“I don’t think a lot of folks realize how close these all-American greats are to one another,” says Joel Cliff, with the Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau. “What we like to say about this road trip is, it’s more about the trip, and less about the road.”

If you love chocolate, Hershey is an obvious choice.

“Make your own candy bar at Hershey’s Chocolate World,” Cliff recommends.

“In Lancaster, we have the Turkey Hill Experience opening in early June,” he adds.

There are also some new and unique experiences available in Lancaster, including Amish Camp. Cliff describes it this way: “An opportunity to live like the Amish for 24 hours plus, no electricity, you’re doing chores with an Amish family.”

There’s also a new “Witness” Movie Tour of the farm where the movie was filmed.

Baseball fans might want to make a beeline for Gettysburg in July.

“They’re actually putting on a 19th Century baseball tournament,” says Cliff. They’re going to have a weekend of baseball that’s basically taking you back to the 1860s.”

Find more information about these destinations, events and more, here.

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