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Bradford Regional Airport now makes it convenient for Washington, D.C. are travelers to visit the Allegheny National Forest./Bradford Regional Airport

Great wilderness and outdoor adventure has always been a stark contrast to the concrete jungle of D.C. or the gridlock of traffic that surrounds it. Many folks wish they could get away but lack the money or the time to do it. One such destination is The Allegheny National Forest (ANF). Many know this destination for the iconic Kinzua Sky Walk, named “One of the World’s Top 10 Most Beautiful Skywalks and Viewpoints in the World” by the Culture Trip, U.K. The Kinzua Sky Walk is an engineering marvel with breathtaking views of the Kinzua Gorge. No doubt, one of many attractions to the ANF.

The drive to ANF is roughly 300 miles and change and typically takes about five and a half hours from D.C. While the drive itself meanders through stunning scenery, some folks simply can’t invest the time or energy it would take. Or maybe potential visitors don’t have a car. Ahhh, but relief is in sight! Southern Airways just launched non-stop service from Dulles International Airport (IAD) at the edge of Washington D.C to Bradford, Pennsylvania, (BFD) cutting the time by more than half. Once there, you can rent a vehicle and start your fun right away, and without being road weary. This also means that quick getaways make sense. After all, many can’t justify 11 hours of driving round trip for just a day or two of fun, even if the ride is a bucolic one. Imagine: You can fly out on Friday, have a great weekend and get back refreshed and packed with memories.

Southern also services New York, New England, the Mid-Atlantic, the Rockies, the Gulf and even California. Flights from BWI service other locations as well, but it’s Dulles that will get you to the ANF. Check out the options at iflysouthern.com.

In addition to the Allegheny National Forest and the Kinzua Sky Walk, there are also reservoirs, state parks of the highest quality, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and hey, you may even see some real live and wild elk! Sold on this yet?

Visit the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau located right in Bradford, Pennsylvania, or visit them at visitANF.com. Helpful ambassadors can be reached at info@visitANF.com or by calling 800-473-9370.

And in a few more weeks, you can read all about our first-hand experience in the August issue of Recreation News or on RecreationNews.com where we will have plenty of photos. One of the gems of the Mid-Atlantic has just become quite a bit more accessible. We’d like to see it in each of the four seasons, so stay tuned!

Editor’s note: According to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Kinzua Bridge Skywalk will be closed July 12-16, July 19-23, and July 26-30 for routine maintenance and inspections. Plan your trip accordingly!

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