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When you hear “Happy Valley,” you probably think first of Penn State football and the long list of fall activities that go along with one of Pennsylvania’s biggest tourism draws. But in a fall without football, there’s still plenty to see and experience in the scenic center of the state.

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Few things are better than autumn in the Pocono Mountains. The region, collectively covering Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties in northeastern Pennsylvania covers 2,400 square miles of spectacular scenery and natural wonder. And in the fall, it is ablaze in color!

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With fall approaching, many travelers who may have been reluctant to plan a road trip at the height of summer due to crowds and safety concerns are looking to hit the roads for some adventures of their own. Fall is a great time of year to plan escapes and it’s an especially great time of yea…

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Thinking about taking a road trip? Consider Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, which is idyllic in autumn. Not only is the county easily accessible, but it boasts four state parks and a myriad of trails for fun and safe social distancing.

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While most visitors come to Stratford Hall for its appeal of American history, Stratford Hall is also a place for nature lovers. With nearly 2,000 acres of picturesque wooded land, Stratford Hall has six scenic trails to take that are friendly to experience and endurance levels. With the pur…

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Pack your bike or kayak and head out for adventure in Virginia’s river-bound Northern Neck, only 90 minutes from Washington. America’s first presidents, revolutionaries and constitution builders were born here and their estates welcome visitors to tour their grounds. Winemakers, river runner…

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In a remote corner of West Virginia, a small town named Gad once existed on a riverside. Primarily a farming community, the town was purchased by the US Army Corps of Engineers during the 1960s and the residents of the town relocated. This paved the way for the building of a dam, part of a f…

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My sister-in-law and brother-in-law both graduated from James Madison University, so when I think of Harrisonburg, Virginia, I’ve often thought of it as just a college town. Luckily after a weekend stay with my husband and three kids, I learned that Harrisonburg, located in the Shenandoah Va…

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The colors are changing, the air has become crisp and life is starting to slow down. All of this can only mean one thing: autumn has finally arrived. Page County, like many other places, takes on a whole new beauty during the fall months and is the perfect time to plan your visit. While you …

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It’s got to be the biggest news for skiers in the mid-Atlantic area. The sale of Timberline Four Seasons Resort in Davis, West Virginia, to Perfect North Slopes. It’s been a long sad history over the past decade or so as this prime piece of mountain and resort for skiing slid into decline.

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Lewis County is home to two well-loved lakes that are home to some of the best views, fishing, and waterfront activities. Fall is especially magical lakeside Lewis County. As the leaves change and the air cools, visitors are drawn to campgrounds and lakesides to take advantage of the many ac…

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With COVID-19 still looming large, people have been sticking close to home this summer. However, if you are feeling just a little adventurous and want to celebrate summer’s end, consider a road trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, aka OBX. It’s a straight shot from the D.C. area to the…

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If you need a change of scenery to celebrate the cautious lifting of quarantine rules, St. Michaels is ready to welcome you. This small historic town on the Miles River on the Eastern Shore is a perfect getaway for a long day trip, overnight visit or weekend escape.

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Julie Snyder has been an exhibitor in the Berkeley County Youth Fair near Martinsburg, West Virginia, since she was 10 years old. But when Snyder, now 19, shows her four dairy cows and market steer this year, the event won’t be at the fairgrounds as usual. It will be a virtual fair due to th…

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So many of us exited the spring in a frenzy and need a summer getaway — big time! With many still hedging bets on COVID-19 and the moving target that it is, Atlantic City, New Jersey, may be just what you need. The casinos have reopened with certain limitations such as dining in their outdoo…

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There’s no doubt that West Virginia’s mountains are some of the most majestic in the Mid-Atlantic. Attractions across the state allow for opportunities to step back from your busy, daily life.

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As the long line of horseback riders crossed Taneytown Road, a young girl in a waiting car turned eagerly to her parents. We riders could imagine their conversation for the rest of their vacation.

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The time has finally come for hikers, bikers, and adventurists to stretch their legs or hop on their favorite set of wheels and explore more than just their backyards.

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Nature has a way of giving us a big dose of good feeling and now is the time to take advantage of the health benefits we all crave. Virginia’s state parks welcome visitors to enjoy May’s bounty while abiding by health safety guidelines during nature’s showcase month. While Virginia Gov. Ralp…

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When exploring the vast hiking opportunities in Luzerne County, the two state parks situated on either side of the county, Ricketts Glen and Hickory Run, should be at the top of your list. Located here are two of Pennsylvania’s 27 National Natural Landmarks, America’s designation that honors…

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Wytheville, Virginia, is only a half-day drive from Washington, D.C. But when Sand Mountain begins to loom large in your windshield, you know you’ve escaped to Southwest Virginia. You won’t find traffic here. Or crowds. Nature takes center stage, especially now.

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As tempting as it is to keep this hidden gem a secret, I know it’s only fair to share Harman’s Luxury Cabins with our readers. Located only twelve miles from Petersburg West Virginia this beautiful resort is closer than you might realize. Getting to “almost heaven” takes just three hours fro…

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Tucked in rural Blair County, Pennsylvania, Fort Roberdeau offers a respite for historians, school and scouting groups, nature lovers, families and even astronomers.

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If you were heading to Ocean City and made a right turn in Salisbury, in minutes you would be in Somerset County, which is filled with all the splendors of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Pristine countryside, rural farms, small towns and countless miles of waterfront create the quintessential eas…

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Nature’s Mountain Playground is an appropriate name for the county with the highest average elevation of any county east of the Mississippi. Pocahontas County, West Virginia, covers 941 square miles, with more than 62% that is either state or federal property. Five state parks and two state …

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Nature has a way of giving us a big dose of good feeling and now is the time to take advantage of the health benefits we all crave. Virginia’s state parks welcome visitors to enjoy May’s bounty while abiding by health safety guidelines during nature’s showcase month. While Virginia Gov. Ralp…

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Discover, explore, and experience charming Martinsburg and scenic Berkeley County, where you find “Every Day Extraordinary.” Here, you can shop in eclectic stores, browse vibrant farmers markets, visit the galleries of amazing artists and savor delicious delights.

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May tourists flock to Lancaster to get a taste of Pennsylvania’s Dutch country and see the Amish farms, horse-drawn carriages and a really cool small town. But just 10 or 15 minutes from downtown Lancaster are some fantastic places to visit in Strasburg and in Wrightsville.

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While the nation continues to practice social distancing and takes extra precautions to stay healthy, we may feel we are neglecting the places and activities we love the most. Shenandoah Valley in particular is full of adventures and excursions that visitors and residents are itching to get …

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We’re all looking for some silver linings in today’s clouds of uncertainty. What do you want to do AFTER the pandemic? Should you stay or should you go? For some, travel plans are still a faint daydream but for those eager to escape isolation, River Expeditions in West Virginia’s New River G…

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In my house we have two working parents and three energetic (adorable, but high maintenance) kids under the age of six. Needless to say we are busy. In order to unwind and create fun memories I try to plan several family vacations each year as well as a few long weekends away. Lately, we’ve …

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Whether you’re a beach lover, or like to get into the woods; whether you’re into family-friendly activities or are looking to tour some breweries; or maybe if you’re even just looking to relax a little, North Carolina is a state filled with opportunity for every kind of traveler.

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No matter which Main Street you visit in small towns across the Mid-Atlantic, you’re sure to find great food, one-of-a-kind shopping and friendly locals. But if historical and artistic destinations are high on your excursion list this spring then your next trip should be Abingdon, Virginia. …

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If you ask any member of the Inner Circle of Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, or a local Punxsutawney business owner, they’ll tell you that the unique town has more to offer than just a trip to Gobbler’s Knob.