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Discover Pennsylvania's Heritage: 7 Day trips for You and Your Family

Mar 16, 2016 04:58PM ● By Shannon Ostrovsky

Endless Mountains

Learn through experience the important role Pennsylvania played in the development of the United States. The birth and impact of vital industries like oil and steel is captured in 12 historically and culturally significant regions—most are close enough in proximity for day trips for you and your family.

Here’s a look at 7 of them   

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor: This landscape of scenic waterways, forested mountains, rolling hills and valleys, thriving cities and quaint towns, cultural landmarks, and the remnants of historic canals and early industries stretches for 165 miles. From Wilkes-Barre to the Delaware River port of Bristol, the Delaware & Lehigh Trail is the corridor’s spine, and passes through five counties:  Luzerne, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Bucks. 

Endless Mountains Heritage Region: Dubbed Pennsylvania’s best-kept secret, the landscape features a blanket of rolling hills, interspersed with historic towns, hamlets, farmsteads, pastures and quiet rambling roads. 

Lumber Heritage Region: Visitors enjoy a range of diverse experiences. Peruse dark, starry skies with fellow astronomers at Cherry Springs State Park, canoe through the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania or enjoy the peace and quiet of the Susquehanna Wild Area. The history and heritage of the region’s ties to its forests is learned along the way. 

Oil Region National Heritage Area: The first oil well was drilled in this picturesque Pennsylvania valley in Venango County. This exhibit is inside Drake Well Museum near Titusville, PA. Mr. Heisman (whose cooperage business is portrayed in background) was the father of John Heisman, namesake of college football’s highest award, the Heisman Trophy. In the foreground is a wagon used for transporting nitroglycerin to oil wells to be shot down the well to increase its oil productivity. 

PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor: Pennsylvania Route 6 encompasses 11 counties and stretches over 400 miles across northern PA. Visitors encounter many of the Keystone State’s historic treasures and scenic places. 

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area: The legacy of Big Steel, and the heritage inherent in America’s Second Industrial Revolution, is chronicled in the Pittsburgh area and the river valleys of southwestern Pennsylvania.  

Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area: The Schuylkill River, Pennsylvania’s first designated Scenic River, is central to the story of the colonization and industrialization of America. 

Photo Credit: Adam Piscitelli, Ian Hapsias & Marilyn Black

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