Weekend Getaways

Weekend Getaways: Harrisburg & beyond

Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, sits on the Susquehanna River about a 1.5-hour drive from State College and Penn State University.

This small city (pop. 49,528 city/574,659 metro) is the perfect weekend getaway, offering a variety of nightlife, cultural attractions and more, ideal for couples or the whole family.

In the warmer months take in a minor league baseball game on City Island, located in the middle of the Susquehanna River just a short walk from downtown. You could always take in city views on your way to the island while riding the Pride of the Susquehanna riverboat, which offers a number of themed rides throughout the year. Additional recreational pursuits can be found on the island, including miniature golf, arcade games, batting cages and a city beach.

If the weather works in your favor, continue the fun at Penn National Race Course, located a short...

Weekend Getaways: Gettysburg and Adams County

Adams County, Pennsylvania, has something for everyone: From national historic sites to wineries and antiques, it’s easy to spend a weekend getting lost in the area’s history and culture.

Best known as the home of the Battle of Gettysburg, over 23,000 soldiers perished here in the largest conflict ever fought in the Western Hemisphere. This monumental battle site is memorialized throughout the Gettysburg National Military Park, which protects and interprets the 1863 battlegrounds.

We recommend stopping at the museum and visitors center first. This beautiful facility houses the famous 1884 Gettysburg Cyclorama and includes artifacts like cannons, firearms, uniforms and more. There’s also a gift shop and restaurant.

This is a great place to start your day: Grab a map and head out to the historic battlefield on your own private auto tour, or take one of the many offered guided tours. We love the freedom the auto tour affords --- there’s nothing like...