Best Backpacking in Pennsylvania

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  • #1 Pittsburgh Area Getaway

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    Pittsburgh, PA

    Where was your town on the list when Pittsburgh was rated Number 1 as a place to live by Rand-McNally? In spite of the grousing by those of us who live elsewhere, let’s give Pittsburgh a chance! ...
    •  One day to several days
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    Where was your town on the list when Pittsburgh was rated Number 1 as a place to live by Rand-McNally? In spite of the grousing ...

  • #2 Hershey, Pennsylvania

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    Hershey, PA

    Chocolate lovers, beware—this place will satiate your senses! The sweet aroma pervades the town, designated the “Chocolate Capital of the World.” The two main streets are—what else?—Chocolate ...
    •  One day to several days
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    Chocolate lovers, beware—this place will satiate your senses! The sweet aroma pervades the town, designated the “Chocolate ...

  • #3 Outlet Capital of the World: Reading, PA

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    Reading, PA

    Forget the history—the main event in this town is in the here and now! Welcome to Reading, the “Outlet Capital of the World.” Grab your mad money for some of the best bargains you’ll ever find. ...
    •  One day to several days
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    Forget the history—the main event in this town is in the here and now! Welcome to Reading, the “Outlet Capital of the World.” ...

  • #4 Delaware Water Gap and the Poconos Getaway

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    Scranton, PA

    The Middle Delaware River region, which stretches for 40 miles between Stroudsburg and Milford, Pennsylvania, is a recreational area for those who enjoy hiking, canoeing, swimming, photographing ...
    •  One day to several days
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    The Middle Delaware River region, which stretches for 40 miles between Stroudsburg and Milford, Pennsylvania, is a recreational ...

  • #5 Brandywine Valley Getaway

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    Chadds Ford, PA

    The Brandywine Valley begins along the banks of the meandering Brandywine River in southeastern Pennsylvania and ends in confluence with the Delaware River at Wilmington. Rich in pleasant, rolling ...
    •  One day to several days
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    The Brandywine Valley begins along the banks of the meandering Brandywine River in southeastern Pennsylvania and ends in ...

  • #6 Kutztown and Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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    Lancaster, PA

    Just an hour and a half from Baltimore, the small Pennsylvania Dutch town of Kutztown was founded in 1771 by George Kutz and designated the home of Pennsylvania Dutch crafts. Visitors today can ...
    •  One day to several days
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    Just an hour and a half from Baltimore, the small Pennsylvania Dutch town of Kutztown was founded in 1771 by George Kutz ...

  • #7 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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    Philadelphia, PA

    Philadelphia is a day trip unto itself. It’s a journey into the nation’s past, tracing the footsteps of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson through Independence National ...
    •  One day to several days
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    Philadelphia is a day trip unto itself. It’s a journey into the nation’s past, tracing the footsteps of George Washington, ...

  • #8 Union Mills, Maryland, and Gettysburg, PA

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    Gettysburg, PA

    Ah! Green grasses and golden crops woven around the contours of rolling hills. Dairy herds and horse farms tended by the dauntless vigil of endless white fences, and a friendliness that just ...
    •  One day to several days
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    Ah! Green grasses and golden crops woven around the contours of rolling hills. Dairy herds and horse farms tended by the ...

  • #9 The Brandywine Valley and Valley Forge National Historical Park, PA

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    Valley Forge, PA

    Rich with culture, the Brandywine Valley has become synonymous with regional art. The artists and craftsmen of the area were, and are still, some of the finest in our country. Examples of their ...
    •  One day to several days
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    Rich with culture, the Brandywine Valley has become synonymous with regional art. The artists and craftsmen of the area were, ...

  • #10 North-Central Pennsylvania Getaway

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    Williamsport, PA

    On this itinerary you will travel the Grand Army of the Republic Highway, named to honor the veterans of 1861 and 1865. Earlier it was known as a forbidden Indian trail; the Seneca Indians denied ...
    •  One day to several days
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    On this itinerary you will travel the Grand Army of the Republic Highway, named to honor the veterans of 1861 and 1865. Earlier ...

  • #11 Erie and Presque Isle Getaway

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    Erie, PA

    The romance of days gone by is present not only in stories about rum-running but also in legends based on historical fact from the early days of Erie. The Underground Railroad is depicted in ...
    •  One day to several days
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    The romance of days gone by is present not only in stories about rum-running but also in legends based on historical fact ...

  • #12 Bucks County Getaway

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    New Hope, PA

    A getaway to Bucks County will take you out of the city and into lush green rolling hills, past large farms with sleek horses and woods and meadows interlaced with many gushing creeks and meandering ...
    •  One day to several days
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    A getaway to Bucks County will take you out of the city and into lush green rolling hills, past large farms with sleek horses ...

  • #13 Pennsylvania Dutch Region Getaway

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    Lancaster, PA

    Beginning in 1727 the Amish, also known as the “plain people,” emigrated from Europe to find freedom from persecution. The Pennsylvania Dutch region is a fascinating place to visit because of ...
    •  One day to several days
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    Beginning in 1727 the Amish, also known as the “plain people,” emigrated from Europe to find freedom from persecution. The ...

  • #14 Gettysburg Area Getaway

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    York, PA

    The Civil War had been waged for two years when Confederate General Robert E. Lee marched into Pennsylvania on June 3, 1863, with 75,000 soldiers from the Army of Northern Virginia. General George ...
    •  One day to several days
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    The Civil War had been waged for two years when Confederate General Robert E. Lee marched into Pennsylvania on June 3, 1863, ...

  • #15 Philadelphia Getaway

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    Philadelphia, PA

    The “City of Brotherly Love” was so proclaimed by William Penn, who believed that settlers should be free to live by their own laws and that no one should be “molested or prejudiced for his or ...
    •  One day to several days
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    The “City of Brotherly Love” was so proclaimed by William Penn, who believed that settlers should be free to live by their ...

  • #16 Harrisburg and Hershey Getaway

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    Harrisburg, PA

    Harrisburg and Hershey offer you glimpses of two eras in the historic development of South-Central Pennsylvania. Harrisburg 17105 This eTrail has everything you need to plan a travel experience ...
    •  One day to several days
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    Harrisburg and Hershey offer you glimpses of two eras in the historic development of South-Central Pennsylvania. Harrisburg ...

  • #17 Caledonia Dreaming

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    Chambersburg, PA

    A gentle trip suitable for new backpackers, this “lollipop loop” will take you high up the Pennsylvania Blue Ridge, along a memorable lakeshore, and up and over Rocky Knob. It will also give ...
    •  2-3 days
    •  19.6 miles
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    A gentle trip suitable for new backpackers, this “lollipop loop” will take you high up the Pennsylvania Blue Ridge, along ...

  • #18 Front and Center: The Allegheny Front Trail

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    Six Mile Run, PA

    Over its 40-mile course, the lovely Allegheny Front Trail (AFT) passes through remarkably varied terrain that includes mature hardwood forests, pine plantations, beautiful water courses like ...
    •  3-5 days
    •  39.6 miles
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    Over its 40-mile course, the lovely Allegheny Front Trail (AFT) passes through remarkably varied terrain that includes mature ...

  • #19 Which Way to Munich?

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    Slate Run, PA

    The Black Forest Trail (BFT)—with its sharp elevation gain, convoluted route, and wild succession of ups and downs—demands a great deal from those seeking to walk it, but it gives a great deal ...
    •  2-6 days
    •  42 miles
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    The Black Forest Trail (BFT)—with its sharp elevation gain, convoluted route, and wild succession of ups and downs—demands ...

  • #20 Welcome to the Forest Primeval

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    Ansonia, PA

    Almost all of Potter County, Pennsylvania, was clear-cut in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but the second-growth forest surrounding the Susquehannock Trail System (STS) will ...
    •  4-10 days
    •  81 miles
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    Almost all of Potter County, Pennsylvania, was clear-cut in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but the second-growth ...