There is one type of vaction that is THE American style vacation: roadtrips.
And I love a good roadtrip.
I’m the type of person who will stare at the scenery, pay attention to local tourist attractions as we pass by, and just enjoy the romantic feeling the open road offers. There is a sense of freedom in a road trip and it really helps you appreciate the wonderful things our great nation has to offer.
Not long after my husband and I got married, we took a roadtrip from Illinois to California. We drove north through Michigan, West over to Minnesota, then we hit South Dakota and Colorado before heading south to Las Vegas and The Grand Canyon, then finally into California. We did it over the course of 10 days with only a few major stopping points planned. The rest we went with the “let’s wing it” attitude (this was in 2001 when we didn’t have the same technologies and resources we have now) and it will always be one of the best trips of my life, despite the fact that my husband left for deployment with the Navy not long after.
While our cross country roadtrip was fun, it did have it’s share of let downs. Like the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota. We kept seeing signs for it and because we didn’t have a plan or a way to research it, we drove an hour out of our way only to be sorely disappointed over what it actually was.
VisitPA.com knows that while a road trip can create some of the greatest memories, sometimes planning for one can be a bit challenging. So they have created a great, fun tool called the Roadtrip-a-Matic that has a road trip for everyone. Planning the perfect roadtrip takes a lot of work planning what to see and where to stay. Do you want to follow a theme? Visit as many great food places as you can? Visit historical locations? Whatever your goals and interests the Roadtrip-a-Matic can help you plan it, hassle-free. For me, the Keystone Country roadtrip is right up my alley. I’ve never been to Pensylvania and I’d love to visit Amish farm country.
Take a farm fresh roadtrip as you drive through the lush PA countryside on the way to farm stays, country markets, and county fairs.
Within the Keystone Country roadtrip itinerary are 3 options, and this one appealed to me the most:
Keystone Country: From chow-chow to chardonnay: An agricultural drive along Dutch Country Roads
With visions of Amish farmers and their teams of horses and tiny little roadside stands (complete with “honor box” for payment) offering farm-fresh produce and baked goods for sale to winding vineyards and orchards that let you pick fresh apples and pears right off the trees, Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country Roads simply feature the best of agritourism no matter where you turn. Take a look at farming that uses top-line technology or another that still milks cows “the old fashioned way.” Or just loosen that waistband and fill up sampling all of that harvest bounty. We guarantee you won’t leave hungry!
The trip is 3 days and three nights and they tell you the key places to visits, recommend places to eat and suggest where to spend the night for each day. They also provide maps and allow you to print directions with Google Maps.
This is a great tool and I’m now totally excited to take a PA roadtrip!
How about you?
Which of the pa-roadtrips is your favorite?
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