Rural Pennsylvania

Rural Pennsylvania Travel Guide

For three days in July, watch ragged “soldiers” fight the bloody Battle of Gettysburg— celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2012—with cannons and bayonets. On your way out, grab a commemorative coffee mug or baseball cap at the Civil War store.

Don’t miss an otherworldly underground motorboat tour beneath the stalactites in this limestone cave; or opt for the 90-minute guided excursion of the surrounding 1,500 acres to spot bison, mustangs, and even cougar.

For three days in July, you can watch ragged “soldiers” fight the bloody battle with cannons and bayonets for the 146th time. one-day general admission tickets from $24, kids ages 6–12 half-price

Kids can try their hands at a pint-size machine-shop assembly line, or play in a make-believe grocery store.

The enshrinement of the mother of all Civil War sites also encompasses a restored Civil War–era house, where Honest Abe stayed. Its $103 million Visitors Center opened in 2008.

Wright’s lesser-known Kentuck Knob, a whimsical wood-and-stone house, is just seven miles away from Fallingwater.

Snack on homemade shoofly pie while shopping for souvenirs such as scented candles and old-fashioned candies.

Pie is a Pennsylvania specialty; grab a slice of home-backed Dutch apple at the Country Pie Shoppe in Donegal. Your taste buds will thank you.