Amusement park adventure in the Susquehanna River Valley.

By Travel + Leisure
June 04, 2012
Courtesy of Knoebels Amusement Resort

With its green hills and covered bridges, Pennsylvania makes a scenic backdrop for a road trip any time of year. It also has a more playful side, with some of the country’s most historic—and beloved—wooden roller coasters. Case in point: the family-owned Knoebels amusement park, which has two, plus a 1913 carousel.

Knoebels Amusement Resort

This hilly Phoenix coaster dates from 1947, and the nearly finished Flying Turns is an open-chute toboggan. Among the park’s more than 50 rides, there are also classics like retro bumper cars and a creepy haunted house.

Knoebels Amusement Resort Hotel

The resort’s log cabins are near the park’s Crystal Pool swim area (opened 1926) and the Twister, a re-creation of a lost wooden gem from Denver. Interiors are barebones (you have to bring your own bedding), but spacious (singles sleep up to six, doubles up to 16), and just a short walk to the on-site grocery store.

Knoebels Amusement Resort Restaurant

Knoebels is also notable for some of the most inventive theme-park food in America, including peanut butter and jelly milkshakes and deep-fried brownies.