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Fun day trips?

Postby Hockeynut! on Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:00 am

I was planning to head to New England this summer but my schedule's not going to allow me to take enough time away from the business to make the trip worthwhile. As a result, I'm looking for an interesting "local" vacation this summer where I could spend maybe 2 nights away from work just to de-stress. Can anyone recommend an interesting mini vacation to do around PA/OH/MD?

I'd like to keep the drive to 3 or 4 hours max (one way). I'd love something with good photo opportunities. It doesn't have to be family friendly. Wildlife is always interesting to me. Not really into "city" stuff.

Any recommendations?
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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby shafnutz05 on Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:12 am

You're going from Somerset, right? Can't go wrong with Allegheny National Forest. Grand Canyon of PA is further, but also cool.
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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby newarenanow on Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:14 am

I always thought Niagra Falls was a nice little get away type thing. Plenty of phot opps, and you can make it a nice relaxing vacation, or you can go gamble and go to the Sundowner (if it's still there).

Gettysburg is a place I always wanted to go for a night or two and the wife and I plan on doing it in the near future.

Deep Creek is getting to commercial IMO, but maybe find something down that way to go fishing or hiking.
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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby itissteeltime on Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:14 am

Ocean ****, Maryland.
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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby Hockeynut! on Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:15 am

shafnutz05 wrote:You're going from Somerset, right? Can't go wrong with Allegheny National Forest. Grand Canyon of PA is further, but also cool.


How do you know that? Are you a stalker? :?

I've actually never been to either the Allegheny Nat. Forest or the Grand Canyon of PA. I'm off to do some research. :)

Has anyone been to The Wilds near Zanesville? I just found that online and it looks interesting.
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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby Idoit40fans on Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:16 am

Cleveland is a nice place to visit.
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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby Hockeynut! on Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:17 am

newarenanow wrote:I always thought Niagra Falls was a nice little get away type thing. Plenty of phot opps, and you can make it a nice relaxing vacation, or you can go gamble and go to the Sundowner (if it's still there).

Gettysburg is a place I always wanted to go for a night or two and the wife and I plan on doing it in the near future.

Deep Creek is getting to commercial IMO, but maybe find something down that way to go fishing or hiking.


I've never been to Niagara Falls but always wanted to. I don't have a passport. Would I be missing a lot to not be able to go to the Canada side?

I went to Gettysburg last summer and it was a great trip - my first time there.

I've been to Deep Creek several times.

I was also at Ocean City once when I was a kid. Not really looking to do the beach thing this year though.
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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby eddysnake on Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:18 am

Last weekend my wife and I stayed at the Pine Lakes Lodge near Cambridge OH, a couple hrs from PIT. It is amish country and not much around but nature. It was absolutely perfect for getting away from the kids for a weekend. It's a 1900 acre property, you can take horseback rides throughout the property or hike. If quiet is your thing, I'd suggest checking it out. pictures below.

http://www.pinelakeslodge.com/

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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby newarenanow on Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:25 am

Hockeynut! wrote:I've never been to Niagara Falls but always wanted to. I don't have a passport. Would I be missing a lot to not be able to go to the Canada side?



Falls wise, you might miss a little, but you can see all the falls from the US side.

As for entertainment and other options, I think you'd be missing a lot. To be honest, if you are going to do the Falls trip, get your passport so you can go to Canada.

Do you golf? Would you go to Bedford Springs?

You can always go to Philly and hang out with Shad for the weekend.
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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby stinky on Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:31 am

If you make it to the Falls, and you can add another day on to the trip, I would make a run to the finger lakes wine trail. Its beautiful country and might be a good way to relax after the hustle and glitz of the Falls.

http://www.fingerlakeswinecountry.com/s ... trail.aspx
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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby ulf on Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:35 am

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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby mac5155 on Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:36 am

Can't go wrong with ohiopyle either. Swimming, kayak, sightseeing of Frank Lloyd Wright homes and much more. Nit a far drive from Somerset if you go 381 (I think iit is?)
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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby mac5155 on Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:37 am

ulf wrote:Put-in-Bay


If you're looking go booze this is a good recommendation but be Warned it will be very expensive
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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby KennyTheKangaroo on Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:41 am

canoe the allegheny up around franklin/oil city/warren/tionesta. the anf is kewl.
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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby shafnutz05 on Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:53 am

Hockeynut! wrote:
shafnutz05 wrote:You're going from Somerset, right? Can't go wrong with Allegheny National Forest. Grand Canyon of PA is further, but also cool.


How do you know that? Are you a stalker? :?


haha you have mentioned it several times.
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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby canaan on Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:56 am

shafnutz05 wrote:
Hockeynut! wrote:
shafnutz05 wrote:You're going from Somerset, right? Can't go wrong with Allegheny National Forest. Grand Canyon of PA is further, but also cool.


How do you know that? Are you a stalker? :?


haha you have mentioned it several times.

translation: i keep all registered users and their personal information in a dossier for "special purposes"
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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby llipgh2 on Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:59 am

Hockeynut! wrote:
I've never been to Niagara Falls but always wanted to. I don't have a passport. Would I be missing a lot to not be able to go to the Canada side?


The view of the falls from the Canadian side is nicer. But the rest of it is a kitchy (but fun) tourist town.

I think you can take Maid of the Mist tours from either side of the falls, as well as walking tours behind the falls. Both are really fun to do.
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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby shafnutz05 on Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:00 pm

Yeah, Niagara Falls, CA is a fun tourist town. The American side is pretty damn boring, outside of the visitor center. The park is nice though.

I went the weekend after Thanksgiving, so probably not the ideal time to go.
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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby newarenanow on Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:54 pm

ulf wrote:Put-in-Bay


Went up there for Xmas in July about 10 years ago. Had a blast. I remember seeing this drunk girl bicycling down the street, stopping,a nd then just falling over. The cops took her in. But it was hilarious.

Good time.
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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby Rylan on Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:03 pm

Centralia?
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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:07 pm

P-I-B is alot of fun. one of my college roomate's wife's family owns a bar there so we get everything free.
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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby PghSkins on Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:14 pm

Hocking Hills State Park, south of Zanesville, OH. Most beautiful place you've never heard of.
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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby KennyTheKangaroo on Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:19 pm

nothing around zanesville is beautiful
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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby columbia on Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:22 pm

I'd check that place out:
http://www.hockinghills.com/
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Re: Fun day trips?

Postby eddysnake on Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:29 pm

columbia wrote:I'd check that place out:
http://www.hockinghills.com/


that place looks awesome.

also Blackwater Falls State Park, WV

http://www.blackwaterfalls.com/
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