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10 Unique Roadside Attractions in PA
Travel across Pennsylvania soon and check out these impressive – if not uncommon – roadside attractions. Benzette yields unmatched elk and wildlife viewing, while Hershey's Chocolate World is ideal for visiting families.
1. Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
Especially ideal for a summer trek through northeastern PA, the Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is of the state's premier attractions, and a must-visit among the roadside top sites. Head for Allentown, a short drive from both Quaktertown and Bethlehem, and you'll find this excellent thrill park just north of Interstate 78. There are more than 60 rides here, including Steel Force, the ninth longest steel coaster around. The park is open May through October.
A quaint and charming township near Clearfield in the PA Wilds, Benezette is a popular destination for fans of wildlife viewing. In particular, the elk population within Benezette is vast, yielding unmatched viewing opportunities. You can cruise along the 127-mile Elk Scenic Drive.
3. Zippo/Case Visitors Center
A truly iconic symbol of Americana, Zippo lighters have been around since 1932. Make your way to western PA soon and check out the Zippo/Case Visitors Center in Bradford. Make the short drive in from St. Marys and enjoy a tour of this 15,000-square foot facility.
4. Bilger's Rocks
Be sure to check out the very unique Bilger's Rocks in Grampian, just west of Clearfield. These sandstone formations bring in thousands of visitors each year, some hoping to simply take a peak, others hoping to visit and explore the Devi's Dining Room – just one of the areas where you can rock climb.
5. Hershey Gardens
Plan a stay in Hershey and be sure to spend an afternoon wandering the Hershey Gardens. With 23 total acres, the Hershey Gardens is a botanical garden and arboretum. Delighting visitors since 1937, Hershey Gardens is home to Pat's Hill, and the Bill Bowman Garden.
6. Hershey's Chocolate World
The name "Hershey's" has become synonymous with chocolate treats, and during your next stay in the city of Hershey, be sure to embark on a full tour of Hershey's Chocolate World. Opened in 1973, this destination is great for families – sign up for the Hershey's Chocolate Tasting Group Experience.
7. Sesame Place
Whether you grew up, yourself, watching the Sesame Street, or have now passed on this tradition to your own family, there's no doubting the show's place in history. Plan a visit to Langhorne and check out Sesame Place, a Sesame Street-themed amusement park. Make the short drive in from Philadelphia and explore Ernie's Waterworks, Big Bird's Rambling River, or the Twiddlebug Land – among the many others.
8. The Big Coffee Pot
One of the stranger and more compelling roadside attractions in PA is the Big Coffee Pot. There should not be much confusion regarding this attraction – it's, quite literally, a huge coffee pot. Standing at 18 feet high, this giant kettle has been around since 1927, was once a bustling lunch stop, and today has been wonderfully restored. Check it out in Bedford, a short drive from Breezewood.
9. America On Wheels Museum
Another of Allentown's excellent pit stops, the America on Wheels Museum is a must for gear-heads, car lovers, and general auto enthusiasts. The 43,000-square foot, two story structure features three main exhibit areas, with plenty of side areas – all of which contain excellent artifacts, information, and more.
10. Valley Forge National Historical Park
When your visit to PA has you in King of Prussia, do not miss a chance to see and explore Valley Forge National Historical Park. Though it is just one of the many historical and important sites found in the Philadelphia metro area, Valley Forge NHP is always worth a visit. In 1777, it was home of the Continental Army encampment. Be sure to tour the Valley Forge Visitor Center, and enjoy a hike or bike ride along more than 28 miles of trails within the park