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Venture Through the Pennsylvania Wilds

Embark on this most excellent tour of central Pennsylvania. The PA Wilds features fun cities, an eclectic blend of top attractions, and plenty of scenic views. Make sure you gas up the wagon and keep the windshield clean – you won't want to miss out on any of great sights.

Grove City

You’ll embark on your next tour of the PA Wilds from the charming borough of Grove City. Just north of Pittsburgh, Grove City is also known as the Crossroads of the East, and is a hub of activity in Mercer County. Cruise through South Broad Street, the main throughway where you’ll find top attractions, and enjoy your time in Grove City before you depart on to the next leg.

Must See
You won’t want to miss out on a visit to the Grove City Premium Outlets. Shoppers travel from all over the state to find top deals and excellent savings at the Grove City Premium Outlets. High-end brands, a food court, plenty of parking, and an excellent vibe make exploring the Grove City Premium Outlets a definite must-see.

Local Guide
Just outside of Grove City is the Mercer Raceway Park. As one of the oldest dirt racing tracks in the country, Mercer Raceway Park has been entertaining fans since it’s first race in 1951. It used to host the Mercer County Fair, and still features horse racing on occasion. An excellent venue and ideal destination for racing fans, Mercer Raceway Park hosts the annual Western PA Sprint Championships.

Outdoor
Especially ideal for any visit during the spring or summer, Grove City Memorial Park should be on any to-do list when visiting the area. As your tour of Grove City winds to a close, enjoy a pleasant afternoon at Grove City Memorial Park – there are walking and biking paths, playgrounds for the kids, a public swimming pool, and a goldfish pond.

DuBois

You’ll make your way east along I-80 into DuBois for the next leg of your Pennsylvania Wilds tour. Incorporated as a borough in 1881, and finally as a city in 1914, DuBois is an ideal destination within Clearfield County. Charming, warm, and quaint, DuBois features an array of excellent sites and attractions. Keep the wagon gassed up and enjoy this leg of your tour.

Must See
Though the region isn’t historically known for wine production, there is a burgeoning presence – visit the Laurel Mountain Vineyard on your exploration of DuBois. Family owned and operated, the Laurel Mountain Vineyard is an exceptional destination for any wine fanatic. Tour the grounds, see the different stages of wine production, and enjoy samples of their wines.

Local Guide
Looking to pick up some extra supplies for your tour? Hoping to grab to grab a few gifts for friends and family back home? Be sure to visit the DuBois Mall where you’ll find your favorite selection of department and specialty stores. If you visit DuBois in the fall, you and the kids will have a chance to see Santa – old Saint Nick arrives for meet-and-greets just before Thanksgiving at DuBois Mall.

Outdoor
Take full advantage of the excellent spring or summer weather on your tour through DuBois with a visit to Parker Dam State Park. Not far northeast of downtown DuBois, Parker Dam State Park is nearly 1,000 acres of pristine and lush nature – it’s surrounded by the Moshannon State Forest, meaning you’ll have plenty of fishing, hiking, and bird watching opportunities. Summer visits mean you can launch your boat onto Parker Lake, or take a dip and cool off.

Clearfield

Your journey of the PA Wilds continues with a scenic drive east into Clearfield. A quaint borough with an overall area of just under two square miles, Clearfield is as picturesque as it is eclectic and charming. You’ll want to experience even more locally crafted wines here in Clearfield, and a visit to the CNB Bank Raceway Park is a virtual must-do. Clearfield is intersected by the West Branch Susquehanna River.

Must See
Whether you’re a life-long auto-racing fan, or just getting into the sport, be sure to visit the popular CNB Bank Raceway Park on your tour of Clearfield. At 5/8 of a mile long, this asphalt track hosts a number of top race events throughout the year – see events from the Super Cup Stock Car Series beginning in May, and don’t miss Street Wars – it’s a chance for you to get your own hot rod out on the track and burn some rubber.

Local Guide
Neatly positioned just along the Susquehanna River, the Bee Kind Winery proves to be one of the premier wine destinations in all of the PA Wilds. Pull the cork on any of their expertly crafted reds, whites, and blended wines when you take a tour of the Bee Kind Winery – Friday and Saturday are you best bet, but you can still all for a tour every other day of the week. Enjoy a nice Merlot or Cabernet? Try their Bone Dry Red, one of the pillars of their wine selection. If you prefer something on the lighter side, try the Seyval Blanc, which dances on the palette with hits of lemon and green apple.

Outdoor
At 318 acres in size, the Simon B. Elliot State Park is an ideal destination for anyone hoping to spend some time outdoors. Your tour through Clearfield might be nearly complete, but be sure to explore this excellent park within the Moshannon State Forest. Trails for hiking, biking, and bird watching make the S.B. Elliot State Park ideal for families. Don’t miss the Quehanna Trail, or the Central Pennsylvania Lumber Company Trail. Be sure to pack the essentials for picnic at any of the designated areas around S.B. Elliot State Park.

St. Marys

Continue on as your explore the PA Wilds, this time heading north into St. Marys. Home of the Straub Brewery, and a host of top area attractions, St. Marys will yield an unforgettable stay. Whether you plan on exploring the St. Marys Memorial Park, the St. Marys Country Club, or tasting local brews at Straub, enjoy your time in St. Marys.

Must See
What it lacks in size, it makes up for in taste – the Straub Brewery is a premier destination for those who fancy a well-crafted beer. Straub, who’s been in business since 1872, features three main stalwarts – American Lager, American Light, and American Amber. Enjoy a tour of the brewery to catch a glimpse of their processes – tours are always free, open to the public (or anyone over the age of 12), and accommodations for larger groups can always be made with a call in advance.

Local Guide
Enjoy a bit of local history and lore when you explore the John E. Weidenboerner House. Added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the John E. Weidenboerner House was originally built in 1881. Explore this historic site and gain a little more insight into the area, it’s origins, and some of the first people of note.

Outdoor
An ideal way to experience St. Marys outdoors is with a trip to the State Game Land 293. Especially perfect for those who enjoy hunting, State Game Land 293 features bears, turkeys, and wild deer – check out the Pennsylvania Game Commission before you arrive to make sure you have the needed hunting permits, and you can also gather the all the information you’ll need about area hunting. You can also enjoy some time at the St. Marys Memorial Park.

Bradford

Located in the heart of McKean County, Bradford is the next (and last) stop on your tour of the Pennsylvania Wilds. Incorporated as a city in 1879, Bradford is one of the northern-most cities in the state, nearing the border of New York. Bradford is known as the home of Zippo, the popular lighter brand. Make the most of your visit to Bradford and be sure to see all the sites.

Must See
One of the most popular area attractions is the Zippo/Case Visitors Center. Showcasing the history of Zippo Manufacturing, and the Case Cutlery Company, the Zippo/Case Visitors Center has tours, a gift shop, and plenty of insight into the history of the two companies, and their impact on Bradford. You’ll find there’s always free admission into the visitors center, which features the Zippo Repair Clinic – learn just how to maintain and preserve your favorite lighter.

Local Guide
Just east of downtown Bradford is the Eldred World War II Museum. Open year round (Tuesday through Saturday) the Eldred World War II Museum features a wealth of artifacts, exhibits, and showcases all seeking to preserve the history of WWII. Just a bit about locals who bravely fought in WWII, and if you visit over Memorial Day weekend, you’ll have free admission.

Outdoor
In late August, be sure to take the whole family to the Crook Farm Country Fair. A two-day celebration, the Crook Farm Country Fair features old time country music, crafts, vendors, rides for the kids, and plenty of food and snacks. Children 12 and younger get in for free, and be sure to check out the Square and Round Dance, held at the Bank Building – it’s one of the real highlights of Saturday night at the Crook Farm Country Fair.