My Perfect Pennsylvania Adventure takes you to three under-the-radar destinations across the state of Pennsylvania. While many people are familiar with cities like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, this trip introduces you to the beauty and thrills of the Keystone State. You’ll start by stopping at the heart-pumping destination of Hershey Park. At Hershey, you'll ride a range of roller coasters, snack on some chocolate, and explore the resort’s zoo at this can’t miss location. From here you’ll travel West to the beautiful Omni Bedford Springs Resort located in Cumberland Valley. Omni is one of my favorite hotel brands, and the Bedford Springs is another stunning example why. The resort offers a wide range of activities within this ideal setting. The eight mineral springs in the area make it a perfect spa retreat. The final stop is a favorite of mine, the Nemacolin Resort. This gorgeous resort is located in the beautiful Laurel Highlands. Here you’ll be able to relax by the pool or in the spa, or explore the wilderness with a hike or bike ride. The resort has so many activities that it's hard to list here (read an in-depth review of the hotel here.)
This is not a plan that I am offering, but a post to inspire you to explore different vacation options. With that being said, you can take this idea and adjust it to fit your needs, maybe by cutting nights or even destinations. I list the pricing after tax (except on some transport), and the prices are for July, during the peak travel time. The trip is calculated for a family of four, but I do list what a couple should expect at the bottom. So let's get started. Below are a couple maps of the trip and total cost:
Let's start with the transportation costs.
For transportation this is yet another Open Jaw flight that you'll be flying into Harrisburg, PA and flying out of Pittsburgh. I'm budgeting $400 for this flight per person but as always if you have miles or can find cheaper flights that is only going to help reduce the cost. The rest are the transport costs are as follows:
As far as getting around once on the ground, I recommend renting a car for the week. Parking is not an issue at the hotels, and the overall rental fee for the trip is budget friendly. By having the car, you’ll also be able to explore the areas you will visit, and try off-property adventures such as the Laurel Caverns near Nemacolin. Another benefit of having a car, you can stop at a grocery store to pick up breakfast and lunch items if you want to cut down on your food budget.
For this trip we are using all destination hotels, which means hotel option per destination. I touched on each hotel before, but here's another short summary of each:
Nemacolin really did exceed my expectations as I loved the busy isolation. There’s a well-developed activity center with zip-lining and rock-climbing, golf, indoor/outdoor pool and stables. They even have a nice putt-putt course. For accommodations, Nemacolin has everything from a room suitable for a young couple, all the way up to a house that could hold a wedding or family reunion.
The Omni Bedford Springs is set in the tranquil setting of Cumberland Valley, this stop offers a 30,000 square foot spa, miles of hiking paths, a Donald Ross course and indoor/outdoor pools.
Hershey Pennsylvania is loaded with fun! This amusement park is a playground for all ages. The park has rides, water rides, shows, games, a zoo and more. The Hershey Hotel is a perfect place to stay while you explore this chocolate paradise.
Itinerary and Activities
In the itinerary above I've listed out a number of different activities that are included in the cost. I think it's a good mixture of Adventure and relaxation.
For this destination I'm budgeting $175 per day for food. In some of the locations, such as Hershey, you will most likely spend under this amount, but if you dine at the nicer restaurants at Bedford and Nemacolin, they can cost close to $80-$100 for a dinner.
If you’re wanting to save money, You can always buy breakfast and lunch items to store in the hotel. We do this occasionally, to both save money or to make sure we don’t give ourselves upset stomachs by eating too much rich food. We’ll eat something simple in the room (like cereal or yogurt) and then find a perfect spot for a picnic lunch. The lunches are especially fun because you make destinations out of some of beautiful places you briefly notice before moving on.
For couples, I've adjusted the amount spent on the flight, the activities, the food and the room rate. If you were to go, the prices would be similar to the chart below.
Thank you for stopping by to read this Adventure Plan and I hope you enjoyed it! See you in a few!