The quiet month of November is the perfect time for a fun road trip to historic Bedford, Pennsylvania, a town sheltered between the Allegheny Mountains filled with lush colorful forests and picturesque horse and cattle pastures. This small-town America’s charming gem is just waiting to be explored! Bedford’s small-town feel, quaint shops, friendly people, interesting history, will captivate you in a way that makes you feel as if you just stepped into the past. There are unique and quirky sights to see along Bedford’s Lincoln Highway that all arise from 100 plus years of history of this first coast to coast highway.
What better place to experience all this area has to offer than from the Omni Bedford Springs, an Historic Hotel of America originating from the historical medicinal springs that made this town famous. This hidden gem of an historic hotel will delight in surprising ways as we luxuriate in the atmosphere while wandering and immersing in the history and culture that surrounds us.
Day One: Shippensburg Diner
Today we head west to The Alleghenies region of PA with scenic views of the mountainsides and rivers along our route. Our first stop is a step into small town America with a delicious lunch at a local diner in the town of Shippensburg, PA.
Day One: Tiny World
Off to a small local wonder, Tiny World, a miniature world started as a family hobby that has now turned into an attraction to people all over the world. On our way we may pass a tire rhinoceros or other creature and be amazed by the world’s largest paint can!
A special surprise treat awaits before our main attraction along with a Roadside Giant.
Day One: Bedford Springs Omni
Luxurious history awaits our arrival at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort, an Historic Hotel of America and National Historic Landmark. For more than 200 years, the eight mineral springs located throughout the resort have served as an important gathering place resulting in the hotel becoming the site of many significant moments in American history. The Omni has been host to a long list of celebrities, wealthy clientele, corporate magnates, and dignitaries from around the world. We will be lucky enough to call this expansive resort home for the next three evenings to enjoy at our leisure. Tonight would be a good night to use your dinner credit an any of the Omni’s fine restaurants.
Day Two: Enjoy the Omni!
Take the morning to enjoy our wonderful surroundings any way you wish.
Day Two: Kentuck Knob
Amazing architecture among beautiful scenery is the agenda for the afternoon. Our destination is the lesser known Frank Lloyd Wright designed home, Kentuck Knob, a dramatic and serene illustration of Usonian architecture that appears almost part of the mountain itself. At first glance it will be clear how his vision of architecture and sculpture are seamlessly integrated into the beautiful surrounding landscape. “No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for each other.” – Frank Lloyd Wright.
Day Two: Cucumber Falls
After an included lunch, we’ll continue our time in nature with a short walk to the nearby Cucumber Falls, a lovely cascade over a 30 foot drop.
Day Two: Ohiopyle Natural Water Slides
We’ll continue onto another scenic part of the Ohiopyle State Park where the waters of Meadow Run have cut a narrow channel through the rock creating a twisting turning natural waterslide. Grab your suit and hop in for some fun!
Day Two: Braughman Rock
The scenery isn’t over yet, now we’ll make our way to a spot above Ohiopyle for an amazing overlook along Braughman Rock.
Once back at the comfortable Omni, enjoy another night of dining at your leisure with a special night time surprise!
Day Three: Historic Lincoln Highway
Today we’ll travel on an historic quest along a portion of the Old Lincoln Highway. What once was built as the first transcontinental road for automobiles in 1913, is now a glimpse into our past showing the importance of preserving and celebrating such important parts of American history. Keep your eyes peeled for unique and quirky remnants of the olden days!
Lunch will be included along the route at the Coal Miners Diner.
Day Three: Lincoln Highway Experience Museum
Our drive ends at the Lincoln Highway Experience Museum, where we’ll be surrounded by authentic, articulately restored and sometimes very large artifacts from the highway. Our trip to the museum offers a slice of pie, a cup of joe, and a fun place for us to go!
Our ride back to the resort will offer you views of anything you may have missed on the way. The rest of the night can be spent enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the Omni or going downtown for dinner on your own.
Day Four: Downtown Bedford
Let’s explore downtown Bedford! For over 250 years Bedford’s streets, taverns, and shops have welcomed travelers, so let’s see what they have to offer today. An extensive group of merchants bring their talent, knowledge and passion into one fantastic shopping district in which to browse. Don’t miss the Founders Crossing Antique Marketplace for some hidden treasures.
Day Four: Front Porch Tea House
As we make our way home, we must stop at our favorite hidden treasure, a Victorian tea house set atop a hill in the center of the quaint town of Hallam. At The Front Porch Tea Room & Gathering Place we’ll indulge in a delicious high tea luncheon while relaxing and soaking in the elegant atmosphere as we sip delectable teas and enjoy fun conversation.
Day Four: Haines Shoe House
On our way for tea don’t be surprised as we pass a giant shoe! Built in 1948, The Haines Shoe House, is part of the historic Lincoln Highway but sadly is no longer open for tours. We’ll make a stop along the highway to take some photos and learn it’s fun and interesting history along our ride.
Pricing & Departures:
Departs Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool (Linwood Avenue and Northern Parkway) at 7:45 AM and returns approximately 8:30 PM.
Departs Madison’s Kings Rd Parking Lot, 62 Kings Rd. at 8:30 AM and returns at approximately 7:45 PM.
Price per person $1,595 Twin & $1,950 Single. Final payment is due upon registration. Make checks payable to Group Tours & Travel and mail to the included address. Due to the last-minute nature of the tour, there are no refunds after registration. Travel protection/cancellation coverage is available and highly recommended (approximately 10% of the total cost of the tour) but not included. One piece of luggage per person and one carry-on are permitted. Group Tours is not responsible for any delays, cancellations, injuries or circumstances beyond its control and reserves the right to change this itinerary. All trip components are subject to change in accordance with Government, State and Local guidelines and/or mandates. This tour will run rain or shine.