Itinerary: (Subject to change due to local conditions, unforeseen events, or more interesting, as-yet unplanned awesome experiences that become available)
Stargazing at Cherry Springs State Park
PA Grand Canyon ~ Lynn Hall ~ Kinzua Sky Walk
Three Day Tour ~ August 24-26, 2021
Two Nights’ Accommodations Historic Penn Wells Hotel • Cherry Springs State Park Stargazing • Perseids Meteor Shower Viewing • PA Grand Canyon • Historic Victorian Wellsboro • PA Lumber Museum • Lynn Hall Restoration Tour • Smethport Mansion District • Kinzua Sky Walk • All Breakfasts • Three Lunches • Fully Escorted
Day 1. Our route this morning is west to the central Pennsylvania community of Williamsport where will enjoy an included lunch. Williamsport, known as the “Lumber Capital of the World”, and containing “Millionaires’ Row, has a quite an interesting history, however our respite here will be brief as we journey on towards equally enticing destinations. We will have a stop at Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon, Pine Creek Gorge. This natural wonder is the perfect example of a canyon formed by glaciers during the most recent Ice Age. After time to view the gorge from a nearby overlook, we depart to the nearby town of Wellsboro, a town that easily equals Williamsport for charm, where we will check into our home for the next two nights in the historic Penn Wells Hotel. There is time this evening to explore quaint, Victorian Wellsboro, a town that time forgot, the shop lined streets lit with original gas lights and home to the last family owned department store in the country and a restored 1930s movie theater. Later in the evening as the sun sets and if the weather allows, those who wish may board our bus to Cherry Springs State Park, the only place on the East Coast for 365 degree viewing recognized by the Dark Sky Association. If Mother Nature cooperates, we’ll have the chance to see the Milky Way, the Perseid meteor shower, and more stars than you’ve ever dreamed you could see!
Day 2. Today will be filled with surprises! Our first is a restoration tour of the amazingly spectacular architectural treasure, Lynn Hall. Before there was Falling Water in Pittsburgh, there was Lynn Hall, currently undergoing an unbelievable restoration. Our fantastic guides who bought the property and now are restoring it with their own two hands will tell us the storied history of Water Hall, designer and builder of Falling Water who was chosen for the project due to his design of Lynn Hall. You will be amazed beyond words. There’s an unexpected surprise waiting for us in the small town of Smethport. Who knew there were 32 opulent mansions tucked away in the small town hidden in Potter County! After an included lunch in town, we’ll do a short walking and driving tour to see them all. An extraordinary walk or leisurely stroll awaits us on the Kinzua Sky Walk, a viaduct that was once the highest and longest in the world. You’ll be amazed to see the partial destruction of the railway bridge due to a tornado in 2003. Heavy steel beams that make up the bridge where just thrown like toothpicks along the valley. A presentation at the visitor’s center will teach us the history of the bridge followed by an informative video. Depending on how adventurous you’re feeling, you can then take a walk to the end, just part way or just take in the lovely views from the visitor’s center. We return to Wellsboro for dinner on our own and some well-deserved relaxation! If Mother Nature does not agree on the first night, we will have the option to head over to Cherry Springs tonight as well.
Day 3. This morning we will experience the unique history of lumber in Pennsylvania. One might think as we gaze upon the heavily forested landscape that old growth forest is the norm, but in fact the majority of trees in Pennsylvania date to the Civilian Conservation Corp’s work in the 1930s. We’ll enjoy an informative tour describing the courageous yet reckless history of PA lumbering at the PA Lumber Museum where you can practice your axe swinging, tree sawing and log raft driving skills. Outdoor exhibits include a re-created early 20th century lumber camp, a 70-ton Shay geared locomotive, Barnhart log loader, and log cabin built by the Civilian Conservation Corp. On our way back to New Jersey, we’ll make a stop for an included lunch and time to stretch our legs. The remainder of our ride home will be pleasant and relaxing as we view the delightful forested countryside and reflect on all we have done and seen on this memorable mid-week getaway.
Departs from The South Plainfield High School, at the end of Lane Avenue at 7:15 AM and returns at approximately 6:30 PM.
Departs Chatham Middle School at 480 Main Street (park behind the Methodist Church) at 8:00 AM and returns at approximately 5:45 PM. H
Departs Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool parking lot (corner of Linwood Avenue & Northern Parkway) at 8:45 AM and returns at approximately 5:00 PM.
Price per person is $665 Twin & $780 Single. No reservations accepted without a deposit of $150 per person. Make checks payable to Group Tours & Travel and mail to the above address. Final payment is due June 29, 2021. Deposits are fully refundable if cancellation occurs on or before June 29, 2021. There are no refunds if cancellation occurs after June 29, 2021. Travel protection/cancellation coverage is available and highly recommended (cost is approximately 10% of the total cost of the tour) but not included. One piece of luggage per person and one small carry-on is 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.
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