Friday, June 08, 2012

Plan Your Pennsylvania RoadTrip with Roadtrip-a-Matic

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You know how much work is involved when you're planning a trip - visiting the tourism websites, requesting travel guides, trying to digest all the information so that you can make the most of your trip.  Where to go, what to do, where to stay, what to see - sometimes it can be overwhelming.  Or my personal regret - grabbing the brochures or the travel guides and then finally sitting down to read them after the trip - at which time I find all kinds of fun things I would have loved to do and see.
visitPA-Roadtrip_box_720px.jpg, the official tourism website of Pennsylvania has come up with an awesome idea - pre-planned roadtrips.  They call it Roadtrip-a-Matic, and it's like they've got all these pre-packaged trips all boxed up and waiting for you.  Not that you're limited to just what they've planned for you, but it's certainly a great place to start.  It's like asking the locals what they'd recommend you see and do.  Simply browse the website and look through the dozens of ready-to-ride roadtrips available.  They've got trips for visitors looking for outdoor experiences, small town charm, historic landmarks, shopping, the best in PA beer, wine, and food,  and so much more.

When you find a roadtrip you like, you can download and print the pdf.  It tells you where to go, what to do, where to eat and where to sleep - all the planning!  How easy is that?  Of course, just because you printed the trip out, you're not commited to do everything on the list - and you can spend more or less time.  It's really up to you. There is also a whole list of worthy detours you can make along the way and additional resources for more information.  The only thing I don't see is a map or directions, or at least an address for each destination so visitors can plug that into their GPS or Google Maps on their cell phones, which would be really helpful.

Browsing through the pa-roadtrips available, I'm having a hard time choosing just one.  They all look great - except maybe the golfing trips, which I'm sure Jeffrey would like.  I'm thinking, since I've never been to Pennsylvania that this one called PA 101 - Western Pennysylvania's Greatest Hits would be a good one.  I think it would be nice to see a nice sampling of what PA has to offer and learn a bit about the state while we're there.  Here's a description of this roadtrip:
Duration: Two days and two nights
There aren’t many places where you can get a complete education that covers art, natural science and history like you can in the Pittsburgh area. This road trip will give you a lesson on two of the most renowned artists of our time in Andy Warhol and Frank Lloyd Wright. You will also learn the importance of economics during our shopping excursions. Nature will be front and center as you scale Mount Washington and visit one of Western Pennsylvania’s beautiful state parks. And, through it all, you will come face-to-face with history at every turn. Buckle up and hit the road with us as we explore all that greater Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania has to offer.
It would be a fun getaway for Jeffrey and me.  Maybe we could even find a golf course along the way - as long as he's scaling that mountain with me!

Be sure to check out Roadtrip-a-Matic on and pick out your own roadtrips.  Which one most appeals to you?

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