Packed with assets both natural and historic, Columbia in Lancaster County is a town in transition, rebounding after decades of struggle. Local residents and organizations have put a fresh focus on recreation and infrastructure, revamping downtown, luring a brewpub, launching a new river trail, and spotlighting the town's inherent charm. The key to Columbia's future is also the source of its past prosperity: the Susquehanna River.
Every year, almost a million people head to the Lehigh Valley for the country's largest free music festival, staged in the shadow of Bethlehem's iconic steel stacks. At this year's event (running August 4 through 13) you can check out performances by Santana, LIVE, Toby Keith and many more. When your ears need a break, there's plenty of hoppy brews, tasty eats, local art and outdoor adventures to be had in this rich PA region.
The oldest community in Dauphin County is on the move thanks to an ambitious brewery and still works project -- housed in an iconic local building -- a new transit hub and exciting changes at Penn State Harrisburg.
For generations, folks have traveled to this pastoral county to witness Amish life, drive over the rolling hills, and fill their cars with handmade furniture and jars of chow-chow. You can -- and should -- still do all that, but add to your itinerary creative restaurants, local breweries and wineries, a scenic bike tour, a deep dive into Lancaster City, an afternoon on the river and much more. If you get off the beaten path, this Pennsylvania county will never stop surprising you.
Beginning May 17, this roving party will bring locals and visitors out to experience local parks in a new way. Think beer, wine, family-friendly activities, snacks and comfy seating. Last year's incarnation drew over 30,000 people and the 2017 version is set to be even bigger.
Hit the road and head to the most-visited public garden in America. Boasting 1,077 acres, 20 indoor gardens, 20 outdoor ones, meadow and woodland trails, and over 11,000 types of plants, this remarkable site in Chester County is a Pennsylvania institution. While you're at it, stroll downtown Kennett Square, visit local wineries and indulge in the area's mushroom majesty.
A new generation of locals, transplants and repatriates are transforming Lancaster City, shifting the reputation of a metropolis that's long been in its famous county's bucolic shadow. Whether you're looking for a night out, a historic home to renovate or fertile ground for your fledgling startup, this compact burg has you covered.