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Top Things to Do In The Laurel Highlands of Western PA

Kentuck Knob mountain view

WHY GO: The Laurel Highlands region of Western PA, about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh, is so spectacular, it proved the ideal setting for several Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces. It’s also where you’ll find a “Truman-Show-”perfect small town, fantastic whitewater rafting, and one of the most unusual yet luxurious resorts so quirky, it could serve [...]

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Western PA

Wow! I’ve traveled far and wide and have never, ever, seen anything like this. Named after the local Native American chief who blazed the Indian path that became The National Trail – US Route 40 - Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, just 1 1/2 hours southeast of Pittsburgh, continues to blaze new trails year after year.   It’s [...]

Johnstown PA: Remembering the Tragic Flood

Depiction of Dam Breaking in Johnstown PA

WHY GO: The Johnstown Flood, which took the lives of 2,209 men, women and children in 1889, remains the deadliest flood and fourth deadliest Natural disaster (after 1900 Texas hurricane, 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and 1926 Florida hurricane) in US history. The flood made national and international headlines, generating an unprecedented outpouring of donations from [...]

Altoona PA: A Trainspotters Dream

Horseshoe Curve Sign at Visitors Center

WHY GO: Most people come to Altoona by default. When hotels near Penn State are full for the games, fans will bed down here, 30 minutes away. But of course there are other, greater reasons to give this part of PA two days of your time. It’s home to the world’s oldest wooden roller coaster, [...]

the most curious spots

the most unique experiences

Travel experts Malerie Yolen-Cohen and Sandra Foyt live for serendipitous adventures in the Northeast, and beyond. On Getaway Mavens, they share entertaining and eclectic ideas for “turnkey” getaways in the Northeast; recommendations (from locals and other satisfied guests) about the most curious spots to explore, the most unique experiences, one-of-a-kind shopping, foodie-approved dining, and singular luxury lodging.

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