11 Places In Pennsylvania You Need To Visit During Spring Break

11 Places In Pennsylvania You Need To Visit During Spring Break

Go on an adventure!

Make the most of your break by going out and experiencing all the beautiful things Pennsylvania has to offer! Many of us Pennsylvanians complain about the area being "boring", but there are so many amazing adventures to take, and these are just a few:

1. Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park

An all-water limestone cavern that can be experienced by a boat ride straight through the cave! Did I mention there's cute animals in the Wildlife Park at the end?

2. Centralia

Due to the result of a mine-fire, Centralia is an almost entirely abandoned town with still-burning fires beneath its art covered streets. Visit and showcase your own art, or just explore this so called "ghost town."

3. Allentown Rose Gardens

Nothing like an old-fashioned garden straight out of Alice and Wonderland complete with beautiful flowers and ponds to get you in the spring mood!

4. Fonthill Concrete Castle

Who knew Pennsylvania had its very own castle!? Even better yet, you can get a tour of this beautiful estate. (Great for Instagram pictures by the way)

5. Presque Isle

What better way to take a break than to visit the shore? A so-called "migrating peninsula" now located in Erie, PA. Its beautiful shoreline and waters are perfect for a beach trip, boating excursion or fishing. There are also hiking and biking opportunities.

6. Fallingwater

Look, we all need to de-stress from classes, so, what better way to do that than see one of the most peaceful areas in Pennsylvania? This house on a waterfall is open to the public!

7. Longwood Gardens

Not only is this a beautiful string of gardens, but it also incorporates the arts with amazing performances and events.

8. Cherry Springs State Park

This state park is known to have the darkest skies because of its remoteness, which makes it absolutely stunning for star gazing. (*cough* cute date idea boys *cough*)

9. "Grand Canyon" of Pennsylvania

Hey, if you can't make it out to the real thing, this is a beautiful alternative. This faux grand canyon is located in Tioga State Forest.

10. Laurel Caverns

Become a true spelunker and walk through the largest cavern in Pennsylvania!

11. Strasburg

A town located in Lancaster, PA that is often referred to as the "Train Town USA." Whether you go on a train ride or explore the local shops, this town is gorgeous! (And really cute for candids!)

So no more excuses! Get up, stop watching Netflix and have an adventure with your best friends!

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Traveling Is Great, But Packing Is The Worst Task Of All Time

I'm probably taking this out of proportion...but hear me out!


When I was a kid, packing wasn't such a big deal. I had both of my parents with me, so if I forgot something, they'd just take me to the store and it'd all be okay. Now, I'm more or less on my own. Lucky for me, I have my fiance who calms my nerves, but he also insists on packing early when I'd rather put it off. If I'm going to be living out of a suitcase for long enough, why would I make it even longer?

I admit that I also procrastinate packing because it makes me anxious. Remembering everything I need for a weekend, week, or longer is so stressful to me, but I'm 99% sure I'm not alone in this feeling. Traveling is an anxiety-provoking experience that can be extremely draining. Every time I travel, even if it's simply a three-hour drive to Chicago or St. Louis, I come home exhausted! Maybe I'm a wimp, or maybe I'm onto something.

Getting out of our comfort zone is really difficult.

I know that I'm not the only one who feels this way. It's a huge leap of faith to do things that are outside of our normal, everyday activities. If you struggle with anxiety as I do, it's even harder to manage abnormal environments.

Don't get me wrong — I absolutely love vacationing. I can't wait to go on my honeymoon this summer! It's not the vacation that stresses me out but the preparation and travel. There's so much to get ready (especially for us women — am I right, ladies?), and I'm always scared I'll leave something behind I can't easily buy away from home, like my prescription medications.

Alongside the anxiety of my forgetfulness, I also am never calm in stress-provoking environments like airports. Everyone is rushing around everywhere, so even if I know that I'm on time, I get stressed out just being in a place where other people are stressed. I know airports have this whole "she got off the plane!" vibe thanks to Friends, but to me, there's nothing romantic about them...at all.

So, is traveling really worth the stress of it all?

If you asked me the night before I leave to go somewhere, I'd probably tell you no. But if you asked me when I got to my destination, I would say YES — traveling is so worth it! You get to go to a new place and try new things and stay at a hotel or condo that's not your house. Everything about it is strange yet exciting at the same time.

Take it from the most introverted introvert out there: traveling is worth the stress. The airports, cars, packing, and any other challenges are all worth it because you get to create memories that will last a lifetime — sorry, not sorry, for the terrible cliche. In the end, you're not going to remember the stress. You're going to remember the moment when you climbed to the top of that mountain or felt the sand between your toes. You're going to remember the people you were with, the memories, and the love and friendship you share.

Trust me, explore the world — it's worth the stress.

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