Summer 2009 Story Starters

1. Staycation/Close to Home Travel

With families wary to travel long-distances this summer, The Alleghenies offers a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities within a short driving distance of major metros: Pittsburgh (2 hrs.), Harrisburg (2.5 hrs.), Washington DC/Baltimore (3.25 hrs.) and Philadelphia (4.75 hrs.). The region is home to more than 500 miles of designated on- and off- road cycling routes, 20,000 acres of lakes for boating, 9,500 miles of streams for fishing, 7 motorcycle touring routes, 13 designated ATV/dirtbiking locations, more than 350 miles of hiking trails and not to mention more than 30 birding locations.

2. Allegrippis Trails to Open at Raystown Lake

The possibilities are endless when 30 miles of International Mountain Biking Association designated trail lie in front of you. The Allegrippis Trails, located near the shores of Raystown Lake in The Alleghenies, are being touted for the scenic vistas, total mileage, ride-quality and variety of trails--ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert. The stacked loop, multi-use trail system will be ready for activity early May 2009.

3. Alleghenies Adventures

Let The Alleghenies organize the details of your next weekend getaway. Alleghenies Adventures multi-sport adventure itineraries will help you discover the exciting adventures the region has to offer. Each 3-day trip samples a series of outdoor activities, as well as things to do, places to visit, great spots to eat and the best places to stay as you travel the lands of The Alleghenies. See below to begin your adventure:

Go All Out
Paddle the calm waters of Raystown Lake, make the pilgrimage to Fisherman’s Paradise to cast for trout and bike the well-known routes that weave through historic towns and scenic landscapes in The Alleghenies.

Let's Roll
Climb Mt. Davis to Pennsylvania's highest point, experience the power of one of the country’s top whitewater destinations and cycle some of the best mountain biking in the state.

4. Artisan Trails in The Alleghenies

Take a journey through the eclectic mix of arts and cultural attractions to meet talented national, regional and local artists on The Alleghenies thriving artisan trails. Many of the artisans choose the outdoors as inspiration, pulling from The Alleghenies surrounding earth, hills, valleys and streams.

Art Thrives on 45
The Route 45 Artisan Trail features a wealth of artists and craftsmen working in both contemporary and traditional styles. With more than 45 stops on its 100-mile stretch, visitors will appreciate the historic architecture, museums, heritage and cultural events, quaint shops and glimpses of Pennsylvania’s past.

heART of the Alleghenies
The Route 22 Artisan Trail offers an opportunity for the artistic heritage and traditions of the region to be presented along its 90-mile stretch that winds through a myriad of historical rural communities once a part of the historic Main Line Canal.