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Nice town(s) for weekend get-away from Toronto

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Nice town(s) for weekend get-away from Toronto

Hello, I'm looking for suggestions on nice Pennsylvania small towns or cities for a family get-away in October, ideally no more than 5 hours from Niagara Falls or Buffalo. Would like to see some nice natural scenery on the way or at the destination and some historical sites as well as some general quaintness. We had an awesome time in Lake George, NY last year so would love to find a similar mix of natural and historical attractions.

Thanks very much in advance for your help!

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1. Re: Nice town(s) for weekend get-away from Toronto

It's not a small town; however, Erie would offer you natural scenery and historical sites. Presque Isle State Park offers beautiful scenery on the walking trails & beaches. The Flagship Niagara and the Erie Maritime Museum as well as the Centennial Tower are historical sites worth a visit.



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2. Re: Nice town(s) for weekend get-away from Toronto

Another vote for Erie, and only 2 hours from Buffalo. Erie is great for shopping and Presque Isle is spectacular, especially in the fall.

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3. Re: Nice town(s) for weekend get-away from Toronto

I recommend Williamsport, PA because the fall colors will be spectacular in October. The drive alone from Toronto through upstate New York and Corning will be beautiful. Once you reach Williamsport, you will find a quaint small town and some nearby natural scenery at Worlds End State Park and Ricketts Glen State Park. Hiking the waterfall trail at Ricketts Glen in October is simply amazing.

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4. Re: Nice town(s) for weekend get-away from Toronto

Elk County, in Pennsylvania in October is spectacular. We have wild Elk that will be in their bugling season which is worth the trip in itself. You can check our beautiful scenery with gorgeous colors. We also have about an hour north ( on the way to Niagara Falls ) there is the Kinzua Bridge which is also a must see. You can get online and check out The Elk Country Visitor Center for information. (www.elkcountryvisitorcenter.com ) This will be in a town called Benezette, Pa. The Kinzua Bridge is in McKean County .( visitanf.com/kinzua-state-park-sky-walk ) You won't be disappointed. And when you are in Elk County, you will follow Route 219 North the whole way to Niagara Falls area.

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5. Re: Nice town(s) for weekend get-away from Toronto

My vote would be for Bedford, PA. A great place to stay would be Blue Knob All Seasons Resort which is about 30 min. away. The resort has great rates this time of the year on their condos and plenty of amenities to keep both the kids and adults boredom free. Staying at the second highest mountain in the state gives you breathtaking views of the beautiful fall foliage. Visiting historic Bedford during its annual Fall Foliage Festival (first two weekends in October) is an event that has plenty for young and old alike. See how fresh apple cider is made, watch artisans hand make there wares. Tons of great food to eat. Entertainment in multiple locations at the festival all day long. A play for the children that they participate in goes on all day long at Fort Bedford. Visit Old Bedford Village and see how they lived and made things in the 1800s. I promise you will run out of time before you run out of things to do.


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