7 Scenic Day Trips with Spectacular Views
By car, train, bicycle or foot, head outside to take in these unforgettable vistas.
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Go subterranean at the largest natural cave in Pennsylvania.
No blue skies or waterfalls to see here, but the views are otherworldly. In the middle of Forbes State Forest lies a privately owned geological preserve; burrow underground and discover Laurel Caverns. Tours come in two types: slow and easy, or adventurous and strenuous. The caverns’ more accessible chambers (The Grand Canyon, Hall of the Mountain King) are brightly lit in primary colors, while deeper rooms get progressively darker. In the claustrophobic Flue, you see only by flashlight and headlamp, while the Ballroom opens up to a soaring 40-foot ceiling. The forest floor is 200 feet above you.
Laurel Caverns, 200 Caverns Park Road, Farmington, PA 15437
Travel time: 1½ hrs
Where bats live. Laurel Caverns is the largest natural bat hibernaculum in the northeastern United States. During winter months bats hibernate there.
Fees & Hours
Tours range from $12 to $14 for adults, $10 to $12 for kids (grades K-12), free for preschoolers with parent. Open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., April 24 to Oct. 27.
Easy to moderate, depending on tour.
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