Roadside Attractions for Your Next “Great American Road Trip” October 2, 2020 by MATPRA Admin Roadside Attractions for Your Next “Great American Road Trip” (Mid-Atlantic Region, October 2, 2020)— The Mid-Atlantic Region is sprinkled with a wide range of attractions that visitors are looking to discover during their next road trip vacation. Whether it’s a stop to stretch their legs or a place to make memories at the final destination, these roadside attractions are a perfect addition to a drive-friendly itinerary. For more information on any of the following, contact the destination marketing organization listed below. For general information on the Mid-Atlantic, visit MATPRA.org DELAWARE Greater Wilmington Visitor favorites here include the Oddporium, a gallery of the “peculiar and bizarre” in the town of Arden, a 34-foot-tall stainless steel statue of Mary in clear view of all who cross the Delaware Memorial Bridge, and a giant-sized doctor’s bag and stethoscope minutes off the interstate in Newark. Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jennifer Boes, VisitWilmingtonDE.com, [email protected]. Delaware’s Quaint Villages Discover America’s Military Aviation history with a visit to the Air Mobility Command Museum. This unique museum is the only museum dedicated to air refueling and airlift history. Or if you’re looking for a place to rejuvenate, stroll along 40 miles of trails and soak in Delaware’s nature beauty at the Blackbird State Forest. Delaware’s Quaint Villages (Kent County, DE), Danielle Jonigan, VisitDelawareVillages.com, [email protected]. MARYLAND State of Maryland While driving along one of Maryland’s 18-themed scenic byways, visitors can stop along the way at several unique roadside attractions, including Enchanted Forest and Fairy Tale Park on Clark’s Elioak Farm, a big transformer by Lawyer’s Winterbrook Farm, a replica of Noah’s Ark and Acorn Park to name a few. Maryland Office of Tourism, Matthew Scales, VisitMaryland.org, [email protected]. Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Visit City Dock, the heart and soul of Annapolis. Stroll past the homes of Declaration of Independence signers William Paca and Samuel Chase and past the oldest State House in continuous legislative use in the nation. Explore the campus of St. John’s, the third oldest college in the country. Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, Susan Seifried, VisitAnnapolis.org, [email protected]. Calvert County Take your family on a fun road trip along Calvert County’s Barn Quilt Trail. Play I-Spy as you follow the route to spot traditional and beautiful quilt patterns designed by local artists on barns, businesses and museums, highlighting agricultural heritage and local history. Calvert County Department of Economic Development, Hilary Dailey, ChooseCalvert.com, [email protected]. Kent County (MD) A road trip to Kent County is an amazing way to make memories…and social distance! Stop at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge to experience incredible bird sightings along the roads and trails. Paddling through the peaceful waters of Kent County’s rivers is a perfect roadside pitstop to restore anyone’s spirit. Kent County Tourism, Jana Carter, KentCounty.com, [email protected]. Montgomery County (MD) The National Capital Trolley Museum in Colesville, MD brings the trolley era to visitors of all ages. Experience early 20th century transit as you travel two miles aboard a Washington streetcar, an American trolley, or an European Tram. Tour Street Car Hall with a docent and ride a restored trolley. Visit Montgomery, MD, Cory Van Horn, VisitMontgomery.com, [email protected] Wicomico County The Transpeninsular Line Midpoint Marker, which was used to mark the boundary between Maryland and what is now the southwest corner of Delaware, can be found about a mile away from Route 50. Pull off on Delmar Road to see a Mason-Dixon marker and smaller stones. Wicomico County, Vanessa Junkin, WicomicoTourism.org, [email protected]. PENNSYLVANIA Pennsylvania (Commonwealth of) From scenic overhangs and boulder fields to spooky museums and art pieces made of recyclable metals, an unforgettable Pennsylvania road trip isn’t complete without a quick pit stop at these quirky roadside attractions. Buckle up, add few extra destinations to your itinerary, and enjoy the fall foliage. Pennsylvania Tourism Office, Sarah Lunny, VisitPa.com, [email protected]. Allegheny National Forest Longhouse National Scenic Byway, in the Allegheny National Forest, offers stunning scenery of the forest and the waters of the Allegheny Reservoir. Along PA Route 6 are the beautiful sunflowers fields near Kane and the Kinzua Sky Walk, “One of the Top 10 most scenic skywalks in the world.” Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, Linda Devlin, VisitANF.com, [email protected]. Bradford County Did you know, before “losing her head” Marie Antoinette was supposed to live in exile in what is now Bradford County, PA? Tour the French Azilum, the site of a planned settlement along the Susquehanna River built for refugees fleeing the French Revolution. Open May through October with special events scheduled throughout the season. Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency, Morgan Christopher, VisitBradfordCounty.com, [email protected]. Butler County We all know Mars as the red planet and Earth’s neighbor. But who ever said there is no life on Mars? We can prove it! There is life in Mars, Pennsylvania, for certain! The martians maintain a spaceship in the middle of town, which has become a popular roadside attraction. Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, Jack Cohen, VisitButlerCounty.com, [email protected]. Clearfield County Stop by the Doolittle Station in DuBois, PA. The Doolittle Station is situated right off of Interstate I-80 and offers plenty of fun things to do including: Railcar B&Bs, Craft Beer, Dinosaurs and Fine Dining. Stay, Eat, Drink at the Doolittle Station! Visit Clearfield CountyJosiah Jones, VisitClearfieldCounty.org, [email protected]. Columbia-Montour Counties Make memories by the roadside in Columbia & Montour Counties! Spend a day finding fresh local produce straight from the farm, exploring vintage motorcycles & unique world antiques at Bill’s Old Bike Barn, or enjoying a driving tour of twenty-five historic covered bridges. Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, Linda Sones, ITourColumbiaMontour.com, [email protected]. Endless Mountains The Falls Trail System at Ricketts Glen State Park is a roadside attraction where you can see some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Pennsylvania! The Falls Trail boast a series of wild, free-flowing waterfalls, each cascading through rock-strewn clefts in this ancient hillside. Try the guided ice hiking in winter! Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, Morgan Christopher, EndlessMountains.org, [email protected]. Lancaster County Lancaster County has many great roadside attractions that appeal to visitors, including the Choo Choo Barn in Strasburg and its amazingly-detailed & fun 1700-square-foot model train layout, and the Lancaster Science Factory in Lancaster City featuring 75+ hands-on, interactive science, engineering, & technology exhibits. Discover Lancaster, Joel Cliff, DiscoverLancaster.com, [email protected]. Lehigh Valley Stretch your legs and meander the 10-acre site located along the Monocacy Creek in Lehigh Valley, known as the Colonial Industrial Quarter. It’s considered one of America’s earliest industrial parks and includes historical venues such as the 1750 Smithy, 1869 Luckenbach Mill, and 1762 Waterworks. Discover Lehigh Valley, Alicia Quinn, DiscoverLehighValley.com, [email protected]. Pocono Mountains If you’re looking for adventure during a road trip Boulder Field is a must-stop at Hickory Run State Park just off the PA Turnpike! It is a National Natural Landmark and has remained relatively unchanged for more than 20,000 years. The Boulder Field appears striking because of its flatness and absence vegetation over the large area of 400 feet by 1,800 feet. Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, James Hamill, PoconoMountains.com, [email protected]. Potter County – Tioga County Highland Chocolates, known for delicious confections, has been featured in national press and news. The shop on Route 6 combines sweet treats with a great story; adults with ” different abilities” producing the chocolates underline the power of community to do good works. Stop in and discover this sweet stop as part of your visit to Potter and Tioga Counties! Visit Potter-Tioga, Morgan Christopher, VisitPotterTioga.com, [email protected]. VIRGINIA Hampton As the largest stone fort in America, visitors can walk around and explore Fort Monroe‘s 63 acres at their leisure. Learn about the fort’s history from its completion in 1834 to 2011 when it became an official National Monument. After your exploration, soak up the sun and cool off in the water at Outlook Beach! Hampton Convention and Visitor Bureau, VisitHampton.com, [email protected]. Lexington & Rockbridge Recently named the “Best Roadside Attraction in Virginia” by USA Today 10Best, Dinosaur Kingdom II, nestled into 16 wooded acres in Natural Bridge, offers the chance to walk among life-sized dinosaurs and ponder an alternate history – how might the Civil War have gone if dinosaurs had been part of the action? Lexington & Rockbridge Area Tourism, Patty Williams, LexingtonVirginia.com, [email protected]. Norfolk With 12 walkable city blocks and located off I-64, downtown Norfolk, VA is a roadside attraction in itself. Enjoy easy-access parking, then walk along the waterfront to see the Battleship Wisconsin and Pagoda and Oriental Gardens, then mosey up historic Granby Street for eclectic international dishes from around the world. Visit Norfolk, Nicole Nussbaum, VisitNorfolk.com, [email protected]. Orange County (VA) US 15 runs right through Gordonsville, Virginia, the perfect stop to stroll and discover the unexpected small-town charm of Main Street. Award-winning Virginia BBQ at BBQ Exchange, intriguing history at the Exchange Hotel and Civil War Medical Museum and unique boutique shopping of one of a kind artisan goods. Orange County, Virginia Tourism, Lori Landes-Carter, VisitOrangeVirginia.com, [email protected]. Richmond Street art is everywhere in the Richmond region! Check out a mural from the Mending Walls project: a public art project that brings together artists from different cultures and backgrounds to create murals that address where we are in society and how we can move forward through understanding and collaboration. Richmond Region Tourism, Meghan Gearino, VisitRichmondVA.com, [email protected]. Shenandoah County On a scenic stretch of Highway 55 from Strasburg heading West, Woodbine Farm is a fantastic place to stop and stretch your legs. There is a playground for the kids, a pet area, a picnic shelter and inside a wonderland of fresh, local products…also the BEST homemade cookies around! Shenandoah County Tourism, Jenna French, VisitShenandoahCounty.com, [email protected]. Shenandoah Valley Zebras, giant bugs & dinosaurs – oh my! Top picks for roadside fun include DINOSAUR LAND for prehistoric creatures, VIRGINIA SAFARI PARK for free-roaming animals, and SKYLINE DRIVE to see black bears in the wild. Through Nov 15th, be amazed by the BIG BUGS outdoor exhibit at the Museum of Shenandoah Valley. Shenandoah Valley Travel Association, Kathy Moore, VisitShenandoah.org, [email protected]. Virginia’s Blue Ridge History and outdoor adventures abound in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Find both at Booker T. Washington National Monument, where one of America’s most iconic Black leaders was born into slavery. Experience interactive learning through the NPS Junior Ranger program, walking historic trails, and an 1850s plantation complete with farm animals. Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge, Taylor Spellman, VisitVBR.com, [email protected]. WEST VIRGINA Hampshire County Drive along one relaxing 30-minute stretch of Rt. 50 through Hampshire County’s 2-lane paradise and you’ll encounter fantastic snacks at the Kettle Stop outside Capon Bridge and then feast on awardwinning sandwiches at Farmer’s Daughter. Your next stop, Flying Buck Distillery, uses homegrown recipes creating great spirits and food products. Hampshire County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Jonathan Bellingham, ComeToHampshire.com, [email protected] About the Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance The Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA) is a cohesive unit of regional tourism partners encompassing Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The group serves travel journalists by creating a regional resource that ignores geographical boundaries to better promote common threads, offering story ideas about the Mid-Atlantic region as a whole. For more information, visit MATPRA.org.