Day Trips Along the Pennsylvania Turnpike from Carlisle

If you are a Carlisle Bed and Breakfast visitor there is a variety of things to do along the Pennsylvania Turnpike. These options include the aroma of chocolate, learning about making glass and a Civil War battle.

Hershey Chocolate World
251 Park Boulevard
Hershey, PA 17033
(717) 534-4900

Less than 40 minutes from your Carlisle Inn is a town where the smell of chocolate surpasses all others. It is said that you can gain three pounds just by standing on the corner of Cocoa and Chocolate Avenues. Start you visit at Hershey's Chocolate World. Here you will find out just how chocolate is made and get a sample on the free tour. If it is not enough of the sweet stuff, try the new attraction, create your own candy bar. Still trying to fill the sweet tooth? Go for the Chocolate Tasting Adventure. You get to learn more about chocolate and taste it. Tickets for the tasting are available at the 3D Theater box office. Call ahead for tasting times. 717-534-4900.

If thrill rides are more for you, Hershey Park offers roller coasters and fine entertainment. Tip: visit the park on Sunday through Thursday during May and June to avoid the crowds. When you enter the park, head for the roller coasters and water rides first.

These are just some of the delicious attractions in chocolate town; and don't leave without taking a look at the kiss-shaped street lights.

Susquehanna Glass Factory
731 Ave. H
Columbia, PA, 17512
(800) 592-3646

Take a free factory tour at the Susquehanna Glass Factory. This is one of the oldest glass factories in the United States and is still family owned. On the tour you are able to watch the craftspeople decorate glass, including hand-cutting and personalizing. Call for reservations for this step back in time tour.

Gettysburg National Park
Visitors Center
1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 338-1243

It is suggested to begin your trip at the National Park Service Museum and Visitor Center. Here you can scope out just what you want to see on your Carlisle Inn day trip, and all the information on things to do is available at the center. There is also a film at the center narrated by Morgan Freeman, "A New Birth of Freedom" and also the Gettysburg Cyclorama which has been restored and tells the story of Pickett's Charge. The center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's and hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 1 to March 31 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 1 to October 31. There is also a Refreshment Saloon, done in a Civil War Soldier's Rest motif, serving sandwiches and drinks.

There are options for Gettysburg travelers including tours of the battlefield, self-guided and guided, horseback rides through the park and much more. Visitors can tour the David Wills House, where President Lincoln added the final touches to his Gettysburg Address. Soldier's National Cemetery is open to the public, many of the Union soldiers are buried there.

Tour of the Eisenhower home and farm. It is actually connected to the battlefield and is known as the Eisenhower National Historical Site.

For general information or to request brochures call the Gettysburg Convention Bureau at 1-800-337-5015.