We stayed in two different KOA’s while in Pennsylvania. The first one was in Jonestown and the KOA had a overall camp store that was used by the residents of Jonestown, as much as the campers. It is a small town that had a National Park to the west with trails to walk and a river that flows right beside the campground. The countryside is beautiful and as seems common in Pennsylvania the country roads wind around from town to town. The interstate is a more direct road and that is what we took to Hershey, PA. Our first stop was Hershey’s Chocolate World.
The first thing we did was the Chocolate World Ride.
Since one of our main interests is history, we decided to take the Trolley ride through Hershey:
We decided on the longer tour the Premium Trolley and it was so worth it!! Mr. Hershey was a very unique man who practiced his beliefs in how he treated his employees and the school he started for his wife.
It was hard to take pictures from the trolley, so we drove around to get more pictures of Hershey:
The next day we drove south to Strausberg to see the train station. On the way, we saw a few Amish carriages.
When we reached the Strausburg train station, a lot of people were there because the Thomas/Percy trains were running that day. We did get right on the main train and rode in the Parlor car. We had a fruit/cheese tray while we rode 2-3 miles down the track and back. A corn maze was in progress for fall and it was interesting to see.
Of course, we had to take pictures of Thomas and Percy.
We saw a few unexpected things as well…can anyone say “Harry Potter”
We also ran into the “Good Humor Man”!!
Across the street from the Train Station was a Railroad Museum.
Wow…2 days in Pennsylvania full of history and fun…next stop, Gettysburg.
We pulled up stakes and moved down to the Gettysburg KOA. It is a campground that is part of the woods and the spaces are nice with an in ground fire pit that looks wonderful.
We were amazed that all of Gettysburg is part of the history of the Battle that took place here.
So much to see and we really feel that another trip here is in our future. We had purchased the Auto tour program which is definitely a great idea…it will be good to be able to listen to it later. But we would also recommend paying for a personal tour guide. We saw different groups of tourists with guides and because the groups are smaller than 6 people, you have personal information and someone to ask questions of and to show you particular places. That is on our list of things to do the next time we are here. We did find another great restaurant while here, called Avenue Restaurant. The portions were large and delicious with prices that were expected in a tourist area. Our next stop was the Lincoln Train Museum. It was priced right and was an unexpected experience and they had a great collection of miniature trains and a train set up and running with different areas to start up.
Another 2 days done, now on the road heading home.