(Bucks County, PA) With gas prices on the rise, a fun-filled summer getaway is only one-tank away! Conveniently located less than two hours from many cities and major highways, Bucks County offers small town charm with big city arts and culture.
With the average gasoline price for the East Coast at $3.77 (as of March 5, 2012), here’s a breakdown of one-tank destinations to Bucks County:
Philadelphia: 25 miles
Wilmington, DE: 60 miles
Newark, NJ: 65 miles
New York City: 75 miles
Atlantic City, NJ: 100 miles
Harrisburg, PA: 110 miles
Baltimore, MD: 125 miles
From an award-winning wine trail to charming bed & breakfasts, Bucks County encourages visitors to fill ‘er up and hit the road for a perfect summer escape:
- Ranging from luxuriously upscale to country rustic, Bucks County has traditionally been known as an “Inn” destination and is home to more than 40 bed & breakfasts! Stay at Highland Farm Bed & Breakfast, the former home of Oscar Hammerstein where he wrote the lyrics to Oklahoma! or Ash Mill Farm Bed & Breakfast, a ten-acre working sheep farm with private cottages for guests.
- Get outdoors and explore Bucks County’s 500 miles of trails. From hiking to horseback riding, take in the natural landscapes of forests, fields and indigenous flowers that make Bucks County a nature lover’s paradise. Stay overnight in one of the many charming inns lining the scenic Delaware River.
- Savor the day along Bucks County’s Wine Trail, encompassing hundreds of acres of vineyards with beautiful views. Book a tour individually with each winery to get educated on the skills of wine-making and enjoy award-winning wines or hop aboard the Tastings and Tours bus, the local winery tour guide, for a carefree day.
- Throughout history, Bucks County has served as a stage upon which some of the nation’s most dramatic changes have played out. Tour Washington Crossing Historic Park and bear witness to the site where George Washington crossed the Delaware on Christmas Day in 1776 and marched to Trenton, New Jersey where they attacked and defeated the Hessian troops. Continue your presidential journey with a stay at the Aaron Burr House. In 1804, the Vice President set up camp here after his fatal duel with Alexander Hamilton.
- Stroll the 42 acres of landscaped gardens at the 18th century-style shopping village, Peddler’s Village! Meander through the cobblestone paths lining the 70 specialty stores, dine at one of their six restaurants including their newest addition, Buttonwood Grill, and then rest your head at the on-site luxury inn, the Golden Plough Inn. Celebrate their 50th Anniversary this summer with a fun-filled calendar of events.
- Did you know Pennsylvania was home to the first known U.S. covered bridge? Historically known as “kissing bridges” Bucks County boasts 12 covered bridges situated off the beaten path. Spend your getaway discovering each one! A driving tour is available online.
- Art on your mind? New Hope, a popular artist colony, is a one-square mile town peppered with art galleries, vintage stores, quirky shops and eclectic restaurants. Friday Night Fireworks will return this summer for a spectacular light show over the scenic Delaware River. Extend your stay to discover it all with an overnight at one of the town’s many bed & breakfasts.
- Be a kid again! Bucks County is home to Sesame Place, the nation’s only amusement park themed solely on Sesame Street. Share in the imagination as the kids discover whirling rides, water slides, musical shows and furry friends! Continue the savings with an overnight getaway including “Be a Kid Again” and “Stay and Play” packages.
For more information on Visit Bucks County activities call 1-800-836-BUCKS, visit the official tourism website or Facebook page.
About Visit Bucks County
Visit Bucks County (VBC) is the official tourist promotion agency for Bucks County. The mission of the VBC is to increase visitation in Bucks County by effectively marketing its heritage and its diverse sites and attractions. For more information on VBC activities call 1-800-836-BUCKS, visit www.VisitBucksCounty.com or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to the PARX Casino). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.
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