Washington Crossing Historic Park Recognized as an American Icon in
National Geographic Book
USA 101 A Guide to America’s Iconic Places, Events, and Festivals

       (Bucks County, PA) America has an abundance of city sights, scenic areas, cultural events and points of interest that would take a lifetime to explore. In a new book from National Geographic, award-winning travel writer Gary McKechnie has distilled the “American experience” into 101 quintessential destinations that celebrate our country in all its quirky diversity. Bucks County has received the honor of being recognized in this book with the inclusion of Washington Crossing Historic Park as being a part of the 101 Iconic places that symbolize Americana.
USA 101: A Guide to America’s Iconic Places, Events, and Festivals is a unique and entertaining travel guide that stitches together a whole crazy quilt of icons, events, fairs and festivals that encompass history, faith, art, nature, sport, leisure and the nation’s favorite pastimes.
“We are thrilled to see that National Geographic has recognized the significant history and beauty of Washington Crossing Historic Park.  It is quite an honor to be included in their guide to America's top 101 iconic events and places.” Stated Hilary Jebitsch, Site Administrator of the Washington Crossing Historic Park.
Washington Crossing Historic Park is a significant piece of our nation’s history that holds an important story to be told. Within the 500 acre park is the site where General George Washington crossed the Delaware River on Christmas Night in 1776 to defeat the Hessian Troops. Visitors are able to encounter re-enactments throughout the park and tour historical structures, such as the 19th century village of Taylorsville, with a tale around every corner.
“We strongly believe Washington Crossing Historic Park is significant for the economic development of tourism for the county and for the region’s countryside.” Stated Jerry Lepping, Executive Director of Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau, “It is a national historic treasure that brings in half a million visitors a year; providing education to thousands of students, which in turn contributes to our local economy and educates the minds of our future leaders.”
The fivescore and one indelibly American destinations range from the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate Bridge, from Graceland to Disneyland. There are perennial sporting rituals like the Army-Navy football game, the Little League World Series and the Iditarod, plus dozens more favorite institutions, old and new, from the Appalachian Trail, Indian powwows, barbershop quartets and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Jam-packed with interesting anecdotes, this tour around America takes readers on an exciting voyage of discovery. Each destination is introduced with an entertaining, descriptive narrative that captures its history and special appeal as well as detailed practical advice, contact information and useful tips for visitors.
“If your perception of George Washington crossing the Delaware is based on the famous and improbable image of Emanual Leutze’s 1851 painting, wait until you hear what really happened that night…” Begins the narrative for Washington Crossing Historic Park’s introduction. Back matter includes a comprehensive list of lodging and dining suggestions including the Inn at Bowman’s Hill, Washington Crossing Inn and Logan Inn.
An enlightening and irresistible read, USA 101 is a panorama of treasured traditions and beloved national possessions that will surprise, amuse and inform even the most sophisticated traveler. Books are on sale now for $18.95.
To arrange an interview with McKechnie, contact John McFeely at (202) 857-7659 or jmcfeely@ngs.org

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CONTACT:
John McFeely
(202) 857-7659
jmcfeely@ngs.org

Michelle Greco, Public Relations Manager
Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau
215 639 0300 x231
MGreco@visitbuckscounty.com


About Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau (BCCVB)

The Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau, Inc (BCCVB) is the official tourist promotion agency for Bucks County. The mission of the BCCVB is to increase visitation in Bucks County by effectively marketing its heritage and its diverse sites and attractions.  . For more information on BCCVB 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 Philadelphia Park Racetrack). 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.