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Sunday, May 28, 2023

Visiting the Thomas Covered Bridge in Indiana County

Thomas Covered Bridge in Indiana County

Indiana County in Pennsylvania has 4 covered bridges that were constructed in the late 1800's through the early 1900's. The four bridges are: Thomas, Harmon, Trusal, and Kintersburg. All four are within easy driving distance from one another. The Thomas Covered Bridge is the ONLY one that is still in operation today.

All four of the bridges are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Thomas Bridge is number PA-32-02 and is located at 280 Thomas Covered Bridge Road in Indiana Pennsylvania. Use that address in your GPS and driving directions should pop right up. 

Thomas Covered Bridge in Indiana County

The bridge was built in 1879 and rebuilt in 1998. Truss type: Town Lattice with a bridge length of 75 feet. The builder was Amos Thomas and the bridge spans across the Crooked Creek. It is the longest of the Indiana County covered bridges. 

This one is still in operation today so you will see traffic using it. I recommend pulling down past the bridge and off to the side of the road. Make sure you watch for oncoming traffic if you're getting out to photograph it. It's NOT a heavily trafficed area...used mostly by locals and tourists who are taking the covered bridge tour.

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Sunday, May 21, 2023

5 Family-Friendly Hotels Near Dutch Wonderland

5 Family-Friendly Hotels Near Dutch Wonderland

Heading to Dutch Wonderland amusement park in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania? Looking for hotel or motel accomodations located nearby? If so, you'll want to check out these 5 that are just a few minutes away. All are family-friendly and open year-round. Some of them offer a free breakfast, while others may offer a discount on breakfast to their guests.

1. Best Western Revere Inn and Suites is located a little further away but is a really nice place to stay if you want to visit the tourist attractions in Lancaster and Strawburg. It's ideally situated between both. 

2. Tru by Hilton is within walking distance of Dutch Wonderland, about .4 miles away. It's one of the "newer" hotels in the area.

3. Cartoon Network Hotel is close by and really caters to families. They have an indoor pool, water slides, and themed rooms that you can choose from. You can purchase discount tickets to the amusement park at the front desk. Ask about combo packages when booking.

5 Family-Friendly Hotels Near Dutch Wonderland

4. Fulton Steamboat Inn is one of our favorite places to stay. It's close to both outlet malls, the park and Strawburg is about 20-25 minutes away, depending on traffic. You can walk to Rockvale Outlets from this hotel. 

5. Avid and IHG Hotel is located nearby. This hotel is pet-friendly, so if you're traveling with kids and fido...this will be one that you'll want to check out.