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Plenty to do near home this summer: Editorial

Posted 5/22/19

We are headed, finally, toward summer. Temperatures are becoming more seasonal, proms are wrapping up and graduation is around the corner. And Monday is Memorial Day. Don’t forget to honor …

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Plenty to do near home this summer: Editorial

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We are headed, finally, toward summer. Temperatures are becoming more seasonal, proms are wrapping up and graduation is around the corner. And Monday is Memorial Day. Don’t forget to honor those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Summer also means it’s time for many of you to travel.

According to GasBuddy’s 2019 Summer Travel, nearly 75 percent of Americans said they will take a road trip this summer, a 16 percent increase from last year. Forty-two percent will be driving more than 500 miles round trip.

If you have big plans to take the family to New York or Boston or Florida or anywhere in this great country this summer, enjoy it.

But don’t fret if you have to stay closer to home.

We are lucky to have a wonderful array of offerings right here within 50 miles — state parks, museums, rivers, lakes, streams, amusement parks, train rides, hiking/biking trails, nature centers, restaurants, festivals … it’s a long list.

It’s easy to think of the big attractions: Hersheypark and Amish Country. There are certainly plenty of things to do there. Gettysburg is about 50 miles away as well, and there is the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg if you can’t get enough history of that period.

But there are many other festivals, back roads, one-day events and places to see that don’t always gather the attention they deserve.

“Stay-cation” is a popular term for vacations that are within driving distance and don’t require an overnight stay. They save on gas and hotel costs.

Finding hidden gems also can make you proud of the region in which you live.

Take advantage of what our region has to offer. Who knows, you just might find an activity you would like to do again and again.

And when you’re on the road, buckle up.

The Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation are working with municipal police departments and other safety partners in the “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement and education initiative.

It lasts only through June 2, but safety should be a year-round activity.

Safe travels, and have a wonderful summer.