Written by John Straitiff

As you travel through the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region this holiday season, please take a few minutes to appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds you. Take note of the spectacular scenery provided by our rugged mountains, peaceful rivers, lush forests, and abundant wildlife. If you need a little break from all the holiday revelry, may I suggest taking a drive to enjoy the nature’s beautiful handiwork. The state parks, recreation areas, and winding roads along the waterways throughout the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region are a good place to find a little peace and tranquility during this busy season. There are countless routes and off-the-beaten-path back roads to explore that are perfect for spending a little time to yourself or with someone special. Two of my favorites places to escape are River Road along the Clarion River from Cook Forest to Ridgway and Route 555 through Pennsylvania’s Wild Elk Country. Both of these areas provide spectacular scenery and offer visitors the chance to see wildlife including eagle, osprey, deer, elk, wild turkey, and even river otters. Any quiet road in the region this time of year can be a much-needed place of calm and reflection during the hectic season.

From everyone at the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau, we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

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