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Automobiles, Exhibits, and Trails in Cumberland Valley

By Jessica Metcalf

If you are a lover of outdoor recreation, history, and even classic automobiles, then the Cumberland Valley in Pennsylvania is a perfect spot for you! Nestled within a 2-3 hour drive of major cities like Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh and New York City, Cumberland Valley is a hotspot for hikers, nature lovers, artists and more!

"The Valley is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle," says resident Kristen Rowe, Communications Manager at the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau. "Visitors can enjoy a relaxing weekend in the mountains or in a cozy downtown bed and breakfast." The Valley provides a great setting for a peaceful day hike, a night out on the town at a great restaurant, or a day of shopping.

The Valley is also known for its nine annual auto events that are held at the Carlisle Fairgrounds each year. On this 150-acre land, the auto shows bring in almost 500,000 people! There are more specialized shows for Ford, Chrysler, and many other models, as well as a massive swap meet and auction, import and kit cars, and more.

Another distinction of the Cumberland Valley? "Strong military ties. Carlisle is home to the prestigious US Army War College and the US Army Heritage & Education Center." The USAHEC is the premier location for Army research and displays full-scale military exhibits.

Downtown Carlisle is home to a variety of museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. "There are over 30 restaurants in just four short blocks in Carlisle," notes Rowe. They offer anything from Moroccan to Japanese to French cuisine (among others). If, after a delicious meal, you are ready to explore nature, than hop in your car and in 15 minutes you are on mountain roads, able to stop and enjoy gorgeous state parks along with the midway point of the Appalachian Trail.

According to Rowe, "One of the best hidden gems in Cumberland Valley is the scenic town of Boiling Springs ? [it] offers many great day hikes." Hikers can enjoy the Appalachian Trail and Children's Lake, which offers beautiful, scenic views. Don't miss your chance to check out Cumberland Valley, voted 5th in the state for retirement ready communities, 16th in the country for Top 100 Small Towns in America, and the 5th best place in the country for walking and biking. No matter what you love to do, Cumberland Valley is sure to please!

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J.L. Metcalf has a Bachelor's degree in English from Rhode Island College. She has...

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