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Why go: Before the students come back to State College, enjoy the perfect sunshine and mid-80s temperature that typify the summer season in the Pennsylvania Wilds (which covers two million acres between New York City and Chicago). There are thousands of acres of untouched hiking trails in the nearby state forest, including Rothrock, Sproul, and Susquehanna.
Where to stay: The Nature Inn is set on a serene lake in the middle of Central Pennsylvania’s Bald Eagle State Park. Kayak, hike, boat, and fly-fish by day, then grill out on the hotel’s deck at dusk. The lodge’s brand-new ReFarm Café opened this summer, and offers a different menu each day using fresh ingredients harvested on property.
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