January 30, 2024, is National Plan for Vacation Day, and it's time to plan for your next getaway and feel the joy of looking forward to your next adventure. 

Located just a short two-to-three-hour drive from Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC, Cumberland Valley is the ideal location for a Weekend Easy getaway. With no shortage of year-round choices, Cumberland Valley promises endless experiences. Here are 10 things to see and do that offer just the right mix of fun and relaxation.

For more information on ALL the wonderful things to see and do in Cumberland Valley, order our free 2024 visitors guide.

Desperate Times

Tap, Tour and Try a Pint along the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail

You’ll be delighted with specialty tastings and unique pairings of locally crafted beer, wine, spirits, and cider at more than 30 locations. Sign up for our free digital passport, check-in at participating locations, and earn prizes.

Luhrs Center

Fun-Filled Entertainment for All at the Luhrs Performing Arts Center

With a wide range of cultural programming, including concerts by nationally-known performers, full-scale Broadway musicals, comedians, and more, it’s always a good time to catch a show at this premier performing arts venue.

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Step Back in Time at the Cumberland County Historical Society

Yes, George Washington really did sleep here, and Molly Pitcher is buried in Carlisle’s Old Public Graveyard. Learn more about Cumberland Valley at this award-winning museum showcasing 250 years of Cumberland Valley’s rich history.

Man wading in the Yellow Breeches Creek fishing

Cast Away Your Cares with These Fishing Hot Spots

Cumberland Valley is a fly fisher's paradise with three of the world’s premier fly-fishing destinations — Yellow Breeches Creek, LeTort Spring Run, and Big Spring Creek — offering casting opportunities for both novice and skilled fly-fishers. TCO Outdoors in Boiling Springs is a premier fly fishing retailer and also offers classes and full or half-day guided services.

Couple with backpacks hiking the Appalachian Trail

Breathe Easy Along the Appalachian Trail

46 miles of this iconic hiking path meander through Cumberland Valley, including a 13-mile section that is the longest, lowest, and flattest on the entire trail and one of the most accessible portions on which to take a short day trip.


An Evocative Portrayal of U.S. Army History

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center offers interpretive and interactive exhibits (including the one-mile outdoor Army Heritage Trail) that allow visitors the opportunity to see through the eyes of a soldier during some of the Army’s most prolific battles and exercises.

Carlisle Events

Start Your Engines

Cumberland Valley welcomes guests from around the world during eight different shows hosted by Carlisle Events. With weekends dedicated to Ford, Chrysler, Corvette, and more, visitors will surely find something for every interest.

Downtown Carlisle Shopping

Traverse our Downtowns

Cumberland Valley’s picturesque and walkable small towns are the crossroads for art, fashion, food, and history. If the timing is right, you might even come across a downtown festival, which leads us to our next suggestion.

White tents and pond at the Foundry Day Arts and Crafts Festival in Boiling Springs, PA

Seasonal Festivals

Cumberland Valley is home to numerous year-round festivals covering food, history, music, fine arts, and more interests. Here are some seasonal highlights:

  1. Spring: Greek Fest, Central PA Chainsaw Carvers' Festival
  2. Summer: Foundry Day, Bluegrass on the Grass, Corn Festival
  3. Fall: Uprise Fest, Pennsboro Pumpkin Festival, Fall Furnace Fest
  4. Winter: Ice Art Fest, Carlisle’s Wonderland Weekend


Savor the Flavor During a Foodie Adventure

Cumberland Valley is the perfect spot for trying a new dish or flavor. Our restaurants offer delicious international cuisine and fresh and local fare straight from the heart of central Pennsylvania. You can also explore the bounty of each season at the 60,000-square-foot West Shore Farmer’s Market (open year-round) or at our local farm stands. And, no foodie experience would be complete without a visit to The Kitchen Shoppe, a gourmet superstore and cooking school.

Stay the Night

Click here to check out Cumberland Valley’s lodging options. including hotels, B&Bs, and campgrounds that fit every style and budget and provide a place where you can rest easy.