Could your family use a weekend away? Pack up the kids and leave behind the stress to reconnect with a historical adventure in Cumberland Valley Pennsylvania, just two hours west of Philadelphia. Step back in time all while learning and relaxing at unique attractions and historical sites tucked in our quaint towns.
U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center
Step back in time at the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center (USAHEC) and discover the stories of U.S. Army soldiers. Experience the interactive gallery's parachute simulation, digital shooting range, Korean War night attack and hundreds of artifacts. This museum and interactive gallery are free to attend. Plan to stay for lunch and dine at the on-site Cafe Cumberland.
Walk or run along the outdoor Army Heritage Trail at USAHEC, which features full-scale military exhibits, such as a Huey Helicopter, WWI trench system, and Civil War cabins. This leisurely mile-long loop is perfect for all ages and allows children and adults to engage with the exhibits and discover Army history.
Cumberland County Historical Society
Uncover unique Cumberland Valley stories at the Cumberland County Historical Society. This museum and library offers exhibits detailing the lives of the real inventor of the telephone, the famous athlete Jim Thorpe, a man who went on trial for the Underground Railroad and more. After touring the museum, stop by History on High - The Shop for Cumberland Valley books, jewelry, gifts and more.
The Valley played an important role in both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Our strategic location near Harrisburg and as the gateway to the west led to a history that is both interesting and important. View our Revolutionary War Collection and Civil War Collection for places to drive by, visit and discover. The Valley is also home to a collection of living history events. Check our events calendar to see if one will be happening during your visit.
Other Things to See & Do
While you're uncovering history you can also take advantage of all the outdoor recreation in the Valley. The Cumberland Valley Rail Trail combines outdoor recreation with history. Stroll along the trail on foot, bike or horseback and discover the Civil War significance of the area and agricultural value through interpretive signage. Find other great hiking hotspots by viewing our Top 10 Hikes list or the Day Hike Sampler trip idea.
Plan your historical adventures for the fall. This season is one of the best to visit Cumberland Valley and in mid-to-late October the trees come alive with color and offer beautiful photo backdrops throughout the area. Follow our scenic roadways on the Fall Foliage Driving Tour or the Covered Bridge & Wine Loop.
When you're ready to relax, unwind with a cruise along the sparkling Susquehanna River, sip PA exclusive wines at a local wine shop or enjoy craft brews and handmade crafts. If you bring the kids, find places to unwind with the whole crew here.
Plan your getaway to include one of the unique events happening in Cumberland Valley. A few highlights include Music on the Mountain, Music in the Garden, Bluegrass on the Grass and Corn Festival. View the full calendar here.
Dining & Lodging
Cumberland Valley's dining options include over 30 restaurants in downtown Carlisle, kid-friendly options, waterfront hotspots, and favorites in Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill & the West Shore. You can also sort and browse all restaurant locations and types here.
Cumberland Valley Pennsylvania's convenient location, just two hours west of Philadelphia and two hours north of Baltimore and Washington D.C., makes getting here a breeze. Enjoy a walk around one of our charming downtowns including historic Carlisle, quaint Boiling Springs and quirky Mechanicsburg.
With all these great things to uncover in Cumberland Valley, you'll want to stay the whole weekend. Lodging choices range from downtown hotels to charming bed and breakfasts. Find all your lodging options here.