This National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), there is more reason than ever to celebrate the collective strength and promising future of the U.S. travel and tourism industry. The 39th annual NTTW takes place from May 1-7, 2022, and recognizes the Future of Travel and the critical role our industry plays in rebuilding the workforce, helping communities recover, fostering sustainability, ushering in new innovations, and reconnecting travelers in the U.S. and around the world.
Prior to the pandemic, in 2019, the travel industry was a powerful economic engine, supporting jobs and driving local economies in every pocket of America. Travel generated $2.6 trillion in economic output, supported 17 million American jobs, and delivered a $51 billion trade surplus to the U.S. While the industry was hit hard by the challenges of the past two years, there is currently great optimism among American travelers to get back on the road.
In Cumberland Valley, our restaurants, shops, attractions, and hotels contribute so much to our local economy and the spirit of our community. We are excited to welcome new and returning visitors and encourage all our guests to dine, play, explore, and rediscover the simple pleasures of travel. Start planning now.
With over 54,000 acres, 200 miles of trails, three state parks, two state forests, and scenic waterways, a short drive or hike along our scenic roads easily takes you from our downtowns to the natural beauty right on our doorstep. Outdoor enthusiasts will find endless opportunities for adventure while nature lovers will find breathtaking views and quiet paths that inspire and refresh. Options include a half-day, full-day, or weekend excursion to Experience the Appalachian Trail or Off the Beaten Path hikes that allow you to reconnect with nature.
Cumberland Valley is home to a year-round array of festivals and events covering interests ranging from history and crafts to food and music. Held in a variety of settings, all of these annual festivals and events are family-friendly and most are free!
Founded in 1750, the region is steeped in a rich history that delights history buffs and invites them to explore and discover. Choose a self-guided walking tour or mix and match unique indoor museums with scenic and historical outdoor locations to fully immerse yourself in historical explorations. Be sure to visit the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center, a premier facility that provides an evocative portrayal of U.S. Army history told through the soldiers' stories.
Cumberland Valley’s picturesque and walkable downtowns are the crossroads for art, fashion, food, and history with their diverse collection of galleries, specialty shops, restaurants, and museums, So put on your walking shoes and stake a stroll to uncover unique downtown experiences. If the timing is right, you might even come across a downtown festival.
When you visit Cumberland Valley make sure you bring extra luggage for the treasure trove of one-of-a-kind finds you won’t be able to resist, like vintage and antique treasures, jewelry, clothing, artwork, and more. Your shopping journey will take you to more than 200 locations, where you’re sure to find a special memento that will be treasured for years to come. Seek out a new shop or return to an old favorite. Either way, you will find exactly what you want plus great customer service and Cumberland Valley’s hometown friendliness. To help get you started, click here to read more about some favorite local shops.
With an abundance of orchards and farm stands, you won’t have to travel far to experience the beauty and bounty of each season. From u-pick strawberries in the spring to u-pick pumpkins in the fall, you’ll also find a variety of fresh vegetables and produce, artisan cheeses, local honey, fresh-baked whoopie pies, fresh-cut flowers, and more. Two must-stop locations are the West Shore Farmers Market in Lemoyne and Farmers on the Square in Carlisle. And, don't forget to visit our many garden centers, where you'll find an amazing variety of seasonal fresh produce and gourmet foods in addition to plentiful plants.
Tap, tour, and try a pint along our 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 25 locations. Download a FREE digital passport, plan your stops, and check in at participating venues to win prizes. What's better than beer? How about beer paired with fun hiking trails, cool downtowns, unique shops, tons of dining options, and seasonal events? Learn more about how to combine all of your favorite things to do with stops along our Beer Trail. Or, combine your love of the outdoors and your love of craft beverages as you sip and hike your way through Cumberland Valley with these suggested pairings.
From sweet and savory to hot and spicy, our local restaurants serve up authentic dining experiences sure to please every palate. Your culinary journey will have you eating like a local for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Fresh ingredients, eclectic cuisine, simple comfort food, and dreamy desserts will surprise and satisfy you. Find your favorite ice cream concoctions along the Cumberland Valley Ice Cream Trail or sip, savor, and try a bite along our Coffee & Chocolate Trail. Looking to narrow down your search, we suggest these 5 hidden gems where you can savor the flavor.
Cumberland Valley’s lodging options make it easy for you to find your home-away-from-home for a weekend. Out hotels feature comfortable accommodations that fit every style and budget and our truly unique B&Bs are a great choice for travelers seeking a more intimate experience. Our easily accessible campgrounds are the perfect place to spend the weekend whether you are renting an RV for the first time or you are an experienced owner. Cumberland Valley also has a number of charming lodging options if you are looking for something out of the ordinary.
There is never a dull moment at Cumberland Valley’s hot spots for family fun. Whether you like movies, arcade games, bowling, or go-kart racing, Cumberland Valley has something for every member of the family to enjoy during your visit. These 5 hidden family fun gems will keep the kids occupied and are sure to become your new favorite places to play. Recover from playtime with a cool, refreshing treat. The 2022 Cumberland Valley Ice Cream Trail passport runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, but many locations are open year-round. Be sure to check their website for seasonal hours of operation.
With no shortage of year-round choices, Cumberland Valley is the perfect backdrop for your Weekend Easy getaway. It’s guaranteed to be a memorable trip. Request your free visitors guide now.