For Small Town Charm + Great Food, These Places Are Worth Visiting in Pennsylvania This Fall

Melissa Frost
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Pennsylvania really has grown on me. I've been a resident of the keystone state for three years, and I feel at home. There are so much to see and to do throughout the state, especially in Lancaster, where I currently live. In my biased opinion, Lancaster is the best food town in the commonwealth. Today, however, I am looking beyond my city, focusing on destinations that's not in my "backyard".


Williamsport is a city in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. It is located between the west branch of the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain, and the town is surrounded by more than 300,000 acres of state game lands, making the area popular among hunters and outdoors enthusiasts. They are also known for hosting the Little League World Series every year.

When I visited, I stumbled upon a music performance in the city center after dining at a local pizza place. My family and I had desserts outside while enjoying the small town charm, pictured above.


Wellsboro, a stunning town rich in culture as well as natural resources. The small town is known for the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, which I've been to a handful of times and the nature is just incredible, especially during the fall.

Founded in 1806 by settlers from Delaware, Maryland and Philadelphia, Wellsboro in Tioga County was incorporated in 1830. The town was named in honor of Mary Wells, wife of one of the original settlers, Benjamin Wister Morris. Walking through this quaint small town makes you feel like you're walking the set of a rom-com.

As for food, The Steak House on Main Street has been around since 1957 and offers an impressive selection of steaks, including Delmonico. I've dined in once, and was pleasantly surprised with the service, food and the atmosphere.


Bethlehem is a city along the Lehigh River, split between both Northampton and Lehigh counties in the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania.

From trendy restaurants to a 275 year-old bookstore, from a casino to the first college in America to educate women, this town has a fair share of things worth exploring.

Jim Thorpe

Surrounded by nature, offering the charms of a European village, this historic town in Carbon County is truly a gem of the Poconos. Jim Thorpe is named after the amazing athlete, and there's plenty of rich history to discover while strolling the streets of this adorable town.

The elegant Victorian mansions along the streets house independent shops, local restaurants, museums, to name a few. As for food, MYST Restaurant is a popular, and also Jim Thorpe's only full-scale sushi-hibachi-gastropub.

Visiting Jim Thorpe deserves a spot on your bucket list - if it's not on there already!

What are your favorite towns in Pennsylvania?

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