Road Trip: Let this guide be your compass

A cannon stands near the monument of General Kemble Warren at Little Round Top in Gettysburg.
A cannon stands near the monument of General Kemble Warren at Little Round Top in Gettysburg. CDT file photo

Welcome to the Centre Daily Times’ 2014 Road Trip Guide, your compass for navigating the many summer hotspots Pennsylvania has to offer.

The guide features 25 great places you should visit this year, whether you’re planning an excursion for a week, a weekend or just a day.

You can chart a course through the state’s northwest region and experience Pennsylvania’s oil heritage and the beauty of Lake Erie or across the northern tier’s parks, waterfalls and other natural wonders.

Visit the northeast for trains, geological marvels and baseball for kids or the southeast for Philadelphia’s many museums and outdoor attractions.

From Lancaster’s Pennsylvania Dutch traditions to the battlefields of Gettysburg, you’ll find the state’s southern region is loaded with potential stops. And so is the southwest — from the shops of Pittsburgh to many historical, architectural and recreational gems nearby.

This guide is chock-full of the great places you may have visited as a child, and perhaps a few hidden treasures sure to catch your interest for the first time.

With each of the 25 must-see spots highlighted here, you’ll find the best dates to go there for concerts, exhibits, festivals and other cultural events, as well as more great attractions just a short drive away.

Mixed in, you’ll encounter lists of 10 great places to experience in the Keystone State — from amusement parks to shopping meccas to caves and ballparks.

It’s all here to help you plan a great summer 2014.

Take the youngsters on a monorail ride at Dutch Wonderland.

Hike through the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania.

Have a cold drink at the Yuengling brewery.

Explore the shops and eateries near the Susquehanna River in downtown Harrisburg.

Pet a stingray at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.

Take a boat ride on Raystown Lake.

Get out there and enjoy the many amazing attractions you’ll find across Pennsylvania.

And keep this Road Trip Guide handy all summer long.