Cumberland Valley offers hidden and not-so-hidden treasures your whole family will enjoy. Extend your stay and plan your experience around your special interests. From the unique West Shore towns that dot the Susquehanna River across from Harrisburg, to charming hamlets like Boiling Springs, there is one thing our towns have in common — an open invitation!


Find natural, architectural and historical gems in our towns and villages, covered bridges, impressive barns and mills along our country roads. Enjoy experiential scenic encounters of driving at your own pace. Our automotive experts are true enthusiasts who genuinely care about the art of driving. For those who prefer walking, guided and self-guided walking tours are available within Carlisle and the Cumberland County featuring the county’s picturesque towns as well as Carlisle’s original 1751 streets lined with buildings and homes that exhibit Colonial and Victorian architecture.

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Fuel your passion for speed. The Cumberland Valley hosts a variety of both motorsport and automotive events throughout the year. Whether you’re interested in drag racing, AMA motocross, dirt track racing or simply admiring the antique automobiles in a museum setting, there is something for everyone in the family. For antique auto buffs, be sure to visit the Antique Auto Museum in Hershey, PA for a display of over 90 historic automobiles and buses in dramatic period settings.

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Experience a taste of the past! Lovers of history will fall in love with Downtown Carlisle and the surrounding areas. From the establishment of Carlisle Barracks in 1757, the New Cumberland Army Depot (WWI), and the Naval Supply Depot (WWII), the military has played an integral part of life in the Cumberland Valley. Military history devotees can spend hours at the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center. Experience the Confederate invasion through visits to historic sites, museums and markers surrounding the area including the Gettysburg Battlefields.

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Grab your hiking boots and head into the wilderness to enjoy the Cumberland Valley, midway point of the Appalachian Trail. Explore over 87,000 acres including three state parks, two state forests and 189 miles of trails. Veer far off the beaten path, discovering breathtaking views of the lush area and experience world-class fly fishing. Enjoy a variety of local limestone streams recognized by serious fishermen around the country and overseas. Other activities include camping, bird watching, kayaking, hiking, golfing, swimming and more.

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Whether you're looking to spend a romantic night with someone special or let the kids tag along, Cumberland Valley has something to suit everyone. You are cordially invited to attend Broadway-style shows and big-time concerts in charming, small-town settings. The $20 million H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University opened its doors to rave reviews in 2006. A cozier setting is found beside Conodoguinet Creek, where a 19th-century mill has been transformed into the 91-seat Oyster Mill Playhouse. Another option is the art-deco Carlisle Theatre, a wonderfully renovated 1930s movie house that recalls the Golden Age of Hollywood. When you think nightlife you probably think dance clubs -- but that's just one of the many options you'll find here.

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Experience shopping establishments in the historic towns and villages throughout the Cumberland Valley featuring seasonal roadside stands and country markets, downtown shopping districts, a bookstore located in a 200-year-old barn and jewelry stores featuring locally hand-crafted pieces. In addition to a variety of shopping locations, the Cumberland Valley is home to more than 200 dining establishments sure to please even the most discerning palate, offering everything from tender, barbecue-smokehouse spare ribs to perfectly aged steak served by candlelight inside a 19th-century tavern. Mom-and-pop diners feature all-American fare, while cozy Italian bistros and high-spirited, English-style pubs provide international flair.

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