Going on Faith

JUN-JUL 2016

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going on faith [ june | july 2016 ] 22 [ D E S T I N A T I O N H E R S H E Y ] H I G H L I G H T | A S W E E T E X P E R I E N C E There's no more famous name in chocolate than Hershey, and in the Pennsylvania town named for this candy empire, groups have a number of ways to indulge in some sweet experiences. Much of Hershey's candy comes from central Pennsylvania, and Hershey's Chocolate World is a re-creation of a candy production fac- tory. Groups can take a tour of the chocolate line, where the popular Create Your Own Candy Bar experience allows visitors to dream up their own confectionary products. Chocolate experts offer special candy-tasting experiences for visitors; the attraction also features a 3-D show, a bakeshop and a dessert creation. Younger groups could spend a whole day roaming freely at nearby Hersheypark, an amusement park that offers a variety of shows, rides and other attractions. There are 65 rides at the park, as well as live entertainment and special events during the spring, Christmas and Halloween. WHILE YOU'RE THERE: Nearby Harrisburg is not only the capital of Pennsylvania, but also home to one of its most moving museums. The National Civil War Museum presents the events of the Civil War from the points of view of both the Union and Confederate armies using hun- dreds of artifacts, high-definition videos and life-size mannequins. M O R E I N F O | W W W . V I S I T H E R S H E Y H A R R I S B U R G . O R G # 3 [ DESTINATION GETTYSBURG ] H I G H L I G H T | A N U R B A N B A T T L E F I E L D Many cities throughout the eastern United States saw battles during the Civil War, but perhaps none were so deeply affected as Gettysburg, where, in July 1863, more than 50,000 soldiers were either killed or wounded during three days of battle that took place in the city streets and nearby farms. The Gettysburg National Military Park preserves much of the battlefield and has more than 1,300 monuments and markers dedicated to different military units that fought there. Groups should start their tours at the visitor center, which features his- torical displays and an educational overview of the battle, before heading out on a guided tour to explore the battlefield. Though farms outside the city saw much of the action, there was fighting in the streets of Gettysburg as well, and numerous historic homes and buildings in town can help visitors understand the personal experiences of residents who lived through the battle and its aftermath. WHILE YOU'RE THERE: Historical re-enactors in Gettysburg can share first-person stories, which travelers don't always get from museum exhibits. Destination Gettysburg can help group leaders arrange meals or other interactive programs with actors who represent figures such as Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. M O R E I N F O | W W W . D E S T I N A T I O N G E T T Y S B U R G . C O M # 4 Hershey's Chocloate World Sunrise at a sacred site Courtesy Hershey Harrisburg CVB Photos courtesy Destination Gettysburg Gettysburg Battlefield monuments Holiday lights at Hersheypark

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