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Sweetest Place on Earth- Hershey, PA (Explored)

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Hershey Story, Hershey, PA

Hershey, PA:

Street Lights in Hershey, PA

Street Lights in Hershey, PA

A few weeks ago, I took a quick trip to the quaint town of Derry Township, otherwise known as “Hershey, PA”.  Now, I must tell you, I haven’t been to Hershey since 1979.  Being the Chocolate Traveler that I am, I was actually a bit nervous about hitting what I consider sacred ground to see what’s up. I can honestly say, and you will see in the following few posts, it exceeded all expectations and it is FANTASTIC.  Quite simply, it is one of America’s true hidden travel gems.

Hershey Lodge, Hershey PA

Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA

 

 

 

 

In 24 hours, I did as much as one can safely do; but for most people, I would encourage a few relaxed days to enjoy it all. And there is so much to do! I loved the Hershey Lodge and my meal at the Forebay Restaurant. Hershey’s Chocolate World is a blast and well worth a few hours, with particular attention to making your own chocolate bar,  the trolley tour of the town, a cool ride explaining how chocolate is made, and a fun 4D movie.  The Milton Hershey story is one of the greatest “American Dream” stories I have ever heard; and it is well chronicled at The Hershey Story, where there is a museum and a personal favorite “chocolate tasting” station.

I have been to several of the Hershey stores around the country and they are fun, but this town is a different experience.  Chocolatetown, USA should be a must stop on any East Coast vacation swing, less that 2 hours from DC/Baltimore and NYC.

Hershey Park, in Hershey, PA

Hershey Park, in Hershey, PA

There weren’t any concerts or musicals in town, so I didn’t have a chance to see the timeless Hershey Theater, one of the finest performing arts centers in the country. Hershey Park wasn’t opened for season, so I will have to go back to experience the rides, to! 

 

 

Thank you to the Hershey, PA team for all of your suggestions and patience : )

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