We are 3 70+ young women driving from Boston to Bardstown KY by way of Allentown PA, Roanoke VA, and Huntington WV for a 50th reunion.
Looking for interesting places to see along the way and restaurant suggestions. Nothing in NY or NJ. Have seen plenty in both states.
Blenko Glass Co and Fiesta Ware are near Huntington, WV. I have been to Blenko and watched them blowing glass and they have a great gift store. I have also been in Coal Mines in WV and l enjoyed those tours. There are beautiful mountains there.
Boston to Allentown (Pennsylvania) - right next to Allentown is Bethlehem (Pennsylvania) which has a historic visitor's center, a Moravian Museum and the National Museum of Industrial History Allentown itself has the Liberty Bell Museum. I have not eaten in Allentown, but Trip Advisor recommends Bolete Restaurant and Inn and Henry's Salt of the Sea
From Allentown to Roanoke there are lots of places to go in Pennsylvania - Ephrata Cloister which is a 1700 religious site which offers tours, Hershey which has the free Chocolate World which has a reconstruction of a factory tour,and if you are there on the right day, you could visit the Lancaster Central Market Open year-round on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6AM to 4PM and on Saturdays 6AM to 2PM and have lunch there in the historic building. Or you could have a Pennsylvania-Dutch lunch. The next thing is Harrisburg (capitol of PA) and then down to Hagerstown (Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park) and then to Lexington (Virginia) (Washington & Lee University, Stonewall Jackson house and nearby Natural Bridge) and then down to Roanoke
On the way to Bardstown you will go around or through Lexington (Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, Keeneland Race Track) and you could also visit Frankfort (Kentucky) (capitol a good museum and also there is Buffalo Trace Distillery and a wildlife rehab facility at Salato Wildlife Center
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