Your Story Begins in York County, PA!
To inspire your next travel writing adventure, we've pulled together a variety of innovative story ideas. From historical features to family fun, downtown excitement or a wine trail adventure, there are plenty of stories to be told in York County!
Pitch Perfect Story Ideas:
PULL THE CURTAIN BACK IN THE FACTORY TOUR CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
Go behind the scenes and find out why York County is truly the Factory Tour Capital of the World! First and foremost, this is where you can witness the legends in the making with a tour of Harley-Davidson Motor Company's largest vehicle operations. Continue your factory tours as you go behind the scenes to see and taste your favorite snacks coming off the lines at some of the most well-known snack companies in the country - Snyder's of Hanover, Utz Quality Foods and Martin's Potato Chips - and also discover where American artisanship is alive and well at Bluett Bros. Violins, Sunrise Soap Company and more!
AMERICA'S FIRST CAPITAL CITY IS TURNING 275 - AND IT'S NOT PHILADELPHIA
Long before modern factories roared to life, the United States itself was made here in America's first capital city - York, PA. Founded in 1741, York soon hosted a Continental Congress on the run from British troops and it was here in 1777 the Founding Fathers ratified the Articles of Confederation forming the "United States of America." Downtown's Colonial Complex is dedicated to this era of York's rich history, which goes on to include roles in the Civil War, Industrial Revolution, World War II and the American artisanship resurgence seen today at the city's Sunrise Soap Company and York City Pretzel Company!
SNACK-TASTIC TOURS & EXPERIENCES ACROSS YORK COUNTY
Make a list of your favorite snacks and odds are at least one of them is made in York County. With so many sweet treats and salty eats made here, everyone will find satisfaction for their snack food cravings along with learning the secrets behind twisting the perfect pretzel, sampling chocolate goodness following a demonstration in the on-site retail outlet, going behind the scenes to sample warm potato chips right off the assembly line and even meeting the cows producing the milk used to make your dessert of delicious ice cream. You've never tasted anything quite like these experiences!
FARM TO FORK & TASTING TRAILS FOR CONNOISEURS OF EVERY FLAVOR
The Mason-Dixon Wine Trail is the Mid-Atlantic's Premier Year-Round Wine Destination hosting the Wine Just Off The Vine and Tour de Tanks signature events annually and has been joined more recently by the Susquehanna Ale Trail, an equally engaging collection of craft breweries now launching a year-round passport program for visitors. Several new breweries as well as one of the newest wineries on the Wine Trail are in the Hanover area of York County - home of two of America's best-known snack food names, Snyder's of Hanover and Utz Quality Foods. What could make beer and pretzels even better? Add explorations of authentic farmers markets and restaurants across the region showcasing nearly 300 years of agrarian tradition.
EXPLORE PA'S TOP-RANKED TRAIL - THE YORK COUNTY HERITAGE RAIL TRAIL
Looking for the next great outdoor getaway adventure? Come and bike PA's 2015 Trail of the Year, the York County Heritage Rail Trail, stretching from the Mason-Dixon Line (or farther south if combined with Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail) to historic Downtown York. Discover a boutique winery, working Civil War-replica locomotive attraction, the iconic Howard Tunnel and more along the way. Also, come explore the Rail Trail's new Northern Extension and hear plans for the final connection through all of historic Downtown York City.
SUSQUEHANNA RIVERLANDS - MID-ATLANTIC WILDERNESS OASIS
The Lower Susquehanna River Region is home to one of the most picturesque-yet-accessible paddling venues in America. Just north of the Interstate 95 corridor and the Chesapeake Bay, a trip to this section of the Susquehanna quickly transports you to a wilderness oasis with seemingly endless, glassy flat water reflecting the images of bald eagles flying overhead and the lush green hues of tree-lined shores. Discover the Audubon Society-designated important bird area called the Conejohela Flats and petroglyphs created by our region's first inhabitants, or lace up your boots for backcountry treks on nationally recognized trails.