Originally published June 26th, 2017.
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Not much has changed since my college days - my first line of attack when researching a new subject is to go to the library and checkout every single book on the subject.
Usually, I get overwhelmed by the towering pile of books, and never actually read any of them. I also amass huge library fines.
So yes, when researching for a recent piece on day trips from Pittsburgh, I went to the library and checked out every book with the word "Pennsylvania" in the title.
This time, I read every single one. What did I get? A lot of crap... but there was one exception!
Within this pile of books, I found an excellent gem... and that is what I want to share today: a really good book on exploring Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Off the Beaten Path, by - Christine O'Toole
This book is witty and informative. I found myself laughing out loud (at a guide book!!) multiple times, and felt the way every travel book should make you feel - inspired to hit the road.
Normally, I am skeptical about the authenticity of any guide book that is a series. Even though "Off the Beaten Path" is series... it might be pretty legit.
Anyways, before I ramble on too much, my point is that this book actually delivers what it promises: Pennsylvania Off the Beaten Path!
It detailed so many places I had never heard of. It totally gets the Gal-ivanter Travel Book Stamp of Approval.
Check it out if you want to learn more about some of the unique spots in our lovely state of PA.
I took a screenshot of Amazon above, but consider getting it from your local bookshop if you can find it!
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