One tank getaways for summer

July 17, 2009 8:30:09 PM PDT
If the sluggish economy has you putting the brakes on a summer road trip don't give up just yet! We have some getaway suggestions that will get you there and back on one tank of gas or less. Many people are opting for a summer Staycation, that's a vacation close to home! And we've discovered lots of fun local destinations that won't break the bank!

If you have a sweet tooth then this is a trip for you! Head to Lancaster County and check out the town of Lititz, its home of the Wilbur Candy Museum. Admission is free and you can check out chocolatiers in action!

"And we are known for our Wilbur buds which is a specialty chocolate created in 1894."

This year the town of Lititz made the Dozen Distinctive Destinations list which is determined by the national historic trust.

While you're in Lititz you should head to the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Factory. That's where the first American pretzels were made.

"You have a tour, you come in here, it's hands-on, you get to make your own pretzel, learn the history of the pretzel."

Later, pack a picnic and enjoy Lititz Springs Park then shop along Main Street. You can also tour historic sites like Linden Hall, the oldest all girls school in the U.S. and the Moravian Church, which was used as a hospital during the Revolutionary War.

Nature Lovers can relax at the Riverbend Environmental Center in Gladwyne, Montgomery County. You can hike the trails, check out the new bird observation area, and camp out. As part of its summer program Riverbend will even provide the food.

"And that's a great way if you're thinking about camping but not quite ready to take the plunge it's a nice way to test out camping with your kids."

If you prefer the shore why not take surfing lessons in Avalon, New Jersey. Professional surfer Matt Keenan teaches children and adults how to ride the waves at Elation Surf Camps. The price is a $100 for a three hour lesson.

"No experience necessary, just bring some sunscreen and a towel. We'll take care of the rest!"

Wanna unleash your inner cowboy? Rope yourself a ride to the Cowtown Rodeo in Salem County, New Jersey. Every Saturday night you can enjoy a professional rodeo which includes bull riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, and even bareback bronc riding. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children.