Alleghenies and Susquehanna Valley

The Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania lies in the south-central portion of the state and includes the Pennsylvania state capital, Harrisburg. Additionally, the Susquehanna Valley is home to a few pockets of Amish and Mennonite culture. The area is rich in revolutionary and industrial heritage and traces its roots as far back as the mid-1600s. The Susquehanna River is believed to be one of the oldest systems in the world and is the largest non-navigable river in the United States.




While much of the area is made up of farmland, sizable towns and small to midsized cities line the shores on each side of the Susquehanna. Sunbury-Lewisburg-Selinsgrove are a largely exurban and rural triad of towns all located on the shores of the Susquehanna. This area is known for its outstanding collegiate academics and sports as well as the Amish landscape and products produced there.


The Susquehanna Valley region of Pennsylvania draws its dialect both from the local Amish "Pennsylvania Dutch" dialect and the Eastern Pennsylvania / Philadelphia dialect. While terms like "water ice" and "youse" are not uncommon here, the Pennsylvania Dutch "yuns" is also north of Harrisburg.

Get in

Selinsgrove has its own regional airport. The valley is connected by Pennsylvania state routes 11 & 15 from north to south.

Get around

In the areas of Sunbury, Lewisburg and Selinsgrove, cars are preferred. Though these areas have buses and taxis, they are difficult to find and schedule and can be costly when compared to the options in bigger cities.


The area sports include, The Altoona Curve at Peoples Natural Gas (Minor League Baseball) and The Johnstown Tomahawks (Hockey) at the Johnstown War Memorial.


Texas Hot Dogs in Downtown Altoona is a great place to stop and have a hot dog and fries.

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