As part of FamilyFun magazine’s annual travel survey, readers of the publication voted Gettysburg the second-best area to visit in the Northeast region of the United States.

“This is a great honor,” says Norris Flowers, president, Destination Gettysburg. “To be selected by families themselves makes this designation even more meaningful. Gettysburg is a great family getaway, and the experience this destination offers children of all ages keeps growing.”

Gettysburg was bested only by the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Voters—who were made up of 2,000 families with children ages 3–12—were surveyed on a total of 460 destinations across the country.

Other sites on the list included Ogunquit, Maine; the Bronx Zoo, New York; Niagara Falls; and The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

“The Travel Awards are such a unique program because we rely on real families to vote on their favorite destinations—from awe-inspiring science museums to charming American towns with rich history and culture,” says Ann Hallock, editor-in-chief of the magazine. “The winners in each category represent places where families have formed lasting memories, and offer adventures for all types of interests, from animal lovers to history and science buffs.”

The magazine reaches 4.6 million readers, and its parent company, Meredith Publications, has a monthly audience of 70 million. Other magazines include Parents and Martha Stewart Living.

“As Destination Gettysburg and attractions throughout the region market and create more experiences beyond the Civil War, the destination will continue to attract more families who will stay longer because of the wide variety of fun and engaging experiences,” says Flowers.

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

After several months of renovations, the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia-Valley Forge is now open as the Alloy – King of Prussia, a DoubleTree by Hilton.

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.