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Hotel at a Glance: 2.5-Star Hummelstown Hotel
Founded in 1903 by candy magnate Milton Hershey, the town of Hershey, Pennsylvania, often draws comparisons to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory for its confection-themed amusements and fairy-tale-like setting. One of the attractions, Hersheypark, has more than 65 rides, including a roller coaster that goes from 0 to 72 miles per hour in two seconds. Just 2 miles from here is your hotel.
- Free hot breakfast of eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, and belgian waffles
- In-room amenities: 32-inch flat-screen TVs and free WiFi in all rooms, and refrigerators and microwaves in deluxe rooms
- Hershey Tanger Outlets is home to nearly 100 shops, including J.Crew, Coach, and the Disney Store.
- Get a workout: Access to a local fitness center is included in your stay.
Hershey, Pennsylvania: Chocolate Empire with Amusement Parks, Museum, and Tours
Hershey bills itself as “The Sweetest Place on Earth,” a claim that’s hard to dispute considering the whole town smells like chocolate. The confection empire dates back to 1903, when rags-to-riches entrepreneur Milton Hershey founded the area as a company town for his factory workers. These days, the town features candy-themed amusement parks and museums, and the factory churns out more than a million chocolate bars a week.
At Hersheypark, you can ride 12 roller coasters and float in inner tubes down a lazy river. Next door, the Hershey’s Chocolate World trolley tour takes passengers to Milton Hershey’s boyhood home and the mansion he built across from his factory. Even when you’re not inside the park proper, you’re reminded of the saccharine treat that earned Hershey his fortune—street lamps are shaped like foil-wrapped chocolate kisses, and swank city bars serve specialty cocktails inspired by the popular chocolate.
The area has a few sugar-free attractions as well. The recently opened National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg chronicles the war from both the Southern and Northern perspectives. Robert E. Lee’s pocket Bible and Ulysses S. Grant’s sword belt are among its more than 12,000 artifacts. And about 25 miles south of Hershey, the Amish community of Lancaster County is colored by pastoral farmlands, covered bridges, and horse-drawn buggies.