BOSTON - Founded 1886. Named after Boston, Massachusetts. This community within Elizabeth Township sits along the Youghiogheny River. Boston was one of the first trailheads along the Great Allegheny Passage - a very popular Rail Trail that runs from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC.
For the past 40 years, a hot dog stand that looks a lot like a red caboose along Route 51 in Forward Township (Southeastern Allegheny County) has been a lunch time treat for many in the Monongahela Valley. The Red Caboose - family operated since 1980 - serves hot dogs, kielbasa, and french fries. Plus popular toppings like cheese, chili, sauerkraut and gravy. The menu is simple - and so are the prices. Most items are under $3 - making it an extremely affordable meal. The Red Caboose is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. Seating is all outdoor or in your car. And if you come during the peak lunch time hours - the line will stretch out the door! It's definitely worth it though. The Red Caboose is Cash Only so be sure to stop at the ATM before you go. Oh, and don't forget your appetite! (Top photo courtesy the Red Caboose)
Fayette County's Perryopolis has a unique history. The town's history can be traced to George Washington and his purchase 1644 acres of land in 1769. Washington found the area perfect for a grist mill which was constructed and began operation in 1776. Over a decade later in 1789, Washington leased portions of his land and the mill to Colonel Israel Shreve. When both Washington and Shreve died in 1799, the land would be subdivided and sold.
Nestled on the edge of the woods of the Loyalsock State Forest in Sullivan County is the High Knob Overlook. At around 2000 feet high, the scenic overlook allows for expansive views of the hills and valleys to its west, with breathtaking views of 20 miles out on most days. While it's off the beaten path, the overlook is quite easy to get to, as there are paved roads leading right up to the parking lot for the overlook. The overlook sits on an Appalachian plateau where the hills and valleys were carved by ice during the Wisconsinan glaciation of the last Ice Age.
You can easily see the Loyalsock Creek valley, neighboring Tioga and Lycoming Counties, more mountains in the Loyalsock State Forest and more. Spectacular sunsets make the overlook quite popular, and due to the dark skies at night, it's also possible to see people out with telescopes gazing at the night sky. Other popular times to visit the High Knob Overlook are during the month of June when the mountain laurel bloom…