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Indiana County Self-Guided Walking Tours


Indiana County WalkWorks Program
presents…


Self-Guided Walking Tours!




Your next adventure awaits – just choose from one of the many self-guided walking tour maps available.
Locations such as Hemlock Lake, Blue Spruce Park, Downtown Indiana Queen Anne Walk, Tanoma Wetlands, Buttermilk Falls, and many more can be found on their website.

Below is a sample self-guided walking tour map.





 

 

May 24, 2021   Comments Off on Indiana County Self-Guided Walking Tours

Celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week



The first week in May kicked-off National Travel and Tourism Week!  Now is more important than ever to help support those in the travel and tourism industry.  Join us as we celebrate those locally who are THE POWER OF TRAVEL today & everyday in this video presentation.

May 3, 2021   Comments Off on Celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week

ICTB Executive Director Announces Retirement

Congratulations to our Executive Director, Denise Liggett, on the announcement of her retirement.  Those of us at ICTB can’t thank Denise enough for her years of leadership!  Though she will be missed dearly, we wish her well and are excited for her.  Best wishes always!  Read the full press release announcing her retirement HERE.

February 12, 2021   Comments Off on ICTB Executive Director Announces Retirement

CEO Spring 2021 NEWSLETTER

Tourism Spotlight.
Excerpt from their newsletter:




 

Click here to read the entire newsletter.

February 11, 2021   Comments Off on CEO Spring 2021 NEWSLETTER

Indiana County shines as the “Christmas Tree Capital of the World” in recent promotions


Below are a few places where Indiana County, PA was featured recently as the Christmas Tree Capital of the World. Click on each link to learn more.
KDKA Radio Interview with Gregg Van Horn
Good Food Pittsburgh
Very Local Pittsburgh
Tribune Review


December 21, 2020   Comments Off on Indiana County shines as the “Christmas Tree Capital of the World” in recent promotions

Video of Jimmy Stewart’s Cessna being Mounted at JSA.


How cool is this? Special thanks to M20 Media for sharing a time lapse video that was recorded as they mounted Jimmy Stewart’s Cessna at Indiana County-Jimmy Stewart Airport. Make sure your volume is turned up for a special surprise!

Click here to view the special installment of the plane!






September 8, 2020   Comments Off on Video of Jimmy Stewart’s Cessna being Mounted at JSA.

Ghost Town Trail Named Tops In Pennsylvania


Ghost Town
Trail Named Tops In Pennsylvania





“It’s a nice honor,” Indiana County Parks & Trails Director Ed Patterson said.

“The Ghost Town Trail, like so many rail trails throughout Pennsylvania, captures the spirit of an industrial past and the promise of a recreational future,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams said. “Again, we see a rails-to-trails conversion spawning economic benefits with establishment of new businesses and increasing patronage at others.”

The Ghost Town Trail and its crushed limestone surface is designated as a National Recreation Trail by the U.S. Department of the Interior. It was chosen Trail of the Year by DCNR’s Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee in its bid to help build enthusiasm and support for both large and small trails, as well as public awareness about the value of the state’s trail network.

“The trail’s establishment and development over the past 25 years is a testament to the shared effort and vision of many partners who have contributed to the trail’s success and popularity,” Patterson said.

The Ghost Town Trail derives its name from seven mining towns — and an early Welsh settlement — that once existed along the railroad corridor.

Wehrum in Buffington Township, the largest of the former towns, once had 230 houses, a hotel, company store, jail and bank. It was established in 1901 in the vicinity of a Lackawanna Iron & Steel Company mine. That mine was sold to Bethlehem Steel in 1922 and closed in 1929. The town was abandoned in 1934.

Today the trail is part of the Trans Allegheny Trails network and is maintained by Indiana County Parks & Trails and its Ebensburg counterpart, the Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority.

The trail was established in 1991 when the Kovalchick Salvage Co. donated 16 miles of the former Ebensburg & Blacklick Railroad to Indiana County. Two years later, the Cambria & Indiana Railroad donated an extra four miles from Rexis to White Mill Station. In 2005, more mileage was added in Indiana and Cambria counties.

Today, there’s the 32-mile main stem from Blacklick to Ebensburg, the four-mile Rexis branch from Vintondale to Route 422, and the 8-mile Stritty’s Way from Route 422 to Expedite Road. At Vintondale the trail divides and follows two branches of Blacklick Creek.

“Over the years it has always been well maintained,” Patterson said. “We have a terrific maintenance crew.”

It is a trail still evolving, with plans to expand it along 5.5 additional miles of the old Cambria & Indiana Railroad.

“When they complete the last five and a half miles, you will be able to do a loop on the trail,” Patterson said. “I believe it will be the first trail in the Eastern United States that will be a loop trail.”

Detailed information about the trail can be found on both https://www.indianacountyparks.org, which offers an interactive guidebook, and http://www.cambriaconservationrecreation.com, which has interactive maps of the Ghost Town Trail and other trails in the Trans Allegheny network.

By PATRICK CLOONAN pcloonan@indianagazette.news





1/16/2020









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January 20, 2020   Comments Off on Ghost Town Trail Named Tops In Pennsylvania

Invitation to Join Tourist Bureau – Become a Member TODAY!

Not a member yet of the Tourist Bureau?  Let us tell you more about why you should join today!

The Travel and Tourism industry spending in Indiana County amounts to over $170 million and accounts for more than 1,400 jobs countywide.  Visitors spend discretionary dollars when visiting the area for business, sporting events, conventions, reunions, IUP events, etc.  The bureau partners with Pennsylvania Association of Travel & Tourism, the Center for Economic Operations, and the 422 Co-Op Group to work together towards a common goal: the economic development and promotion of Indiana County’s attributes.

We invite all area business to become members of the tourist bureau and take advantage of networking and promotion opportunities from within and outside the region.  The Indiana County Tourist Bureau offers memberships to businesses, restaurants, attractions, non-profit groups, clubs, organizations, one-time events, as well as individuals.

Membership Information


The Indiana County Tourist Bureau offers membership to businesses, restaurants, non-profit organizations, one-time events and individuals. As your official tourism promotion agency, we will continue our efforts in making Indiana County an outstanding and growing tourist destination.

Our mission is to enhance the economic and environmental well-being of our region and our members through the promotion of tourism and comprehensive marketing of Indiana County. This is possible because of the continued yearly support of our community.

We invite you to become a member of the Indiana County Tourist Bureau and join us in promoting our County.

Membership Application


Membership Categories Form
Membership Application – Website Info

Membership Benefits



  • Web Exposure:  Your link on Indiana County’s official tourism promotion website, www.VisitIndianaCountyPA.org, also includes a photo and description.   ICTB website is linked to the state tourism website, regional sites, other county tourism sites and various social media sites.

  • Event Promotion: Submit events to our online calendar, which provides an opportunity to publicize year-round.  This calendar is also the source of our weekly email blast, which reaches over 500 recipients.

  • Complimentary Listing in the Official Indiana County Visitor Guide: The guide can be viewed and requested online and includes a distribution of over 100,000 copies. Guides are distributed via:  toll-free call requests, countywide brochure racks, distribution services to AAA offices and turnpike locations in PA, WV, MD, and OH, trade & travel shows, fairs & festivals, leads received from national and regional advertising, and ICTB website requests.

  • Industry News & Networking Opportunities: You will receive quarterly newsletters and invitations to Mingles and other networking events.

  • Group Marketing: ICTB participates in various marketing initiatives designed to attract visitors from across the USA and Canada.  A Group Tour/Conference Associate exists to create itineraries, packages and special offers to excite groups of all sizes to the area.

  • Distribution of Printed Marketing Collateral:  Capitalize on free distribution of your business, organization, or event materials throughout the county.


If you have any questions regarding membership, please stop by our office at the Indiana Mall or give us a call.

Indiana County Tourist Bureau
2334 Oakland Avenue, Suite #68
Indiana, PA 15701
Phone: 724-463-7505

 

January 2, 2020   Comments Off on Invitation to Join Tourist Bureau – Become a Member TODAY!