Pennsylvania Hikes and More

Hiking Tours / by Bus
2 Day
  • Itinerary

    Date: 23-25 SEP 2022  
    Tour's duration: 3 days/2 nights
    3 Pick-up locations: (Vaughan Carpool, York Mills Station, and Mississauga Carpool)
    Group size: Maximum 55 participants (there will NOT be any physical distancing on the bus)
    YOU NEED TO BE FULLY VACCINATED TO BE ABLE TO JOIN THIS TOUR
    THIS TOUR IS FOR BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE HIKERS
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    THIS TOUR WILL BE CONDUCTED BY "IAN CLARK", ONE OF THE BEST CANADIAN-AMERICAN HIKE LEADERS SPECIALIZED IN ARIZONA, Photographer, Sunset & Waterfall lover, and much more :)
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    ************ ITINERARY ***************
    Day 1 - FRI 23 SEP2022: Toronto >> Indiana, PA
    7.00 AM: 1st pickup from Vaughan Carpool (Hwy 400 & Hwy 7)
    7.30 AM: 2nd pickup from York Mills Station (Yonge/York Mills) 
    8.00 AM: 3rd pickup from Mississauga Carpool (Hway 401/ Hurontario)- *See below details for pick-ups/parking*
    9.15-10.00 AM: Breakfast/washroom stop on the way
    10.00 - 11.00 AM: Border crossing
    12.00 - 1.00 PM: Eternal Flame Hike
    3.00 - 4.30 PM: Kinzua Bridge State Park Hike
    7.00 PM: Arrive at the hotel. Holiday Inn Express Indiana, PA
    There are 2 restaurants beside the hotel both good for dinner, open till 11 PM.
     
    Day 2 - SAT 24 SEP 2022: Frank Lloyd Wright houses in Pennsylvania
    7.00 - 8.00 AM: Breakfast at our hotel 
    8.00 AM: Departure from the hotel
    10.30 AM - 12.30 PM: Guided tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Kentuck Knob
    12.30 - 1.30 PM: Boxed lunch in Kentuck Knob complex
    2.00- 5.00 PM: Guided tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater
    5.00 PM: Drive back to our hotel 

    6.30 PM: Arrive at the hotel. Holiday Inn Express Indiana, PA
    There are 2 restaurants beside the hotel both good for dinner, open till 11 PM.
     
    Day 3 - SUN 25 SEP 2022: Indiana, PA >> Toronto
    7.00 - 8.00 AM: Breakfast at our hotel 
    8.00 AM: Departure from the hotel
    11.00 AM - 12.00 PM:  Rock City Park
    12.30 - 1.30 PM: Stop for lunch in Salamanca, NY.
    3.30-4.30 PM: Border crossing
    5.00 - 6.30 PM: Dinner in the Niagara region 
    7.30 PM: Drop off @ Mississauga Carpool
    8.00 PM: Drop off @ York Mills Station
    8.30 PM: Drop off @ Vaughan Carpool
    The drop-off times are all approximate, and subject to change based on the Traffic.

    Price & Inclusions

     
    PRICE: 
    Double room: CA$649 (taxes are included) per person in double occupancy
    Single room: CA$849 (taxes are included) per person in single occupancy (the single supplement is CA$200 )
    >> If you need a roommate, please ask.
     
    What’s included:
    • Round trip transportation on a Highway coach
    • 2 nights accommodation at Holiday Inn Express Indiana, PA
    • 2 Breakfasts at the hotel
    • A guided tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Kentuck Knob, PA
    • A guided tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, PA
    • Visit/Hike the Kinzua Bridge State Park, PA
    • Visit/hike the Eternal Flame Falls, NY
    • Visit/hike Rock City Park, NY
    • A Boxed lunch at Kentuck Knob complex
    • A Farewell dinner in Queen Victoria Place Restaurant, in the Niagara Falls
    • Escorted by the Tour Director
    • ALL TAXES ARE INCLUDED
     
    Farewell Dinner Menu (Entree choice may be made upon arrival)
    • Roast Prime Rib of Beef 
    • Herb Crusted Chicken Supreme 
    • Broiled Fresh Salmon Fillet 
    • Wild Mushroom Ravioli 
    What's NOT included:
    • Meals other than the ones that are mentioned above
    • Water and snacks
    • Gratuities (Tips are not required - but are greatly appreciated! The suggested amount is ($15 per person for the entire trip) for the guide and the driver)
    * End Plastic Pollution: we will no longer offer single-use plastic water bottles on our tours since many of them end up in our landfills, lakes, oceans, and rivers. We encourage you to bring a refillable water bottle. 
     
    Cancellations & Refunds
    * Full refund if you cancel at least 30 days before the trip departure date.
    * 29-15 days prior to departure - pay a penalty equal to 50% of the total purchase amount.
    * 14-8 days prior to departure - pay a penalty equal to 70% of the total purchase amount.
    * Within 7 days of departure - fully non-refundable - pay a penalty equal to 100% of the total purchase amount.
    * All reservations are fully transferable and you may transfer your booking to anyone else, without penalty. Simply send us an email through the Contact Us button at the top of the page.
    * In the event that a tour is canceled, the liability of FunTours.ca will be limited to providing a full refund of the original trip price.

    Pickup

    1st pick-up location: Vaughan Carpool lot (Hwy 400 & Hwy 7). It is called MTO Commuter Carpool Lot - Address: 0B6, Ontario 400, York Regional Rd 7, Vaughan, ON.
    Entry into the parking lot is from Colossus Drive. This is a Government of Ontario, Ministry of Transportation Carpool Lot. Cars may be left here for up to 5 days. Parking is free.
    This lot is in two sections, an east lot and a west lot. There is a special bus parking area in the west lot and there is a sign posted as "Bus/Coach Parking". The bus will stop there. If you do not see a special area marked "Bus/Coach Parking", it means you are in the east lot and you need to move to the west lot. To do this, drive to the back of the parking lot and you will see a short tunnel. Drive through this tunnel and the bus parking area will be on your left. Park your car nearby. CLICK HERE to see on map
     
    2nd pick-up location:  York Mills Station (Yonge/York Mills) - Address: 4025 Yonge St North York, ON M2P 2E3.
    The bus will stop on Yonge St. northeast side of York Mills Rd. This is the York Mills Centre office building on the North-East corner of Yonge St. & York Mills Rd. The York Mills subway station is in the basement of this building. If it is raining or snowing, you are welcome to wait in the lobby of the office tower until you see the bus stop in front of the building. CLICK HERE to see on map
     
    3rd pick-up location:  Mississauga Carpool (Carpool Parking 401/ Hurontario) - Address: 401 Hurontario St, Mississauga, ON L5W 1N3
    The entrance into the carpool lot is on the west side of Hurontario, between the ramps to Hwy 401 East and Hwy 401 West. This parking lot is not easily visible from Hurontario and can be easily missed so please carefully follow the P Carpool signs. Detailed instructions from all four directions are given below. This is a Government of Ontario, Ministry of Transportation parking lot. Cars may be left here for up to 5 days, parking is free. Our bus stops in the parking area on your left-hand side. CLICK HERE to see on map

    Tour Attractions

    Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, PA
    Fallingwater is a house designed in 1935 by renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) for the Kaufmann family, owners of Pittsburgh’s largest department store. One of Wright’s most widely acclaimed works, Fallingwater exemplifies his philosophy of organic architecture: the harmonious union of art and nature. Fallingwater is located in the mountains of Southwestern Pennsylvania, also known as the Laurel Highlands, in Mill Run, Fayette County, which is about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Wright designed Fallingwater to rise above the waterfall over which it is built. Local craftsmen quarried native sandstone and other materials from the property and completed the construction of the main house, guest house and service wing in 1939. Fallingwater is the only major Wright work to come into the public domain with its setting, artwork, and original Wright-designed furnishings intact.
     
    FALLINGWATER'S WORLD HERITAGE INSCRIPTION
    Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) is widely considered to be the greatest American architect of the 20th century. His major works represented in the World Heritage inscription span 54 years of his illustrious career. In addition to Fallingwater, the inscription includes: Unity Temple, Frederick C. Robie House, Taliesin, Hollyhock House, Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House, Taliesin West, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. These eight sites have played a prominent role in the development and evolution of modern architecture during the first half of the 20th century and continuing to the present. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee inscribed Fallingwater and seven other Frank Lloyd Wright-designed sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List at a meeting in 2019. The inscription, The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, to the UNESCO World Heritage List represents the first modern architecture designations in the United States.
     
    Frank Lloyd Wright's Kentuck Knob, PA
    Welcome to Kentuck Knob, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most unique Usonian homes. Usonian, meaning affordable for the average American, was a signature design of Frank Lloyd Wright. Both dramatic and serene, the house, situated just below the crest of the hill, appears almost part of the mountain itself and stands 2,050 feet above sea level. Guests will learn about the Hagan family, Frank Lloyd Wright, and his vision for the house. Experienced interpreters guide you through Kentuck Knob, share stories and historical information, and offer unique insights into this wonderful house and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian architecture.
     
    Kinzua Bridge State Park, PA
    The 339-acre Kinzua Bridge State Park, located in McKean County, is the home of the reinvented Kinzua Viaduct. The Viaduct, once the longest and tallest railroad structure at 2,053 feet long and 301 feet high, was partially destroyed by a tornado during 2003. Reinvented as a pedestrian walkway during 2011, visitors can stroll 600 feet out on the remaining support towers, peer miles out into the Kinzua Gorge, and gaze down through the partial glass platform at the end of the walkway.
     
    Eternal Flame Falls, NY
    Mysterious and Definitely One of a Kind
    Eternal Flame Falls is a 35-foot waterfall and one of its grottos actually contains a small flickering flame about 8 inches high and believed to be lit thousands of years ago by Native Americans. For a long time, scientists have believed that the fire burns because of gas pockets that rise from the old, extremely hot bedrock made of shale. The rock's high temperatures break down the carbon molecules in the shale, which in turn creates natural gas. However, a group of scientists from Indiana University led by Professor Arndt Schimmelmann, found that the shale under the waterfall isn't actually hot enough or old enough to be causing the formation of gas pockets. Schimmelmann says, “This flame and these seepages have occurred for millions of years in those areas and we know that the source rock, about 400 meters deep, is not very warm. It should not even be able to produce much gas at this temperature, yet the gas is coming and it’s not being depleted. So our hypothesis is that a different mechanism is responsible for continuous gas generation at depth.” In other words, something else must be keeping the "eternal flame" burning and to this day researchers still don't know exactly what that may be.
     
    Rock City Park, NY
    Rock City Park is a majestic geological spectacle of enormous rock formations and is often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. This prehistoric ocean floor is the World’s largest exposure of quartz conglomerate (also called ocean spar or puddingstone) and attracts thousands of visitors yearly. Located on top of Rock City Hill, on route 16, south of Olean, New York. Its altitude is 2,300 feet above sea level. Walk among natures creations and marvel at the rock formations! Scenic Views/Hiking Trails/Picnic Area/Gigantic Rock Formations/Newly Expanded Museum/Souvenir and Rock Shop/Virtual Video Tour/Fluorescent Rock Room/Refreshments and Snacks. OPEN: May – October
     
     
    Holiday Inn Express Indiana, PA (3*)
    The Holiday Inn Express Indiana is located just three miles from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Jimmy Stewart Museum. It is minutes from area attractions like Blue Spruce Park, Challenger Raceway, Chestnut Ridge golf and conference center and the Indiana Mall. The Indiana Ice Rink is only three miles and Smicksburg-Amish country is 27.4 km away. A 24-hour restaurant is adjacent to the hotel, and a number of restaurants and cocktail lounges are located in the surrounding area. Guests are invited to enjoy many amenities, including a free weekday newspaper, free hot breakfast and free coffee. Business travelers will appreciate conveniences like free wireless high-speed Internet access in all guest rooms and access to copy and fax services. In addition to standard amenities, the hotel features whirlpool bathtubs in some rooms. Connecting rooms are also available.
     
     
    Farewell dinner in the Niagara region 
    Queen Victoria Place Restaurant offers the very best flavours of Niagara paired with a spectacular panoramic view of the majestic falls.
     
     

    Note

    Fully vaccinated travelers are able to travel to the United States and do not need to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result. Providing proof of vaccination is necessary (at least 2 doses).
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    Level of difficulty: Easy-Medium  
    As a minimum, you will need an average level of fitness and mobility to join this tour. Partaking in group travel can be more "physically demanding" than your more conventional holidays. You should be able to walk 1.5-2 hours without the aid of another person, climb a couple of stairs, step on and off buses, and other forms of transport.

    The hikes are a maximum of 1.5-2 hours and are NOT very challenging. In each location, we will have approx. 1-2 hours of guided walk/hike to see the attractions and take pictures. 
     
    Travel Documents
    US Immigration requires that all travelers MUST have a valid passport (or Nexus or EDL cards).  If you do not have a Canadian or USA passport, please make sure that you have the appropriate permissions or documentation to travel to the USA.
    YOU CAN NOT TRAVEL IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ALL REQUIRED TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, SUCH AS PASSPORT AND VISA (if applicable).
     
    Use ArriveCAN to enter Canada
     
    Itinerary Changes
    The itinerary is subject to change at any time without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances/weather and road conditions.

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    TRAVEL PROTECTION PLANS
    For your protection, we strongly recommend that you purchase Comprehensive Travel Insurance with Emergency Medical, Trip Cancellation, and interruption (and ask them about their COVID-19 Pandemic Travel Plans). Here is a list of some Travel Insurance companies for Canadian Travellers:
     
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