21 of the Best Small Towns in Pennsylvania
Located in northern Pennsylvania, Bradford was once one of the state’s richest and most influential places when it was the center of the world-wide oil industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Today, it’s a charming town that features a neat downtown area and several fun things to do including the Zippo/Case Museum and the Penn-Brad Oil Museum.
Just outside of town, there are several other great spots include Kinzua Bridge State Park, the Marilla Bridges Trail, and Rock City Park.
For those staying overnight, there are several nicely-appointed hotels in Bradford that you can book on Booking.com as well as options on Airbnb.
Undoubtedly the highlight of Kinzua Bridge State Park, Kinzua Bridge Skywalk boasts sensational views of the park. Once the longest bridge in Pennsylvania, Kinzua Bridge was partially destroyed in a 2003 tornado. Today, the remaining 600 feet has been transformed into a skywalk with a glass floor that looks 301 feet below. Click here for the official website of Kinzua Bridge State Park.
Bradford has become known for the "Old Fashioned Christmas" that occurs annually. The Bradford Main Street Manager and local merchants enjoy making the downtown look festive. The store windows are lit with beautiful lights. Fun, winter activities take place including old fashioned hay rides, ice skating, a wine walk and more.
A national historic district with a population of 8,194, Bradford is nestled in northwestern Pennsylvania's forest-covered hillsides at the Allegheny National Forest's edge. It is a Hallmark-type town where people say hello, and the shopkeepers know your name. Bradford celebrates each year with twinkling white lights and a sprinkle of snowflakes decorating the town, and an Old Fashioned Christmas celebration downtown.