Cherry Springs State Park is about 270 miles from Washington. Take Interstate 270 north to Frederick, then U.S. Route 15 north. In Williamsport, Pa., take U.S. Route 220 south for 15 miles, then Pa. Route 44 north for about 50 miles.
WHERE TO STAY
Sweden Valley Cabins
1307 E. Second St.
Clean, basic rooms and cabins about 12 miles north of the park. Rates from $45. Pets welcome.
WHERE TO EAT
Maple Tree Restaurant
127 N. Main St.
Cooks up straightforward diner-style breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Meals start at $4.50.
Olga Gallery, Cafe and Bistro
4 E. Second St.
The bar here has a surprisingly large selection of beers. Entrees $10-$30.
WHAT TO DO
Cherry Springs State Park
4639 Cherry Springs Rd.
The spot for stargazing. The park is open year-round and offers free public astronomy programs on summer evenings.
Cherry Springs Star Party with the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg, June 14-16 (cherrysprings.org). Individuals $40; families $55; students $30.
Black Forest Star Party with the Central Pennsylvania Observers, Sept. 14-16 (cpoclub.org). Adults $30; younger than 18 free.
Stash Nawrocki offers private stargazing tours. Adults $20; ages 8-17 $10; younger than 8 free. Group rates available.
Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
5660 US Rte. 6 West
A 20-minute drive from Cherry Springs. Wednesday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults $6; seniors $5; children $3.