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Breezewood: It's a Wonderful Interchange. Really.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Driving over the holidays? If you plan to break bread with Grandma in Columbus, Ohio, or fight over the turkey leg with Cousin Billy in Buffalo, you most likely will blow through Breezewood, Pa. The so-called "Town of Motels" is the highly trafficked junction of interstates 76 and 70 that leads to destinations in the Midwest and Northeast.

According to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, 18,250 drivers typically exit at Breezewood daily; on the Wednesday and Sunday around Turkey Day, that number more than doubles, to more than 39,000 per day. What they find there is a muddle of gas stations, chain hotels and restaurants they've seen a million times before.

We say: Mix it up. We found 10 diversions -- including things to do and places to eat, sleep and shop -- that aren't the standard Breezewood fare. All are within 10 minutes of the main intersection, and many are in view just off the ramp. -- Andrea Sachs

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For more information on Breezewood, contact the Bedford County Visitors Bureau,800-765-3331, http://www.bedfordcounty.net.

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