Best Views #1 – The Stone Bridge

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Inspired by Marcus Schneck’s excellent article, Pennsylvania’s Best Views, and spurred on by my friend Mike, I present this list, complete with photos, of the best scenic views of Pennsylvania’s Southern Highlands.

This list is not comprehensive and only, of course, my opinion, and will encompass sights in a radius of 40 miles or so centered on the City of Johnstown. Differing opinions, comments and suggestions are welcome in the comments area below.

First up on Mr. Schnek’s list is Philadelphia’s Boathouse Row, a truly impressive sight. What is the appeal of this Schuylkill River destination and what is there to compare up here in the hills?

  • Pretty lights? – check
  • Traditional architecture? – check
  • Idyllic river scene? – check
  • Picturesque reflections? – check
  • Perpetual Schuylkill Expressway tie-ups? – well, you can’t have everything

The heart of Johnstown glows as the lights of the historic Stone Bridge rise at dusk and continue their mesmerizing display for three hours each night reflecting off the surface of the Conemaugh River. The Stone Bridge Lighting Project is administered by the Johnstown Area Heritage Association and is funded through the generosity of a number of individuals and organizations.

When to Visit: The Stone Bridge is a magnificent sight even in the day time, but check out the link above for the lighting schedule. Any night of the year is a good night for viewing.

Where Is It: On Washington Street, between Johns Street and Roosevelt Boulevard (Rts. 56/403) in downtown Johnstown.

Best Views: You can take in the expanse from Point Park on Washington Street or get up close on Iron Street where it passes under the Bridge. A short trek into the woods above Roosevelt Boulevard provides a background view of the city skyline.

What Else: RJ’s Cafe and Lounge on Main Street is highly recommended for dinner. For entertainment, check out People’s Natural Gas Park just next door, the Cambria City Cultural District right downstream, or look for sporting events at the city’s Point Stadium. And as long as you’re in town, you simply must Ride the Incline!

Prints of select images in the gallery below are now available in the Laurelight Gift Shop.  A portion of sales of all Stone Bridge photos goes to support the lighting of the Stone Bridge through The Stone Bridge Project.

All Laurelight images are custom printed by a professional lab on quality photographic paper, mounted on 2mm styrene board and protected from fingerprints, water and UV damage with a durable laminate coating. Prints come ready for framing, and the protective laminate makes framing glass and overmats optional. Standard shipping within the continental United States is FREE.

But enough chat. Dig the pics.

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