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Bedford, Pennsylvania

This charming small town was once a frontier power, the last outpost of civilization on the edge of wilderness. The town takes its name from Fort Bedford, built in 1758 by the British Army to withstand the French and later, the Indians. Bedford, 75 miles southwest of State College, segued into a haven for healing thanks to its seven fabled medicinal springs. Bedford is home to the world-famous Bedford Springs Resort, whose luxurious facilities have attracted 10 presidents, as well as a quaint downtown boasting four grassy squares that play host to annual traditions: Holiday Open House with ice carvers and carolers; Hot Summer Nights concerts; art exhibits; Antiques on the Square, held every Memorial Day weekend, and the equally popular Fall Foliage Festival, which draws 70,000 visitors a year.

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