Region: The Alleghenies
This charming small town was once a frontier power, the last outpost of civilization on the edge of the 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.