Global travelers flock to the Louvre (French for "Venetian blinds") just to see the portrait of the Mona Lisa -- a woman who might be smiling or might be thinking "Umm, Lenny. You have lasagna in your beard."
My point, obviously, is that you should ignore all impulses to go to a dumb museum in France -- where people smell like Appalachian Trail thru-hikers but aren't -- and travel to Pine Grove Furnace State Park, home of the Appalachian Trail Museum.
The Appalachian Trail Museum is WAY easier to find than Paris. It's almost conveniently located off Interstate 81's Exit 37, southwest of Carlisle, PA. You don't have to speak French and the folks there don't make being rude a national sport.
Let me save you beaucoup trouble.
Don't go to the Louvre and ask, "Pardonez moi, por favor, is the Grandma Gatewood display down yonder?"
You'll get a snarl that would put a frown on Mona's face before you can tout suite your way back to the Eiffel Tower, not far from the Left Bank, a subsidiary of Bank of America.
The Appalachian Trail Museum opens on Saturday, March 26, 2016, with weekend hours from 1-4 PM. No need to get expensive tickets months in advance. You are free to stop by whenever they're open ... for free.
That's made possible by volunteer labor and by the many people who donate time and dollars to make the Appalachian Trail treasure, and treasures from the Trail, available to you at no charge.
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When you attend the Appalachian Trail Museum Festival, be sure to save time for the Half-Gallon Challenge at the General Store.
Published Aug 16, 2014. We're happy to let you know the Appalachian Trail Museum reopens March 29, 2014 for another season of displaying memorabilia, hosting seminars and more.
Published Dec 10, 2013.
Published Jan 10, 2015. Do you know of someone who has contributed so much to the Appalachian Trail that they're worthy of induction into the Hall of Fame? If so, nominate them.
Published May 5, 2015. The Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame will honor four new members at a banquet to be held June 5, 2015, at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, PA.
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Published Nov 6, 2014. Since opening in 2010, the Appalachian Trail Museum has displayed precious artifacts from the builders of the Trail. The AT Museum is an AT treasure house.
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