This image from Focus Features shows Fred Rogers on the set of his show "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood" from the movie "Do not you want to be my neighbor." ̵
WILKES-BARRE – Travelers can now get one really nice day in Mister Rogers & # 39; s neighborhood experience.
The Pennsylvania State Department of Community and Economic Development's tourism bureau paid tribute to Pennsylvania native Fred Rogers, announcing a Fred Rogers Trail on which travelers tie up their cardigans and the neighborhoods that inspired the TV pioneer first-hand experience.
Marking To mark the 50th anniversary of the popular children's show "Mister Rogers & # 39; Neighborhood," the tourism office worked with Rogers-inspired Fred Rogers Productions, the McFeely-Rogers Foundation, the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, and VisitPittsburgh Creating a Unique Experience  The New Way, the latest project of the Wolf Administration, which supports the country's $ 40 billion tourism industry, includes 15 destinations that share a portion of it connecting with Fred Rogers and his loved ones Show.
"Millions of children learned from Fred Rogers about 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," and now many of these viewers are experiencing the same lessons through the eyes of their children of Daniel Tigers neighborhood, "said Dennis Davin, secretary of the department Community and Economic Development. "We invite visitors to immerse themselves in the life of one of Pennsylvania's most beloved icons by walking in their shoes and traveling the past, and if there is someone who needs a pick-me-up, I encourage you to follow that path, dedicated to a man filled with kindness and patience. "
The new Fred Rogers Trail is a three-day outing that took place in Rogers' hometown of Latrobe, recently featured in the Smithsonian Magazines & # 39; The 20 best small towns to visit was unveiled in 2018, and ends in Pittsburgh, where Rogers filmed his show. The stations guide travelers along Rogers' life, from childhood to adulthood, and include visits to see important artifacts, including bits and pieces from the Make-Believe neighborhood.
Attractions along the way:
• Idlewild & SoakZone – offers guests the opportunity to ride a trolley through "Daniel Tigers Neighborhood". The series is produced by Fred Rogers Productions and is inspired by the original neighborhood of Mister Rogers.
• Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent College – contains recorded interviews with Fred, a look at his life "before the sweater" and other memorabilia.
• Fred Rogers Statue – in James H. Rogers Park gives visitors the opportunity to take a selfie while sitting on the bench with a statue of Rogers.
• Latrobe High School – houses a large exhibit of items from Roger's school years and "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" production memorabilia.
• Latrobe Area Historical Society – highlights Latrobe's history, its heritage premieres, and famous citizens including Rogers and golf legend Arnold Palmer.
• Latrobe Presbyterian Church – was visited by Rogers and his family. A little-known fact, Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister.
• Unity Cemetery – Rogers Burial
• Latrobe Art Center – Offers "Mister Rogers" Neighborhood "and" Daniel Tigers Neighborhood "merchandise for sale.
• Senator John Heinz History Center – Located in downtown Pittsburgh, the largest collection of original items from the "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" television set
• Pittsburgh Children's Museum – 80,000 square feet large Room with exhibits to touch shows a new addition, the exhibition Fred Rogers & Us.
• Duquesne Incline – offers the possibility to drive a trolley It was built in "Mister Rogers & # 39; Neighborhood
• Tribute to Children – Memorial is a 10-foot bronze statue of Rogers sits and ties his sneakers.
• WQED Studios – Here you can Take a selfie out there where "Mister Rogers & # 39; Neighborhood" was filmed and produced by Family Communications, Inc.
• Pennsylvania Trolley Museum – where "Mister Rogers & # 39; Neighborhood "
• Buttermilk Falls – With an impressive 45-foot case, was owned by Roger's grandfather from 1931 to 1956 and was used as a family retreat, hiking trails and a picnic area are on site .
Travelers can find the complete Fred Rogers Trail travel itinerary at visitPA.com/FredRogers.
This image of Focus Features shows Fred Rogers on the set of his show, "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood "from the movie" Do not you want to be my neighbor. "
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