Ride a Sprinter Van Rental in NYC and Explore Johnstown, Pennsylvania

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Located in Cambria County, Johnstown, Pennsylvania is home to more than 20,000 people. It is part of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is also called Hockeyville, USA and Flood City and was founded in 1770. Visit the city with a sprinter van rental in NYC.


The city is only around five hours away from New York City. And if you live in the Big Apple, you can just get on a sprinter van rental in NYC and check out the attractions here.


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Sports Venues and Golf Courses


Welcome to Hockeyville, USA. The city has been home to several minor league hockey teams since the 1940s. Today, it is home to the Johnstown Tomahawks. the NAHL team makes their home at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena. You also have the johnstownpaBA Baseball Tournament, which is held in Johnstown in the summer. Another major sporting event you can watch here is the Sunnehanna Amateur golf tournament. This competition pits the best amateur golfers from all over the country.


Speaking of golf, you can enjoy several golf courses in the city. So whether you are looking for a relaxing time on the greens or having a challenging game with friends, you have a course to go to. The city's top golf courses include the Richland Green Golf Center, Johnstown Municipal Golf Course, the North Fork Golf & Tennis, and of course the award winning Sunnehanna Country Club, which was designed by A.W. Tillinghast.


Itching to get out of New York City? The good news is that you can head to Johnstown, Pennsylvania for a weekend. Get on board a sprinter van rental in NYC and check out the city!


A sprinter van rental in NYC can take you to Johnstown bustling art scene.


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Arts & Culture


First off, head out to 709 Railroad Street. This is the city's most unique venues that combines a club, an art gallery and a place where the community gathers. You can catch live musical performances here, especially from punk, hardcore, indie and metal rock musicians. Plus, it gives local and regional artists a chance to showcase their work at the art gallery. It is not surprising, given that the venue is owned by a collective of musicians and artists. They also have a library for you to enjoy.


The Satori Gallery/Studio, founded by Dave diStefano, is an art gallery that focuses artworks from different artists in the area. For more visual arts, you might want to go to ART WORKS in Johnstown! The community allows artists to live and work at the same time.


Looking for a good show? Then watch the Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company perform. Meanwhile, the Greater Johnstown Community Chorus performs at the Grand Halle on Broad Street. The Johnstown Concert Ballet has been entertaining local audiences for more than five decades. The group trains local dancers who are interested in classical ballet and then gives the community high quality shows and concerts. You also have the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in the 1920s and has seven concerts a year. The orchestra has worked with the likes of Sherrill Mines and performs at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.


Further, you can check out the Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center. The arts center brings you closer to all the ethnic groups in the region by giving you the chance to see their arts, culture and history. Then you have the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, where you can view an arts exhibit, create art outdoors, or listen to their summer concert series. Also check out their Doll Museum and other exhibits.


Historic Sites


History lovers should first visit the Johnstown Area Heritage Association where they could learn about the city's and the area's history. The association can help you come up with tours that includes the various landmarks in the area. Plus they also maintains the Wagner-Ritter House & Garden, the Johnstown Children's Museum, the Johnstown Flood Museum, and the Heritage Discovery Center, among other sites.


The city also has several historic districts that you could visit. There is the Cambria City Historic District, which has close to 200 contributing buildings and structures. The district is a residential area but has a small business area, and commercial buildings. Some of the buildings that you should see here include the Minersville Bridge, Germana Brewery, August and Louisa Mayer Building, First Catholic Slovak Band Hall, Venue Of Merging Arts, Tulip Bottling Company, Pollack Building, Fifth Avenue Hotel, Cambria Fire Hose and Ladder Company. There are also a handful of churches here that you can admire such as the St. Casimer's Polish Church, Immaculate Conception Church, St. Stephen's Slovak Church, St. Columba Church, St. Mary's Greek Catholic Church, and the Hungarian Reformed Church.


The Downtown Johnstown Historic District has more than 100 contributing buildings, structures and sites. These include several noteworthy buildings such as the U.S. Post Office, Johnstown City Hall, Stenger Dry Goods Store, the Alma Hall, Bantley Building, Widmann Building, Franklin Street United Methodist Church, Swank Building, State Theater,St. Vincent DePaul Building, Elks Building, Cambria Iron Office Building, Moose Building, and Glosser Brothers Department Store. There are also several buildings that are inside the district, but are listed separately on the register, including Nathan's Department Store, G.A.R. Hall, and the Cambria Public Library Building.


You can also go to the Moxham Historic District, which has 330 contributing buildings including 315 homes, 21 commercial buildings and 10 churches. Most of the buildings here were built around the 1890s to the 1930s. This is where you should go in order to see homes that sports bungalow, craftsman, American foursquare, and colonial revival architectures. Meanwhile, other buildings in the district include St. Patrick's Catholic Church, the Cypress Avenue School, Calvary Methodist Church, Grove Avenue Methodist Church, Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Church, and Second Presbyterian Church. The area grew around the Johnston Steel Street Rail Company, making the district very typical of the state's industrial communities.


You can probably see all of these places in an afternoon or in a day, especially if you hire a sprinter van rental in NYC for your history tours.


Check out the Old Conemaugh Borough Historic District. The district has 330 contributing buildings, most of which have a Queen Anne or second empire architecture. Significant buildings that you should see here include Brass Rail Bar, Spenger House, W. H. Smith Residence, Central Catholic School Hudson Street School, Young House, Otto M. Hornick House, St. Joseph's German Catholic Church, and Christian Kakuck House.


Another historic district you could tour is the Minersville Historic District. A working class neighborhood, the area is a typical industrial community and grew around the old Cambria Iron Lower Works. It has 32 homes that you can visit.


Other historic sites that you should visit include:


  • Nathan's Department Store, which was built in the 1910s and sports an early commercial architecture.
  • Johnstown Inclined Plane, which is a funicular built after the Flood of 1889 to serve as an escape route for the people in the event of a flood. 
  • Grand Army of the Republic Hall, an 1890s clubhouse.
  • Cambria Public Library Building is one of the 3,000 public libraries that was built through the funds given by Andrew Carnegie that was built in the 1880s to the 1910s.  The historic library has gothic, French gothic revival, and other architectural styles.
  • Cambria Iron Company, which closed in 1992, has three important buildings that you should see the Machine Shop, the Carpenter Shop, and the Blacksmith Shop.
  • The Inclined Plane Bridge


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The city's parks gives visitors and residents a chance to go outdoors and enjoy the fresh air, while also imparting some tidbits of history.


Check out the national parks here, including the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, which gives you opportunities to go bird watching, picnicking, hiking, nature walks, cross-country skiing. The park also has the 1.5 mile Allegheny Portage Railroad trail. You can also relive the city's turbulent past with flooding at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial. You can see the empty lakebed here to give you an idea of just how much water flooded the town before. The lakebed is now filled with plants, shrubs and trees.


Then you should check out the state parks, where you could camp or have a picnic among other things. You can check out the Blue Knob State Park, where you can enjoy outdoor adventures all year round. The park has more than 6,100 acres of woodland that features a swimming pool, hiking trails, picnic facilities, horseback riding trails, skiing, wildlife viewing and wonderful views all around.


Laurel Ridge State Park has close to 14,000 acres of space and features the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. You can ski, snowmobile, hunt and have a picnic here. Meanwhile, Prince Gallitzin State Park has hiking trails, boating, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, skiing, and hunting facilities. It also has nature trails, campsites, and a 1,600 acre lake.


Further, you can check out the Gallitzin State Forest has a total area of around 23,000 acres and features several divisions, such as the Babcock Division that has 17,5000 acres of space and is known for its beautiful scenery. This is where you would find the Babcock State Forest Picnic Area, the Clear Shade Wild Area, the Lost Turkey Trail and the John P. Saylor Trail.


Other open spaces you would find in the city include the:


  • Charles F. Lewis Natural Area: Has 384 acres of space and  features the two mile Clark Run Trail that gives you small waterfalls and unique geologic features.
  • Conemaugh Gap Scenic Overlook
  • Duman Lake County Park: Has picnic facilities, horseshoe courts, volleyball courts, swing sets, hiking trails, and other features.  During the weekends, there are hay rides and train rides available.  You can also go fishing at the stocked lake in the area.
  • Nanty Glo Park & Pool:  Allows you to swim, camp, play, fish and do a lot more outdoor activities.
  • Stackhouse Park: Has 277 acres of space that features 8.5 miles of hiking trails, pavilions, picnic facilities.  This is the ideal place to go hiking, skiing, sled riding, bird watching, and others.  You can also bring your pets.
  • Stonycreek Whitewater Park: Gives you 300 yards of space.  The water park is right beside the StonyCreek River and located right next to Greenhouse Park’s picnic area.


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