Ultimate Jtown Bucketlist

Ultimate Jtown Bucketlist

What is the Greater Johnstown Ultimate Bucket List?
Johnstown has a uniqueness about it that is appreciated by those who live here and by all who visit. The “Bucket List” was created as a fun endeavor for young and old to participate to learn more about our history, outdoor resources, local cuisine and culture.

How do I accept the Challenge?|
Take a look at our list of 30 locations and events below and customize your own list. You only need to visit 20 of the 30 locations to win a prize. Step by step, you go for it:

1.      Read these instructions and download the playing card
2.      Print out your playing card. Download Here
3.      Choose your 20 locations
4.      Follow us on Instagram @jtownbucketlist
5.      Visit your customized list at your own pace. There’s no designated time frame to complete your list
6.      Take a photo/selfie/group shot while at each location
7.      Post your photo/selfie/group shot to social media using #jtownbucketlist
8.      When you complete 20, visit Harrigan’s Wine Deck and Café, Greater Johnstown Chamber Office or the Visit Johnstown office for your free t-shirt
(while supplies last, you know there had to be at least one disclaimer.)

I’m not that great with a camera, what kind of photos should I post?
You haven’t had Photography 101? It’s ok. Visit your location list and just make sure you get a sign, a menu or something that tells us you’re at one of the locations by yourself, or with family and friends. Please keep it clean. This is a family challenge.

Don’t think you can finish the list?
That’s ok, everyone who posts at least one photo/selfie/group shot highlighting a bucket list location will receive a cool vinyl sticker for your guitar case, car, suitcase, computer, boat, mirror, etc. (while supplies last, ok so there are two disclaimers.)

What if I’m not on social media?
You can still visit your locations and take photos for lasting memories, but you won’t be eligible for the t-shirt. One of the goals of the project is to feature each location, give a big shout out to Greater J-town, and well, go viral. Sorry, social media is part of the game.

1. The Inclined Plane, includes the hiking and biking trail

The World’s Steepest Vehicular Inclined Plane

Atop the historic Johnstown Inclined Plane, the Gift Shop features souvenirs to commemorate your visit to the area including mugs, T-shirts, books, and blankets. Seasonal hours. Please go to website or call for hours of operation.

2. Johnstown Flood Museum

The Johnstown Flood Museum recreates the 1889 Flood with exhibits, artifacts and the Academy Award® winning film, The Johnstown Flood, the only museum-commissioned documentary that has won an Academy Award® in the short subject documentary category. Exhibits also include “The Oklahoma House”, a pre-fabricated structure sent to Johnstown to house flood survivors.

3. Ghost Town Trail

Natural beauty, fascinating historical features, and length: The Ghost Town Trail is a 46-mile long 'rails to trails' trail that blends these qualities and throws in a bit of challenge for flavor. The trail includes the 32-mile main stem portion from Blacklick, PA to Ebensburg, PA; as the 14-mile C and I Extension that includes the 4-mile Rexis Branch from Vintondale to White Mill; the 8-mile Stritty's Way from the Rexis Branch near the Rt. 422 underpass to North St. in Cardiff; and the 2-mile extension from Ebensburg to Beulah Road in Nanty Glo. Named for the long-gone coal-mining communities that once dotted its right-of-way, the GTT flows past two massive iron furnaces, old coal-loading tipples, boney (coal-refuse) piles and other traces of industrial history. The Blacklick Creek valley in which it is situated is gorgeous, with mountain streams, stands of rhododendron, dozens of wildflower species and cool woodlands. The packed limestone paving provides an ideal surface for non-motorized activities. ADA accessible. Bicycle rentals available at the Ebensburg trailhead at the Young Peoples Community Center.

4. Frank & Sylvia Pasquerilla Heritage Discovery Center

Experience first-hand the life of an immigrant to Johnstown around the turn of the century and the sights and sounds of the immigrants’ daily lives. Discover how they built a rich cultural heritage that’s still celebrated today. A national story told in a local context!  Features the Iron & Steel Gallery and “Mystery of Steel,” film.

Also at the Heritage Discovery Center: Johnstown Children’s Museum, Galliker’s Café, Ethnic Social Club and many events and activities throughout the year.

5. Harrigan’s Café and Wine Deck

Harrigan’s Café & Wine Deck has been in operation serving the Johnstown community for more than 30 years. We are committed to bringing some of the world’s best food and wines to our guests. In addition, breakfast is available, weekday lunch buffets, happy hour with live music and special events from time to time. You’ll find a variety of choices on the menus. If you complete your customized bucket list, you can pick up your prize at this location.

6. Thunder in the Valley Motorcycle Rally

Johnstown's annual Thunder in the Valley® motorcycle rally is held the fourth weekend in June. While the City of Johnstown serves as the hub of the rally, related events take place throughout the entire Johnstown region.

Visit Johnstown Pa | 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial
7. 1st Summit Arena @ War Memorial Events

Located in downtown Johnstown, the Arena is home to the Johnstown Tomahawks junior hockey team and the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown hockey team.  Because the Cambria County War Memorial Arena has such a rich hockey history, the Arena was recently awarded the title of the 1st Kraft Hockeyville USA. Additionally, the arena has hosted public concerts and events, basketball, hockey, and wrestling tournaments; cheerleading exhibitions, an indoor football league, and many other sporting events.  Public ice skating times are available.

Visit Johnstown Pa | Rock Run Recreation Area
8. Rock Run Recreation Area

Rock Run Recreation Area offers a nearly endless network of trails (140 miles) for 4-wheelers, dirt bikes & jeeps on 6,000 acres.  Timbered ravines, open grasslands, pine groves and scenic expanses. Trails are for riders of all levels, from rolling green trails, to more advanced black diamond trails. Day, Multi-Day and Seasonal passes available. ATV rentals. Guided tours. Special events

Visit Johnstown Pa | Central Park
9. Downtown Johnstown Central Park Events

The hub of Johnstown is downtown Central Park located on Main Street. Many events take place there throughout the year and include an Easter EggStravaganza, Annual Operation Clean Sweep and Beautification Day, Taste & Tour, summer movies held outside in the park, Halloween display and parade, outdoor concerts in the gazebo, farmer’s market, craft and collectible fairs, Light Up Night and Christmas parade, Christmas Express and a New Year’s Eve Celebration to name a few. Something is always happening downtown.

10. Stackhouse Park

277-acre nature area with 8.5 miles of maintained hiking trails. Two covered pavilions and numerous picnic tables throughout the park. Activities include hiking, cross-country skiing, sled riding, and bird watching. Pets allowed

11. Green Gables/Mountain Playhouse

Enjoy fine dining at the heart of the Laurel Highlands.  Savor New American Cuisine featuring the harvests of local farms in a rustic, artistic setting.  Choose from more than 200 fine wines & 100 craft beers from around the world.  Retreat to lodging on site & plunge into your queen-sized, pillow-top bed.  Wake & enjoy freshly prepared breakfast in the morning.

Visit Johnstown Pa | Cambria City
12. Cambria City Cultural District

The 10-block community of Cambria City was established in 1853 just after the steel making giant, the Cambria Iron Works became established in this area. Faith is both alive and lively in Cambria City as this cultural, colorful neighborhood has been making a dramatic transition. Today, this is Johnstown’s arts and cultural district. Some of the Bucket List locations in Cambria City include: B&L Winery, Bottleworks, Artworks, The Grand Halle, St. Mary's Pavilion, Ace's, VOMA and any of the festivals/events held in this section of town. There are many others, too many to mention, but you get the idea. And since this is a growing area, there are more attractions coming soon. Anything in this section of town would be considered the Cambria City Cultural District and would count toward your Bucket List completion

13. Stonycreek River and White Water Park

300-yard water park within the banks of the Stonycreek River adjacent to the 11-acre Greenhouse Park picnic area in Tire Hill, minutes from downtown Johnstown along Rt. 403. Family-oriented park with swimming, play kayaking… or just a great place to hang out and watch the river fun! Open April through October. No fees, but safety regulations are posted

14. Roxbury Bandshell

Roxbury Park’s historic Bandshell is one of the last remaining music pavilions built in 1937 as part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA). It hosts theatre, weddings, and a free concert series on Sundays, Memorial Day through mid-September.

15. Coney Island

Whether you go for the food or the experience, a trip to Johnstown is not complete until you have visited Coney Island! Operated as a family business since 1916, Coney Island prepares their famous hot dogs topped with their secret chili recipe, hamburgers, and the popular sundowner sandwich — a hamburger topped with a fried egg, mustard, secret chili sauce, and onions. Order your hot dogs and watch apron-clad servers line up the hot dogs along their arm from wrist to bicep, quickly smearing on the works, and serving them up in record time! Whether you grab lunch or dinner, or visit Coney Island after the Tomahawks hockey game, the food and  fun promises to be an  experience you won’t soon forget!

16. Highland Regional Park

13 miles of mountain bike trails including a 1 3/4 beginner trail, a 4 mile intermediate loop, and the balance of a mix of intermediate/expert and expert trails. Riding includes rock gardens, boulders, log piles and skinnies. A map of the trail system is located on the left at the driveway leading to the football field.

17. Stone Bridge Brewing Company

Micro-brewery in downtown Johnstown. Featuring a fun, industrial atmosphere. Live music, rotating craft beers. Pet friendly.

18. The Path of the Flood Trail

This historic trail extends from Ehrenfeld Borough Park and follows the fateful path of the devastating Great Johnstown Flood of 1889. Historical interpretive signs relate the story of the rushing waters and the terrible aftermath. Continuing to Mineral Point, the trail joins the Staple Bend Tunnel Trail and continues from the Franklin Borough Ball Field to the Johnstown Flood Museum in downtown Johnstown.

19. Mount Assisi Sunken Gardens & Renaissance Mansion

Beautiful flower gardens, fountains, rock gardens, shrines, reflection ponds, and religious statues on the property of the Franciscan Friars. Former summer estate of Bethlehem Steel magnate Charles Schwab. Open to the public from dawn until dusk.

20. Point Park and Stone Bridge

View the beautifully lighted Stone Arch Bridge.

Built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1887, the bridge survived the 1889 Flood but caused greater devastation as flood waters and debris, unable to pass through the arches, caught fire. For three hours every evening the bridge is lighted with colorful LED lights that are programmed to reflect holidays, special events and the time of year, beginning with a 20-minute lightshow.

21. Staple Bend Tunnel Trail

2.5-mile trail on the old Allegheny Portage Railroad bed. Handicapped accessible and open to walkers and bicyclists. Trailhead parking near the town of Mineral Point. Connects to the Path of the Flood Trail.

22. Jim Mayer Riverswalk Trail

Named for a local conservationist, the Jim Mayer Riverswalk Trail is a delightful, 3.1-mile (5k) urban trail on the east end of the City of Johnstown. Following the Stonycreek River, the trail begins in Riverside on Michigan Ave. and ends in Hornerstown on Messenger St., near Sandyvale Memorial Gardens & Conservancy. This trail offers beautiful views of the river, abundant bird-life and wildflowers, picturesque Buttermilk Falls and serenity within an urban setting.

23. Flight 93 National Memorial

Flight 93 National Memorial is an expansive landscape memorial that is comprised of many features. The Visitor Center provides an indoor exhibit on the Flight 93 story. Visitors can walk the flight path at the Visitor Center and again at the Memorial Plaza. A visit to the Memorial Plaza offers an intimate view and walk along the crash site and debris field. The names of the 40 passengers and crew members are listed on white marble at the Wall of Names. There are two trails open seasonally, the Allée and the Western Overlook Trail, that interconnect the Visitor Center with the Memorial Plaza. 40 Memorial Groves are visible from the Allée and the Ring Road between the Visitor Center and the Memorial Plaza.


24. Blue Knob State Park

Year-round wilderness adventures on 6,128 acres of woodland, 25 miles from Johnstown. Swimming pool, picnic areas, hiking trails, mountain biking, trout fishing, equestrian trails, camping, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, nearby downhill skiing, environmental education programs, wildlife viewing, scenic views. Cabins and House Rental.

25. Blaine Boring Chocolates

Gourmet candy. Hand dipped cherries, nuts, caramels, creams, meltaways & peanut butter specialties in the finest premium chocolate. Rich milk chocolate candies; dark semi-sweet chocolates; and white chocolate pieces. Molded candies in a wide variety of shapes and sizes with custom colors and hand decorating. Candy-making supplies & fundraising packages.

Community Arts Center of Cambria County

Art classes & workshops, annual exhibitions, Outbound Art outreach programs; special events; Concerts-on-the-Green; Log House Arts Festival & Holly Bazaar. Public rental for special events. Home of the Ponas Doll Museum and Shirley Gaynor permanent exhibition, as well as the area's only fully-equipped pottery studio, stained glass studio and glass fusion studio. The Community Arts Center is committed to keeping the Arts Alive in Cambria County since 1986.

Arcadia Theater

Historically renovated live performing arts theater seating 694. Musical performances are held once a month. We also host a children’s series. Box office open Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Groups welcome. Theater rental & tours available.

28. Sandyvale Memorial Gardens and Dog Park

A lush haven of open and inviting green space that links more than 200 years of Johnstown's history with 21st century education, recreation, community service and arts opportunities. Greenhouse and conservatory, indoor and outdoor classroom areas and an open-air performance venue. The Garden celebrates the passion and foresight of those who were once buried here.

29. Sargent's Stadium at the Point

Built in 1926, Johnstown’s original stadium had an upper deck with a grandstand and seated 17,000 fans. Baseball greats who played at the Point include Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth. Reconstructed in 2005, the stadium hosts a variety of sporting, entertainment and recreational events. It was also the site of the climactic football game in the film “All the Right Moves” starring Tom Cruise, Craig T. Nelson, and Lea Thompson.

30. The Escape Room - Johnstown

Fun, challenging live adventure strategy game for teams of four to eight people. We lock you up in a mysterious room with a fun themed story, and give you exactly 60 minutes to get out. Find clues, solve logic puzzles, break the codes and find the key to your freedom.