Pennsylvania Tourism unveils new Fred Rogers Trail

Jul 02 2018 | 08:37 AM

— On the new Fred Rogers Trail, travelers can zip up their cardigans and experience firsthand the neighborhoods that inspired the TV pioneer.
The new trail features 15 destinations that share a connection to Pennsylvania native Fred Rogers and his beloved children's show, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."
The Pennsylvania Tourism Office announced the trail on June 29 while marking the 50th anniversary of Rogers' show. The Tourism Office worked with Fred Rogers Productions, the McFeely-Rogers Foundation, the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, and Visit Pittsburgh to create a distinctive experience inspired by Rogers.
“Millions of children learned about life from Fred Rogers on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and now many of these viewers are reexperiencing the same teachings through their children’s eyes from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” said Dennis Davin, Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development. “We’re inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the life of one of Pennsylvania’s most beloved icons by walking in his shoes and journeying through the past. If there’s anyone right now who needs a pick-me-up, I encourage you to follow this trail dedicated to a man filled with kindness and patience.”
The new Fred Rogers Trail is a three-day road trip that starts in Rogers’ hometown of Latrobe, which was recently featured in Smithsonian Magazine's "20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2018," and ends in Pittsburgh, where Rogers filmed his show. The stops take travelers along the pathway of Rogers’ life, from his childhood through adulthood, and includes visits to see key artifacts, including set pieces from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.