Promo Video Released for ‘Pennsylvania’s Great Outdoors’ PBS Episode

Beyond Your Backyard, a new PBS travel series hosted by Erik Hastings — also known as Erik the Travel Guy — has released an online promotional video highlighting some of the attractions in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region that will be featured in upcoming 30-minute episode called “Pennsylvania’s Great Outdoors.”

The program will air on Blue Ridge PBS and other Virginia PBS outlets in the spring of 2018.

Erik and his production team spent a week in early October shooting video and conducting interviews for the show throughout the region.



Beyond Your Backyard explores and promotes regional on- and off-the-beaten-path eateries, attractions, and other activities favored by locals in numerous destinations, encouraging travel enthusiasts to explore what’s happening within a few hours’ drive of their own backyards.


“The production quality on what we have seen so far has been outstanding, and I am very excited to introduce Virginia PBS viewers to the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region and the endless adventures that our area offers travelers,” says John Straitiff, executive director of the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau.

Beyond Your Backyard is produced by Erik Hastings LLC, Sophos Studios, and Watson Visuals. Supplemental video content, behind-the-scenes footage, and outtakes will all be featured on The show is anchored at Blue Ridge PBS. It will air weekly at 7 p.m., and will be available to all PBS members nationwide via PBS Passport.


“The Great Outdoors,” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors, is a weekly blog by’s Scott Shindledecker. Plan your next outdoor adventure at or call (814) 849-5197 for more information.

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