Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon

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Sure, there’s a actually a grand canyon in Pennsylvania, although the official identify is Pine Creek Gorge. This historical canyon and surrounding trails provide loads of unbelievable lookout factors with jaw-dropping panoramic views. Select essentially the most picturesque drive (alongside routes 44 and 414) as these roads run alongside the Pine Creek Rail Tail’s southern aspect. You possibly can drive across the space in three or 4 hours, and you’ll picnic alongside the way in which, nevertheless it’s greatest to spend a minimum of one night time to understand this pure surprise. (The city of Williamsport has essentially the most lodging choices). You’ll discover different sights in Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon, together with climbing, fishing, mountain biking, and a number of other museums.


Route 666

Route 666 is dotted with apple orchards
Route 666 is dotted with apple orchards

Route 666: the Freeway to Hell—or so that you’d assume. Mockingly, the freeway is memorialized in honor of a preacher, Moravian Christian Missionary David Zeisberger. The views? Nothing wanting heavenly. Immerse your self within the dappled shade of dense forest as you cross by apple orchards, horse ranches, and small creeks. Tionesta Creek is particularly well-liked with fishermen.

Simply across the bend, discover a rustic mountain pub, Cougar Bob’s Kellettville Tavern, that invitations first-time guests to “Kiss the Moose,” hanging excessive on the wall.

No. 2 – Seaway Path

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Flickr user: Andrej Baran

Beginning Location: Erie, PA Ending Location: Presque Isle State Park, PA Size: 14 miles Greatest Season to Drive: All See this drive on Google Maps

This seaside drive might not go far nevertheless it works additional time in bringing issues to thrill the attention and thoughts to people who journey it. With making a number of stops to get pleasure from what this route has to supply, it might probably simply take up a day or total day. Don’t miss Downtown Erie’s Renaissance Bayfront District with two lighthouses to tour and stylish purchasing alternatives, and luxuriate in all method of actions at Presque Isle State Park from biking to swimming.

Artwork within the Wilds

Artwork within the Wilds is a juried fine-arts present held in Evergreen Park in Kane every year close to the tip of June. That includes artists from quite a lot of mediums, prime quality meals distributors, a pupil artwork present and artwork demonstrations, admission is free.

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No. 9 – Journey By way of Gettysburg

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Flickr user: RunnerJenny

Beginning Location: Brush Creek, PA Ending Location: York, PA Size: 100 miles Greatest Season to Drive: All See this drive on Google Maps

This journey alongside Route 30 passes proper by the center of Gettysburg, the place vacationers ought to cease and discover the Civil Conflict battlefield up shut. For vacationers with solely a passing curiosity in historical past, nevertheless, there are nonetheless loads of stunning views on the drive. Pull over to benefit from the quite a few overlooks within the Appalachian Mountains and the Michaux State Forest on the way in which.

Bushkill Falls, PA

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Thought-about the “Niagara of Pennsylvania,” Bushkill Falls is situated within the pristine Pocono Mountains alongside route 209 that gives loads of breathtaking views. Located about 100 miles from Philadelphia, Bushkill Falls is a perfect vacation spot for a street journey and greatest to start out out early within the morning, as Bushkill opens at 9 a.m. As soon as at Bushkill, you possibly can see eight dramatic waterfalls, hike scenic (however simple, marked) trails, go fishing and luxuriate in paddle boating and pure surroundings. Close by, you possibly can discover one other waterfall, Resica Falls, in addition to the Pocono Indian Museum, Millbrook Village, and Sugar Mountain Steady for horseback using. 

The Again Roads of the Laurel Highlands

There’s a lot of beauty to enjoy on the road
There’s lots of magnificence to get pleasure from on the roads of the Laurel Highlands within the fall.

Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands area is a 3,000 sq. mile nature-lover’s paradise, spanning three counties and encompassing a number of state parks and state recreation lands. 

It additionally hosts an enormous variety of again street journey choices to discover, together with navigating your manner between two of the opposite again street journeys on this checklist:  Route 40 and Routes 31/30.

Fall is the perfect time to visit Ohiopyle State P
Fall is the right time to go to Ohiopyle State Park.

You can dedicate a number of completely different blogs to all the issues there are to see and do within the fall in the Laurel Highlands.  I received’t start to attempt to undergo that right here.

However, along with all the fantastic actions shut at hand, the world is house to a dynamic assortment of fantastic again roads to discover.  You possibly can simply spend a day wandering north, south, east, and west on the curvy winding roads that climb the foothills of the Highlands. 

There’s a lot of beauty to be found in the L
There’s lots of magnificence to be discovered within the Laurel Highlands.

Lots of the state routes within the space weave by the varied parks within the space, and are each scenic and enjoyable to drive.  A few of my favorites are 381, 711, 653, and 982. 381 is particularly pleasurable, because it cuts by a number of small cities within the space, Ohiopyle (the state park AND the city!), and will get particularly twisty when you get north of Route 31. 

Lots of the smaller aspect roads are additionally pleasurable to discover.  They permit you to absolutely immerse your self within the expertise of discovering every thing that the Laurel Highlands has to supply – and so they offer you a glimpse into what every day life is like for the oldsters who dwell there full time.

Brandywine Valley Byway

Make a journey by the picturesque city of Kennett Sq. all the way in which to Wilmington, Delaware for 15 miles of wildflowers, tulips, and oak bushes. If the scent of mushrooms wafts into your open home windows, you’re not going loopy. Kennett Sq. is the mushroom capital of the world. 

In case you are driving by in early September, make certain to cease by the annual Mushroom Competition and save room for the soup and wine tasting.

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PA Route 6 Alliance

The PA Route 6 Alliance offers in depth traveler data for US Route 6 in Pennsylvania, a State Heritage Hall. Roughly 3.5 million folks journey historic US Route 6 by Pennsylvania every year; the PA Route 6 Alliance offers data and itineraries for visits to historic websites, nationwide and state parks, artist studios, and quaint rural cities that remind us of the true America.


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