Duration: Four days and three nights
Named “one of America’s most scenic drives” by National Geographic, this tranquil highway along Pennsylvania’s northern tier is 400 plus miles of history and heritage that stretch across the state. While traveling on Route 6, you’ll come across breathtaking views of unspoiled forests and mountains in the Pennsylvania Wilds, perfect for a fall road trip.
Continue along Route 6 and visit Pine Creek Gorge, also known as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, as it offers spectacular views and abundant wildlife. Approximately 12 miles off of Route 6, the drive along the west rim of the gorge provides colorful fall scenery and an impressive density of northern PA birds. Migratory and breeding birds can be seen, including woodpeckers, mourning and black-and-white warblers; wild turkey; and wood and hermit thrushes. The 17-mile Pine Creek Gorge is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. Adventurers can enjoy the riverbanks by renting a raft, canoe or kayak at Pine Creek Outfitters.Read More >
Finally, head east from Route 6 for a scenic 20-minute detour before reaching the little town of Eldred. Eldred was the site of a large British and American munitions plant that produced countless bombs, shells and fuses 24 hours a day. Today, the Eldred World War II Museum preserves our country's history by commemorating the 40 million Americans who supported the soldiers during the Second World War.Read More >
The lodge is located on Route 6, close to Wellsboro and the Rails-to-Trails entrance to Pine Creek Gorge (PA Grand Canyon). Location, privacy, and indulgences: this Northwoods-style, smoke-free, lodge combines adventure with convenience, luxury and romance. Comfortable, hand-crafted, queen beds with comforters and quilts, private baths, fireplaces, whirlpools, deck, trail pack breakfast.Read More >
The Hotel, built in 1869, is one of Wellsboro’s most historic landmarks. The current building, which was restored in the 1920s, has 73 character-filled guest rooms of varying sizes and types. The newly renovated 89-room Penn Wells Lodge sits just two blocks down Main Street and offers contemporary accommodations, including new suites and complimentary breakfast for guests.Read More >
Awaiting you in Smethport is a good night's sleep and the small town charm of the Mansion District Inn. You'll be hard pressed to find a better view of the surrounding hillsides vibrant with color than from the comfort of your room. Then, in the morning you'll wake up to gourmet coffee and fresh-baked biscotti.Read More >
While you are in the PA Wilds, take a short detour to the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum (Mile Marker 187) located along Route 6. The rough and rugged life of the lumber business, once Pennsylvania's largest industry, is portrayed in a recreated lumber camp. More than 3,000 artifacts and objects, from everyday tools to a logging Shay locomotive, a Brookville Switch Engine and a Barnhart Log loader are displayed. Visitors are invited to walk through the weathered wooden buildings of the logging camp, sawmill and Sustainable Forestry Trail, and the renovation of the new visitor’s center is expected to open by summer.Read More >
As night approaches, enjoy some of the darkest skies in PA at Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania's first Official Dark Sky Park, and the best place in the northeastern United States for amateur stargazing. Just 18 miles off of Route 6, Cherry Springs State Park boasts a 300 by 600 foot observation field with a 360-degree view of the sky set atop a mountain. Under ideal conditions, visitors can see more than 6,000 stars blanketing the sky from horizon to horizon, as well as satellites, planets and moons of our solar system.Read More >
Next, head west and visit the village of Smethport (Mile Marker 149-150). Nestled in the Pennsylvania Wilds, the historic town offers a glimpse of its opulent past. Visitors can take a self-guided walking tour through the Smethport Mansion District, a village of 30 properties boasting history and architecture and showcasing the luxurious life of Smethport's past, including Dr. S.D. Freeman, a famed surgeon during the American Civil War. There's plenty to see among the Victorian houses and quaint shops.Read More >
Venture 24 miles off of Route 6 to the edge of the Allegheny National Forest; you couldn't ask for a better setting for a road trip. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Kinzua Bridge State Park (Mile Marker 136) by walking across the sky on the Kinzua Sky Walk that extends 625 feet into the Kinzua Gorge. The park was designated in 1963 to showcase the Kinzua Viaduct, an amazing engineering structure which when constructed in 1882 was the highest and longest railroad viaduct in the world. Partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003, the towers of the viaduct were re-engineered into a skywalk in 2011 with a partial glass overlook. Visitors can now enjoy scenic vistas, picnicking, geo-caching and hiking trails at the park.Read More >
Awaiting you in Smethport is a good night's sleep and the small town charm of the Mansion District Inn. You'll be hard pressed to find a better view of the surrounding hillsides vibrant with color than from the comfort of your room. In the morning, you’ll wake up to gourmet coffee and fresh-baked biscotti.Read More >
Continue along Route 6 where you’ll end up in the historic city of Warren (Mile Marker 94-98). In the early 1800s, settlers came to this region to drill for oil. Walk downtown to view the great Victorian homes built by early settlers that are still standing today, as part of the National Historic District.
Autumn brings a spectacular display of foliage and events, including the Johnny Appleseed Festival, to relive the history of the great logging boom era. While driving through the town you’ll see country road side stands displaying harvest items.Read More >
While in Warren, stay at the Horton House Bed & Breakfast.This bed and breakfast is in one of the historical Victorian homes that was built in 1895. This 22-room Victorian mansion offers wood-burning fireplaces in the rooms, a music room, a ballroom and a sun deck for you to relax and enjoy the beautiful fall foliage.Read More >
Once you're down from the trees, there's a whole lot to learn about Lackawanna's mining history right here in Scranton. Fortunately, the Lackawanna County Coal Mine Tour is here to teach you all about it. Journey 300 feet beneath the surface with your tour guide as they take on a trip into the tunnels and shafts of this 150 year old coal mine. You'll see just how dangerous this old profession really was and how brave those miners had to be.
Straub Brewery is a friendly place. So friendly in fact, that they're inviting you in for a free tour. They've been serving beer for decades and are experts when it comes to making, discussing, and drinking the stuff. So stop in and pick up a free pint of your favorite brew from their Eternal Tap.
Nestled along the edge of the Allegheny National Forest, this small town comes with one impressive past. Here you can enjoy the crisp autumn air as you stroll along the beautiful downtown streets and stop in the local shops and take in the mansions built from the lumber trade.
This newly opened winery sits atop the Red Hill Summit at the gateway to the largest elk herd east of the Mississippi. These folks pride themselves on their wide selection of reds, whites and fruit wines. A stop at the tasting room and gift shop isn't just recommended. It's an absolute must. Once you pick up your delicious wine, have a seat at the lounge or rear deck for fantastic views of the valley below.