A wealth of sunshine and scenic motorways, including 21 byways and countless meandering mountain roads, make Pennsylvania a haven for motorcyclists. Pack up those saddlebags and consider one of these motorcycle-riding routes in Pennsylvania.
Experience local history along Clearfield County’s Heritage Road Trip, with stops at historic markers, restored homes from the 1900s, and the county’s first jail. Attractions along the way include the Quehanna Wild Area – home to deer, elk, and several kinds of birds – and Bilger’s Rocks, a 300-million-year-old geological wonder surrounded by enchanting woodlands.
The Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau enlisted the help of fellow bikers to put together four rides that guide motorcyclists through the best of the PA Wilds: Allegheny Adventure, Ride the Elk Range, Ground “Hog” Heaven, and Cook Forest Cruisin’.
Pennsylvania’s rural beauty shines on the Barns of Butler County Driving Tour, which features 16 barns nestled amid farmland dotted with alpacas, cows, and horses. Bed-and-breakfasts along the way facilitate memorable overnight trips.
Possible stops on Cumberland Valley’s 113-mile Town and Country Motorcycle Ramble include Pine Grove Furnace State Park, the Appalachian Trail Museum, and Waggoner’s Gap Hawk Watch, where riders can enjoy a 180-degree view of the valley.
Crawford County is home to more than 60 miles of historic Route 6, which is part of the Crawford Lakeland Scenic Byway. Hop on the byway to see Pymatuning State Park and Conneaut Lake, the state’s largest natural glacial lake.
Rolling hillsides, rushing waterfalls, and peaceful farmland abound on the 68-mile Laurel Highlands Scenic Byway. Pull off to explore a reconstructed French and Indian War fort in Ligonier, birdwatch in Ohiopyle State Park, and tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob.
Cruise through York County in southeastern Pennsylvania to the Harley-Davidson® Motor Company to see where the iconic motorcycles are fabricated, painted, and assembled. Sit on current-production motorcycles and view exhibits highlighting the factory’s manufacturing and assembly processes.
Route 660 in Tioga County leads to Pine Creek Gorge, known as Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon, and the Pine Creek Rail Trail, a 62-mile gravel trail ideal for hiking and biking. Meanwhile, Route 287 offers gorgeous panoramas of Tioga-Hammond Lakes.
The Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau presents three convenient driving or riding itineraries. Noteworthy stops in Upstate PA include the Tunkhannock Viaduct, Marie Antoinette Lookout, and several charming communities, including Factoryville, Montrose, Eagles Mere, and Le Raysville.
To learn more about motorcycle safety in Pennsylvania, visit Live Free Ride Alive.