On the road again: Pa. highways are worth a trip

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- One of the great ways to see the beauty of the Pennsylvania countryside is by driving the many scenic roadways that wind throughout the state.

In addition to great scenery, there are roadside attractions, excursion possibilities and local festivals to make any road trip worthwhile. Two of the state's most scenic roadways are Route 6 and Route 30.

Known as the "Grand Army of the Republic Highway," in honor of Union Civil War soldiers, Route 6 lies in the northern tier of the commonwealth.

Traversing the state, this scenic highway takes travelers back to a much simpler time. Drivers can retrace the steps trod by Native Americans, European explorers and Revolutionary War soldiers.

In the fall, the attraction is the foliage, but any time of year Route 6 is worth exploring. In the west, the drive will wander through the foliage-rich Allegheny National Forest.

However, travelers who want to see the forest from overhead should make a stop in Kinzua Bridge State Park.

Once considered one of the eight man-made wonders of the world, this railroad bridge is the second highest in the nation.

While on the bridge, those brave enough to peer down 200 feet will see red and gold treetops and Kinzua Creek.

Further east is the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania.

A registered National Natural Landmark since 1935, the canyon is nearly 50 miles long and covers more than 300,000 acres. Onlookers can view the 800-foot walls that were cut by Pine Creek.

For more information on attractions and events along Route 6, call (814) 454-7191 or visit www.paroute6.com on the Internet.

Commonly referred to as the Lincoln Highway, Route 30 is the longest and oldest coast-to-coast highway in the U.S. Route 30 cuts through the southern portion of Pennsylvania and travels through some of the most historic towns in the state.

In the southeastern portion of the state, the highway cuts through the heart of Amish country in Lancaster.

During the fall, guests can wander off the beaten path of Route 30 in Lancaster and experience dozens of craft shows and festivals.

For more information about the Amish country, call (800) 324-1518 or visit on the Web at www.padutchcountry.com.

Route 30 continues through the Laurel Highlands Region. If travelers want a more scenic foliage tour, they will have to turn south onto Route 381.

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright made his impression here with Fallingwater. Built in the 1930s, Fallingwater sits over a waterfall and is considered one of the most architecturally significant buildings in America.

For more information on the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor, call (724) 837-9750.

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