Pennsylvania August 10, 2017
The 10 Best Backroads In Pennsylvania For A Long Scenic Drive
Roll down the windows. Let the wind rustle your hair. Explore the rolling hills, lush forests, and shimmering lakes of PA from the comfort of your car. These backroads in Pennsylvania are perfect for a leisurely drive any time of the year. So, buckle up and hit the road!
1. Bucktail Trail Scenic Byway
Pack plenty of snacks for your picturesque drive along the Bucktail Trail Scenic Byway (PA Route 120). Drive all or part of the 100 mile road that spans from Sproul State Forest to Ridgway. Admire the forests, valleys, hills, and wildlife you'll pass during your journey.
2. Brandywine Valley Byway
Travel from Kennett Square to Wilmington, Delaware, as you drive the Brandywine Valley Byway (Routes 100 and 52). The brief 15 mile scenic byway boasts winding roads that pass fields of wildflowers and tulips and protective oak trees.
3. National Road
Journey along National Road - Route 40 - for a truly memorable experience. Route 40 in Pennsylvania winds through Somerset, Washington, and Fayette Counties. Stop and visit such landmarks as Bowman's Castle and Fort Necessity National Battlefield.
4. Contestoga Ridge Road
Merge onto Route 23, Contestoga Ridge Road, in Lancaster County for a breathtaking drive. Watch the cozy country homes, gentle streams, hills and valleys, and rolling farmland pass as you drive. Plan stops at such attractions as Welsh Mountain Nature Preserve and Poole Forge Park.
5. West Branch Susquehanna Byway
Gas up your car for the spectacular 72 mile drive along the West Branch Susquehanna Byway. Drink in unspoiled views of the Susquehanna River. Plan stops at such popular landmarks as McKees Mills Covered Bridge and Bilger's Rocks.
6. Longhouse Scenic Byway
Pack a picnic and your hiking gear as you set out on the Longhouse Scenic Byway. The 29-mile byway loop travels through the Allegheny National Forest. Spend some time hiking, swimming, or enjoying an old-fashioned picnic in the forest or stop to admire the view of the Allegheny Reservoir.
7. Lake Wilhelm Scenic Byway
Hop onto the 6.4 mile Lake Wilhelm Scenic Byway in Mercer County for a truly enchanting experience. Gaze out the of window at the sprawling farms, rolling hills, and picturesque bridges as you travel to Lake Wilhem in Maurice K. Goddard State Park.
8. High Plateau Scenic Byway
Snap photos of local wildlife - elk and bear, for example - as you drive from Snow Shoe to Renovo along the 29-mile High Plateau Scenic Byway (Route 144). Admire sweeping views as you stand at Fish Dam Run Scenic View and Two Run Rock Vista in Sproul State Forest.
9. Lincoln Highway
Join countless other Americans who have eagerly set out on an epic drive on the Lincoln Highway, which stretches from New York to California. While in Pennsylvania, you'll drive by such tourist spots as the Lincoln Highway Experience in the Laurel Highlands. Be sure to also stop for a selfie with the giant Coffee Pot in Bedford.
10. Seaway Trail
Allow yourself to be mesmerized by the sweeping views of Lake Erie as you drive along the Seaway Trail (Route 5). Admire the view from your car and in person. Spend a few hours at Presque Isle State Park swimming, boating, or just enjoying the unspoiled lake view.
The best backroads in Pennsylvania promise a spectacular adventure no matter what time of the year you hit the open road.
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