The National Scenic Byway program has been around since 1991; it designates certain U.S. roads as scenic byways if they are particularly historic or particularly scenic. If you’ve been driving through the state and at any point thought to yourself, “Wow! The scenery is great from this highway!” chances are you’ve found yourself on a scenic byway, maybe without even realizing it. Pennsylvania is home to 20 such roads – here are 10 of the most beautiful Pennsylvania scenic byways.
It is quite fortunate that we are blessed with so many Pennsylvania scenic byways to spend a quiet afternoon exploring. Have you had any fun experiences in these places? Are there any other scenic drives near you that you’d suggest?
One of the best ways to enjoy a scenic drive through Pennsylvania is by renting an RV and taking a road trip. Share your favorite place for a relaxing drive with a comment.
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More scenic drives in Pennsylvania
Chris Muras|August 16, 2023
What are some scenic places to drive in Pennsylvania?
Aside from the scenic and historic byways we've featured above, Pennsylvania has many roads that inspire us as we travel. Here are a few more scenic places to drive in Pennsylvania:
Laurel Highlands Scenic Byway: This stretch of road in Southwestern Pennsylvania is a beautiful scenic drive over rolling hillsides, past peaceful farmlands, through gorgeous forests, and into charming small towns. Along the way, you'll discover lovely bed & breakfasts for a quick stay before continuing on your journey ever this 68-mile scenic byway.
Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway: Connecting Delaware to the Brandywine Valley is this lovely 37-mile road. It may be fairly short, but there is much to see and do along the way. Stop at Longwood Gardens for a tulip festival in the spring, stop for a hike in Stroud Preserve in West Chester, or stop for a bite to eat in Chadds Ford. Each time you take this drive you will discover something new.
Elk Scenic Drive: You'll pass through several of Pennsylvania's state parks in this 127-mile jaunt. Much of the drive passes through the beautiful Moshannon State Forest where you can stop for a hike. Benezette, PA is the heart of elk country so you'll definitely see some of the majestic animals grazing in the late afternoon sun.
Gettysburg National Military Park: This is another quick and easy 23-mile drive that is perfect for nature lovers and history buffs alike. You can even tune into a narrative of the historic events during your self-guided tour by looking for the park's app in the App Store. Start your tour at the Museum Visitor Center. Along the drive, you'll see 16 historic sites, each with its own story.