Pittsburgh August 07, 2017
The 6 Best Backroads Around Pittsburgh For A Scenic Drive
We’ve all heard the old sayings that assert that the journey to one’s destination – whether on a trip or in one’s life, in general – is just as important as the destination itself. Discover the beauty of the journey any time of the year when you hit the backroads around Pittsburgh for a leisurely drive.
1. Route 30 Ligonier to Latrobe
Hop behind the wheel for a truly beautiful drive along Route 30 from Ligonier to Latrobe. Admire the view as you pass sprawling farmland, endless hills, and canopies of lush trees.
2. Route 18 to Raccoon Creek State Park
Pack up the car with snacks - and maybe even a picnic - as you head out on Route 18 to Raccoon Creek State Park. Drink in the spectacular natural beauty as you make your way to the popular state park that promises the perfect backdrop for a picnic.
3. Laurel Highlands Scenic Byway
Roll down the window and turn up the music as you travel along the Laurel Highlands Scenic Byway. The picturesque road spans 68 miles. Drive part of it or explore the entire route that passes such breathtaking sites as Fallingwater, Ohiopyle State Park, and majestic waterfalls.
4. National Road
Explore Southwestern Pennsylvania along National Road (Route 40) as you travel through Somerset, Fayette, and Washington Counties. Stop at popular attractions, such as Bowman's Castle (pictured above), along the way.
5. Lincoln Highway
Discover the secrets of the Pennsylvania countryside along Lincoln Highway, which stretches from New York to California. Stop to admire the rows and rows of cornfields on local farms. Snap pictures in front of the Coffee Pot in Bedford. And, visit the Lincoln Highway Experience in the Laurel Highlands.
6. Lake Wilhelm Scenic Byway
Travel to Mercer County and merge onto the Lake Wilhem Scenic Byway. The beautiful 6.4 mile stretch of road passes by picture perfect farms, pristine hills, and a charming bridge, culminating at the stunningly blue Lake Wilhem.
Enjoy a leisurely drive just about any time of the year on these backroads around Pittsburgh. You might also want to check out the
seven best bike trails in the city, too.