Make this your best year yet by getting out there and exploring our beautiful state. Think a road trip is too much work to plan? No worries. We’ve got you covered. Get ready to hit the road on these 10 unforgettable road trips in Pennsylvania.
Click on the heading for each road trip to learn the finer details of your adventure. To access the road trip coordinates, click on the “Google Maps” beneath each map. Off we go on our epic adventure!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
Road Trip Through Pennsylvania's Ghost Towns
Enjoy a spooky adventure on this road trip that will take you to some of Pennsylvania's most prominent ghost towns. The 11 hour, nearly 600 mile road trip will take you to such spots as the Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike, Centralia, Fricks Locks, Eckley Miners' Village, and Concrete City. The road trip ends with an epic 36 mile hike along the Ghost Town Trail in Indiana County.
Visit PA's Most Picturesque Small Towns
While Pennsylvania may be bookended by two big cities - Philadelphia and Pittsburgh - you'll find plenty of charming, picturesque small towns that will take you back to yesteryear. The nearly 14 hour road trip spans just over 700 miles and stops in such quaint small towns as Ligonier, Hollidaysburg, Elizabethtown, and Wellsboro.
Road Trip To Pennsylvania's Most Abandoned Places
Pennsylvania's rich history whispers from all corners of the state, although some of the remnants of the past are now abandoned. Hit the road on this ultimate road trip to Pennsylvania's most abandoned spots and discover the tales behind such storied places as Centralia, Pithole City, Eastern State Penitentiary, Old York County Prison, and Larimer School. The cross-state road trip takes almost 14 hours and covers 779 miles.
Road Trip To PA's Most Spectacular Natural Wonders
Pennsylvania's home to some pretty impressive natural wonders: From Coudersport Ice Mine - which freezes in the summer and melts in the winter (yes, you read that right!) - to Ringing Rocks Park (where the rocks make music when you hit them with a hammer), you'll discover some of the most amazing natural phenomenons when you hit the road on this natural wonders road trip. The 11.5 hour road trip stretches across 563 miles.
Fall Foliage Road Trip Through Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's landscape transforms into a breathtaking masterpiece every autumn as the trees change to rustic colors. This epic fall foliage road trip will take you to some of the best spots in the state for viewing the fall foliage. Starting at the stunning Presque Isle, you'll make your way to Kinzua Bridge State Park, Pine Creek Gorge, Gettysburg National Military Park, and Ohiopyle State Park. The marathon road trip will take about 17 hours as you journey over 800 miles.
Pennsylvania's Most Haunted Road Trip
Do you believe in the paranormal and ghosts? Don't answer that question just yet. Wait until you've completed this spellbinding haunted road trip across PA. You may just experience the paranormal along the way, as you visit such haunted stops as Hill View Manor, Van Sant Covered Bridge, Eastern State Penitentiary, and Devil's Den. The 14 hour road trip over 745 miles just might leave you breathless.
Christmas Lights Road Trip Through Pennsylvania
Get into the Christmas spirit next November and December when you take this road trip to Pennsylvania's most magical Christmas lights displays. (You may still have time to hit the road on the trip this winter, if you leave soon.) You'll visit some of the most talked about Christmas lights displays, including Longwood Gardens, Candy Cane Lane, Hershey Sweet Lights, and Koziar's Christmas Village. This magical road trip, which takes 13 hours, spans over 700 miles across PA.
Road Trip Through PA's Most Magical Christmas Towns
Journey to the most magical Christmas towns in Pennsylvania on this nearly five hour road trip that spans 214 miles. Feel the spirit of Christmas past when you stop by the celebrations at Christmas City itself (Bethlehem), Lititz, Paradise, Hershey, and Jim Thorpe. The 214 mile road trip is ideal for a weekend getaway.
Ultimate Pennsylvania Waterfalls Road Trip
Pack your camera on this waterfalls road trip that will take you through Eastern Pennsylvania and to some of the state's most spellbinding waterfalls. The six hour road trip covers 267 miles and will take you to Glen Onoko Falls in Jim Thorpe, Ganoga Falls (along with 21 other waterfalls) at Ricketts Glen State Park, Nay Aug Falls, and Bushkill Falls.
Ultimate Western Pennsylvania Waterfalls Road Trip
The previous road trip takes you to the most spectacular waterfalls on the eastern side of the state. Now it's time to visit the waterfalls of Western Pennsylvania. Travel 375 miles in just over eight hours to explore such stunning waterfalls as Cucumber Falls, Linn Run State Park, Jackson Falls, Freedom Falls, and Springfield Falls.
Make the new year one for the record books by embarking on these 10 unforgettable Pennsylvania road trips. How many have you taken?