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PA FALL ZONE 2
PEAKS October 13 - October 28

This zone focuses on all of the western, many of the central and some of the southern counties of PA and covers parts of seven Pennsylvania "regions" - which you can find in the drop-down box below. You can use our drop-down box to go to individual counties or areas after viewing some of the tours below.
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RECOMMENDED by the Pennsylvania Visitors Network: US 15 heading north from Selinsgrove to Williamsport, (our corporate headquarters), in Lycoming County, home of Little League Baseball. Coming up the mountain into Williamsport is breathtaking! When you are in Williamsport be sure to find West Fourth Street and the beautiful drive through Williamsport's Historic District, one of the nation's largest concentrations of Victorian homes. You don't want to miss it! Then take Fourth Street right out to US 220 South and follow it to either PA 287 North or PA 44 North. Either drive is outstanding. PA 287 will take you up to Wellsboro and the Grand Canyon of PA. PA 44 will take you up into Coudersport and Potter County, God's Country. Expect mountains and wildlife (maybe even bears!) north of Williamsport. We honestly believe these two drives are what autumn is all about!
Victorian Bed and Breakfast near Williamsport, PA Restaurant and Inn
Cedar Run Inn Campground

In Lock Haven, Clinton County, find PA Route 120 and take it north all the way to Emporium, Cameron County. River on the right, mountains on the left, breath-taking scenery and beautiful photography. Might even come across some elk.

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From Rt 81 at the Tremont Exit in Schuylkill County, go west on route 209 through the Lykens Valley crossing the river on the Millersburg ferry then along route 34 to New Bloomfield in Perry County. If you pass thru Pottsville in Schuylkill County remember to take a tour of America's Oldest Brewery!
America's Oldest Brewery
We make an annual trek every year up PA 42. We start in Ashland and go north through Bloomsburg (Columbia County) and continue north to Dushore in Sullivan County. Dushore has a nice railroad theme! Gotta' do it!

In the Endless Mountains

World's End State Park, Sullivan County


The "other other side of the river" is stupendous anytime of the year but especially the fall. Find PA Route 225 from US 322 in the boro of Dauphin (Dauphin County). Follow it up over the mountain to PA Route 147. Follow 147 north to Sunbury in Northumberland County. The river is on your left all the way up. Beautiful!

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Hershey, PA

In Columbia County: From Exit 35 I-80 (Bloomsburg/Lightstreet): Route 487 North along Fishing Creek through Orangeville and Benton to Route 118 West along Huckleberry Mountain to Route 42 South through Millville to Buckhorn and Exit 34 I-80.
From Exit 35 I-80 (Bloomsburg/Lightstreet): Route 487 South through Bloomsburg and Catawissa, past farmer’s markets and Knoebels to Elysburg; Route 54 North through Danville to Exit 33 I-80.

Highway PA Route 29 from US 11 to US 6 in Luzerne County has got to be one of the most magnificent drives we have taken in Pennsylvania. This was my dad's favorite. Following a stream lined with retaining walls, this curving highway has plenty of pull-offs for photography.
BREATHTAKING FALL DRIVES IN THE LAUREL HIGHLANDS
With its mountain vistas, historic highways and scenic farmlands, the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year. But in the fall nature puts on its firework display and the region turns into a breathtaking spectacular of colors.
A drive on almost any roadway in the Laurel Highlands will offer fabulous views of colorful foliage from mountaintops, hillsides and valleys. Usually at its peak during the 2nd and 3rd weeks in October, the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau suggest three routes to take-in the splendid treasures of autumn in the Laurel Highlands.

These routes offer several points of interest along the way. A trip on U.S. Route 40 from Brownsville, PA to Grantsville, MD will take the traveler across approximately 50 miles of the nation's first highway. U.S. Route 40 follows the National Road with several areas where the original road detours off the current route.

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Another choice for the west/east traveler is Route 30, a perfect fall alternative to the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Route 30 also known as the Lincoln Highway offers many recreational, historical and scenic attractions along the approximate 80 miles from Irwin to Bedford.
For the traveler who wishes to head north or south, the best pick for a relaxing fall drive is Route 381/711 which has been designated a National Scenic Byway. these routes connect Routes U.S. 40 & U.S. 30. coming from the south, your first stop will be at Ohiopyle State Park for a glimpse of the waterfalls and whitewater. The next major attractions along the route is Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater especially beautiful backed by the brilliant fall foliage. The remainder of the road winds through scenic farmlands and ends in Historic Ligonier.




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Center County - Home of Penn State
Centre County is blessed with breathtaking scenery and abundant natural resources. Enjoy the forested mountains of oak, maple and ash as you drive the following routes:
Route 192 east from Centre Hall through Madisonburg thru Rebersburg to Livonia: A drive through Penns Valley where different sects of Amish reside provides a memorable experience. You will enjoy towns such as Millheim, Rebersburg, Spring Mills and Madisonburg, which is know for its craft shops and harness shop. Stop in and visit Penn's Cave the only all water cavern tour by boat and visit the "Big One" Woodward Cave.

Route 45 east from Boalsburg Village through Old Fort through Spring Mills, Millheim and Aaronsburg to Woodward. This highway is also known as the "Purple Heart" highway. Sites for you to visit are the Columbus Chapel/Boal Mansion - America's link to Christopher Columbus and the home of Memorial Day, PA Military Museum that honors to PA's citizen soldiers from Ben Franklin's first military units through the Persian Gulf War, Mt. Nittany Vineyards, Tussey Mountain Family Fun Center where you can hike through Bear Meadows Natural Area and discover the "bog" where plants have prospered here for more than 10,000 years! Next stop in Aaronsburg - and enjoy Haines Township Fall Festival.

Warren County -
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Three breath-taking tours:
1). "Amish Trail"
Depart the city of Warren driving north on Rt. 62 to the blinker light at Russell. Turn left onto SR957 and travel to Chandlers Valley. Along the way observe various birds such as kingbirds, wrens and warblers resting at the migratory stopover located along SR957. In Sugar Grove enjoy the quaint Victorian Homes and shops located in the village. Local Amish farms provide harvest, handmade items and baked goods. Be on the alert for fast trotting Amish buggies throughout the area.
From Sugar Grove, continue on SR 957 to the crossroads at Lottsville and turn south on SR 958 to Wrightsville. Roadside stands offer fruit, vegetables, dried herbs and apple cider. At Wrightsville visit a century-old general store filled with antiques and country gifts. Ask to visit the ballroom on the second floor.
Continue on SR 958 one mile to Rt. 6 and turn left onto Rt. 6 east. This scenic highway offers unique gift shops, a national brand outlet, fine dining, and access to the Soaring Eagle or Hearts Content Tour.

2) Hearts Content/Allegheny River
From Rt. 6 in Warren take Pleasant Drive extension to the Hearts Content scenic area. This lovely, old growth forest of 300-400 year old white pine, hemlock and beech trees whispers the secrets of the centuries. Picnic, camp or hike the one-mile interpretive trail. Hickory Creek Wilderness is adjacent to Hearts Content campground. This 8,663 acre area provides solitude,serenity and wildlife. (No motorized equipment is allowed). An 11-mile loop-hiking trail weaves its way through rolling terrain. Continue along Pleasant Drive Extension to the Tidioute Overlook to view the village of Tidioute, the scenic Allegheny River and the Wilderness Islands. Continue down the hill to the junction of Route 62. Stop to enjoy the local cuisine served at family owned restaurants in the village of Tidioute. Follow Rt. 62 north along the Allegheny River to Rt. 6. The Amish Trail tour is accessible here, or follow the Soaring Eagle tour from Warren, Rt. 6 east.

3) Soaring Eagles
The East Branch of the Tionesta Creek is one of only six American Bald Eagles nesting areas in the Allegheny National Forest. Frequent sightings of eagles in their natural habitat make this a very special trip for all members of the family.
From the city of Warren, drive east on Rt. 6 to Clarendon. (If time permits, turn right at the traffic light and take the short trip to Chapman State Park - a great place to take photos, picnic or take a stroll). Continue on Rt. 6 east to Barnes. Turn right onto Rt. 666. Follow the road as it winds past a forested gorge, the East Branch of the Tionesta Creek and "the neatest little store in the woods". Continue along Rt. 666 to Minister Creek Campground, a good place to stop and take a short hike in the Allegheny National Forest. At Minister Creek turn right onto #2001 (Cherry Grove Rd.), drive up the hill and wind your way along this country road. Be on the lookout for turkey, pheasant, deer and bear, as wildlife is abundant in this area. Trees in all the shades of autumn hang over the road forming a canopy overhead. Follow the road through Cherry Grove back to Rt. 6 at Weldbank. Take Rt. 6 west to Warren accesses the Amish Trail and Hearts Content tours.




Lawrence County is situated in Western PA just north on the midpoint of the state. It is accessible from the east and west by I-80 and the PA Turnpike, and Rt. 422. I-79 accesses the county from the north and south. New Castle, the county seat is on hour north of Pittsburgh. Rt. 60 provides a direct link to the Pittsburgh International Airport. For more local information visit the Lawrence County Tourist Promotion Agency

Amish Countryside Driving Tour
Proceed from New Castle North on Route 18 - Turn West on Rt. 224 (5.0) - Turn North on Rt. 551 (7.0) to Pulaski - Follow Rt. 208 East (0.5) and turn Right on River Road (3.0) - Turn Left on Nashua Road (2.0)and then Left again on Rt. 18 North - Follow to Rt. 208 East through New Wilmington and Volant. - Turn Right on Rt. 168 (1.0)and Right on Gerber Road to Rt. 956 (left at covered bridge) - Then Right on Rt. 956 (2.0) follow to Mercer Road and turn Left(2.5) - Right on Mitchell Rd. (1.5) and Left back on Rt. 18 South to New Castle (5.0)





Attractions on this Tour:
Bike Trail, Amish Community, Westminster College, Banks Covered Bridge, Main Street Volant, Victorian Mansions

Allentown - Lehigh Valley
Come to the Lehigh Valley and experience the simple pleasures of a time gone by. Take a leisurely drive to visit our seven covered bridges and enjoy the colorful majesty of autumn in eastern PA.

We also offer a wine trail where you can have a taste of fall in the Lehigh Valley by enjoying the splendor of our unique wine trail. The Lehigh Valley is north of Philadelphia in eastern PA and covers the counties of Lehigh and Northampton . Also visit Lehigh Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau for details and directions.

And for something entirely different try the Fall Hawk Watch, where you can get the scenery and some really magnificent birds at the same time!



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