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5 PA Road Trips: Go To Mars, Stay In A Shoe And Ooh-And-Aah On Route 6

by Staff

PENNSYLVANIA — If your Pennsylvania road trip takes you through Philadelphia, you’d be remiss over the 4th of July weekend if you didn’t stop by the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall and wish America a happy birthday.

But everyone does that trip. Here are five more Pennsylvania road trips you don’t want to miss:

Take a scenic drive on Route 6: This 427-mile tour through the northern tier of Pennsylvania is such a sure thing that National Geographic calls it “one of America’s most scenic drives.” The route is dotted with 19 state parks, a half dozen state forests and the Allegheny National Forest. Of particular note are the Pine Creek Gorge, known as Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, and Kinzua Viaduct, which has a 600-foot glass pedestrian walkway high atop the trees.

Pine Creek Gorge is known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. (Getty Images/iStockphoto

Explore Amish country: Take a trip back in time by driving to Lancaster, one of the oldest Amish communities in the United States, located 70 miles outside of Philadelphia. The Amish country scenic drive is a chance to experience authentic Amish food, including shoofly pie, and stay overnight at the circa 1700s inn, the Bird-In-Hand. There are plenty of other things to do, including exploring the Demuth Museum and the Lancaster Museum of Art. If you can, squeeze in a visit to the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, and in Ronks, take a themed train ride on Strasburg Rail Road, built in 1832 and the oldest operating railroad in the Western Hemisphere.

The most important thing to remember when touring Amish country is to respect the culture that puts emphasis on humility, family and community, and separation from the modern world. The oldest group of Old Order Amish, about 16- 18,000 people, live in Lancaster County. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Ghost Town Trail: This 600-mile loop takes you through abandoned mining and lumber towns, National Register of Historic Places-listed sites, a cemetery that ghost hunters swear is haunted. If creepy is your jam, the Only In Your State website lists some other road trips sure to give you goosebumps.

Philadelphia to Scranton: There are a couple of good reasons to head toward Scranton — for example, it’s the real-life hometown of President Joe Biden and the fictional home of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. in “The Office.” Along the way, you’ll encounter the giant fiberglass cow Three-O-Nina; an enormous Muffler Man standing sentry outside Inside Scoop, an old-fashioned ice-cream parlor; a huge roadside dinosaur; Shankweiler’s, the oldest drive-in theater in America; and other attractions to make you nostalgic for the way life used to be. Philadelphia magazine’s Laura Swartz maps out the Americana road trip.

Start out in Mars and end up in the Shoe: The 235-mile, three-city trip starts in Mars, home of the spaceship statue in the center of town. From there, head southeast on Interstate 76 to Bedford. There are a lot of things to do in Bedford, and a must-see is the 18-foot-tall, 22-foot-wide Bedford Coffee Pot built along the Lincoln Highway near downtown. Oh, the stories its spout could spill. Built in 1927, it’s been a lunch spot, a bar attached to a hotel and a bus station. Jump back on I-76 and head to York, where The Haines Shoe House is just east on Route 30. Built in 1949 for $26,000, it’s a sweet stucco built as a guest house for local promotions by the owner of a local shoe store chain. At 1,500 square feet, it has three bedrooms, two and a half baths, a living room, and kitchen/dinette and recreation room. And guess what? You can stay in the shoe.

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