National Historic District (Bradford)
Start your trip in Bradford's National Historic District on the edge of the Allegheny National Forest. You couldn't ask for a better setting for a fall roadtrip. Tall trees tower over the area like nature's skyscrapers and squirrels scurry about, preparing for the colder days ahead. Â Breathe in the crisp air and start to explore your surroundings. This is what fall is all about.
Zippo and Case Museum (Bradford)
Just on the outskirts of town is a place where fans and collectors from across the globe gather to experience the history of two American icons. The Zippo/Case Museum celebrates the history of America's favorite lighter and toughest knife. It's the only place in the world that sells the complete line of Zippo and Case products. If you can't find the place, just look for the 40-foot Zippo lighter with pulsating neon flames. And hey, while you're still in the learning spirit, hop on over to the next destination.
Penn Brad Oil Museum (Bradford)
Just a few miles down the road, your next stop celebrates the accomplishments of PA's oil country. Â The Penn Brad Oil Museum takes you back to the early oil boom times of the first billion-dollar oilfield. Along the way, you'll be guided by oil country veterans who have lived the life and know the lingo. There's even a collection of various oil-age knickknacks like wind-up clocks, tube radios, and lunch pails to give you an idea of how folks got along in the old days.
Eldred WWII Museum (Eldred)
Head east for a scenic 20-minute trip through the autumn landscape and you'll reach the little town of Eldred. These guys played a surprisingly big role in the Second World War. Eldred was the site of a large British and American munitions plant producing countless bombs, shells, and fuses 24 hours a day. Today, this museum preserves our country's history by commemorating the 40 million Americans who supported the soldiers during the epic war. It makes for an interesting place to stop before you hop back in the car and get ready to cruise through the vibrant autumn reds and oranges that make leaf peeping the premier autumn activity.
Smethport Mansion District (Smethport)
Just a short trip down Route 446 along the Allegheny River, you'll reach the Victorian village of Smethport. Stretch your legs and take a stroll through the Smethport Mansion District. The first thing you'll notice is the English Gothic architecture of St. Luke's Episcopal Church and the opulence of Henry Hamlin's mansion. In the center of town, you'll see Hamlin Lake. Its cool waters reflect colors of the mountainous surroundings. Get a lakeside seat and enjoy the view or march on to Goosechaser Trail and stroll through the lush hardwood forest along the banks of Marvin Creek. Afterwards, make a detour to the Country Porch Coffee Shoppe, part of the PA Wilds Artisan Trail. There you'll find handmade candles, engraved picture frames, artwork, and other crafty goods.
Kinzua Skywalk (Mount Jewett)
Mount Jewett sits just 20 minutes southwest of Smethport. After a drive along Scenic Route 6, you’ll take the Kinzua Bridge Scenic Byway (Route 3011) — rated as one of America’s most scenic drives. Then a quick 3-mile ride takes you to the entrance of the Kinzua Bridge State Park home of the Kinzua Viaduct and Kinzua Skywalk. Â The new Skywalk has a partial glass floor and a spectacular bird’s eye view above the gorge. You’ll want to take about a billion pictures as the trees put on their own fireworks display with the awesome colors of autumn. So remember to charge that camera.
Flickerwood Wine Cellars (Kane)
Just 15 minutes away from your last stop, lies the Flickerwood Wine Cellars. Make a stop here for a quick taste of their award-winning wine. If you have any questions, be sure to ask the experts working there. They'll go out of their way to impress you with their extensive knowledge of the delicious products. Then it's only a half-hour drive back to Smethport as you catch one last glimpse of fall in the daylight hours before you catch some rest. Sleep tight. We have a busy day tomorrow.
Route 6 Diner (Smethport)
In the village of Smethport, there's plenty to see among the Victorian houses and quaint shops. For starters, you'll want to make a stop at the Route 6 Diner. This stop, designed to mimic a railroad dining car, serves up the great American cheeseburger and milkshake. Every sip is a delicious adventure.
Mansion District Inn (Smethport)
Awaiting you in Smethport is a good night's sleep and small town charm of the Mansion District Inn. You'll be hard pressed to find a better view of the surrounding hillsides vibrant with color than from the comfort of your room. Then, in the morning you'll wake up to gourmet coffee and fresh-baked biscotti.