Strap on your helmet for some of PA’s wildest motorcycle rides to complete every bikers’ #FallinPA bucket list. Get ready to embrace the crisp autumn air and explore the state’s spectacular views with these eight thrilling rides!
1. Clarion Countryside
Explore the scenic routes throughout the Clarion Countryside. Catch a glimpse of breathtaking fall foliage at Cook Forest State Park, quiet farms and quaint small towns. The countryside loop features jaw-dropping panoramic views of the Allegheny River bend. Keep your eyes wide open because this region is a hot spot of eagle and hawk sightings!
2. Elk Country
Elk Country‘s 127-mile loop ride through portions of five counties and five state parks is a “drive-to-believe-it” kind of experience. With sweeping turns, roadside waterfalls, and spectacular views of the area’s wildlife including the storied elk– the largest herd in the entire northeastern U.S. – it’s easy to see why this route was voted one of the most scenic motorcycle rides in the state!
3. Lincoln Highway
Experience the history and heritage of southern Pennsylvania with a trip along Route 30. Incorporated into the transcontinental Lincoln Highway built in the early 1900s, Pennsylvania’s section dated back to much earlier times from roads constructed in the mid- to late-1700s. You’ll see historic sites, beautiful scenery, and enjoy the city lights of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with a trip along this iconic route.
4. Groundhog Loop
Where else but Pennsylvania can your take a drive named after the world’s most beloved groundhog?! The 107-mile Groundhog Loop features PA’s one-and-only Punxsutawney Phil! Notable destinations include Punxsutawney – home of Phil and the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center—and DuBois Harley Davidson, “The Most Unique Harley Davidson Dealership in the U.S.A” and definitely worth the stop, along with some spectacular scenery along the way!
5. Fantastic Forests
A fall ride like no other, Fantastic Forests encompasses more than 82 glorious miles of sparkling waters, dense forests, two federally designated National Wild & Scenic Recreation Rivers, Cook Forest State Park, and the ½ million acre Allegheny National Forest. You’re sure to cross fall foliage off your bucket list with this super-scenic ride!
6. Route 6
Northern Tier – Border to Border
Named “one of America’s most scenic drives” by National Geographic Travel and Pennsylvania’s best touring route by Harley Davidson, Route 6 offers a simply magical ride. Whether you opt to journey across the entire 400+ miles of open road connecting the state from east to west or one (or more) of the loop trails specifically designed for motorcyclists, you’re in for the ride of a lifetime!
7. Route 655
Fall is the perfect time to travel Route 655 and along the back roads of Kishacoquillas Valley (a.k.a., “Big Valley”). Along with magnificent views of the area’s mountains and countryside, it’s harvest time for PA’s second largest Amish community. Be sure to stop in the small, locally owned shops where you’ll find lots of local culture and tasty cuisine!
8. Highway to the Stars
Pennsylvania’s officially designated Highway to the Stars is so much better than anything you’ll find in Hollywood! Also known as Route 44, the road passes right through Cherry Springs State Park – a designated Gold Level Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association. The views are truly out of this world!
Here’s a bonus for Harley Davidson enthusiasts, and even some non-enthusiasts! Trek on over to York for the Harley Davidson Factory Tour. Take the free, 30-minute Freedom Factory tour or opt for the far more in-depth, $38 two-hour Steel Toe Tour for a behind-the-scenes look at the factory process. Tickets are on a first-come, first-serve basis for each day’s tours, so grab yours early!
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