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Leaf Peepers: Route 6

Named “one of America’s most scenic drives” by National Geographic, this tranquil highway along Pennsylvania’s northern tier is more than 400 miles of history and heritage, linking small towns and iconic attractions. While traveling on Route 6, you’ll come across breathtaking views of unspoiled forests and mountains — the perfect route to pursue your autumn happiness. We’ve carved out an 87-mile stretch to get you started.


Your scenic journey through the sea of foliage kicks off in the quaint town of Wellsboro. The town’s gas-lit streets and Victorian mansions dating back to the early 1800s will leave you reveling in charm and elegance. Not far from Wellsboro continue along Route 6 and visit Pine Creek Gorge (PA Grand Canyon) — the quintessential foliage spot, boasting stunning views and natural wildlife.

Pine Creek Gorge | PA Grand Canyon

Approximately 12 miles off of Route 6, the drive along the west rim of the gorge provides colorful fall scenery and loads of birds to spot. Approximately 50 miles long and more than 1,000 miles deep, the Pine Creek Gorge is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts itching to take in the crisp air and colors of the season. Adventurers can enjoy the riverbanks by renting a raft, canoe, or kayak at Pine Creek Outfitters.

Wellsboro House | Log Cabin Inn

If you have worked up an appetite, travel back to Wellsboro to dine at the Wellsboro House, a restored 1862 building that houses Wellsboro’s sole micro-brewery. Looking for something more cozy and quaint? Try the Log Cabin Inn Restaurant for an eatery with a northern Pennsylvania cabin atmosphere.

Bear Mountain Lodge | Penn Wells Lodge

Time to rest up for the following day at one of Wellsboro’s several lodges. Stay the night at Bear Mountain Lodge, a little gem that is tucked away in the heart of the woods. The property has the perfect blend of adventure and casual elegance. With complimentary breakfast, a hot tub, and access to the Pine Creek Rail Trail, you are sure to find the perfect way to unwind. For a change of pace, stay at the Penn Wells Lodge, a beautifully furnished property located in downtown Wellsboro.

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