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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.

PA Wilds

Did you wake up refreshed? If so, travel just over 30 miles west through the PA Wilds and take a short detour to the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum located along Route 6. The rough and rugged life of the lumber business, once Pennsylvania's largest industry, is portrayed in a recreated lumber camp. More than 3,000 artifacts and objects, from everyday tools to a logging Shay locomotive, a Brookville Switch Engine, and a Barnhart Log loader are displayed. Visitors are invited to walk through the weathered wooden buildings of the logging camp and sawmill.

Cherry Springs State Park

As night approaches, you’ll bear witness to some of the darkest skies in PA at Cherry Springs State Park — the second International Dark Sky Park in the world and one of the best places on the Eastern Seaboard for amateur stargazing. Just 18 miles off of Route 6, Cherry Springs State Park boasts a 300-by-600-foot observation field with a 360-degree view of the sky set atop a mountain. Under ideal conditions, visitors will be starry-eyed, seeing more than 6,000 stars blanketing the sky from horizon to horizon, as well as satellites, planets, and moons

Hotel Crittenden Taproom | Olga Gallery, Café & Bistro

After a long days’ worth of travel, drive just 20 minutes north to the Hotel Crittenden Taproom. Built in 1891, the hotel takes a different approach to traditional Americana fare, and sports great craft microbrews on tap. You also have the option to stay the night if you choose. Or check out a more eclectic atmosphere at the Olga Gallery, Café & Bistro for a healthy dose of artwork and live music with your meal.

Sweden Valley Cabins

Spend the night at Sweden Valley Cabins, where you can find a fully stocked kitchen and games to keep you busy, such as checkers, Lincoln Logs, and puzzles. The sounds of the running stream outside the window will create the perfect relaxing atmosphere as you turn in for the evening.

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