When it comes to Pennsylvania’s beautiful landscapes, Upstate PA offers some of the best — especially during fall. Mountains and forests saturated with fiery seasonal colors frame the region and its tranquil communities, state parks and bustling cities — like Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Come take in autumn’s awe-inspiring show in Upstate PA.
Worlds End State Park
Talk about a sight to behold at Worlds End State Park. The 780-acrerugged and rustic park offers several vantage points to admire the autumn rainbow at its finest. Venture along any of the seven trails that cover 20 miles through the park, or take a short drive to Canyon Vista or High Knob Overlook to take in the picturesque scenery.
Even if you’ve never given vintage planes or cars a second thought, a visit to the Eagles Mere Air and Eagles Mere Auto Museums is a must on this trip. These eye-catching, fascinating time capsules of transportation history are only open for a short time each year — mid-May through mid-October, Saturdays, and Sundays. Want to see the aircrafts in action? If you stop by on a Sunday, you’ll be able to watch pilots fly the vintage planes as they take off at the museum’s private airport.
At Eagles Mere Museum, see why local residents are so proud of their picturesque village. The museum celebrates the town’s unique history of glass making, farming, hotels and cottages, a narrow-gauge railroad, and the formation of Eagles Mere Lake.
Put your feet up at the Twin Spruce Tourist Home B&B, a gorgeous 1885 Victorian home. Nestled amongst towering pines, you’ll find Woodland Pines, a private and quaint cottage. The two-bedroom vintage cedar shake shingled cabin accommodates parties of up six and features kitchen/dining room combination and stone fireplace.
You’ll find your next stop just 45 minutes away along scenic Route 6. Take a break from enjoying the fall foliage and go for a walk through the downtown streets of Tunkhannock on the town’s historic walking tour. This self-guided tour will introduce you to the architectural beauty of 40 homes and buildings, as well as educate you on the history behind each structure.
Mormon Monument & Priesthood Restoration Site
Continue your history lesson at the Mormon Monument & Priesthood Restoration Site. The storied site welcomes visitors from international locations looking to learn more about the history of the Mormon faith. The restored homestead of church founder Joseph Smith has been meticulously restored and features farmhouses, trails, and a state-of-the-art visitors center on the site where doctrine states that Smith was conferred the priesthood by John the Baptist.
Marie Antoinette Lookout
Travel just an hour down route 706 to see the Marie Antoinette Lookout, which offers a scenic view of the Susquehanna River and surrounding mountains. The French Azilum, a French refugee settlement was established between 1793 and 1803 on this location. While intended to be a place of escape for Marie Antoinette, the area now offers visitors a great location for the perfect selfie.
Bogey’s Bar and Grill | Maloney’s
When daylight runs out, relax at a hometown pub, Bogey’s Bar and Grill, and enjoy classic favorites and more than 20 craft brews. Or, head back to the northern end and dine at Maloney’s if you’re looking for the best prime rib around and generous servings.
Tuscarora State Park | Locust Lake State Park
Day three is all about parks! Visit Tuscarora State Park and nearby Locust Lake State Park for lakeside adventures or relaxation. Both are perfect for a family picnic. There’s also plenty to do at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park, home to 60 acres of water and 123 acres of land. Crisp fall days offer the perfect weather perfect for hiking, boating, and fishing — all against the beautiful backdrop of mountainous fall foliage.
Galen Glen Winery | The Lodge at Sharp Mountain | Seasons Restaurant