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Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Photo Courtesy Of Juanita Hampton
Named by National Geographic as “One of America’s most scenic drives” and as the “#1 Motorcycle Road in the Northeast” by, US Route 6 in Pennsylvania is the route chosen by motorcyclists for its rolling terrain and lush landscape. To help motorcyclists plan their trip, the PA Route 6 Alliance had announced that a map with suggested touring loops off the historic highway, called “Take the High Road”, is now available.

The loop tours start and end at one point on the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor, winding through several counties, historic sites, breathtaking overlooks and fun places to see along the trip. The five loop tours cover anywhere from 118 miles to 260 miles and are designed to include great places for meals and overnights. The loops can be experienced as separate trips or pulled together for one long week of experiencing one of America’s favorite highways.

On the Pennsylvania Great Lake tour, motorcyclists will enjoy the views from several lakes in northwestern part of the state. The tour starts in Meadville and heads east to Cambridge Springs following French Creek. At the intersection with Route 19, the tour turns left onto Route 6N through Edinboro and Albion before turning into Route 5 North. The tour has many views of Lake Erie as its travels to the town of Northeast before turning south onto Route 89 then Route 8 into Union City. Follow Route 6 east to Corry and enjoy a pit stop at Gigi’s Route 6 diner. In Corry, take Route 77 to Route 89 into Titusville and the Oil Heritage Region. Then take Route 27 to Route 173 into Cochranton. In Cochranton, connect with Route 285 in to Linesville. Back on Route 6 East, the tour passes Conneaut Lake and ends back in Meadville with suggested stops at Eddie Foot Long Hotdogs and the Voodoo Brewery.

Photo Courtesy Of Curt Weinhold
The Allegheny National Forest is the feature of the Pennsylvania Wilds West loop. The figure-8 tour starts in Bradford following Routes 346 and 321 to the Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir and then travels to Warren , where it connects to US Route 6 through Youngsville and heads north to Russell and back down to Route 6 East with a pit stop at Kaffe Sol in Mt Jewett, and a stop at the Kinzua Skywalk. The tour follows Route 6 as it passes the mansions in Smethport and over the rolling mountains into Port Allegany. The loop then leaves Route 6 heading northwest to Eldred and back to Bradford.

The Pennsylvania Wilds East loop features favorite sites within the region. Starting in Coudersport the tour heads south past the Austin Dam to the Sinnemahoning Wildlife Center. The tours then turns east following the Bucktail Scenic Drive to Lock Haven and Jersey Shore, where it goes north and runs parallel to the Pine Creek Rail-Trail up through Morris, before heading east again to connect to US Route 15 (I-99 corridor) to Mansfield. The tour then turns onto Route 6 West through to the gas-light lined streets of Wellsboro and to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. After visiting the Canyon, the tour back tracks to Route 6 West through Galeton with a stop at Larry’s Sports Center and the newly renovated PA Lumber Museum before heading back to Coudersport and relaxing at the Millstream Inn.

The Endless Mountain Loop offers scenic views of the rivers and farming landscape. Starting in Towanda, the tours starts on Route 220 through the Susquehanna River Valley to Ricketts Glen State Park before heading east to Pittston and into Scranton, home of Steamtown National Park and the Electric Trolley Museum, where the tour continues on Business Route 6 into Carbondale. From Carbondale, the tour heads north and then east to connect up with Route 6 West again near Factoryville. After a slight ride north up Route 11 to see the Nicholson Viaduct, the tour heads back to Route 6 West through historic district of Tunkhannock , traveling parallel to the Susquehanna River, which is visible from the overlooks just east of Wyalusing, and back to Towanda to relax at the Red Rose Diner or Crystal Springs Inn & Suites.

Lake Wallenpaupack and the waterfall throughout the region are must stop places along the Pocono Mountains Tour. The tour starts with a view of the wind farm near Waymart and heads east along Route 6 through Honesdale, White Mills and into Hawley. The lake offers some nice stopping points and several places to grab a bite to eat. The tour continues on Route 6 with stops at Shohola Falls and another break in the Milford, home of Grey Towers National Historic Site. The tour then travels south on Route 209 past waterfalls at Dingmans’ Ferry and Bushkill. At Bushkill, the tour heads north to Promised Land State Park and through Hamlin before looping back to Waymart.

More detail and maps and itineraries are available at the PA Route 6 website: To receive a copy of the “Take the High Road” brochure, call 814-435-7706 or email –

The PA Route 6 Alliance, a 501(c3) corporation, was established in 2003 to manage the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor and to implement the Management Action Plan, branding and marketing plans, community development programs and other planning efforts along the corridor. The Alliance includes representatives from all 11 counties, 10 convention and visitor bureaus, 4 heritage areas, local development districts, local business owners, Chambers of Commerce and other interested parties along the corridor.

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