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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.

Allegheny National Forest

On the road again! On day three, you’ll travel 24 miles off of Route 6 to the edge of the Allegheny National Forest, where you couldn't ask for a better setting for a fall road trip. See the range of colors from above on the Kinzua Sky Walk, which extends 625 feet into the Kinzua Gorge. Partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003, the towers of the Kinzua Viaduct were re-engineered into a skywalk in 2011 with a partial glass overlook. Visitors can now enjoy scenic vistas, picnicking, geo-caching, hiking trails, and exhibits in the visitors center.

Bradford

Your next stop is the National Historic District (Bradford) for great antique shopping and handmade chocolates along Bradford’s Main Street. Just a little over 20 miles north, it’s even more beautiful when the tall trees come alive with color and tower skyscraper-like over the area. Bradford’s most famous store is at the Zippo/Case Museum, the only place in the world that carries the complete line of Zippo lighters and Case knives. Enjoy a self-guided tour through the 15,000-square-foot attraction that includes the world-famous Zippo Repair Clinic. 

Chef’s 117 | Beefeaters at Historic Carnegie Library

Time to eat! Check out Bradford’s Chef’s 117, a cozy hole-in-the-wall restaurant with a plethora of vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options.  Its owner, Master Chef Justin, is known throughout the community for his quality food preparation. If you’re more in the mood for steak or seafood, check out Beefeaters at the Historic Carnegie Library. This four-star dining experience will be the perfect way to end your day.

The Lodge at Glendorn | The Mountain Laurel Inn

As the sun goes down, it’s time to call it a night. Steeped in history and culture, The Lodge at Glendorn is a luxury nature resort designed in the style of the grand family camps of yore. Retreat and relax at this one-of-a-kind experience, and be inspired. Looking for a more historic surrounding to lay your head? The Mountain Laurel Inn is an 1894 mansion with Greek and Colonial Revival architecture, Gothic doors, a circular staircase, and ornate fireplaces. A gourmet breakfast is included in your stay.

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