While it’s true that most families plan their road trips during the summer months, fall is another great time to get away. Thanks to the beautiful foliage in Pennsylvania lasting from late September through November, fall road trips can take your breath away. In addition to the beautiful scenery, the cooler temperatures, fewer people, lower costs, and lack of bugs make it the perfect time to take a road trip.
1. Lancaster County
Lancaster County is a short drive from the local Hanover community that offers numerous activities for families. In addition to being known for its Amish culture, you can visit The Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine and Steam Train to take a scenic train ride or tour the mines. Other local attractions include an admission-free amusement park, Knoebels, and the Yuengling Brewery.
Philadelphia, PA, is full of history and culture and the drive down the turnpike in the fall is incredible. Visit The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Liberty Bell, and Penn’s Landing. From food to museums to local parks, no trip to Philadelphia is wasted.
Bethlehem, PA, is referred to as The Christmas City and has more than 40 local parks for the outdoor enthusiasts, a casino, and is focused on supporting the local arts. Learn more about Moravian culture by visiting museums and historical sites or spend time at one of the many music venues to hear live local artists perform.
4. Brandywine Creek State Park
Located in Delaware, this road trip is perfect for those that like to spend time outdoors. The grey stone walls that divide the park were built in the late 1800s. Visitors can enjoy rafting, fishing, hiking, and nature preserves. There are numerous scheduled events that you can plan your trip around as well.
Full of fall foliage, this trip to the mountains will take your breath away. Plan on taking an air tour to see the red and orange hues from the sky, or take it all in on a train ride, while biking, or even horseback riding.
6. Route 6
Route 6 spans 3,000 miles from Massachusetts to California, running through a small section of Pennsylvania that is worth visiting. The scenery along with the small towns (all less than 5,000 in population) offers a memorable trip for families. Visit the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, natural waterfalls, or the Allegheny Reservoir.