We’re sharing some of the best rides in Pennsylvania today, so pack your motorcycle jacket for some of America’s great scenic rides.
We’re going to start out in the northeast corner of the state just on the edge of the Allegheny National Forest in a town called Irvine. Since this is just the beginning, make sure you’ve fueled up with your favorite caffeinated beverage; we’ll head out on the longest of the routes along Route 6, which is commonly called the “Grand Army of the Republic” Highway.
This route will take you all the way to Clarks Summit, 243 miles away on the Northeast side of the state. It’s filled with everything you could ask for on a ride — the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon outside of Wellsboro, beautiful mountains, magnificent farms and great food along the way.
For a shorter route, take Route 62 southwest from Irvine to the town of Mercer just a half hour from Youngstown, Ohio. This route is just 57 miles and runs along the Allegheny River. Great scenery, well-kept pavement and sweeping curves will enchant you. Check out the Wildwood Inn & Resort just seven miles north of Tidioute; they have delicious home cooking, ice cold beer and welcome motorcycles to their cabins and campgrounds with good cheer.
Another cool run starts from U.S. 6 in north central Pennsylvania at Galeton. This route is 75 miles south through hill country. The first half offers plenty of sweeper curves with breathtaking views of the Susquehannock Forest. The halfway point is Renovo, Penn., an old railroad town having seen its last passenger train pulling out of town in 1969.
A great place to take a break for lunch is the historic Yesterday’s Restaurant & Hotel on the northern end of town. Continue south for the rest of the trip as you discover tighter twists and turns through the rugged hillsides of Sproul State Forest on your way to Moshannon, Penn.
The next route is a secluded ride from just south of Williamsport, Penn., heading northwest through the Tiadagton State Forest to Coudersport, Penn. This trip runs about 95 miles and is just a little over two hours long. Make sure that you gas up because there is no place to stop along the way. The good news is that you’ll be cruising the whole time with no traffic lights or stop signs, experiencing spectacular mountain views, numerous tight turns and some dazzling sweepers.
At the end of the route you’ll be ready for Fezz’s Diner in Coudersport, Penn, a genuine historic diner with great food and drinks.
The last route starts in Reedsville, Penn. When you’re ready to roll, head south on PA 655 for 20 miles of straight aways, followed by 50 miles of turns and sweepers, and finish off with 20 or more miles of a straight ride. There’s plenty of beautiful scenery, wide open valleys, charming Amish farms and lovely forests. The route ends just over the border in Hancock, Maryland.
Keep the shiny side up and enjoy your ride, whichever route you choose! Subscribe to the Leather Bound blog to find more great motorcycle rides.