Top 6 Places to visit and understand our history better:
PA Route 6 has been dedicated as the Grand Army of the Republic Highway through all 14 states as it crosses across the United States. In Pennsylvania, the towns across US Route 6 have dedicated some memorable parks and open spaces for honoring our efforts to keep America and the rest of the planet free. As you travel across Route 6, spend some time at these areas and reflect on those who put their service above self.
1. Kane (MM125): Both at Evergreen Park and the Kane Memorial Chapel, you will see monuments honoring past military conflicts. General Kane was as Civil War General who had a large impact on local and national history.
2. The Green, Wellsboro (MM221)While known for its statue of Winkin, Blynkin and Nod, the Green is home to several war monuments. Enjoy a stroll around this lovely park.
3. Bradford County Veterans Park - our 2018 Do 6 Heritage Partnership Award (MM 272). This awe-inspiring park nestled along the Susquehanna River in Towanda reminds us of all the battles that have claimed loved one.
4. Memorial Park, Carbondale (MM 344): Across from City Hall, this beautiful square offers a great place to reflect on our fallen heroes.
5. Milford War Memorial (MM 394): Where ales would you find an artful memorial that in a town with long-standing connections to the arts and culture? Look for the Memorial at Broad Street across from the Pike County Courthouse.
6. Veterans' Memorial Park at Airport Park, Matamoras (MM 400): This park has a monument for every major conflict that our nation has been involved in - each is breathtaking and a piece of art.
Top 6 Historical and Heritage Sites
The top 6 Historical and Heritage Sites Not to Miss are (in order from west to east):
- US Brig Niagara & Maritime Museum: Celebrating Oliver Hazard Perry's victory in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. Near MM 1N
- Conneaut Lake Park: One of the oldest amusements parks in America. Dare to ride the Blue Streak. Between MM 13 & 14.
- Zippo/Case Museum: Enjoy the storied history of Zippo lighters and Case Knives, two products still proudly made in Bradford, PA, USA. North of MM 132 on Rt. 291.
- PA Lumber Museum: Tribute to the lumberjacks and woodhicks who built this country. Explore a CC camp and logging village. Near MM 187.
- Steamtown National Historic Site: Showcases the steam era of American Railroading with a working railyard and roundhouse. Leave time to take a rail excursions to nearby towns. Near MM 332.
- Grey Towers: Ancestral home of the first chief of the US Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot. Be sure to sit at the water table. Near MM 394.
Top 6 Scenic Vistas across Route 6
The top 6 Scenic Vistas Not to Miss are (in order from west to east):
- Rimrock Overlook: Get a spectacular view from this favorite sport in the Allegheny National Forest. Just a short hike from the road. (Take Rt. 321N near MM 125).
- Kinzua Skywalk: Witness the destruction of nature by walking the 650 feet across the Skywalk to see the ruins of the former rail bridge, destroyed in a tornado in 2003. Glass panels on the Skywalk offer view of 221-foot vertical drop into the Kinzua Gorge. (Near MM 136).
- PA Grand Canyon: Look down on Pine Creek and up on an eagle's nest. Make sure to visit both the Leonard Harrison State Park (near MM 221) and Colton Point State Park (near MM 211) to get two different views of the gorge.
- Wyalusing Rocks: Imagine floating down the mighty Susquehanna River or working in the farm fields below as you stand on this overlook (near MM 287).
- Tunkhannock Viaduct: Gain a new appreciation for engineering feats as you gaze at the 12 majestic spans of this railroad bridge in the sky. (Near MM 320).
- Lake Wallenpaupack: The Lake Wallenpaupack Visitor Center in Hawley has a back deck to relax on while taking in views of the Lake with all its water sports. (Near MM
6 OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES
- Hiking and Biking: Get some exercise while exploring the trails in Presque Isle Sate Park (near MM 1N) or along the Pine Creek Rail Trail (near MM 211) voted in the top 10 places to take a bike tour in the world by USA Today.
- Boating and Fishing: Enjoy a day on the water in places like the Allegheny Reservoir (take Rt. 321 near MM 125) and Lake Wallenpaupack (MM 368)
- Wildlife Watching: View the abundant wildlife across Route 6. Two favorites are the ducks that walk on the back of fish at Pymatuning State Park (Near MM 7) and the eagle viewing on the Upper Delaware River (near MM 400)
- ATV/ Snowmobile Riding: Ride across “The Loop” in the Allegheny National Forest (MM 86 – 136) or on the crisp trails of the Susquehannock State Forest (MM 185).
- Stroll through our towns: Enjoy small town America with a walking tour of Wyalusing (MM 287) or visit to the artisan shoppes of Honesdale (MM 359 – 360).
- Skiing: Glide down the snowy, white trails of Montage Mountain (near MM 332) or Elk Mountain (near MM 330).