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Northern Pennsylvania’s Route 6

Fall travelers can set their sights on the Keystone State for some of the best autumn colors in the country. U.S. Route 6 spans nearly 400 miles of northern Pennsylvania, and fans of fall foliage may explore the many historic cities along the way, and anticipate heavy leaf peeping in the Susquehanna River Valley, the Pine Creek Gorge, and the Allegheny National Forest.

U.S. Route 6 ends – or begins in our case – in Matamoras in the northeast corner of the state. From Matamoras, stick to US 6 and head west toward Scranton – passing the beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack.

Carbondale

Established in 1824, Carbondale is an incredibly historic city, and a northeast suburb of Scranton. U.S. Business Route 6 aligns with Main Street – and Carbondale offers plenty of historic sites, festivals, and picturesque parks in this area.

Must See
While in Carbondale, be sure to explore historic Pennsylvania sites like the Carbondale City Hall & Courthouse – found on the National Register of Historic Places – plus the Gravity Railroad Historic Site, and the site of the country’s first “Deep Underground Anthracite Mine.”

Local Guide
For one-stop-browsing of Carbondale’s storied past, just pay a visit to the Carbondale Historical Society & Museum – found on the third floor of Carbondale City Hall.

Outdoor
Carbondale features plenty of city parks and walking tours for those looking to stretch their legs. Check out Memorial Park and McCawley Park – where you can look into the mystery of Carbondale's UFO.

Scranton

Continue west on Route 6 for 17 miles until you reach Dunmore – Scranton’s northeast neighbor. Scranton is Pennsylvania’s sixth largest city, and yields a multitude of historic and fascinating attractions.

Must See
Scranton might be most famous – for those visiting Pennsylvania – as the setting of NBC’s “The Office.”

A quick tour of the city yields familiar sites like the Penn Paper & Supply building, and Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company banners throughout downtown, and landmarks from the show like Poor Richard’s Pub. And keep an eye out for Dwight at Steamtown Mall.

Local Guide
Electric City offers an array of distinct historic sites throughout town. History buffs enjoy stops at the Steamtown National Historic Site, the Electric City Trolley Museum, tours of the Lackawanna Coal Mine, and much more.

Outdoor
Nay Aug Park – a U.S. National Natural Landmark – is Scranton’s largest city park. Be sure to see the Nay Aug Gorge from the David Wenzel Tree House, or splash around one of two Olympic-sized pools. Though not an outdoor activity, Nay Aug also features the Everhart Museum – a massive art and natural history center.

Towanda

From Scranton, stick to Route 6 and head west along the Susquehanna River toward Towanda. Set just south of Sayre, Towanda is another picturesque northern Pennsylvania town – as if you’re sick of them by now.

Must See
The Towanda Historic District – a U.S. Historic District found on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places – is a collection of 440 historic structures from the mid to late 1800s. Covering 145 acres, the Towanda Historic District features an incredible walking tour.

Local Guide
The Susquehanna River Valley is bursting with fall foliage. Be sure to walk along Merrill Parkway with your camera ready, or simply grab a bench at Towanda River Park.

Outdoor
The Towanda area also features the North Branch Water Trail on the Susquehanna River. Kayaks and canoes can be spotted along the trail, while cyclists and joggers take advantage of the neighboring Susquehanna Greenway.

Pennsylvania Wilds

This is the meaty part of the Upstate Pennsylvania Fall Foliage tour. Continue west on Route 6 and keep an eye out for these Pennsylvania Wilds attractions.

Must See
Known as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, the Pine Creek Gorge boasts unmatched views of the autumn countryside. The gorge can be accessed from Leonard Harrison State Park and Colton Point State Park – both offering hikes, picnic spots, and of course, nature photography.

Local Guide
Set in Galeton on Route 6, the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is a replica lumber camp. This living museum showcases over 3,000 artifacts, and features the Brookville Switch Engine and Barnhart Log loader – all exhibiting Pennsylvania's lumber industry and heritage.

Outdoor
Come sunset, leaf peepers are cut off from the autumn scenery till morning. Spend this in-between-time at Cherry Springs State Park – known for some of the best stargazing in the eastern United States.

Bradford

Route 6 leads fall travelers straight through the Allegheny National Forest, but we want to end this tour in Bradford for more history and fun attractions. There is a lot going on in Bradford in the fall, including the Bradford Creative & Performing Arts Center season, and the annual Autumn Daze.

Must See
Just north of Route 6, the Eldred World War II Museum is a cultural center leading visitors through a World Wars artifact museum, a 10,000-item library, and the interactive Gallery of Valor.

Local Guide
Bradford is home to Zippo lighters and Case knives, which is best explored by the Zippo/Case Museum. Open daily, the 15,000-square-foot museum offers self guided tours, the Zippo/Case Store, and the Zippo Repair Clinic.

Outdoor
For one last look at the fall colors, explore the neighboring 517,000-acre Allegheny National Forest – the only national forest in the state. Take in the foliage from the Rimrock Overlook, and take advantage of crisp hikes, bike rides, and horseback rides in the Pennsylvania Wilds.