Front Royal to Carlisle - the scenic route


Not the shortest route to Carlisle
Not the shortest route to Carlisle

 

Headed to Cars at Carlisle after riding Skyline Drive through Virginia? 

Carlisle Events holds shows throughout the year including Spring Nationals, Fall Nationals, Ford Nationals, GM Nationals, Chrysler Nationals, Truck Nationals, Import & Kit Nationals, and Corvette Nationals. They even hold shows in Zephryhills, FL during the cold weather months.

 

There are shorter routes, but I'll take the scenic, rural drives most every time. Here's a 400 mile ride on a limited number of roads, so you can spend less time navigating and more time enjoying the ride.

 

If you need a break, stop off at Indian Caverns and cool off, 6 miles north of US 22 (G) on Hwy 45. You can easily shorten the route if your time is limited. See larger map with directions.

 


Harley-Davidson factory tour

About an hour southeast in York, PA you can check out the Harley-Davidson factory tour.


Here's the map and directions.

The Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge (below) is about 12 miles east.


 Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge by Joseph E. B. Elliot [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge by Joseph E. B. Elliot [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

"The Columbia–Wrightsville Bridge, officially the Veterans Memorial Bridge, spans the Susquehanna River between Columbia and Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, and carries Pennsylvania Route 462. Built originally as the Lancaster-York Intercounty Bridge, construction began in 1929, and the bridge opened September 30, 1930. On November 11, 1980, it was officially dedicated as Veterans Memorial Bridge, though it is still referenced locally as the Columbia–Wrightsville Bridge."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia%E2%80%93Wrightsville_Bridge

The Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge is on Hwy 462 halfway between York and Lancaster
The Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge is on Hwy 462 halfway between York and Lancaster

Photo by: Pizzazz @ morguefile.com
Photo by: Pizzazz @ morguefile.com

 

Lancaster - Pennsylvania Dutch Country

 

"The term is more properly "Pennsylvania German" because the so-called Pennsylvania Dutch have nothing to do with Holland, the Netherlands, or the Dutch language. They originally came from German-speaking areas of Europe and speak (or used to speak) a dialect of German they refer to as "Deitsch" (Deutsch). It is this word "Deutsch" (German) that has led to the second misconception about the origin of the term Pennsylvania Dutch."

http://german.about.com/library/blgermyth07.htm

 

60 miles east of Carlisle, Lancaster County is Amish country, with their own culture and lifestyle. There's lots of things to do like the Amish Village tours and live shows at the American Music Theatre. If you're looking for real Dutch country, head over to Holland, Michigan.

 

Pinnacle Overlook PA
Google Plus photo by Raymond Hanley

 

Head south of Lancaster to Pinnacle Overlook, for a wonderful view of the Susquehannock River. Pennsylvania Dutch country is less than 100 miles from Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC. See larger map.

South Central Pennslyania is Amish Country
South Central Pennslyania is Amish Country

"Summer at Dingmans Falls" by Suandsoe - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons
"Summer at Dingmans Falls" by Suandsoe - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

Dingman Falls in Delaware Water Gap NRA located on the PA / NJ border south of Milford, PA between I-80 and I-84. Old Mine Road is a scenic drive, listed on the NPS website. There are campgrounds within the park.

Our New Jersey page has a 73 mile loop across the river. See the map.

Upper Delaware ride - click the map to enlarge it
Upper Delaware ride - click the map to enlarge it

 

 

 

 

 


Northeast Pennsylvania Fly & Ride

 

Fly in to Lehigh Valley International in Allentown and rent a Harley in Parryville. Then hop on US 209 and head for the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, Hwy 97, on the PA / NY border. End the day in Easton, home of Crayola Crayons. This ride is 50 miles west of NY City or 50 miles north of Philadelphia. Our Carlisle ride (top of page) is about 80 miles west of this ride.

Easton, PA is the home of Crayola, where kids of all ages can enjoy the Crayola Experience.