LH Road Trip Tour
While the historic Lincoln Highway stretches from Times Square in New York City across the country to San Francisco, one of the most inviting areas of this cross-country Highway is the 200-mile Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor. With the Lincoln Highway, travel is easy – west to east or east to west!
Select from Tour A or Tour B. If your schedule permits, do both!
Tour A Irwin, PA to Bedford, PA – two days
- Irwin is a Main Street community with a vibrant business district – from the unique shops and cultural opportunities, to the three-story mural that graces a building on the historic Lincoln Highway (75 Pennsylvania Avenue). Muralist Wayne Fettro captured this community’s strong ties to the mining industry, the four streetcar companies that operated in Irwin, and the first traffic stoplight.
- On your route to Greensburg, leave wild and crazy Route 30 at the traffic light and follow the old Lincoln Highway (now Toll Gate Hill Road) past the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce. You can’t miss the oversized vintage Packard Car that is the first of five Roadside Giants of the Lincoln Highway. Students in five different school districts designed and created these; the project was coordinated by the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor.
- By the time you get to Greensburg, it will be lunch time and there are many options in downtown Greensburg.
- A walk down Harrison Avenue will lead to the restored Greensburg Train Station. Heading back down Harrison Avenue to Pittsburgh Street (the old Lincoln Highway), watch for the beautiful mural at 112 West Pittsburgh Street. This mural tells the story of Greensburg being the very first community in the Commonwealth to have a PA State Police unit.
- Drive one block. At the traffic light, make a left onto Main Street and travel 2 blocks to the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. This is one art museum that is people friendly and very inviting.
- To stay on the old Lincoln Highway, follow the Lincoln Highway road signs. It is somewhat of a challenge in this area because the historic route criss-crosses with Route 30.
- After rejoining Route 30 East, turn LEFT at traffic light into St. Vincent College. (If you are visiting in late July or early August, you’ll be able to catch the Pittsburgh Steelers Football Team who uses the Campus for their training camp. There is no cost to observe.) Follow the road to the roundabout (not left to the security building) and travel ¾ way and head towards the College. Bear RIGHT at the Y to visit the 1854 Saint Vincent Gristmill on your right. In addition to the great Gristmill video, you’ll be able to purchase bread made from the flour that is milled in this historic structure.
- Retrace your route back to Route 30/Lincoln Highway.
- You may wish to stay overnight at the Springhill Suites by Marriott on the original Lincoln Highway, renamed as Arnold Palmer Drive. Turn RIGHT from Route 30 onto Route 981 South; then make a quick LEFT.
Day Two, Morning – Latrobe to Bedford
- To exit the parking lot of Springhill Suites by Marriott, turn LEFT and continue driving on the old Lincoln. Look to your right to see Arnold Palmer’s Golf Club. At the Y in Youngstown, bear LEFT to stay on the Lincoln and to rejoin Route 30 towards Ligonier.
- In about a mile is the Lincoln Highway Experience museum, 3435 State Route 30 East, Latrobe, PA 15650 www.LHHC.org ALL Lincoln Highway Tours should begin HERE!
- Heading east through the Loyalhanna Gorge, you’ll enter the beautiful Laurel Highlands. Before you even see the exits for Ligonier, you’ll see the Route 259 turn to the north. Slow down and check out the 22’ high gas pump Roadside Giant of the Lincoln Highway that is at the intersection of Route 30 westbound and 259 N. This is the 2nd of five Roadside Giants in the 200-mile Corridor. To remain on the Lincoln Highway, make a LEFT to enter the Borough of Ligonier at the first exit. Make time to stroll around historic Ligonier and peruse the boutique shops and great eateries. Before leaving the Ligonier area, consider visiting Fort Ligonier. Then cross over Route 30 to Route 711 South and visit the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Their paperweight weight collection is outstanding.
- Now it is up and over the mountain towards Jennerstown – only a 12 minute drive barring any coal trucks – for lunch there is the Coal Miner’s Café at the main intersection; or Green Gables Restaurant, just north of town. Take a LEFT at the Jennerstown traffic light and travel ¼ mile. This dining experience will surely become your favorite; ask for a table by the waterfall. After lunch, see if you can spot one of the vintage reproduction gas pumps painted by professional artist Nat near the parking lot. Next to the Restaurant is the Mountain Playhouse, PA’s oldest professional stock theatre company. If touring in the summer/early fall, get tickets to see professional theatre at its finest – from Broadway musicals, to British farces, and even original screenplays – all in a refurbished Gristmill.
- Just prior to the Route 30/219 interchange, you can’t miss the Bicycle Built for Two Roadside Giant of the Lincoln Highway at the Second Time Around. This is the third of five Roadside Giants along the 200-mile Corridor.
- Before arriving in Buckstown, you’ll pass by the Flight 93 National Memorial. (Allow 45 min. for your visit there.)
- Duppstadt’s Country Store in Buckstown has everything – a true old-fashioned general store.
- After heading up and down the mountain, you’ll see a herd of bison on your left, as well as a gently worn mural on the barn. Across the street is the Bison Gift Shop, and site of another painted pump and interpretive exhibit.
- Next up is Schellsburg and its myriad antique shops.
- Entering Bedford, you may think your eyes are playing tricks on you when you spot a 2 ½ story Coffee Pot structure that is located at the entrance of the Bedford County Fairgrounds. A few years ago, the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor saved the 1927 building from demolition, moved it less than ¼ mile from its original location, restored it and listed it on the National Register of Historic Places. A photo op for sure!
- Shortly after you’ll want to pull over to your RIGHT to have your car refueled at Dunkle’s Gulf Station – a beautiful Art Deco tiled station where you won’t need to get out of your car! The friendly staff will pump your gas, clean your windshield, and check under the hood!
- Tour downtown Bedford and the newly remodeled Fort Bedford Museum.
There are several overnight options for lodging on Day Two: 1.) For a Lincoln Highway-era experience, stay in one of the retro tourist cabins of the Lincoln Motor Court just east of Schellsburg. When is the last time you slept in a cabin where the crickets sang you to sleep? 2.) There are a number of Bed and Breakfasts in the Bedford region. 3.) For deluxe accommodations, there’s nothing like a room with a view at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa, just a couple of miles south of Bedford. Take a RIGHT at Richard Street/Route 220 South. This experience will knock your socks off!
Tour B, Everett, PA to Abbottstown, PA – 3 days
Day One, Afternoon – Everett
Driving east from Bedford, you may be tempted to take the bypass around Everett. Don’t….follow the Lincoln Highway into downtown Everett and experience the charm of this Main Street community. Find out why its original name was Bloody Run. Check out another Wayne Fettro mural on Main Street.
As you motor east on your way to rejoin Route 30, a giant ice cream sundae will lure you over for a cold one. Shortly after that is the 4th Roadside Giant of the Lincoln Highway – a 12’ diameter quarter coin on your right at Down River Golf.
Day Two, Morning – Breezewood
- Carefully navigate your way through Breezewood, an area still serving the travelers’ needs in a super-sized way.
- As you weave your way up and down and around the Lincoln Highway, you’ll end up in McConnellsburg (you’ll need to leave Route 30 to stay on the Lincoln and get to this charming historic district). Settled in 1760s, McConnellsburg was a popular stopping point for travelers. Head straight to the heart of town to see another Fettro mural. It isn’t hard to know what early motorists thought of Fulton County – see look on motorist’s face as his car overheated! There is a 1928 Lincoln Highway concrete marker between the mural and Fulton House. Antiques are plentiful in this town.
- Now, it’s up and away again over the mountains until coming into the town of Fort Loudon, once a busy stagecoach stop, but now a sleepy small town. The old Lincoln rejoins Route 30 just east of Fort Loudon.
- Heading east, you’ll see how the landscape and geography change. After motoring between and up and down mountain ranges, the land levels out and you can see the bounty of Pennsylvania farms. It is no wonder that this area is rich with fruit orchards and produce. Stop by a roadside stand to take home the freshest produce. Just outside the village of St. Thomas is another Lincoln Highway mural that perfectly captures the importance of agriculture to this area.
- Across from Burger King and a hair to the east of Shatzer’s Fruit Market is the 5th and final Roadside Giant of the Lincoln Highway – an awesome 1920 Selden Pick-up Truck reminiscent of early pick-up trucks that hauled fruit and vegetables from this area.
- After navigating through the next commercial strip, you’ll enter Chambersburg. In 1864, confederate troops burned the town when it refused to pay a ransom demand of $100,000 in gold. Over 500 structures were left in ruins. Today, it boasts a lovely historic district with an active Main Street. To get oriented, stop and tour the Chambersburg Heritage Center at the town circle with fountain.
- For lunch, lots of great options. Perhaps the Capitol Theatre will be offering a performance in the evening. Adjacent to the Theatre is the Council for the Arts; they always have an interesting exhibit in their gallery. Or, walk a block north and tour the 1818 Old Jail.
- Continue east on the Lincoln Highway and as the Lincoln veers off to the left through Fayetteville, you’ll see another mural on the Lincoln Lanes building. This mural tells the story of Franklin County and all the recreation it has offered throughout the years.
- If antiques are what you are looking for, don’t turn at Lincoln Lanes and stay on Route 30. All the yellow painted buildings on both sides of Route 30 are full of antiques.
- Soon you’ll be traveling through the scenic Caledonia State Park and Michaux State Forest areas. The Appalachian Trail crosses the Lincoln Highway here.
- As you head towards Gettysburg, one stop to make is at Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum, which sits between the old Lincoln and Route 30.
- To remain true to the Lincoln, cross over Route 30 and travel to the village of Cashtown. By taking this route you will see what Adams County residents are proud of (besides the battlefields). They are proud of their orchards – there are thousands of rows of orchards all around the county, but they aren’t visible from Route 30(the picture to the right is from R & L Orchard Company). The Cashtown Inn is a great place to stay overnight and/to have lunch or dinner. Be on the lookout for some of their ‘spirited’ guests. The Adams County Winery is only 3 miles from the Inn; take home a bottle of the Tears of Gettysburg wine, a 14-time award winner!
Day Three, Morning
- The Lincoln Highway runs straight through the National Park Service’s Gettysburg Battlefields. Be sure to begin your tour of the Battlefields at the official NPS Visitor Center which is just south of town.
- Just as you enter Gettysburg, watch for another Lincoln Highway mural on the side of the Gettysburg Shopping Center. Trying to stay on the Lincoln Highway in Adams County is easy, but the signage is tricky. It is called Chambersburg Street on the west end of Gettysburg and continuing after the roundabout, it is called York Street.
- Downtown Gettysburg’s Main Street is chock full of shops, restaurants and souvenir shops.
- Need to fit in eating with shopping? Look no further than the Blue Parrot Bistro Restaurant. Or, if you want some diner food, check out the Lincoln Diner on Carlisle Street. Almost across from the Diner is the beautifully restored Majestic Theatre, which offers both independent films and live performances.
- In the heyday of the Lincoln Highway, the 10 miles between Gettysburg and New Oxford were dotted with tourist cabins and motor courts. Today, the road is dotted with antique shops. They are just a warm-up, because once you get to New Oxford, antique malls abound, and they are all within walking distance. Likewise, there are many Bed and Breakfasts. Be careful navigating around another roundabout there.
- Continuing east to Abbottstown (the oldest town in Adams County), you’ll see a few more antique shops and yet another roundabout. Another mural graces the front of the Abbottstown Fire Department building. For a really special dinner, eat at the Altland House, right on the circle. Lovely rooms are also available upstairs.
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