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Lincoln Highway: Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, Jun 3-10, 2013

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Lincoln Highway: Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, Jun 3-10, 2013

I truly hope there is something quaint left to see on the LH. I've scanned maps online to see where to avoid suburban sprawl and where it looks like nice rural or small town routes. We are not not touristy types (ie, no outlet malls, Amish buggy rides, theme parks). We're interested in diners or local cafes with clean, fresh, good food (not low quality greasy roadfood), historic inns with truly original or fine food, quaint clean older motels with reasonable rates, or cool places worth splurging on. We have two days in Philadelphia to start out (art museums, BYOB high end restaurants), will stay in Pittsburgh a night or two (the inclines, see various neighborhoods, ride the inclines), a stopover in Gettysburg for history's sake, and probably book a Fallingwater tour on the western end of things.

Any don't miss suggestions for routes, food, lodging? Thanks, road warriors!

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1. Re: Lincoln Highway: Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, Jun 3-10, 2013

Check this website to start lincolnhighwayassoc.org/info/pa/#moreinfo. There is a guide book by Brian Butko to the Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania that you can get through Amazon or even cheaper through abebooks.com.

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2. Re: Lincoln Highway: Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, Jun 3-10, 2013

Thanks, I've order both the LH Historic corridor brochure and Butko's book off Amazon (for a penny! plus $4 shipping!) Like to get first-hand accts, too.

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3. Re: Lincoln Highway: Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, Jun 3-10, 2013

You might want to check out Bedford, PA. Espy House there was George Washington's headquarters for a few days during the Whiskey Rebellion!

visitbedfordcounty.com/espyhouse/index.html

You could visit the National Museum of the American Coverlet there as well, if that's an interest.

http://www.coverletmuseum.org/

It's also a resort community with some good restaurants.

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4. Re: Lincoln Highway: Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, Jun 3-10, 2013

My childhood home was on the old Lincoln Highway. There are some quaint spots, but you will find a fair share of McMansions, industry and little tourist traps.

When you leave Pittsburgh and before getting into Canton, you will find two awesome farm stands. The store east of Canton has the best fresh strawberry pie (seasonally, of course). If you go, get a piece for me.

In Canton not far off the Lincold Highway is the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a classic car museum. Not my cup of tea, but many people enjoy.

Try a bike, canoe or kayak ride along the Erie Canal. The canal has a museum along the highway somewhere, but every section I have been on is very beautiful and well maintained. There are plenty of bike rental shops- you will love the flat leisurely ride along the canal.

West from Canton you will run into Mansfield. It is famous for a hand carved carousel and a supposedly haunted prison where the Shawshank Redemption was shot.

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5. Re: Lincoln Highway: Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, Jun 3-10, 2013

Looked through your posts trying to figure out where you were going after Pittsburgh and noticed your question about Lancaster County.

You might consider Ohio Amish country, the largest in the world and much more Amish than Lancaster County, at least the eastern half of Holmes County around Walnut Creek southwest of Canton, OH. See the discussion here. It would be about two hours west of Pittsburgh.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g50207-s407/Cleveland…

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6. Re: Lincoln Highway: Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, Jun 3-10, 2013

Follow-up report on our trip. Both the Lincoln Hwy Historic Corridor booklet and Butko's book are hopelessly out of date at this remove---very little remains of what they describe of the roadside. We picked up the Lincoln near Lancaster and drove the old alignment all the way to Ligonier. We loved seeing the Shoe House near Hallam (closed day we were there), toured Gettysburg (overrun w/sightseers). Bedford was a disappt, few antq stores remain open, but the Art Deco Gulf station was a treasure, and still going strong selling gas and doing repairs. Bedford's famous Coffee Pot's been restored, though it's not a functioning business, just a relic in the city park. We loved Mr Ed's Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium (just for the sheer roadside silliness of it, and candy for the miles ahead). The Lincoln Motor Courts west of Bedford were sweet, but we have sadly hit the Comfort-Seeking Years of our lives; we should have stayed here when we were more adventurous. Grand View point was socked in with fog the day we traversed it, and lastly we had a wonderful lunch in pretty little Ligonier. Because we are from Texas, we never ceased to be delighted by the old houses so close to the road in every town, the rolling greenery, and we stopped at some charming roadside taverns of the Ye Olde variety (best among then, Jean Bonnet). Not sorry we went, but it's all fast disappearing, in terms of any old Lincoln Highway presence. We will not pass this way again.

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7. Re: Lincoln Highway: Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, Jun 3-10, 2013

Lucky, thanks for the feedback!

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8. Re: Lincoln Highway: Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, Jun 3-10, 2013

So sorry I didn't see this sooner although it sounds like you were aware of many of the roadside attractions on that stretch of the LH. Since the 1996 Pennsylvania book, Butko has done two editions of "Greetings from the Lincoln Highway" which covers the entire route. The first was in 2005 and the most recent was released a few months ago for the road's centennial.

In the first reply, grizz9 pointed the the Pennsylvania page of the Lincoln Highway Association website. The site includes pages for all states the road passes through plus an interactive Google based map that includes all alignments. The map is here:

http://www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/map/

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