Road Glide National Rally
Rides of Interest and Places to See
NOTE: All rides are suggestions. Please check maps, weather, traffic and road conditions prior to riding.
#1 Flight 93 Memorial
HD Ride Planner Link Gettysburg to Flight 93 Memorial - https://maps.harley-davidson.com/share/rides/4BN5vOmKZ
U.S. Route 30: Gettysburg to Flight 93 Memorial 111 miles (one way)
Route 30 from Chambersburg to Breezewood is a challenging ride, but the view of the valleys are worth it. Once you get to the top of the two main summits on this stretch, pull over at the Mountain House Bar and Grill and look down. You'll feel like the ruler of the world.
About five miles east of Breezewood on your way into the truck stop capital of the world, Route 30 swoops down off the mountainside and over the PA Turnpike.
On the return trip
You can just turn around and take Rt 30 or you can go south to the Historic National Road in Maryland (Rt 40) From Flight 93 memorial go back to Route 30 and head east until you reach Huckleberry Highway (160 South) If you go past the Dollar General you missed the turn.
PA 160 S to US Alt 40 East
Why Historic 40?
The National Road (also known as the Cumberland Road) was the first major improved highway in the United States built by the federal government. Built between 1811 and 1837, the 620-mile (1,000 km) road connected the Potomac and Ohio Rivers and was a main transport path to the West for thousands of settlers.
Things to See
LaVale Toll Gate House-National Road 14302 National HwyLaVale, MD 21502
Only remaining toll gate on National Road in Maryland. The toll house is a historical site that is open to visitors at all times. Interpretive signage available on site and guests can peer inside the toll house to sneak a peek of eras ago. Historic plaque indicates fees for wagons, animals and pedestrians to use road.
#2 Amish Country
HD Ride Planner Map from Hotel heading East on Rt 30 to Rt 340 to Bird in the Hand and Intercourse PA.
HD Ride Planner Link - https://maps.harley-davidson.com/share/rides/cBxudOmSk
Route 340 from Lancaster to Downingtown - Rt 30 East to 340 E to Bird in the Hand to Intercourse PA
(From Yahoo travel)
Route 30 east of Lancaster can be a frustrating march of traffic lights, Dutch Wonderland and outlet traffic, and confused tourists wondering where all the Amish are. The Amish are in Intercourse and Bird-in-Hand, and the route through those two towns is PA Route 340.
Hop off the expressway onto Old Philadelphia Pike (340) and ride east. In between towns, you are treated to a countryside that rivals anything the South of France could offer. It’s no wonder the people of the land settled in Lancaster County.
Skip the touristy stuff (in fact, riding through here on a weekend in the summer is not advised) and enjoy the view on this nice, easy ride. Of course, if it’s not tourist season, check out the impressive Amish furniture and take your pick of Amish restaurants, or get a meal at one of the markets that will feed you a meal so hearty it will literally stick to your ribs. Just stay alert and mind the buggies riding down the road. How many will you really encounter?
#3 Skyline Drive
Northern entrance - front Royal Virginia (100 miles from Gettysburg)
#4 Hershey Chocolate World
101 Chocolate World Way, Hershey, PA 17033 (15N toward Harrisburg)
Chocolate World…. Say no more!
#5 Hershey Story Museum
63 WEST CHOCOLATE AVENUE HERSHEY, PA 17033
One of Hershey PA’s most inspiring attractions, the story of Milton S. Hershey and the town that bears his name is presented through informative museum exhibits and interactive experiences perfect for adults, families and kids.
#6 National CivilWar Museum - 1 Lincoln Cir, Harrisburg, PA 17103
Google Directions https://goo.gl/maps/JnW9VQi8L3PeMsif9
The National Civil War Museum is one of the largest museums in the world dedicated solely to the American Civil war. The Museum seeks to tell the whole story of this most troubled chapter in American history while focusing on the issues, the people and the lives that were affected. The causes and ramifications of this conflict that divide a Nation are investigated; both Northern and Southern viewpoints are presented; military as well as civilian perspectives are highlighted.
#7 Harpers Ferry - Sharpsburg (Antietam Battlefield)
Head south out of Gettysburg on 15S - Multiple ways to get to these towns and they are all worth checking out. Go get LOST!
Harpers Ferry West Virginia
The site of John Browns Civil War raid. Abolitionist John Brown leads a small group on a raid against a federal armory in Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia), in an attempt to start an armed slave revolt and destroy the institution of slavery. https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/john-browns-raid-on-harpers-ferry
On September 17, 1862, The Battle of Antietam (also known as the bloodiest day of the Civil War,) brought devastation, heartache and 23,110 soldiers left dead, wounded, or missing. The sense of community shared by the people of Sharpsburg provided the strength to overcome the devastation and to rebuild the town.
Presently the town looks very much as it did in the 1800s. Modern day conveniences have been added, but have been carefully planned out so as not to interfere with the historical nature of the town. Sharpsburg is nestled beside the Antietam Battlefield, with various attractions, such as the C&O Canal, Harper’s Ferry, Washington Monument State Park, South Mountain, Crystal Grottoes Caverns, and many others just a short drive away.
#8 A Ride on the Wild Side: Carving Curves Through Central Pennsylvania
* North of Harrisburg 15N follows along the Susquehanna River
You do not need to go as far north as they do in the article but this is a nice ride, gorgeous area. This ride goes through Williamsport PA (Little League World Series)
Take - US 15 North toward Harrisburg
#9 Gold Mine Road to Route 125
https://goo.gl/maps/zoG58HgmHkJNs15V8Gettysburg - Camp Hill - Fort Indian Town Gap - Tower City - Joliet - Shamokin (102 miles - one way )
Many motorcycle riders refer to Gold Mine Road to Route 125 as Pennsylvania’s Tail of the Dragon, and for a good reason. The road comes very close to the gold standard of ultimate motorcycle roads. The combination of Goldmine Road and PA125 makes for a roller-coaster type of a ride featuring a series of steep climbs and descents with sharp corners, a few sneaky turns, blind crests and tight switchbacks, with some wide open spaces, rolling hills and gentle corners thrown in for good measure. Not a ride for the beginner, there are sections of the road that will challenge your skill and give your motor, brakes and tires a good work out. Many 15 mph corners at the top and bottom of steep climbs, ”S" turns and twisties to add to the peg-scraping action.
Gold Mine Road runs between Rt. 443 and Tower City, PA. Start off Rt. 443 and take Gold Mine Road for 7 miles up to PA 325. Make a right on PA 325 eastbound into Tower City and go 1.5 miles to US 209. Turn right on US 209 heading east and go 4.8 miles to Main Street and turn left. Go 1.7 miles to the stop sign and go straight through. That’s where you pick up Route 125. Stay on Rt. 125 for 15 miles to Shamokin - the end point. The ride is around 32 (challenging) miles. You can continue north on Rt. 61 to Shamokin Dam.
Traveling on Gold Mine Road to Route 125 is all about the road itself. Don’t expect any roadside attractions or noteworthy places to stop along the way. The route is very scenic nonetheless. You can take it easy and enjoy the scenery as the road takes you through forested areas, farmlands and open valleys. And when you’re ready to give your brakes and tires some rest, there are places to stop and enjoy beautiful views from mountaintops.
The roads are all smooth, well maintained and well marked. Food and gas are available in the only town on the route, which is Tower City. In Shamokin at the ride’s end point, you’ll find many restaurants and stores. One of the best places to eat is Skeeter's BBQ, located on the hill at the intersection of routes 15 and 11. Another place you might want to stop for lunch at is Harry’s on Market Street. It’s a great place serving great food at great prices.
Gold Mine Road to Route 125 is fun dragging the pegs on and is probably the best road to test your alertness, leaning skills and braking. It’s a great half day ride for anyone in Eastern Pennsylvania.
#10 PA 26 Everett to the Historic National Pike in Maryland
PA 30 East to 26 South through Clearville. Follow to National Pike in Maryland.
This little hidden away route is especially recommended for those riders who like twisties and tight corners and don’t care to scrape pegs. Winding its way through farmland and woods, PA Route 26 offers plenty of twists, turns, uphill and downhill riding and a couple of 10 mph hairpins, so you’d better stay alert on this road. The best part about Rt. 26 is its solitude. There's a good chance that you’ll see no other vehicles in either direction the entire ride. What you might see is a deer or two, so take it slow on those turns.
Another thing to enjoy on Route 26 is great scenery. Beautiful views greet you everywhere you turn. From Everett, PA southbound on Rt. 26 you’ll be going through a section of Buchanan State Forest where you’ll have a chance to admire nature at its best. The road surface is smooth and pretty much unblemished throughout the route, but it changes abruptly as you approach the Maryland border. Be careful and reduce your speed. Aside of scenery and the road itself, there’s really nothing along the route. For a biker-friendly place to eat, visit Mike’s Place in Clearville, 6 miles before Everett. Good reviews
#11 Gettysburg / Catoctin Mountain
Great ride through PA and MD countryside. Ride goes through Catoctin State Park with a chance for a hike to the waterfalls as a side trip. http://www.openroadjourney.com/rides-and-roads/view/gettysburg-catoctin-mountain/3900
Google Map - https://goo.gl/maps/4CmsUhiSpuKcbRsz8
Catocin Furnace Hostorical Society https://catoctinfurnace.org/
Catcin Furnace National Park Service https://www.nps.gov/cato/learn/historyculture/furnace.htm
#12 South Central PA Countryside Loop
https://www.motorcycleroads.com/motorcycle-roads/pennsylvania/south-central-pa-countryside-loopMap - https://www.motorcycleroads.com/larger_map_page/35167