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Old 10-14-2016, 07:33 PM   #1
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Sightseeing in Pennsylvania

Would appreciate advice for a route from Kentucky to Pennsylvania (possibly a loop including West Virginia and Ohio) and campgrounds. We will be taking a toad for the first time so will be looking for camping with sites for a 33' motorhome and toad.

Wanting a leisurely trip to campgrounds and then go sightseeing from there; not particularly the major tourist attractions but just things that would catch our attention. We're farmers so the agricultural things will draw us. See some things in the Amish communities.

We've not traveled on toll roads so would need some education there if those would be better routes.

If there are links to others travels similar, those would be welcomed.

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There are many resources available online about Pennsylvania points of interest. I grew up near Valley Forge and used to hunt small game in Lancaster County, Amish area. The PA Turnpike is the main toll road through PA, hard to avoid unless you want small, 2 lane roads going up and down mountains.

Amish area is pretty commercial, Hersey is too. Gettysburg is interesting if into history, Center City Philadelphia is also great place to learn about Franklin and other founding fathers.
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If you end up going up I-79 through WV, you might want to have look at Stonewall Jackson State Park near Weston.
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There are many resources available online about Pennsylvania points of interest. I grew up near Valley Forge and used to hunt small game in Lancaster County, Amish area. The PA Turnpike is the main toll road through PA, hard to avoid unless you want small, 2 lane roads going up and down mountains.

Amish area is pretty commercial, Hersey is too. Gettysburg is interesting if into history, Center City Philadelphia is also great place to learn about Franklin and other founding fathers.
Two lane roads are OK . . . unless they are "small" and "up and down mountains" will increase my stress level and reduce my enjoyment a bunch.

From what I seen on the internet, the Amish look more commercial than I would think

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If you end up going up I-79 through WV, you might want to have look at Stonewall Jackson State Park near Weston.
After talking with a truck driver friend today, we may go around WV.
Will check out Stonewall if we should go back to that route.

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Two lane roads are OK . . . unless they are "small" and "up and down mountains" will increase my stress level and reduce my enjoyment a bunch.

From what I seen on the internet, the Amish look more commercial than I would think

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It's not the Amish who are commercial, it's the "English" who build the tourist spots exploiting the Amish.

PA two lane roads, except for U.S. highway routes, are 2 lane and no shoulder. They follow old game trails and curve and dip quite a bit. I learned to drive on those roads, I don't enjoy long distances in my RV on them. I-80, E-W through the middle of the state, is toll free. U.S. 30, which is an alternative to the turnpike, has many landmarks and interesting places to check out. U.S.30 from Breezewood, PA to Chambersburg, PA has some very steep sections through the Allegheny Mountains, 8.5% grades.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._R...n_Pennsylvania

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Gettysburg, Shanksville (united crash of 9-11), Hershey, Scranton (steam town museum) and Amish country. State Parks and private campgrounds off I80.
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It's not the Amish who are commercial, it's the "English" who build the tourist spots exploiting the Amish.

PA two lane roads, except for U.S. highway routes, are 2 lane and no shoulder. They follow old game trails and curve and dip quite a bit. I learned to drive on those roads, I don't enjoy long distances in my RV on them. I-80, E-W through the middle of the state, is toll free. U.S. 30, which is an alternative to the turnpike, has many landmarks and interesting places to check out. U.S.30 from Breezewood, PA to Chambersburg, PA has some very steep sections through the Allegheny Mountains, 8.5% grades.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._R...n_Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Travel & Tourism Guide | Where & When Magazine
We have one of those "Englished" Amish places in the next county over.

Since we don't have specific destinations, I really want to go the better roads in the RV and then venture off in the toad and don't want to get into situations that could have been prevented.

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Gettysburg, Shanksville (united crash of 9-11), Hershey, Scranton (steam town museum) and Amish country. State Parks and private campgrounds off I80.
I'll check websites, but in general are the state parks motorhome friendly? Around here a lot of them have smallish, hard to maneuver sites.

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