Of course we've got directions to help you get here.
But if you're like us, getting lost on your bike is half the fun. Look up the Latin translation for "Harley-Davidson motorcycles." It equates to "Two-wheeled motorized conveyeance of exploration awesomeneess." That said, it's always good to get pointers from the locals. With that in mind, here are some of our favorite destinations. We don't want to call this an 'itinerary' because that sounds like, well, work.
If you're traveling east on I80, it's worth your while to carve out some time to ride through Cook Forest. Amazing scenery, and great riding down River Road, which threads along the Clarion River through some beautiful forest. The 7,182-acre Cook Forest State Park lies in scenic northwestern Pennsylvania. Once called "The Black Forest," the area is famous for its stands of old growth forest. The "Forest Cathedral" of towering white pines and hemlocks is a Natural National Landmark. The Clarion River is the eastern border of the Park, and is popular for canoeing and rafting.
The Kinzua Dam, located in the Allegheny National Forest, is one of the largest dams in the United States east of the Mississippi River. About a million people visit Kinzua every year, including bikers, cyclists, hikers, anglers, boaters, campers, bird watchers, photographers, and canoeists. The dam created the Allegheny National Recreation Area, which contains Pennsylvania's only wilderness lands. Get your bike ready, check the map, and make a day or three of it!
The Elk Sceneic Drive and Tour in Benezette
Benezette is part of the Elk Scenic Drive, a 127 mile excursion through some of central Pennsylvania’s most rugged and beautiful country. You'll see 700 pound bull elk along the roadways, sometimes even in people's back yards! Check out the designated elk viewing areas, which provide beautiful views of the area and the opportunity to see groups of elk on the hillsides. After a morning of elk viewing, stop in to the Elk Country Visitor Center to learn about the history of elk in Pennsylvania, conservation efforts and more. The center features interactive exhibits and a cool 4D interactive story theater.
The PA Grand Canyon
Often referred to as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania and the Pine Creek Gorge, the PA Canyon area stretches for over 45 miles with depths of nearly 1500 feet. The PA Grand Canyon State Park areas display spectacular views. Colton Point on the west rim and Leonard Harrison on the east rim of the canyon are the "Must See" vistas to visit. Camping and picnic areas are also available here.
The Curwensville Dam and Lake area is another of PA's best-kept secrets. Located just 15 minutes off I-80, attactions include camping and hiking available. Boaters love the fact that the 790-acre lake has no horsepower regulations. Primary boating includes: moderate-draft fishing boats, sailboats and recreational runabouts. The fishing fanaticsout there will appreciate that the lake offers everything from bass to northern pike, panfish, pickerel and walleye, and is stocked with tiger muskie fingerling.