RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor

Jan 09, 2016 View Comments by

The Lincoln Highway was America’s first coast-to-coast highway. Dedicated on October 31, 1913, the Lincoln ran from Times Square in New York to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. The original alignment extended more than 3,000 miles through 13 states. After the Federal highway numbering system was adopted in the mid-1920s, the Lincoln and other “named” highways disappeared. Today, the Lincoln Highway Association continues to promote much of the original route, which largely follows US 30, for people who like to travel down memory lane.


Pennsylvania has designated a 200-mile stretch of the old Lincoln Highway, making it especially enticing for travelers. The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor (LHHC), which is mostly two-lane blacktop, transports folks back to a simpler time in America. Historic town squares, notable architecture dating to the early 20th century, evocative murals painted on old buildings and barns, bucolic farmland, small town Main Streets, memorable sites such as the Gettysburg Battlefield, and more await travelers on the LHHC in Pennsylvania. Be sure to watch for, and follow, the turns that depart US 30 to track the original route through small villages.


Scenery: Historic sites, back-in-time villages, and broad, scenic vistas

Curves: Some challenging curves going over the Allegheny Mountains

Traffic: Often heavy in urban areas, but moderate to light in rural areas

Distance: Approximately 200 miles

Time Required: 1 to 2 days depending on number and duration of stops

Technical Difficulty: Generally, not difficult, except for several sharp curves and steep elevation changes in the mountainous sections. This is a picture-perfect route designed for leisurely cruising, with interesting stops along the way.

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For information on this route, check out our article “Exploring the Lincoln Highway on a Vintage Honda.”

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