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Old 07-31-2016, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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I like taking Saltsburg Rd. through Penn Hills all the way to Saltsburg and on to Indiana via 286.
Just took 380 to 286 out to Saltsburg. What a cute little village! We walked the demanding Dachshund around the river trail a bit. The water looks so clean in the Kiskiminetas River. We then drove up to Apollo, North Apollo, Vandergrift, and Leechburg following the river up to where we caught Route 28 near Freeport back to Pittsburgh.

Nice drive.
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Old 08-01-2016, 12:02 PM
 
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I am loving this thread.........so many great suggestions!
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Old 08-06-2016, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Just took Saxonburg Boulevard all the way up to Saxonburg from Shaler Township and then worked our way over to Route 356 down to Route 28 in Sarver and back to Pittsburgh. Lovely drive!

Any other suggestions?
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Old 08-07-2016, 06:41 PM
 
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Though it's relatively short, my favorite drive is 837 between the mckeesport bridge & the houseboat..
I always get mesmerized by the water on the Mon & love the view of mckeesport from across the river. It is also a fun road to drive on (one of the few roads in the region with a "correct" speed limit)

Also, always get inspired to buy a houseboat & live free on the river

If it's too short of a "scenic drive", continue on coal valley road to old clarion road.. lots of fun twists & turns in a relatively scenic half wooded/half suburban setting.
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Old 08-08-2016, 06:29 AM
 
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Just took Saxonburg Boulevard all the way up to Saxonburg from Shaler Township and then worked our way over to Route 356 down to Route 28 in Sarver and back to Pittsburgh. Lovely drive!

Any other suggestions?
This is more of a day trip.

28N all the way past I80 to 36 to 899 near Cook Forest. Look for River Rd. It runs along the Clarion river.
This is a pic I took of the road 2 years ago:



Fantastic in the fall.

Stop in Clarion, and take 68 back. You'll go through East Brady. Before East Brady, stop at the Brady's Bend overlook. Amazing view of the bend in the Allegheny river up there. 68 takes you all the way to Butler.
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Old 09-25-2016, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Took a gorgeous drive today! We took I-376 West out of the city to Route 30 West. We continued on Route 30 west and took a soft left onto Clinton-Frankfort Road just past Janoski's Greenhouse & Farms. We followed that road to a stop sign and took a right onto Route 18 in the village of Frankfort Springs. In about 1/4-mile we took a soft left onto Route 168. We followed Route 168 past Route 30, through Hookstown, and then took a left over the Shippingport Bridge. We were amazed by how close we were to the cooling towers of the nuclear plant there!

We took a right at the end of the bridge onto Route 68 and followed that through Industry, Vanport, and finally into Beaver, where we stopped for coffee. From Beaver we took Route 51 South all the way through Coraopolis, McKees Rocks, and eventually into the city again.
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Old 09-27-2016, 08:09 AM
 
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Did you get a cold sweat when you left the City?
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Old 09-30-2016, 09:32 AM
 
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im so thankful for this thread. my boyfriend and I live in the city (southside) and sometimes we are bored and want to head out for a drive. I' m really looking forward to trying some of these out. if you can think of anymore please add to thread!


my sister in law lives out Burgettstown. sometimes we take 79 and Rt 50 to get there (whenever there is a concert or to change things up a bit) .


Ive never drove through Saxonburg or Leechburg so those two may be our first few trips.
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Old 09-30-2016, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Did you get a cold sweat when you left the City?
I did, but I won't tell you what part of my body broke into a cold sweat.
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Old 10-04-2016, 04:12 PM
 
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Also might be more of a full-day trip but haven't seen it mentioned in this thread that there's tons of stuff in Western Maryland worth checking out and some fantastic driving between here and there. One sample itinerary:

Turnpike to Somerset, get off and follow U.S. 219 to Berlin; from there take PA 160 to the state line (my favorite stretch of road on the planet, you just have to do it). MD 36 into Cumberland and poke around there for a bit, it's an interesting small old industrial city at the nexus of ~330 miles of bike trail with some lovely architecture and an excursion train if you have the time & money, or you can rent bikes and follow the Great Allegheny Passage or C&O Canal Trail for a bit.

Follow the Old National Road back out (U.S. Alt 40), paralleling the Interstate through Frostburg (neat little college town with a cool Main Street on a hill), all the way to just outside Grantsville, MD, where there's a mock-colonial artisan village and the Casselman Bridge dating from ~1813. The Old National Road rejoins regular U.S. 40 which you can take to PA 381 and on to Ohiopyle for dinner and/or a nice hike. From there back to the Turnpike at Donegal (or stay on PA 31 westbound to U.S. 119 to stave off the Turnpike for a bit longer, this features an amazing view at the top of Chestnut Ridge from where you can see the tallest buildings in Downtown Pittsburgh in clear weather).

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Oh and BTW SCR I've essentially been a D.C. weekend commuter for the past three and a half years and the U.S. 50/Winchester/Berkeley Springs escape route from the DMV has proven to be a real sanity saver. I-270/I-70 between Frederick and Hagerstown are abhorrent.
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