On the autumn path
For a festive drive, get yourself to Amish country on PA Route 772 as it traverses the area from Gap to Manheim. Then, hop on PA Route 324 to travel 15 miles through Pequea on the banks of the Susquehanna River. There are lots of side roads dotted with gorgeous autumnal colors and seasonal smells.
Take PA Route 532 to PA Route 32 and head north. Your trip will follow the Delaware River though Washington Crossing, New Hope and other small, quaint towns in the area. There are tons of cute bed-and-breakfasts in New Hope to spend the night or a relaxing weekend getaway. The next morning, ride in a vintage railroad car courtesy of the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad to take in even more local scenery.
Pack a picnic and take the Turnpike to Valley Forge National Historic Park. After your scenic drive through the area, enjoy hiking and bird-watching or sign up for a 90-minute guided tour, which will give you the full story of the Valley Forge Encampment while you cruise through the trails on an open-air trolley.