Chicago to New York City Philadelphia Alternate Section 1
Pittsburgh, PA - Lancaster, PA (338.7 miles)
Adventure Cycling Association
In Pittsburgh you’ll make the choice to stay on the main route or to follow the Philadelphia Alternate. The route uses the Great Allegheny Passage, a multi-use trail that primarily follows railroad corridors from Pittsburgh to Cumberland. It traverses four tunnels; the longest is the Big Savage Tunnel at 3,294 feet. Grades along the trail are less than 2 percent. In Cumberland the route continues onto the C&O Canal Trail and follows the Potomac River eastward along the Maryland/West Virginia state border. At Hagerstown the route heads northeast past Gettysburg National Military Park, crosses the Susquehanna River, and enters Lancaster County, known as “Pennsylvania Dutch Country.” Click on enlargement for detail.
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Dave Galvin on 3/25/20
There is nothing more reassuring on a long tour than to pull out the ACA map of the route one is following to explore the options ahead. I completed a Northern Tier trip in 2016 and fell in love with the ACA maps. So much information in such a tight package! I’m planning another tour in 2020 and am drooling over these new maps that just came in the mail. I’m an old-school cyclists, so I like the hard, water-proof paper versions (my drool doesn’t ruin the details). BTW, staff at ACA provide excellent, timely service too. — Dave in Seattle