The Historic Lincoln Highway

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Drive through this exceptional roadside museum whose artifacts, plaques and artworks adorn the flanks of the nation’s first coast-to-coast highway.

Historic Lincoln Highway was the first paved transcontinental highway in the U.S. Dating back to 1913, it ran through 14 states and more than 700 towns. Visit the Lincoln Highway Experience museum just outside Greensburg for a comprehensive overview of the historic sights along the route.

Watch the orientation film and browse the range of exhibits in this museum. Among the attractions are such historic relics as the 1916 Fry Visible Pump. The building itself is a former stagecoach stop. Purchase memorabilia and collectors’ items from the gift shop.

Take a leisurely drive along the highway and spot the array of intriguing museum markers, plaques and murals on the sides of the historic road. Consider how some of the first automobile drivers passed over this exact stretch of road many decades ago. Stop off at some of the historic gas stations and see the old-fashioned pumps.

Inspect the highlights of this part of the highway, such as the North Huntington Town Hall. See the majestic Greensburg Train Station and attend a show at the Ligonier Theater. Admire the Georgian architecture of the Compass Inn Museum. Several traditional diners line this historic highway, providing old-fashioned places to stop for a tasty lunch.

Join one of the tours arranged to celebrate important anniversaries of the road’s inception. These have consisted of dozens of vintage and classic cars taking on the entire remaining stretch of the highway across the nation.

The museum opens Monday through Friday, as well as Saturdays in the warmer months, from morning until afternoon. The entry fee includes the 60-page Lincoln Highway Driving Guide.

Historic Lincoln Highway is part of the iconic Route 30 that runs through many towns in southwestern Pennsylvania. The intriguing portion goes from Westmoreland County to Adams County, comprising a stretch of 200 miles (320 kilometers). Visit nearby parks, such as Buchanan State Forest, Michaux State Forest and Laurel Ridge State Park.

Top Hotels Close to The Historic Lincoln Highway

Super 8 by Wyndham Bedford
Super 8 by Wyndham Bedford
2 out of 5
4498 Business, Route 220, Bedford, PA
The price is $75 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated in Bedford, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Old Bedford Village, Fort Bedford Museum, and National Museum of the American Coverlet. Bedford Speedway ...
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"Ok for one night."

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Super 8 by Wyndham Bedford
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Bedford
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Bedford
2.5 out of 5
4436 Business Route 220, Bedford, PA
The price is $125 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Old Bedford Village, Fort Bedford Museum, and National Museum of the American Coverlet. Bedford ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (850 reviews)
"Comfortable room."

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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Bedford
Omni Bedford Springs Resort
Omni Bedford Springs Resort
4.5 out of 5
2138 Business 220, Bedford, PA
The price is $228 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Situated in the historical district, this luxury resort is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from National Museum of the American Coverlet and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Fort Bedford ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (665 reviews)
"Great experience here!! There were a few minor hiccups but not worth mentioning what area. Staff members were all pleasant and helpful. I will definitely be a repeat visitor!"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Omni Bedford Springs Resort
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Budget Host Midway Inn
Budget Host Midway Inn
2 out of 5
4378 Business 220, Bedford, PA
The price is $55 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Bedford
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Bedford
2.5 out of 5
4436 Business Route 220, Bedford, PA
The price is $125 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
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Super 8 by Wyndham Bedford
Super 8 by Wyndham Bedford
2 out of 5
4498 Business, Route 220, Bedford, PA
The price is $75 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Super 8 by Wyndham Bedford
Omni Bedford Springs Resort
Omni Bedford Springs Resort
4.5 out of 5
2138 Business 220, Bedford, PA
The price is $228 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Omni Bedford Springs Resort
Hampton Inn Bedford
Hampton Inn Bedford
2.5 out of 5
4235 Buisness Route 220, Bedford, PA
The price is $125 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 24
Hampton Inn Bedford
Charming, quiet, riverfront, scenic, private
Charming, quiet, riverfront, scenic, private
Bedford, PA
Charming, quiet, riverfront, scenic, private
Rodeway Inn Bedford
Rodeway Inn Bedford
2 out of 5
4271 Business Route 220, Bedford, PA
The price is $55 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 30
Rodeway Inn Bedford
Quality Inn Bedford
Quality Inn Bedford
2.5 out of 5
4407 Business Route 220, Bedford, PA
The price is $92 per night from Nov 18 to Nov 18
Quality Inn Bedford
Judy's Motel Bedford
Judy's Motel Bedford
2.5 out of 5
3521 Business Route 220, Bedford, PA
The price is $65 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Judy's Motel Bedford
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