Fuel & Fun

Catch the Fall Foliage

PA Turnpike in fall foliage
  • According to the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR), PA has the longest and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in the nation. Take advantage of the colorful hues that our state produces by traveling the PA Turnpike to view the prime foliage locations. Visit DCNR’s fall foliage map for information leaves changing information.

Service Plazas

PA Turnpike service plaza in fall
  • There are 17 service plazas located along the PA Turnpike. The plazas are open 24 hours a day and offer a variety of fast food options, fuel, restrooms, and other amenities. *
  • There are seasonal outdoor Farmers Markets located at the New Stanton, Allentown, and Sideling Hill Service Plazas. From early spring to late fall, PA Turnpike travelers enjoy shopping at these markets which carry Pennsylvania farm products.
  • Motorists using any of the PA Turnpike’s service plazas may experience service delays as fewer food concepts are available. This is due to lower staffing levels related to the pandemic. Fully vaccinated patrons are not required to wear masks in the service plazas. This policy aligns with recent CDC changes.
  • Before traveling, please check to see what amenities will be available at the plazas along your trip.
  • *In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PA Turnpike is taking all possible precautions to protect the health of our customers and our employees. We are asking for our customers’ patience with any inconvenience these measures may create.

Printable Coloring Pages of the Keystone Family

Cartoon of keystone characters driving through Kittatinny Mountain Tunnel
  • Make your road trip more colorful with coloring pages of the Keystone Family. Click each family member’s link below to print out their coloring page:
    • Allie Gheny - The daughter of the family, she is named for our famous Allegheny Mountain Tunnel.
    • Call Boxer - While call boxes are no longer on the PA Turnpike, the family’s pup is still a fun addition to your road trip.
    • Kitty Tinny - The family kitty is named for the Kittatinny Mountain Tunnel.
    • Miles Post - The son of the family reminds you that milepost markers are useful tool while traveling the PA Turnpike
    • Penny Pike - Mom is named for the beautiful state our Turnpike resides in, Pennsylvania.
    • Turnpike Mike - Dad is named after our 552-mile system that connects east to west.
    • Whole Family - Color in the whole family as the drive through the Kittatinny Mountain Tunnel.

Have some fun with a road trip scavenger hunt.

Cows in a Pennsylvania pasture
  • Turn your PA Turnpike road trip into a fun scavenger hunt for the whole family. How many of the following can you spot along our roadway? Try to beat your score on the way back.
    • A car with a license plate that is from outside Pennsylvania
    • A PA Turnpike orange truck
    • A bridge that you drive under
    • A Pennsylvania State Police car
    • A white and red truck that says State Farm on the side
    • Any Pennsylvania keystone (look carefully when passing a bridge)
    • A sign that has a picture of a phone and *11
    • Any sign that is purple and says E-ZPass
    • A barn, give yourself +2 points if there are animals grazing
    • If you travel through a tunnel add +2 points to your score

Learn about the PA Turnpike’s History

Historical photo of PA Turnpike at a tunnel entrance
  • Did you know that the PA Turnpike was the first toll road in the United States? When the PA Turnpike opened on Oct. 1, 1940 it revolutionized our country’s transportation system. More than 80 years later the PA Turnpike is still connecting millions of motorists to their destinations.
  • Explore how the PA Turnpike has progressed over the decades.
  • The equipment, buildings and roadway has changed over the past 80 years, but the PA Turnpike’s dedication to our customers has remained. See now vs. then throughout our history
  • When the PA Turnpike originally opened, it stretched only 160 miles from Carlisle to Irwin. Your adventure awaits as you explore a fun-filled, historic road trip along the original 160 miles, just like travelers did in 1940.
  • Learn even more about the PA Turnpike’s history.