Fuel & Fun
- There are 17 service plazas located along the PA Turnpike. The plazas are open 24 hours per 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.
- Before traveling, please check to see what amenities will be available at the plazas along your trip.
Learn about the PA Turnpike’s History
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 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.
Printable Coloring Pages of the Keystone Family
- 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.
- 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 GEICO Safety Patrol truck
- 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