Journey through Philadelphia's countryside from the comfort of your car
(Bucks County, PA) - Located just 25 miles from Philadelphia and 75 miles from New York City, Bucks County is the perfect getaway for a picturesque countryside escape. Whether you're charmed by romantic covered bridges, love snapping pictures of old historic barns or prefer to sip and savor a glass of wine, these three self-guided driving tours are the perfect way to experience Bucks County.
Covered Bridge Driving Tour
Well-known for its beautiful and historic covered bridges, Bucks County is home to the popular Covered Bridge Self-Guided Driving Tour. Hop in the car and make stops at 10 of the 12 remaining bridges. The covered bridges used to be known as "kissing bridges", so bring your loved one for a smooch on the bridges with gorgeous Bucks County as the backdrop. Grab your keys and hit the road as you wind your way throughout the county in this loop tour that will drop you off right back where you started!
• Cabin Run Covered Bridge, one of three covered bridges in Plumstead Township, is named for the number of log cabins and stone houses constructed along its course.
• The shortest covered bridge in the county, Erwinna Covered Bridge is known for its lattice-type construction and is one of three covered bridges in Tinicum Township.
• While it was destroyed by a fire in 1991, Schofield Ford Covered Bridge was rebuilt similar to the original in 1997. It now resides in Tyler State Park and is the longest covered bridge in the county.
• Also known as "Slifer's Bridge", Knecht's Covered Bridge in Springfield Township, is built in the valley where German Settlers established some of their homesteads in the 1700's.
• The only covered bridge that crosses the Delaware Canal, Uhlerstown Covered Bridge is also one of the oldest, built in 1832.
Check out this article for turn-by-turn directions: http://visitbuckscounty.com/coveredbridges.
Barn Voyage! Self-Guided Driving Tour
The rolling hills and winding back roads of Bucks County contain many hidden gems, including dozens of historic barns! Hit the open road and embark on the Heritage Conservancy's Barn Voyage! self-guided driving tour through Central Bucks County. Several of these barns are on private property, so please admire them from afar and share your gorgeous photos with us on social media using the hashtag #BarnVoyage.
• Take a peek into the past and 17th-century colonial architecture when you visit the Thompson-Neely Barn in Washington Crossing.
• With its yellow walls and red roof, the barn at 5801 Ridge Road in New Hope is considered to be built in Standard Pennsylvania Barn style.
• Just a hay bale's throw from the barn at 1418 Street Road in New Hope, the additions to the barn at 1301 are a great showcase of how barns evolve over time.
• It may seem a little odd that the 19th-century barn at 6066 Sawmill Road in Doylestown is separated from the farmhouse by a road, but this separation is common in Bucks County barns!
• The property at 6370 Greenhill Road in New Hope features, not one, but three barns dating as far back as 1811.
For details on the Barn Tour, check out this article: http://visitbuckscounty.com/barns.
Bucks County Wine Trail
Cheers! Sip your way through the Bucks County Wine Trail, encompassing hundreds of acres of vineyards and nearly 10 wineries to explore. Learn about the winemaking process, meet the owners and indulge in a sip (or two!) of wine from these Bucks County wineries.
• One of Pennsylvania's first farm wineries, Buckingham Valley Winery has been providing the county with over a dozen delicious wines since 1970.
• Located less than a mile away from the site where George Washington crossed the Delaware River, Crossing Vineyards and Winery sits on a 200 year old estate. Taste award-winning wines or tour the property that was part of the original land grant from the King of England to William Penn in the 1600s.
• The three story barn, 1719 manor house and gorgeous vineyards are just a few things that you can see on a crisp weekend at Rose Bank Winery in Newtown.
• The grapes at Sand Castle Winery receive royal treatment to make the finest wines. Be sure to try the Alpine Spice wine, best tasted warmed up and served with apple pie!
• Sip on a chilled glass of wine in a rustic 18th-century barn at New Hope Winery. Pick your spot at the tasting bar to sample a few of their delicious wines or browse the barn's gift shop that features dazzling glassware, antiques and wine accessories
To explore the rest of the Bucks County Wine Trail, check out this article: http://www.visitbuckscounty.com/wine.
Contact: Jessica Lawlor
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About Visit Bucks County
Visit Bucks County (VBC) is the official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County. The tourism office, with more than 450 tourism/hospitality partners throughout Bucks County, promotes all there is to see and do to potential visitors and residents. In addition to consumer travel, Visit Bucks County targets sports tournaments, motorcoach groups, meetings, special events and weddings. For more information on VBC activities call 1-800-836-BUCKS, visit VisitBucksCounty.com or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to PARX Casino). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.