The Historic National RoadThe Journey Continues

"Good roads and canals will shorten distances, facilitate commercial and personal intercourse, and unite, by a still more intimate community of interests, the remote quarters of the United States." -Albert Gallatin

Travel the National Road and discover the Road That Built America

The National Road Heritage Corridor tells the story of the 90 miles of the Road that cut across the southwest corner of Pennsylvania, home to some of the most important, course-changing events of early America’s history and a timeline of many of our country’s social, industrial and cultural revolutions.

Though earlier paths such as Nemacolin’s Trail and Braddock’s Road were significant overland routes, the National Road was the nation’s first federally-funded interstate highway, built with the vision of unifying a growing country.

Explore our nation’s heritage

From panoramas of the Allegheny Mountains to the epitome of organic architecture, from 18th-century taverns to luxury resorts, the Historic National Road offers the curious traveler an abundance of ways to rediscover America and explore our nation’s heritage from a new perspective. The history of the corridor is a story of the growth and development of a nation and its expansion westward.

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