Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania


The Flight 93 National Memorial commemorates those who died attempting to take back their flight from terrorists on 9/11, and in doing so likely prevented an attack on the Capitol.

Parking is available for large trucks and buses, but I’m glad there weren’t a lot of other visitors when I visited this week. The lot might have been difficult to maneuver in if it had been full. Truckers have a couple of different possible safe routes in, but I prefer taking the Pennsylvania Turnpike exit 110 in Somerset to PA-281 north, to US-30 east, to the park entrance. The drive in from the turnpike is about 20 miles and 30 minutes. There is one tricky hairpin turn on the way back as you go from US-30 back to PA-281, otherwise the trip is a snap.

After visiting the memorial, consider stopping in Somerset. Before hopping back onto the turnpike, consider parking at the truck plaza and walk to any number of decent restaurants. I recommend the Summit Diner, a short walk from the truck stop.


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About kevinmckague

I left my former dead-end job in 2006 in order to become a truck driver. I wanted a career that was recession-proof, and that offered more opportunity for adventure. Now I travel the country with my bike in the passenger seat, and look for new places to visit whenever the opportunity presents itself.
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