Flight 93 National Memorial
On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, the U.S. came under attack when four commercial airliners were hijacked and used to strike targets on the ground. Nearly 3,000 people tragically lost their lives. Because of the actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard one of the planes, Flight 93, the attack on the nation's capital was thwarted. Come visit the site where this tragic event occurred. Phase 1 of the permanent memorial is now complete and open to the public. Development and work related to Phase 2 is in progress. Each year over 130,000 people visit the Flight 93 National Memorial in rural southwestern Pennsylvania and more than 35,000 tributes have been left at the Flight 93 National Memorial. These tributes are part of the growing archival collection.
Seasonality / Weather
Generally, cooler weather starts in September with warm days and cool nights. The first snowfall of the season occurs by mid-October and extends through late March to mid-April. During most of the winter the daytime temperatures range in the mid-20s to 30s, with periodic warming in the 40s and 50s. The average annual snowfall is approximately 80 inches for Somerset County. The Western Overlook is located on a very windy hilltop. Most visitors find the site much colder than the surrounding area. May is more predictable for warmer weather with daytime temperatures in the 60s and 70s. July and August are seasonably warm for the area with high humidity and temperatures in the high 80s or 90s. The overlook is in an open area where there usually is a constant breeze even in the summer. There is limited shade and the sun can be intense at mid-day.
Flight 93 National Memorial is located in southwestern Pennsylvania. The memorial is within a 500-mile radius of two-thirds of the nation's population.
Pittsburgh - 1 1/2 hours driving time.
Washington, D.C./Baltimore area - 3 1/2 hours driving time.
Philadelphia - 4 hours driving.
New York City - 5 hours driving
Driving times are approximate.
GPS: 6281 Lincoln Highway, Stoystown, PA 15563
Please be aware that your GPS unit may recommend a different route from the ones noted below.
From SOMERSET: from Exit #110 of the PA Turnpike, follow signs for Rte. 281 north. Take Rte 281 north 1.7 miles to US 219 north. Travel 8.7 miles north on US 219 to the Stoystown/Jennerstown/US 30 exit; turn right on US 30 east. Travel 8.5 miles on US 30 east. Turn right into the new park entrance. The new entrance will be marked with official National Park Service signs.
From JOHNSTOWN: Take Route 219 South 9.6 miles. Exit onto US 30 East at Stoystown/Jennerstown Exit. Travel 8.5 miles east on the US Rte. 30. Turn right into the new park entrance. The new entrance will be marked with official National Park Service signs.
From the EAST on PA TURNPIKE: Exit Bedford (#146) - At Turnpike light, turn left. Go to next light, turn left. Take 220 South. Follow 220 South to next exit. Exit US 30 West. Follow US 30 west approximately 25 miles. Turn left into the new park entrance. The new entrance will be marked with official National Park Service signs.
From the WEST on ROUTE 30/Lincoln Highway: Travel west 8.5 miles past the US 219/US 30 interchange. Turn right into the new park entrance. The new entrance will be marked with official National Park Service signs.