We are closer than you think! The Laurel Highlands is located 50 miles from Pittsburgh, which is the perfect distance for a day trip. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city to experience the nature, adventure and beauty of the Laurel Highlands. Make one of the following places your starting point, then explore further!
Less than 70 miles separates you from Frank Lloyd Wright’s world-renowned structure Fallingwater. The architectural genius designed the stunning home uniquely, it sits atop a waterfall. You may have seen photos of Fallingwater, but you must witness it in person to understand its immense beauty. Nearby is another Frank Lloyd Wright work of art, Kentuck Knob, a home with only two right angles and a beautiful sculpture garden.
If you’re looking for an adventure, head to Ohiopyle State Park for a day full of thrills. Hit the water for a whitewater rafting adventure. If you’re a beginner, don’t worry, there are guided tours and family-friendly floats as well. Rent a bike and hop on the Great Allegheny Passage for a smooth, scenic ride. After you’ve had your fun, there are great restaurants and even lodging to refuel.
The state’s largest four-season resort, Seven Springs, has something to offer for everybody. The whole family can enjoy a nice summer day ziplining, paddle boarding, rock wall climbing and much more. During the winter, visitors can snowboard, ski, snow tube, snowshoe and even take a horse-drawn sleigh ride! Check out our events calendar, Seven Springs occasionally holds events such as wine festivals and muddy marathons.
Idlewild & Soakzone has been voted World’s Best Kid’s Park by Amusement Today for eight consecutive years, and that’s for a reason. Not only does the amusement park have its own kiddie section, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, it also features Storybook Forest, a section with houses and characters inspired by nursery rhymes. Idlewild isn’t just a kids park! There are two roller coasters, a water park with slides and a wave pool and games where you can win prizes.
You’ll feel like you traveled back in time when you visit Fort Ligonier, the reconstructed 18th century French and Indian War fort. You can see rebuilt cannons, artillery batteries, buildings and wagons on the original site. Take a stroll around the Fort’s newly-renovated museum. It contains 14 original paintings, George Washington’s saddle and pistols and over 200 original 18th century objects from around the world, some even found at the Fort.