Road Trippin’ through Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands View All ItinerariesFall overlook at Beam Rocks, Laurel Summit State Park/Forbes State Forest, Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau Towering mountain ridges, rushing rivers, rolling farmlands, and charming towns await you along your road trip through Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands. Spanning 3,000 miles in southwestern Pennsylvania, the beautiful four-season destination offers spectacular natural scenery, outstanding outdoor recreation, historic sites and attractions, family activities, and world-class resorts. Notable destinations within the region include four architectural masterpieces by Frank Lloyd Wright – Fallingwater®, Kentuck Knob, Mäntylä, and Duncan House – Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Flight 93 National Memorial, Idlewild and Soak Zone, whitewater rafting in Ohiopyle State Park, and more. Located within 200 miles of the major metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Washington D.C., the Laurel Highlands can be easily accessed from exits 67, 75, 91, and 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Day One: Laurel Highlands Scenic By-Way Ligonier: Make a stop to take a picture of the bandstand on the Ligonier Diamond surrounded by the color-changing leaves. Powdermill Nature Reserve is an excellent stop for families interested in the natural world. They offer educational programming and exhibits as well as more than 2,200 acres of wildlife. Ohiopyle State Park: The Youghiogheny River, the busiest section of whitewater east of the Mississippi, runs through the park’s 20,500 scenic acres. With waterfalls, vistas, nature areas and over 80 miles of trails, Ohiopyle is the place to be for year-round adventure. In central Ohiopyle, you’ll find the Falls Area Visitors Center, with educational displays and an expansive view down the river. Central Ohiopyle, a charming town, offers several delicious dining options and shops full of unique gifts and goods. Fallingwater®: Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic masterpiece is even more breathtaking and impressive when framed by the colorful fall leaves. Kentuck Knob: One of four Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the Laurel Highlands, Kentuck Knob sits on a mountain at 2,000 feet above sea level. Kentuck Knob is also home to a fantastic sculpture garden and a lookout with an amazing view. Day Two, Lincoln Highway: Route 30 from Latrobe to Stoystown Explore Fred Rogers’ hometown of Latrobe: Take a short detour off Route 30 and into downtown Latrobe, the real-life hometown neighborhood of Fred Rogers! Explore the Latrobe Art Center, founded by his younger sister, Laney. Take a selfie with the life-size bronze sculpture of Fred at James H. Rogers Park and peruse the memorabilia at the Latrobe Area Historical Society and Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Chamber of Commerce. Four Seasons Brewing Company: Make a pit stop on your way back to Route 30 for a locally-crafted and nationally-awarded brew. Be sure to pick up a Laurel Highlands Pour Tour passport! This handy-dandy passport is a tasty way to savor the flavors of the Laurel Highlands. Lincoln Highway Experience: Learn about the history of coast-to-coast transportation on Route 30 through cool exhibits at the Lincoln Highway Experience and enjoy a slice of pie at Serro’s Diner. Ligonier: Stop for a delicious meal at one of the many fantastic restaurants, a scoop of ice cream at the famous Ligonier Creamery or a pick-me-up from Abigail’s Coffeehouse. After you’re full and energized, take a stroll around the Diamond and spend some time exploring the unique boutiques and antique shops. Continue on Route 30 and take the optional scenic detour to Linn Run State Park. This drive will take you on the section of Route 381 that winds through Rector and is one of the most scenic drives in all of the Laurel Highlands. Wind down country roads through private estates and farmlands, admire the tree-lined split rail fences and expansive views of the rolling Pennsylvania hills. At Linn Run, be sure to make a stop for the short hike to Adams Falls. You can even drive past the park, through Forbes State Forest to Laurel Summit State Park, where the pavement becomes a dusty gravel road. There you’ll find the trailhead for the three-mile hike to Wolf Rocks Overlook, another incredible vista for leaf-peeping, as well as the short walk to Spruce Flats Bog. Just a little drive further will take you to Beam Rocks Overlook, a short half-mile hike that leads to an equally impressive view. Laughlintown: Enjoy a scrumptious treat from The Pie Shoppe. Jennerstown: Stop at the Coal Miner’s Caféfor a delicious meal to refuel you for your road trip. Flight 93 National Memorial: Pay homage and remember the brave passengers of Flight 93 who gave their lives on September 11, 2001. Day Three: National Road – Route 40 from Brownsville to Addison Christian W. Klay Winery: The highest mountaintop vineyard east of the Rockies, Christian W. Klay Winery pairs a wonderful view in addition to their impressive wine collection. For those who prefer liquor, you can also find Ridge Runner Distilleryat the winery. We recommend trying their unique moonshine. Don’t forget to get stickers for your Pour Tour passport! Summit Inn Resort: Relax during your stay on the grand veranda and look out over the valley from Chestnut Ridge. Fort Necessity National Battlefield: Some believe that George Washington’s trials and tribulations in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands helped him grow into a legendary military leader and eventually the first President of the United States of America. At this legendary site, you will learn about his first and only military defeat. Learn more about his time in the Laurel Highlands here. Greendanc, the Winery at Sand Hill, Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau Day Four: Glades Pike – Route 31 from West Newton to Somerset Greendance – The Winery at Sand Hill is a picturesque winery that sits just a few miles off Route 31 in Mount Pleasant. The grounds are ablaze in color in the fall season, ideal for a tasting of their fantastic selection of fruit and grape wines in the garden. Save room for dessert and get your Pour Tour passport sticker! You won’t want to miss their signature berry pies and cakes. Donegal: Here you’ll find Out of the Fire Café, a restaurant with an impressive view to match the impeccable cuisine. Be sure to stop in Old General Store and Country Pie Shoppe for a sweet treat to enjoy on your road trip. Take a detour on County Line Road and make the drive to Seven Springs Mountain Resort, for a mountain of fun including Laurel Ridgeline Zipline Tours, golf, fishing, dining, spa, skiing, snow tubing, and more. Kooser State Park: With one-and-a-half mile of walking trails, Kooser Lake and Kooser Run make an excellent spot for fishing and leaf-peeping. Glades Pike Winery: Take in the view of the beautiful fall foliage from the deck or gazebo with a glass (or bottle) of wine. And yet another sticker for your Pour Tour passport!