Out here in Western PA and Southeastern Ohio, we have some of the most amazing scenery to help kick off the Midwest. Whether you’re planning a long road trip or just a short getaway, I have some of the best places to stop and enjoy while you’re Day Tripping in Western Pennsylvania. Less than 100 miles in any direction of Monroeville and Pittsburgh, are some of the world’s greatest sights. You can just hop into your Jeep and head onto the highway for a day of exploring!
Indiana County ~ 63 Miles
Indiana County, is a mere 63 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, offers something for just about everyone. Movie buffs can check out the Jimmy Stewart Museum. Visit the nearby Amish town of Smicksburg or hike along the Ghost Town Trail
Seven Springs Mountain Resort ~ 59 Miles
Adrenaline junkies will fit right in at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. With a mile of zip lines that pass from tree to tree and across a valley, the Laurel Ridgeline Canopy Experience is next-level zip-lining. For more heart-pounding thrills, the resort’s downhill bike park boasts exciting trails with berms, banks, and 20ft jumps. Once the snow falls, come back to ski or snowboard 33 slopes and trails, plus seven terrain parks.
Laurel Highlands ~ 51 Miles
A 51 mile sprint from downtown Pittsburgh, Laurel Highlands offers a full menu of outdoor activities – Living Treasures Wild Animal Park and Idlewild Park & SoakZone, for example – photogenic covered bridges and quaint towns, like Ligonier, that beckon visitors to embark on leisurely strolls, to eat at locally owned and operated restaurants, and to visit eclectic shops and museums.
Fallingwater ~ 68 Miles
The Kaufmann family’s mountain home, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s, is built over a waterfall — hence, the namesake home. Today it’s a National Historic Landmark open for tours; take a glimpse inside a home that exists among the falls. Pay for the guided house tour, not just the grounds pass.
Ohiopyle State Park ~ 70 Miles
Within an hour and a half, you can go from downtown to the wilderness — 20,000 rugged acres at Ohiopyle State Park. The park offers whitewater boating, rock climbing, natural water slides, picnic areas, 80mi of hiking trails, 27mi of biking trails, and the chance to see waterfalls.
Gravity Hill ~ 98 Miles
In rural Bedford County you’ve got the chance to defy physics. At Gravity Hill, appropriately located on Gravity Hill Road, cars appear to roll uphill. A quick how-to: look for the spray-painted “GH Start” line on the roadway, check for traffic, shift your car into neutral gear, take your foot off the brake, and your car will roll itself up the hill to the finish line. For more mysterious Gravity Hill fun, bring along a ball to see it roll up Gravity Hill, or pour water on the roadway and watch it trickle uphill. Bedford County is also home to Old Bedford Village, a “living history village.”
Conneaut Lake Park ~ 95 Miles
A short 95 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, Conneaut Lake Park takes visitors back to those carefree childhood days. Get your adrenaline pumping on the park’s many rides. Play a game of mini golf or head to the authentic boardwalk to eat, to lounge along the beach, or to go boating on the lake.