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Day Trips from Pittsburgh

If you want to explore a little further a field, don't miss these great Western Pennsylvania parks, attractions, historical sites, drives, and more within a few hours of Pittsburgh.
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New River Gorge National River
Browse this photo gallery of beautiful sights and scenic views from the New River Gorge National River area in southern West Virginia. Photos include waterfalls, scenic views, sunrise, sunset and the famous New River Bridge.

Allegheny National Forest
A wonderful place to get away from the hustle and bustle, the Allegheny National Forest encompasses over 513,000 acres of public land in northwestern Pennsylvania. Learn about the recreational activities, stunning scenery and hidden places of the Allegheny National Forest.

Allegheny Portage Railroad
Canal boats going over a mountain? Discover the story of this unique railroad at Allegheny Railroad National Historic Site atop Cresson Mountain in southwestern Pennsylvania. Experience a bit of forgotten history as you walk the trails along part of the old railroad route. Explore the park and uncover this early era of steam engines and canal boats.

Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum
The history of Altoona railroad workers who built the Pennsylvania Railroad (the largest in America) told through feature films and interesting exhibits.

Altoona World Famous Horseshoe Curve
Each week over 500 trains pass over the Horseshoe Curve, an engineering marvel built in 1854. Visitors to the Horseshoe Curve can get a "lift" up the hillside to watch the trains close up. The more adventurous can climb the 194 steps.

Erie-sistible Erie!
Tucked into Pennsylvania's northwest corner, Erie has something to offer for kids of all ages - sandy beaches, indoor waterparks, scenic wine country, fun shopping, and much, much more. Discover why Erie is so Erie-sistible!

Fallingwater
Fallingwater, recognized as one of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's most acclaimed works, is built right on a waterfall in Western Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands area.

Kentuck Knob
Dramatic yet serene, Kentuck Knob is an exquisite demonstration of Frank Lloyd Wright's organic architecture.

Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir
Totally surrounded by forest, the Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir are the heart of one of the largest and most popular outdoor recreation complexes in the northeastern United States. The Allegheny Reservoir spans the border between western Pennsylvania and New York, and offers year-round recreational opportunities including swimming, boating, camping, fishing and stunning fall foliage.

Laurel Caverns
This 430 acre geological park featuring Pennsylvania's largest cave is located just 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, just east of Uniontown, PA. One-hour family tours, 3-hour spelunking tours, and rappelling are just part of the fun.

McConnell's Mill
This beautiful state park, located about 40 miles north of Pittsburgh, offers a lot of outdoor fun and adventure including a restored gristmill, a covered bridge, scenic hiking, whitewater boating and climbing/rappelling.

New River Gorge National River
Don't let the name fool you – the New River, located in southern West Virginia, is among the world’s oldest rivers (second only to the Nile). This fun National Park offers whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, picnicing and camping. Plus a beautiful view of the New River Gorge Bridge - the second-highest bridge in...

Ohiopyle State Park
Ohiopyle State Park is arguably one of the most scenic state parks in the state of Pennsylvania. Learn about its many attractions, including whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, camping and waterfalls, and get the information you need to plan your Ohiopyle visit.

Old Bedford Village
Experience Pioneer America in this recreated village of 40 log and stone homes, schoolhouses, craft shops, and friendly settlers in Bedford, PA.

Presque Isle State Park
Pennsylvania's only "seashore," Presque Isle is a 32,000-acre sandy peninsula that juts into Lake Erie. The park offers a unique mix of nature and recreation, including more than 7 miles of pristine beaches, over 320 bird species, a War of 1812 historic site and a paved multipurpose trail.

Whitewater West Virginia - Gauley & New Rivers
West Virginia offers one of the broadest array of river experiences available anywhere in the world, from mild flatwater to wild class V+ whitewater, with everything in between.

Titusville & the Pennsylvania Oil Heritage Region
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Wineries & Vineyards of Western PA
More than 90 wineries produce a wide variety of wines in Pennsylvania, which ranks 4th in the nation in grape production. Explore the wine trails and wineries of Western Pennsylvania, and enjoy a tasting or tour at a nearby vineyard.

Top 10 Cleveland Attractions
Cleveland, Ohio, less than a 3-hour drive from Pittsburgh, has a myriad of varied attractions, from the well known, such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to the lesser known, such as the Crawford Automobile and Aviation Museum.

Top 10 Places to See Near Columbus
The large city of Columbus, OH - about 2 1/2 hours drive from Pittsburgh - offers its own brand of history, culture, food and fun. Great for a long day trip, or a short overnight.

Places to Eat in Ohio Amish Country
Eastern Ohio is home to the world's largest concentration of Amish & Mennonites. Learn about the best things to see and do in this beautiful scenic area is just a two hour drive from Pittsburgh.

Things to See & Do in Columbus, Ohio
The large city of Columbus, OH - about 2 1/2 hours drive from Pittsburgh - offers its own brand of history, culture, food and fun. Great for a long day trip, or a short overnight.

Visiting Ohio's Amish Country
Eastern Ohio is home to the world's largest concentration of Amish & Mennonites. Learn about the best things to see and do in this beautiful scenic area is just a two hour drive from Pittsburgh.

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