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Western Pennsylvania Travel

See also: Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania

Selected Books

Cramer, Dane
Romancing the Trail: Six Days atop Laurel Ridge
PENNA r GV199.42.P42 L3825 2007x
How many Pittsburghers have dreams of hiking the whole Laurel Highlands Trail? Try this book or the Sierra Club's Hiker's guide to the Laurel Highlands trail.
Gelbert, Doug
Doggin' Pittsburgh: the 50 Best Places to Hike with your Dog in Southwest Pennsylvania
SF427.46.G45 2008x
Includes parks in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area.
Homerosky, Jim
Road Biking Western Pennsylvania
GV1045.5.P4 H66 2004
Designed for the avid cyclist, this guide offers 54 of the best bicycle rides in western Pennsylvania, ranging from easy day trips to long tours that will challenge even the most seasoned veteran.
Hope, John G.
Westsylvania Heritage Trail: a guide to Southwest Pennsylvania's historic places
F150.H67 2001x
From Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural marvel, Fallingwater, to the Johnstown Flood National Memorial and Altoona's Railroader's Memorial Museum this book is an easy reader and guide for travelling the Heritage Trail and visiting each site along the route.
Kummerow, Burton K.
Pennsylvania's Forbes Trail: Gateways and Getaways along the Legendary Route from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh
E199.K86 2008x
The Forbes Trail was of historic significance in the French and Indian War. This guidebook highlights historic sites, the great outdoors and family attractions along the trail today.
Merrill, Yvonne
Great Little Walks: A Guide to Walks on the Great Allegheny Passage & Connecting Trails in the Pittsburgh Area
GV199.42.P42 P58 2003x
This was a project of the Allegheny Trail Alliance and includes walks in: Downtown Pittsburgh, South Side, Sutersville, Homestead, Buena Vista, Cecil Twp. and more
Smith, Helene
A Guidebook to Historic Western Pennsylvania
r F147.3 .S65 1991x
A standard guidebook for exploring historical sites in the 26 counties of western Pennsylvania.
Thwaites, Tom
50 Hikes in Western Pennsylvania: walks and day hikes from the Laurel Highlands to Lake Erie
GV199.42.P4 T49 2000
The Laurel Highlands and other forested areas of Western Pennsylvania offer wonderful hiking opportunities.

Web Sites

Regional Resources


Resources by County

Armstrong County

  • Armstrong County Tourist Bureau
    Calendar of events, hunting, fishing, boating
  • Kiski Junction Railroad
    Kiski Junction Railroad Inc., a working freight shortline, offers scenic tourist train rides beside the Kiski River, along the former path of the Pennsylvania Canal, from June through October. It is located in Schenley, 30 miles Northeast of Pittsburgh but a good hour and half drive from downtown Pittsburgh.

Beaver County

  • Visit Beaver County
    This website from the Beaver County Tourism Department offers online brochures of their events.

Bedford County

  • Bedford County Visitors Bureau
    Located in the Laurel Highlands, find information on attractions, events, dining, lodging.
  • Bedford Springs Resort
    This historic mineral springs resort, visited by U.S. presidents in the 1900s and early 20th century, has been reconstructed and reopens in June, 2007, offering spa treatments, hotels, golf course, trout stream, and trails for biking and hiking.

Butler County

  • Visit Butler County
    This full-featured website offers restaurant listings, hotel bookings, maps, and an event calendar. Butler County is immediately north of Pittsburgh.

Cambria County

  • Visit Johnstown PA
    Information from the Johnstown & Cambria County Convention & Visitors Bureau covering News, What to See & Do, Dining, Accommodations & Facilities, About Our Region, Community Services, Directions & Maps.

Crawford County


Erie County

  • Go Erie
    Check out the local news and events from the Erie Times-News
  • Lake Erie Quality Wine Alliance
    Travel this wine trail to visit the wineries along the Lake Erie shore. Includes links to member wineries.
  • Presque Isle State Park (Presque Isle Partnership)
    The park, a place for all seasons, is located on a peninsula (presque isle is French for almost an island) approximately 3,200 acres in area which extends 7 miles into Lake Erie. The Peninsula provides seven miles of sandy beaches suitable for public bathing on Lake Erie. It also provides access to more recreational waters than any other area in the Commonwealth and is the most visited state park in Pennsylvania.
  • US Flagship Niagara
    A reconstruction of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's flagship in the battle of Lake Erie.
  • Visit Erie
    A website by the Erie Area Convention & Visitors Bureau with listings of accommodations, restaurants, and attractions. Also maps of the region.

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Fayette County

  • Christian W. Klay Winery
    Located in Chalk Hill, PA (east of Uniontown near Fort Necessity National Battlefield) in the Laurel Highlands.
  • Fallingwater
    Fallingwater is the vacation home in the Laurel Highlands designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Kaufmann family. It is maintained by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.
  • Fay-West Online
    Provides information on tourist services and destinations in Westmoreland and Fayette Counties.
  • Kentuck Knob
    All fans of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater should make a visit to this nearby home designed by Wright for ice cream makers I.N. and Bernardine Hagan. Read more about it in the Saturday, June 23, 2001 Post-Gazette:
  • Laurel Caverns Geological Park
    a 430 acre geological park featuring Pennsylvania's largest cave located just fifty miles south of Pittsburgh on Route 40, east of Uniontown, in Farmington.
  • Linden Hall
    Stay in a turn of the century Tudor Mansion in the Laurel Highlands
  • Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa
    A destination unto itself in the Laurel Highlands, south of Ohiopyle in Farmington.
  • Nemacolin Castle
    The historic mansion of the Bowman family, located in Brownsville, PA, reflecting early life in America from Colonial times to the late Victorian era.

  • Ohiopyle State Park
    Located primarily in Fayette County, Ohiopyle State Park encompasses about 19,052 acres of rugged natural beauty and serves as the gateway to the Laurel Mountains. The focal point of the area is the more than 14 miles of the Youghiogheny [yaw-ki-GAY-nee] River Gorge that passes through the heart of the park. The website has a list of white water outfitters.

Greene County

Greene County is located in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania with borders on West Virginia.

  • Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency
    Includes a calendar of events and a downloadable Visitor's Guide and an interactive map of attractions.
  • Greene County Historical Society
    The Green County Historical Society Museum has 52 rooms housing more than 10,000 artifacts, all representing Greene County’s rich history, dating from the early native Monongahela culture to the early 20th Century. They have an Annual Harvest Festival in October with local artisans demonstrating and selling traditional crafts.
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Legend of the fall
    "Even Martha Stewart Living recognizes Greene County is the place to be for autumn leaves." This article from Sunday, September 30, 2007 by Mackenzie Carpenter extolls the fall foliage of Greene County, located southwest of Pittsburgh. Offered are driving tours along country roads and information on Waynesburg and Greensboro.
  • Waynesburg
    A small town with a university, this website offers information about visiting.

Indiana County

  • Indiana County Tourist Bureau
    Calendar of Events, accomodations, city transportation, parks
  • The Jimmy Stewart Museum
    Located in Indiana, Pennsylvania (Jimmy's hometown) highlights its namesake's accomplishments in film, radio and TV.
  • Potters Tour
    In October, 18 potters' studios open their doors to the public. If you are interested in pottery, you might check this website for information about the potters.
  • Smicksburg & Dayton
    Located in the northwest corner of Indiana County, these two small communities and the surrounding area are home to over 280 Old Order Amish families.

Lawrence County

  • Lawrence County Tourism
    "Lawrence County in Western Pennsylvania offers a tranquil respite to those escaping the urban confines of city living. Located 45 miles north of Pittsburgh and 80 miles south east of Cleveland, Ohio, the county is proud of its diverse cultural heritage, quaint villages, scenic beauty, and abundance of community activities."
  • McConnell's Mill State Park
    McConnells Mill State Park, in Lawrence County, encompasses 2,546 acres of the spectacular Slippery Rock Creek Gorge, created by the draining of glacial lakes thousands of years ago.

Mercer County


Somerset County

  • Confluence Tourism Association
    Confluence is a town on the Youghiogheny River, upriver from Ohiopyle. The town is named “Confluence” for the juncture of the Casselman River and Laurel Hill Creek with the Youghiogheny River. It offers fishing in its rivers and biking/walking on the Great Allegheny Passage, a rail/trail that extends from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C.
  • Seven Springs Mountain Resort
    Located in Champion, PA, about 1 hour east of Pittsburgh via the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Donegal Exit). Offers skiing, snowboarding in winter, golf in summer.
  • Somerset County Chamber of Commerce
    Check out the events and attractions listed at the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce in the Laurel Highlands, east of Pittsburgh

Venango County

  • Oil Region Alliance: Tourism
    It was in Venango County, 90 miles north of Pittsburgh, that Colonel Drake drilled the first oilwell. Do a "Bike and Choo-Choo", a one way 10-mile guided bike ride exploring the ghost towns that sprung up through the valley and a train ride back to Drake Well Museum.

Washington County

Located just south of Allegheny County and Pittsburgh.

  • Washington County Tourism
    Located in southwestern Pennsylvania, this site has information on Covered Bridges, County Parks, Points of Interest, Services, Restaurants, Organizations, Lodging, Shopping, Calendar of Events
  • Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
    The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum has evolved over the past 50 years from a handful of volunteers and a few trolleys to over 600 members and currently 45 trolleys preserved a its museum in Washington, Pennsylvania. It is unique in that visitors actually experience the Trolley Era first hand by riding the Museum's beautifully restored streetcars for a scenic four-mile ride into the past.
  • Meadowcroft Museum of Rural Life
    preserves the history of life on the land in Western Pennsylvania over the past 14,000 years. The 200 acre outdoor museum includes: one of the oldest archaeological sites in North America and a renovated 19th Century village. Less than an hour from downtown Pittsburgh, Meadowcroft Museum is located three miles West of Avella.
  • Washington, PA
    From the city government
  • Washington County Fair
    An annual agricultural fair in August.

Westmoreland County

Located to the east of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

  • Ligonier
    The official page from the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce. Includes information about Fort Ligonier and the Highland Games. Fort Ligonier Days, held the second weekend of October, is the annual historic re-enactment of the Battle of Ligonier, located an hour's drive to the east of Pittsburgh. Includes food and craft booths.