Pennsylvania boasts some of the most breathtaking fall foliage in the country. So, what’s a Pittsburgher to do? Fill up the gas tank and hit the road on this gorgeous fall foliage road trip around Pittsburgh (and a bit beyond). Check out the itinerary below, which promises some pretty amazing views and unique experiences, then
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Road trip! Are there any two sweeter words in the English language? Autumn provides the ideal backdrop for a fun road trip - maybe the last hurrah before winter arrives - to see the fall foliage. Follow the road trip itinerary. Add or remove stops or simply use it as inspiration to design your own dream fall foliage road trip around Pittsburgh.
1. Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
Let someone else drive on this first stop of your fall foliage road trip. Climb aboard a cozy, old-fashioned trolley at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum during the annual Pumpkin Patch Trolley celebration. Slated for the last three weekends in October, the Pumpkin Patch Trolley promises a fun afternoon of fall activities and, of course, views of the stunning fall foliage in Washington.
2. Ohiopyle State Park
Pack your hiking boots - or a pair of comfy shoes - for your visit to Ohiopyle State Park. Snap photos of the fall foliage as you hike, stroll, or even bike around one of the park's many trails. Be sure to stop by Ohiopyle Falls (seen in the photo above) and Cucumber Falls, only a mile from Ohiopyle Falls, for a picture perfect moment.
Slow things down a bit with your next stop at Fallingwater, the masterpiece by Frank Lloyd Wright, where the home and the scenery surrounding it will likely take your breath away. Make advanced reservations for a tour of Wright's famous home or, if you want to stay outdoors, opt for a grounds pass. (Call before you head to Fallingwater to ensure ground passes are available on the day you want to go.) Landscape hikes are also available every Saturday at 9 a.m. through October 29.
4. Kiski Junction Railroad
The last few stops on this fall foliage road trip around Pittsburgh required plenty of walking so sit back and relax on this next stop at Kiski Junction Railroad. Climb aboard the working railroad for its Fall Foliage excursion, slated for each Friday and Saturday of October. But, if you want to get this unique view of the fall foliage, call now to schedule your tour. (Tours sell out pretty quickly.)
5. Station Square
You've already climbed aboard an old-fashioned trolley and a working railroad train on this whirlwind road trip, so let's make the next stop Station Square, where you'll board one of the ships of the Gateway Clipper Fleet for a delightful afternoon on the water. The Fall Foliage excursion boards at 10 a.m., leaves at 11 a.m., and returns at 3 p.m. Snap beautiful shots of the fall foliage as you dine on a delicious meal. The Fall Foliage cruise is available on select days in October.
6. Three Rivers Heritage Trail
Discover the fall foliage that dots the Pittsburgh landscape as you hike the Three Rivers Heritage Trail (or just part of it). The Three Rivers Heritage Trail spans 24 miles and is broken into several smaller trails, including the North Shore Trail, which is where we start this portion of the fall foliage road trip. The North Shore Trail begins at Riverfront Park in Millvale and ends on the North Shore. If you keep following the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, you'll be treated to a jaw dropping view of Panther Hollow Lake and the Cathedral of Learning.
7. Riverview Park
Pack a picnic lunch for your journey through Riverview Park. Enjoy the fall foliage as you eat or hit one of the numerous trails that winds through the park.
8. Frick Park
End this awesome fall foliage road trip at the largest park in Pittsburgh. Frick Park's winding trails will lead you through the beautiful fall foliage. And, if you're up for it, enjoy a game of tennis or lawn bowling.
Who’s ready to hit the road on this unforgettable fall foliage road trip around Pittsburgh? Maybe add a stop or two, at these
awesome corn mazes, along the way.