As the heat and humidity of summer slowly give way to the crisp, cool autumn air, there’s no better place to be than outdoors. Combine all of these natural wonders in Pittsburgh (and nearby, too) and what do you get? The perfect road trip!
Map out your road trip!
Gas up the car. It's time to hit the road to see these natural wonders in Pittsburgh - and beyond. The great thing about a road trip? You can add stops before you head out or along the way. Or, you can take stops out to fit your interests and convenience.
1. Laurel Caverns
Let's start our road trip a little over an hour and a half from downtown Pittsburgh at Laurel Caverns. Bring a jacket or a sweater because the temperature in the caverns hover in the 50s all year around. Take a guided tour or try your hand at cave rappelling.
2. Cucumber Falls
Very little rivals the pure natural beauty of waterfalls and that's why a few waterfalls have made it onto this natural wonders in Pittsburgh road trip. View Cucumber Falls, at Ohiopyle State Park, from above, in front, or even walk behind this stunning waterfall that offers the perfect scene all year around.
3. Natural Water Slide
Head to the Natural Water Slide, also in Ohiopyle State Park, for the perfect way to cool down on a hot late summer afternoon. Be careful, however, if you decide to ride the natural water slide because you may suffer some bumps and bruises.
4. Buttermilk Falls/Homewood Falls
A beautiful yet easy hike awaits at your next destination of Buttermilk Falls, more commonly known as Homewood Falls. As you enter Buttermilk Falls Natural Area in Beaver Falls, you'll traverse a path that includes wide stairs that leads to the stunning waterfall.
5. Springfield Falls
Springfield Falls in Mercer County provides the ideal setting for selfies, photos, and maybe even a picnic by the water. (Please remember to always take out what you bring with you to ensure our parks maintain their natural beauty.)
6. Fall Run Park
Prepare for a lovely afternoon at Fall Run Park in Shaler. Embark on an easy one mile hike which culminates at the Fall Run waterfall. If you want a bird's eye view of the park's masterpiece, climb the staircase that leads to the top of the waterfall.
7. Frick Park
Sprawled across 644 acres, Frick Park is one of the city's largest parks. Its lush green setting, filled with hiking trails, promise tranquility in the heart of Pittsburgh. Hike or bike to explore this natural wonder, which also includes some man-made spots, including the playgrounds, public lawn bowling green, and baseball field.
8. Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Head indoors for the final stop on this natural wonders in Pittsburgh road trip where you'll discover some of the world's natural wonders. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History houses countless natural wonders, including dinosaur skeletons. What makes the dinosaurs at the Carnegie Museum stand apart from other museums? Over 70 percent of the bones you'll see are authentic fossils.
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