Pittsburgh March 12, 2019
Our 7 Favorite Day Trips To Take In Pittsburgh Before Winter Ends
Spring’s just around the corner! We’ll likely be surprised with another snowstorm or two before that glorious spring sunshine hangs around for good. While we’re counting down the days, we can make the time slip by a little faster by heading out on one, two, or more of these winter day trips around the Burgh.
1. Hidden Valley Resort
Spend a day playing in the snow at Hidden Valley resort, where you can zip down a snow tubing hill again and again. Don’t worry about wearing yourself out quickly. You can either hike back up the mountain with your snow tube or hitch a ride on the lift. Not really into snow tubing? Hidden Valley also offers skiing and snowboarding. Or, head indoors for a little pampering at the spa or to dine at one of the restaurants.
2. Laurel Mountain Resort
Take advantage of the cold and the snow before it’s gone with a day trip to Laurel Mountain Resort in Ligonier. Get ready for breathtaking runs down Laurel Ridge’s 761-foot vertical drop. Or, enjoy a breathtaking run down Lower Wildcat Slope. Then, head indoors for a meal at the Wildcat Lounge or the Laurel House Café.
3. Moraine State Park
Chances are Moraine State Park’s on your summer bucket list. But, have you taken a day trip there during the winter yet? The park, especially after a snowfall, provides a breathtaking backdrop for hiking, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. Don’t forget to take your sled for a little sled riding, too.
4. Cook Forest State Park
Discover a winter wonderland in Cook Forest State Park. Wintertime at the park means a day of hiking, cross country skiing, and wildlife watching. Or, lace up your ice skates for a bit of ice skating. Sledding’s also popular at the sprawling state park. After your day outdoors, stop by one of the local restaurants, such as Trail’s End in Cooksburg.
5. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Like most of the resorts near Pittsburgh, you can find plenty to do at Nemacolin Woodlands all year around. But, there’s just something magical about the resort during the wintertime. Spend your day at the resort skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, cross country skiing, or snowshoeing. Or, for a really unique adventure, reserve a spot on a dog sledding tour.
6. Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Of course, Seven Springs Mountain Resort’s a favorite daytrip destination, all year around, for many Pittsburghers. Visit before the consistently warm weather arrives for a little skiing or snow tubing. Or, explore the mountain resort on a snowmobile or a snowshoe tour. Sleigh rides are also available.
7. Keystone State Park
Bundle up for a picture-perfect day at Keystone State Park. The enchanting park offers plenty of outdoor activities during the winter – from cross country skiing to snowshoeing. Of course, when the weather allows, slip on your ice skates for a glide around the lake. Bring your sled for sledding down the slopes, too.
What other day trips near Pittsburgh would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments! Then,
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