Pittsburgh December 31, 2017
The 10 Best Places To Visit In Pittsburgh In 2018
Who’s ready to bid farewell to 2017? As we wind down the year, it’s the perfect time to start planning for 2018. Fortunately, we live in Pittsburgh, where there’s an abundance to do all year around. Here, for example, are 10 of the best places to visit in Pittsburgh in 2018.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
Spend a lovely day in the picturesque town of Brookville, 80 miles from Pittsburgh. The quaint town, of less than 4,000, boasts a main street dotted with shops, including Annie's Attic and Finders Keepers. Hang out at the lush Longview Park or have an ice cream at the old-fashioned Buff's Ice Cream.
Plan a trip to Brookville here.
2. Laurel Hill State Park – 1454 Laurel Hill Park Road, Somerset, PA 15501
Pittsburgh and its surrounding area has so much natural beauty - and outdoor activities - to offer. Take Laurel Hill State Park, a natural playground all year around. The sprawling state park features a 63-acre lake and a 1,200 foot sandy beach. Visitors can also go hiking, visit Jones Mill Run Dam, or have a picnic.
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3. Our Place Homemade – 105 Middle Avenue, Wilmerding, PA 15148
Mmm, mmm. Make 2018 a delicious year with a meal at Our Place Homemade. The cozy restaurant, nestled in Wilmerding, offers a scrumptious menu of such favorites as pierogies, stuffed cabbage, and the Bobby Burger. Our Place Homemade also doubles as a bakery. Order cookies, rolls, or cupcakes.
Learn more here.
4. Blue Mist Road
Add a bit of thrills and chills to your 2018. Blue Mist Road, also known as Irwin Road, is said to be haunted. Local lore tells of several sordid tales, including a murdered family that haunts the road after dark.
Keep reading here.
5. Pennsylvania Macaroni Company – 2010 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Journey all the way to Italy, without leaving the Burgh, with a visit to Pennsylvania Macaroni Company. The charming Italian market sells more than 5,000 products, many from Italy. Stock up on all of your favorite cheeses, meats, and pastas.
Read more here.
6. Allegheny National Forest – 80 East Corydon Street, Marienville, PA 16239
Road trip! Plan a day or a weekend away at the gorgeous Allegheny National Forest. Spanning half a million acres, the lush state forest offers a plethora to do all year around. Visit the Kinzua Sky Walk. Go hiking, biking, and cross country skiing.
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7. Popcorn Willy – 20 North Main Street, Washington, PA 15301
Nothing beats fresh popcorn when it comes to a snack. Popcorn Willy sports an assortment of more than 70 delicious flavors of popcorn. It also features breakfast and lunch dishes, such as mac and cheese, tuna salad, and chicken salad.
Keep reading here.
8. Allegheny Commons Park – Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Breathe in the fresh Pittsburgh air anytime of the year at its oldest park, Allegheny Commons Park. The park, surrounding Lake Elizabeth, sits on 80 acres. Spend a lovely few hours walking, biking, or kayaking (weather permitting, of course).
9. Johnstown Inclined Plane – 711 Edgehill Drive, Johnstown, PA 15905
Drink in spellbinding views of Johnstown after climbing up Yoder Hill on the Johnstown Inclined Plane. Stop by the Visitors Center at the top of the hill or have an ice cream after snapping photos of the views from the observation deck.
Learn more here.
10. Armstrong Trail – Armstrong Rails to Trails Association, P.O. Box 422, Kittanning, PA 16201
Bundle up - or wait til spring - for a picturesque hike along the Armstrong Trail. The 30 mile trail spans Clarion and Armstrong Counties. The trail, open to hikers and bikers, passes Coaling Tower, Ore Hill Iron Furnace, and the Brady Tunnel.
What’s on your bucket list for Pittsburgh in 2018?
Click here to read about eight day trips you also might want to add to your 2018 to do list. Address: 1454 Laurel Hill Park Road, Somerset, PA 15501 Address: 2010 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Address: 105 Middle Avenue, Wilmerding, PA 15148 Address: 80 East Corydon Street, Marienville, PA 16239 Address: 20 North Main Street, Washington, PA 15301 Address: 711 Edgehill Drive, Johnstown, PA 15905