In every season, you might find yourself on the lookout for some of the best day trips from Pittsburgh and beyond. After all, there’s nothing better than heading out to make lasting memories with loved ones — especially when you’ve got a free day and an open road. While we adore the many marvelous things to do in Pittsburgh itself, sometimes it’s beneficial to put the hustle and bustle of the city behind and hit the road on a daylong adventure. There are so many great day trips in Pennsylvania that narrowing our favorite local selections to just nine posed a pretty hefty challenge, but we’ve done our best! The best day trips in Pittsburgh and its surrounding communities are detailed below.

The day trips included range in length from a little over an hour away to three hours or so away. Some people enjoy short day trips around Pittsburgh, while others prefer the longer hauls, so a mix of both is featured.

If you were to do a search for “day trips near me,” some of these are sure to appear near the top of the list!

Now that you’re up to speed on some of the best day trips in Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas, you’ll surely want to start planning for your next family adventure. Of course, we know that you might prefer to get out and explore even further beyond Pittsburgh, so check out some of our favorite free things to do in Pennsylvania.

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Can’t get enough adventure? Be sure to read about more of the best day trips in Pittsburgh — one for every month of the year.

If you’re still in the mood for more Pennsylvania adventures, take a look at this video about the Philadelphia Magic Garden:

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Out and about in Pittsburgh

What are some of the other top things to do in the Pittsburgh area?

  • Pittsburgh is a great restaurant town so choosing one of the best restaurants in town, like Eleven, Bar Marco, or Al an’ Rubens Bar and Grill is always a delicious way to explore the city.
  • Ohiopyle State Park offers scores and scores of hiking trails, biking trails, and 11 miles of horseback riding trails.
  • The Old Allegheny County Jail is a Romanesque-style prison that has been a historical landmark since 1886 and is a great attraction to tour.


Read on to learn about some of the many other top things to do in the Pittsburgh area.

Are there any natural attractions around Pittsburgh?

  • The Sahli Nature Park in Beaver Falls includes a pond, waterfalls, and a butterfly nursery.
  • The Laurel Caverns in Hopwood is the deepest cave in Pennsylvania.
  • Bilger’s Rocks in Grampian dates back 320 million years and is peppered with unique passageways and deep caves.


Read on to learn about some of the many other beautiful natural attractions around Pittsburgh.

Where can we find museums in the Pittsburgh area?

  • The Center for PostNatural History in Pittsburgh was built to explain how human culture has impacted evolution over time.
  • The Erie Maritime Museum & U.S. Brig Niagara in Erie shares the rich maritime history of the Erie area dating back to the War of 1812 and coming up through the present day.
  • The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh is a contemporary art museum featuring works by Pittsburgh artists and a wide range of collection themes.

Read on to learn about some of the many other fascinating museums in the Pittsburgh area.