Pittsburgh April 13, 2018
Here Are The 7 Best Places Around Pittsburgh To Visit On A Long Weekend
Nothing quite compares to a long weekend. Except, maybe, a road trip on a long weekend, right? Pittsburgh’s perfectly located for a quick road trip to the beach, the mountains, or the forest. Next time you’re planning a long weekend getaway, keep these seven best destinations near Pittsburgh in mind. Each is two hours or less from downtown Pittsburgh.
1. Cook Forest State Park – 113 River Road, Cooksburg, PA 16217
Embrace tranquility with a long weekend in Cook Forest State Park. The enchanting state park features plenty of outdoor activities for visitors of all ages and all skill levels. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, and picnicking are all popular activities. Camp right in the park or stay at one of the charming hotels, like Gateway Lodge, nearby. Cook Forest State Park is just under two hours from downtown Pittsburgh.
2. Presque Isle State Park – Peninsula Drive & Fisher Drive, Erie, PA 16505
Soak up the sun at one of the beaches in Presque Isle State Park in Erie. The sprawling state park boasts 11 sandy beaches, where visitors can go to sunbathe and swim in Lake Erie. Other popular activities in the state park include hiking, boating, wildlife watching, and picnicking. The day park is conveniently located near numerous overnight accommodations. Presque Isle State Park is approximately two hours from Pittsburgh.
Journey less than two hours from downtown Pittsburgh to the quaint town of Bedford. History comes alive at Old Bedford Village, a living history village that gives visitors a glimpse of life during Colonial Times. And, spend time exploring downtown Bedford, dotted with tiny shops, restaurants, and an old-fashioned movie theater. Bedford is also home to the Jean Bonnet Tarvern, a restaurant and an inn that's said to be haunted.
4. Allegheny National Forest – Marienville, PA 16239
Discover the beauty and tranquility of Pennsylvania's only national forest with a weekend getaway to Allegheny National Forest. Approximately two hours from downtown Pittsburgh, the sprawling national forest promises an abundance of things to do and to see. Plan what you want to do
before you head to the forest. After all, it does span over a half a million acres. Allegheny National Forest is home to the Kinzua Dam, numerous wilderness areas, and plenty of cozy campgrounds.
5. Seven Springs Mountain Resort – 777 Water Wheel Drive, Champion, PA 15622
Kick back and relax or get your adrenaline flowing at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Just over an hour from downtown Pittsburgh, the popular ski resort has become an idyllic year round destination. Of course, you can ski during the winter months. The warmer months mean golf, mountain biking, or sliding down a zip line. Or, treat yourself to the ultimately luxury in the spa.
6. Laurel Highlands
Only an hour and six minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, the Laurel Highlands promise something for everyone. Love adventure? Head to Ohiopyle State Park. Love treasuring hunting? Discover a plethora of charming antique shops. Laurel Highlands is also home to Fallingwater, Idlewild Park & SoakZone, Living Treasures Animal Park, and that's just the tip of the virtual iceberg.
Less than two hours from downtown Pittsburgh, Altoona offers plenty to do no matter what your interests. Play the day away at Lakemont Park or nearby DelGrosso's Park, both amusement parks that promise non-stop fun. Or, visit the Historic Horseshoe Curve and the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum. Catch a baseball game at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Or, explore the city that's known for its many haunted sites.
What are your favorite destinations near Pittsburgh for a long weekend? Share in the comments! Then, read about the best affordable road trip destinations near Pittsburgh