Pittsburgh February 03, 2017
Here’s The Perfect Weekend Itinerary If You Love Exploring Pittsburgh’s Waterfalls
Spend two blissful days visiting some of the most breathtaking spots in nature in and around Pittsburgh. The highlight of your weekend getaway will be, undoubtedly, the awe-inspiring, gushing waterfalls. Here’s the perfect weekend itinerary if you love exploring Pittsburgh’s waterfalls.
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1. Map out your weekend!
Buckle up and treat yourself to a relaxing weekend that will take you to some of the most stunning waterfalls near Pittsburgh. The following weekend itinerary - designed to take place over two days - spans a total of 151 miles and takes a total of just over three hours.
2. Sahli Nature Park – 194 McKinley Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Kick off your epic weekend getaway at Sahli Nature Park, a lush natural oasis that features a quaint waterfall that drops into a shimmering pond, picturesque footbridges, an enchanting forest, swings designed for both kids and adults, and plenty of easy hiking trails that typically lead straight to the parking lot. As you stroll through the natural oasis, you're likely to spot a variety of animals, including ducks, frogs, and butterflies.
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3. Buttermilk Falls Park – Route 18 & First Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA 15010
After a lovely outing at Sahli Nature Park, head to Buttermilk Falls Park, the highlight of which is, of course, Buttermilk Falls itself. Wear comfy shoes as you'll have a leisurely five to 15 minute stroll from the parking lot to Buttermilk Falls. The easy hike will take you up a tree-lined set of stairs, by a sandstone quarry, and to the jaw-dropping 40 foot waterfall. Enjoy spectacular views of the waterfall from all angles.
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4. The Historic Summit Inn – 101 Skyline Drive, Farmington, PA 15437
Check in to the Historic Summit Inn - 100 miles from Buttermilk Falls Park and within minutes from the rest of the stops on your weekend getaway - for a relaxing evening of luxury in one of the 94 guest rooms. The Historic Summit Inn features an indoor pool, a charming tree house, several restaurants, and a spacious porch that offers spectacular views of the landscape.
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5. Fallingwater – 1491 Mill Run Road, Mill Run, PA 15464
Wake up refreshed in your comfy bed at the Historic Summit Inn and get ready for a second - and final - day of visiting nature's finest masterpieces. Start your day at Fallingwater, perhaps Frank Lloyd Wright's most memorable architectural design. The home partially sits over a 30 foot waterfall, which you'll pass as you tour the home. Visitors are also welcome to tour the outside grounds of Fallingwater. Advanced reservations are recommended for house tours.
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6. Cucumber Falls – State Route 2010, Dunbar, PA 15431
Next stop: Ohiopyle State Park. The park spans more than 20,000 acres and features several breathtaking waterfalls, including Cucumber Falls. Your first glimpse of Cucumber Falls comes from above. Drink in the view before heading down the wooden staircase to the base of the falls. Dip your feet in the pool of water that the 30 foot waterfall drops in to or walk behind the waterfall for a stunning, albeit a bit wet, view.
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7. Ohiopyle Falls – 124 Main Street, Ohiopyle, PA 15470
Less than a mile and still in Ohiopyle State Park gushes the 15 foot Ohiopyle Falls. Snap stunning photos of the falls from the nearby observation deck. After drinking in the waterfall's beauty, explore the rest of the park that offers hiking trails, biking trails, a natural water slide (perfect for cooling off in the summer), and horseback riding.
8. Out of the Fire Café – 3784 PA-31, Donegal, PA 15628
Cap off your whirlwind waterfall weekend getaway with a delicious meal at Out of the Fire Cafe in nearby Donegal. A family-owned restaurant, Out of the Fire Cafe offers both outdoor (weather permitting) and indoor seating. If you opt for a seat indoors, watch the chefs hard at work in the open kitchen. The BYOB (Bring Your Own Beer) restaurant features a menu of such dishes as New York strip steak, salmon, and seafood pasta.
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After spending your weekend exploring Pittsburgh’s waterfalls, start planning your next road trip to the most spectacular
natural wonders in and around the Burgh. Address: 101 Skyline Drive, Farmington, PA 15437 Address: 124 Main Street, Ohiopyle, PA 15470 Address: 1491 Mill Run Road, Mill Run, PA 15464 Address: 3784 PA-31, Donegal, PA 15628 Address: 194 McKinley Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010