Have you finally decided to visit the Laurel Highlands after months of dreaming about it? Congratulations! We couldn’t be more excited for you. Your first time visiting the Laurel Highlands can be a magical experience, especially if you know what to do and see. In this blog, that’s exactly what we’ll tell you. Read on to discover the top three things to do, including hiking in gorgeous state parks and exploring historical sites, and get ready to enjoy the best vacation ever.
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What Should You Do if It’s Your First Time Visiting the Laurel Highlands?
Go on a Hike
One of the best features of the Laurel Highlands is its variety of state parks and gorgeous natural areas. If you’re a nature lover looking to get away and reconnect with the outdoors, then you couldn’t find a better place. Take advantage of our many hiking trails and get ready to be dazzled by the scenery. One of our favorite places to go is Ohiopyle State Park. This stunning 20,500–acre park has a variety of trails, each more beautiful than the last. The Meadow Run Trail, for example, takes you along gorgeous waterfalls like Cucumber Falls, so don’t forget your bathing suit!
Learn About History
Pennsylvania is known to be one of America’s historical hubs, and the Laurel Highlands offer plenty of historical sites you can visit during your visit. The town of Ligonier, for example, is the perfect destination for history buffs. Head over to Fort Ligonier and learn more about the French and Indian war that took place there in the 18th century. Explore the 8-acre battleground and hop in the museum for educating exhibits and artifacts. Another fantastic site you cannot miss is the Bushy Run Battlefield. Take a guided tour by foot or on a golf cart and travel back in time.
Browse the Flea Markets
Did you know the Laurel Highlands are also a fabulous place to go shopping? We’re not talking about your everyday shopping and chain stores, but authentic and quaint flea markets! Not only does it make for a fun day trip, but it’s also a relaxing activity. The Leighty Flea Market is open all week long, for example, and is a dream come true for antique lovers.
Enhance Your Experience by Staying at One of the Top B&Bs in the Laurel Highlands
Since it will be your first time in the Laurel Highlands, you need to make sure you choose the right place to stay. Luckily for you, we know the perfect destination! Oak Lodge is one of the top B&Bs in the area, and when you come to stay with us, you’ll understand why. Enjoy our splendid property nestled in the rolling hills, our hiking trails and pond, and, of course, impressive amenities. Browse our selection of accommodations and pick the one you prefer! Did we mention our delicious, homemade breakfast?