Regardless of the time of year, the list of fun and exciting things to do in the Laurel Highlands, PA, is truly boundless. While this promise of endless adventure does secure the Laurel Highlands’ status as a premier destination for tourists, it can also make planning your next trip rather tedious. Look no further if you wish to avoid settling for anything less than your dream vacation! Read below for seasonal suggestions and download our free Vacation Guide for an exhaustive list of the best things to do in the Laurel Highlands, PA.
Things to Do in the Laurel Highlands, PA
Between the natural scenery, outdoor recreational activities, historic landmarks, delicious restaurants and charming bed and breakfasts, you’ll find there’s something for everyone.
Spring & Summer
White Water Rafting Tours
Did you know Ohiopyle State Park is the birthplace of rafting on the East Coast and offers four distinct tours to accommodate rafters of all skill levels? Whether you are bringing the kids along for a leisurely cruise down the Yough River or you are an expert kayaker seeking a thrilling new adventure through Cheat Canyon’s class 5 runs, a memorable experience with Laurel Highlands Rafting Tours awaits.
Explore Scenic Hiking Trails
Put on your hiking boots and grab some trail-mix, Western PA is home to some of the most picturesque and Challenging Hikes in the state. Presenting over 70 miles of trails and 120,000 acres of state parks, the Laurel Highlands features enough hikeable terrain to keep you moving all summer and, depending on your skill level, will award you with some of the most unforgettable views in the Allegheny Mountains.
Visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s FallingWater
One of the most exciting things to do in the Laurel Highlands, PA, is to discover one of American architecture’s most iconic landmarks! Nicknamed “Falling Water” due to its precarious position atop Bear Run Falls, Wright’s Fallingwater artfully preserves and elevates the organic beauty of the property. After your tour of the of the museum, grab a drink and a bite to eat at the Falling Water Café. Don’t forget to take advantage of our special Falling Water Package!
Bask in the Wonder of Cucumber Falls
If you only have time to visit one of the Laurel Highlands’ many natural waterfalls, this is the one is to see. Cucumber Falls is centrally located and easily accessible from Kentucky Road or via a short hike down Ohiopyle State Park’s Great Gorge Trail and offers 30 feet of organic beauty that will definitely not disappoint.
Fall & Winter
Tour Westmoreland Museum of American Art
Discover the rich culture of the Laurel Highlands at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. With an extensive permanent collection and temporary exhibitions that are updated every couple of months, there is always a reason to visit. The museum offers tours for visitors of all ages and is the perfect destination for both art lovers and families that are just looking for a cold or rainy day excursion!
Experience Winter Festivals & Holiday Events
Outside of holiday cheer and a puffy coat, you won’t need much else to enjoy the Laurel Highlands in the winter months. Stop by Ligonier’s Ice Fest for a weekend of winter excitement or book a holiday candlelight tour at the Compass Inn Museum and enjoy seasonal refreshments as you soak in the bucolic atmosphere by candlelight. Any way you spin it, the holiday season in the Laurel Highlands is a magical time of year filled with many activities that you won’t want to miss.
Enjoy Skiing, Snowboarding, and Tubing
Home to the highest peaks and the largest total snowfall in the state, Western Pennsylvania is known for its winter sports. Grab your friends, your adventurous spirit, and a warm pair of gloves and take the short drive over to Seven Springs Mountain Resort or Hidden Valley (no creamy ranch) for a full day of fun on the slopes. Sure it’s no Mammoth Mountain, but any of the beautiful Laurel Highlands’ ski resorts are bound to make for a great day trip!
Enhance Your Laurel Highlands Vacation at Oak Lodge
What better way to unwind after a day on the trails or keep warm after hitting the slopes than with a stay at one of the Laurel Highlands premier bed and breakfasts? Located conveniently in the heart of the Laurel Highlands, Oak Lodge is home to world-class amenities and accommodations that are tailored to your specific needs!
Check out our homey and luxurious Cabin #14 for an unforgettable experience. Equipped with a stone gas fireplace, whirlpool tub, heated bathroom tile floors, and a private screened porch, Cabin #14 is the benchmark of opulence and comfort. After waking up refreshed and ready to take on the natural splendor of the Laurel Highlands, come and join us for breakfast at the main inn or take a stroll down to the 18th-century Jimberg Village and try our homemade Jimberg Maple Syrup!