Skip Navigation
(0) My Trip Planner
Spotlight
Visitor Guide 2013 graphic
All the information you need, from hotel stays to attraction listings to dining choices are outlined in this one-stop shop of planning guides.
Read More
 
email print

Pittsburgh and Its Countryside

 Come out to play in southwestern Pennsylvania, where there's a world of fun waiting outside your door. The winter months offer outdoor adventure such as skiing and snowboarding. Spring is bursting with beautiful landscapes. Summer brings activities from sailing to whitewater rafting to hiking and more. Enjoy the vibrant colors of fall foliage, take in a wine tasting or stop by a unique country festival. Turn off the cell phone, shut down the computer and walk, kayak, bike, and hike through Pittsburgh and Its Countryside.

Armstrong County

 
Kiski Junction Railroad

Among the draws of Armstrong County is the chance to ride a piece of Pennsylvania history on the Kiski Junction Railroad, a real working freight train offering scenic tourist train rides in western Pennsylvania. For the theater buff, the Casino Theater - home to the National Museum of Vaudeville; and Southwestern Pennsylvania's oldest operating theatre - hosts all kinds of entertainment from country-western music to dinner theaters. To round out your trip to Armstrong County, how about a scenic horse-drawn carriage ride? At Dragon Run Forge & Livery, carriage rides are available year round, and even convert to sleigh rides during the winter months!

Beaver County

 
Old Economy Village

Visit Old Economy Village - this National Historic Landmark in Ambridge has time period dressed docents to take you on a tour of the original buildings and beautiful gardens. Experience some unique events like the Maple Syrup Festival (April), History Celebration Weekend (May) and Ft. McIntosh Garrison Day Craft Sale (June) to name a few! Be sure to visit Merrick Art Gallery in new Brighton, home to a stunning collection of 18th and 19th century European and American paintings. Built in 1802, Greersburg Academy is the oldest public building in Beaver County and the oldest standing building used as a train depot. Train and then race like a motorsport champion at PittRace, where passion meets performance.

Butler County

 
Family Kayaking

Called a "gleaming little gem of a museum", The Maridon Museum in Butler is the only museum in the region with a specific focus on Chinese and Japanese art and culture. If your passion lies in the outdoors, be sure to visit Moraine State Park and be one of the over a million people who come to enjoy the main attraction: Lake Arthur, the largest manmade lake in Pennsylvania. And of course, take time to visit Evans City Cemetery where the Night of the Living Dead was filmed and take home your zombie souvenir from The Living Dead Museum and Gift Shop.

Cranberry Township

 
Cranberry Township

In addition to being a regional retail center with an easy commute from Pittsburgh, the heart of Cranberry's local economy is its growing family of corporate, industrial and research organizations. Cranberry is the region's emerging center for technology, logistics, engineering and customer service and is home to major operations of McKesson, Alcoa, Verizon Wireless, Mine Safety Appliance and Westinghouse, among others. It is also the base for a growing number of leading-edge startups as well as for manufacturing, finance, retail, and hospitality businesses.

Greene County

 
Greene County

Greene County is an area of rolling hills in the Appalachian Plateau known for narrow valleys and steep ridges. This topography creates perfect game lands for the hunting enthusiast, and the breathtaking vistas make Greene County one of the best places in the Mid-Atlantic area to view fall foliage. History is important in Greene County, which boasts seven covered bridges (all historical landmarks) and the nation's oldest continuing fair: The Jacktown Fair, first held in the fall of 1865.

Indiana County

 
sojourn Furnace

Adventure awaits travelers in the “Christmas Tree Capital of the World” - Indiana County, PA!  For outdoor enthusiasts, enjoy 64 miles of walking and biking trails that meander along abandoned railroad routes on the Hoodlebug and Ghost Town trails. Reminisce about a simpler life when you visit Smicksburg, home to an Old Order Amish community, artisans, potters, restaurants and many specialty shops featuring handmade gifts and country crafts. Thirsty for adventure? Visit our trendy and hip distillery, breweries and vineyards to taste the difference local products make! The Jimmy Stewart Museum highlights the hometown hero's accomplishments through his film, military, personal and civic life exhibits. Concerts, theater, and more can be found at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Laurel Highlands

 
Laurel Highlands White Water Rafting 

Perhaps the most well-known attraction in the Laurel Highlands are the three Frank Lloyd Wright architectural masterpieces - Fallingwater, Duncan House, and Kentuck Knob. For the outdoorsy type, Ohiopyle State Park is a fantastic place to experience whitewater rafting, mountain biking, hiking and fishing, and more. Situated on 2,000 acres is Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa. Nemacolin features luxurious accommodations, an internationally acclaimed spa, two championship golf courses, and an outdoors sporting facility. Don't forget to take the kids to Idlewild Park and Soak Zone - named "Best Children Park in the World."

 Lawrence County

 
Fireworks

Did you know that New Castle, PA is officially known as the "Fireworks Capital of America"? Fireworker Antonio Zambelli ventured from Italy in 1893 to establish the Zambelli Fireworks Manufacturing Company in Lawrence County, which each year hosts a large Fireworks Festival in celebration. Enjoy shopping on an old-fashioned main street nestled in the rolling hills of scenic Western Pennsylvania Amish country in the unique village of Volant. Before you head home take in some exercise on the Park Harbor Bike Trail - A two-mile long trail which is part of a system of trails including a wildlife sanctuary, an observation deck, and wildlife habitat enhancements.

Mercer County

 
Flags

With its tax-free shopping policy, specialty shops, and the Grove City Premium Outlets - a beautiful open-air outlet center featuring more than 130 brand-name outlet stores - Mercer County is a wonderful place to spend some time. Be sure to stop and pay your respects to American veterans of all wars at the breathtaking Avenue of 444 Flags. While you're out and about, plan a visit to the animal exhibits at Living Treasures Wild Animal Park - a delight for all!

Washington County

 
Meadowcroft Rock Shelter

The very earliest North Americans made their camp under a rock overhang at the Meadowcroft Rockshelter. Visit Washington County to get a glimpse into the lives of North America's prehistoric people. Take in a concert at the Monongahela Aquatorium - a super-sized outdoor auditorium located on the Monongahela River and the first of its kind in the U.S. Before you leave, make time to tour the The David Bradford House, built in 1788 by a leader of the Whiskey Rebellion.

Skyline