Take one look at this hilly area along the westernmost ridges of the Appalachian Mountains, and you'll understand what inspired Frank Lloyd Wright to make this the location of such masterpieces as Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. The rivers are overflowing with fish that'll practically jump into your lap. And whitewater rafting, hiking and rock climbing are just a few of the activities that abound in this region. Pay a visit to Ohiopyle where you'll have a chance to explore the Great Allegheny Passage. It stretches a whopping 150 miles, and is full of trails for cyclists, hikers and even equestrians. With Ohiopyle State Park so close by, it's no wonder Laurel Highlands folks are so in love with nature. The Youghiogheny River Gorge passes through the heart of the park, providing some of the best whitewater rafting in the Eastern U.S.
A roadtrip along the 68-mile Laurel Highlands Scenic Byway takes you from rolling hillsides to rushing waterfalls and the Historic National Road. "The Road that Built a Nation" traverses 90 miles across Southwestern Pennsylvania, serving as one of America's oldest byways. Along the way, see Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Addison and Searights Tollhouses and the Nemacolin Castle with over two centuries of stories to tell. Then there's Rockwood Mille Shoppes & Opera House, filled with handmade crafts and delicious food. Fresh homemade ice cream? Don't mind if I do.