The Laurel Highlands is a three-county region in southwestern Pennsylvania, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that there might not be a more diverse region in all of Pennsylvania.
While much of the Laurel Highland is very rural, save for a bit of the Pittsburgh suburbs in the northwestern corner, don’t let the remoteness fool you. While it might not have all the big city amenities, there are enough things to do in the Laurel Highlands to keep you busy for years.
The Laurel Highlands is one of the best destinations in PA for waterfalls, and there are many to be found here both big and small. Cucumber Falls and Ohiopyle Falls in Ohiopyle State Park are two of the most popular, but other great waterfalls include Cole Run Falls and Packsaddle Covered Bridge Falls.
The area isn’t just known for its outdoors, though. It’s also an amazing history destination.
The first shots of the French and Indian War were fired near Fort Necessity, the nation’s first federally-funded highway passed through the heart of the region, and one of our country’s least-known founders lived in the region. The Laurel Highlands region is also home to PA’s only preserved Native American battlefield, the birthplace of the Big Mac, and the birthplace of TV’s Mister Rogers.
There are also three, soon to be four, Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the region, including Fallingwater, his most famous design.
Without a doubt, there are enough things to do in the Laurel Highlands that you’re sure to not get bored.