Visit Buffalo Niagara recently launched The Great Wright Road Trip featuring the designs of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright in Buffalo, New York, and the Laurel Highlands in Pennsylvania.
The Great Wright Road Trip is a one-of-a-kind journey that illustrates the epic arc and grandeur of Frank Lloyd Wright’s career across nine locations, including Buffalo and Erie County’s Martin House, Graycliff Estate, Filling Station, Blue Sky Mausoleum and Fontana Boathouse. In the Laurel Highlands of southwest Pennsylvania, visitors will experience the beauty of Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, Polymath Park and the new Hagen History Center, where visitors can experience Wright’s original San Francisco office, which has been reconstructed in a building specifically designed to house the iconic headquarters of Wright’s West Coast practice.
“Highlights of The Great Wright Road Trip can be done in as little as two to three days, but visitors can choose to explore the highways and byways, cities and small towns that lie between and within the two regions and can easily extend the trip to five or six days, experiencing the work of this American master and the region’s distinctive American heritage,” said Leah Mueller, Visit Buffalo Niagara’s tourism sales director.
Visitors who take The Great Wright Road Trip can easily explore the career-spanning breadth of Wright’s genius — from the largest Prairie Style house he ever designed at the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, New York, to the epic grandeur of his mid-career masterpiece at Fallingwater to the burst of brilliance found at Kentuck Knob that was a highlight of Wright’s final years.
“The Great Wright Road Trip affords this region the opportunity to celebrate its legacy of premier architectural landmarks and the places they call home,” Mueller said. “The nine sites are as emblematic as the rich vein of Americana connecting them — miles of scenic countryside, bountiful vineyards, roadside farm stands and regional food specialties that offer up a particularly special slice of the American experience.”
Several of the Wright sites included on The Great Wright Road trip offer special programming such as the Martin House’s evening behind-the-scenes and photography workshops, Fallingwater’s brunch tours and Kentuck Knob’s special Woodland Walk.
A website for The Great Wright Road Trip highlights each Wright site in detail along with lodging recommendations, dining suggestions, interesting facts and more. Visit wrightroadtrip.com to begin planning.
Main image: Martin House; Credit: Visit Buffalo Niagara