In southwestern Pennsylvania, 3,000 miles of the Laurel Highlands hide serene, stunning natural and manmade wonders. The highlands attract visitors looking to explore and reconnect with nature in all its forms, from the sweet-scented, laurel-covered hills to the drama of cascading waterfalls.


The rolling mountains and valleys of the Laurel Highlands inspired Frank Lloyd Wright to design some of the most impressive gems of his architectural career, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site Fallingwater. Fallingwater, the iconic “organic architecture” home positioned over the crest of a serene waterfall, is located in the highlands, as are three other incredible homes he designed.


Pennsylvania’s craft beverage history runs deeper than its valleys. Both the oldest whiskey distillery and the oldest brewery reside in the state, and it is home to numerous modern whiskey makers, wineries, and craft breweries. Groups can request a passport with a list of craft beverage makers in the area, then embark on the self-guided “Pour Tour.” Some highlights on the tour include the West Overton Village and Ridge Runner Distillery, located near where the 1794 Whiskey Rebellion took place.


Incredible history is hidden away around the highlands. To see everything, groups can embark on a four-day road trip called the Historic National Road Byway with 20 stops at some of the most historically significant places in the entire country. The Byway offers groups an easy itinerary to see sites like the Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, and more.


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Main Image: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater; Credit: Western Pennsylvania Conservancy