area attractions

The beautiful Laurel Highlands is a vacationer's paradise!

The best thing about a visit to Latrobe Country Club is that not only are you able to enjoy a great round of golf, but you’re surrounded with an endless list of nearby activities.  Whether you’re staying for just a day or an entire week, you’ll never run out of things to do. This striking 100-mile region of Pennsylvania’s highest mountains and sparkling rivers offers fantastic outdoor recreation, historic and cultural sites, amusement parks, numerous festivals, eclectic dining, antiquing, fun shopping and much more.

Tour French & Indian War sites as the region continues to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of this event with a re-enactment of General Edward Braddock’s march to attack the French at Fort Duquesne. Or stroll the grounds of Fort Ligonier where you can take in the permanent exhibit of “George Washington Remembers: Reflections of the French & Indian War.”

Since 1964 more than 3.5 million people have visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in nearby Mill Run, PA. Built over a waterfall, this marvelous piece of architecture was designed in 1935 for the family of Pittsburgh department store owner Edgar J. Kaufmann. It is  unquestionably known as one of the most famous private residences ever built.

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you are only a stone’s throw from some of the best white water rafting and rock climbing in the entire eastern half of the United States. Should you come visit during the winter season, Seven Springs Mountain Resort is nestled 3000 feet above sea level atop the Laurel Mountains. With 31 ski slopes and trails, Seven Springs offers every level of skiing challenge imaginable. However, if you like your outdoors served up in a little more serene fashion, not to worry. The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail offers 70 miles of hiking and backpacking that follows the Laurel Ridge from the Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown. There are eight overnight shelter areas along the trails and clear markings throughout.

If you bring the kids along be sure to check out nearby Idlewood Amusement Park in Ligonier. It features a wonderfully maintained collection of traditional wooden roller coasters, merry-go-rounds and other rides for younger children. If you like the latest and greatest high-speed coasters and thrill rides, then take a short drive to Kennywood. Both parks feature their own waterparks for cooling off.

And don’t forget shopping. The Laurel Highland’s charming towns, cities and back-country roads are filled with antique shops with one-of-a-kind items. Award-winning wineries and breweries dot the hillsides. Shopping venues in the Laurel Highlands are as original as the merchandise being offered. You’ll come upon a glass center in a renovated train station, specialty shops and eateries in a former grist mill and there’s even an opera house in a century-old building.

This is a just a quick sampling of things-to-do. If you would like a complete listing of activities and events, be sure to check out www.laurelhighlands.org.