Pittsburgh is surrounded by plenty of drivable destinations. With low gas prices and plenty of other reasons to maintain a little distance from others, take this opportunity to explore your surroundings and appreciate the beauty our state has to offer.
If you’re looking to take a scenic drive around Pittsburgh, here are some great places to visit!
- Founded in 1893 by steel and real-estate magnate Henry Phipps, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens exist to educate and entertain with formal gardens and various exotic plants. It is a City of Pittsburgh historical landmark and is listed on the National Register for Historic Places. Additionally, its greenhouse production facility is the first and only greenhouse to be Platinum-level LEED certified.
- Less than two hours away from the hustle and bustle of Pittsburgh, Ohiopyle Pennsylvania is a beautiful escape to nature. With a multitude of parks in the area, take time to hike, explore waterfalls, and go white-water rafting. While you’re in the area, make sure to take a tour of Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, examples of architectural brilliance designed by Frank Wright.
- Take a trip back in time by visiting Lancaster County, most commonly referred to as Amish Country. Shop for one of a kind handcrafted items in Strasburg, Bird-in-Hand, and Lancaster itself. While you’re in the area, make sure to stop by the Lancaster Central Market and take a ride in an authentic Amish buggy.
- For a fun yet educational experience, Gettysburg is great for all ages. Learn about Civil War History, browse shops, and make a weekend out of it by staying at a cozy hotel. While you’re in the area, make sure to check out the Gettysburg National Cemetery, General Lee’s Headquarters Museum, and the Jennie Wade House.