Local Driving Vacations

Depending on whether you want hiking, culture, relaxation or a combination of many activities, you will find suggestions on visitpa.com.

Some of my other favorite destinations that are an easy drive from Pittsburgh include:

Hershey, Pa: Just a little more than three hours east of Pittsburgh. Full of attractions including Hershey Amusement Park (hersheypark.com); Chocolate World (hersheys.com/chocolateworld); Zoo America (zooamerica.com); Falcons (hersheypa.com/falconry) and the chocolate spa at Hotel Hershey. (chocolatespa.com)

Williamsport, Pa.: Three hours northwest of Pittsburgh. Worth the drive if you are a Little League Baseball fan. Little League Baseball was founded in Williamsport, and the town is home to the Little League Museum and Hall of Excellence. August is World Series Month. (cityofwilliamsport.org)


Idlewild and SoakZone, near Ligonier, Pa.: One hour east of Pittsburgh. Visit Story Book Forest if you have little ones. (idlewild.com) While you are in the area, check out Seven Springs Mountain Resort (7springs.com) and Hidden Valley (hiddenvalleyresort.com) for summer activities. Both resorts are about half an hour from Idlewild.

Oglebay Resort, Wheeling, W.Va.: One hour south of Pittsburgh. Activities including golf, Oglebay Gardens, a 30-acre zoo and a train ride to get you close to the animals. (oglebay-resort.com)

Erie, Pa.: Two hours north of Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city is chock-a-block with activities. (visiteriepa.com) Try the Lake Erie Wine Trail for the views (lakeeriewine.com), Presque Isle State Park with its 32,000-acre sandy peninsula and seven miles of beaches (presqueisle.org), Erie’s Discovery Square (goerie.com) or the Erie Zoo (eriezoo.org). No matter the weather, Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park (spashlagoon.com) will transport you to a South Sea island.