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Celebrating the Centennial: Exploring Our National Park Sites

Three Night, Four Day Itinerary Suggestion

In 2016, the National Park Service celebrated 100 years of maintaining and advocating for the most special places in America. Here, in the Laurel Highlands we celebrate year round with five National Park Sites in our region. Discover our rich history, cultural, and natural beauty, through these incredible sites and the wonderful legacies that have impacted our nation's history. 

Day One:

  • Allegheny Portage RailroadExperience the wonder of engineering at the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site.
  • Visit the Johnstown Flood National Memorial, the site of the infamous dam that failed and devastated the area with flood waters in 1889.
  • Check into your lodging and enjoy lunch at the hotel restaurant.
  • Visit the Heritage Discovery Center, for a guided walking tour of Johnstown including fascinating flood and heritage information.
  • Learn how immigrants to the area lived at a visit to the Wagner Ritter House.
  • Tour the fascinating history of local heritage and industry at the Heritage Discovery Center.
  • Enjoy an ethnic feast and entertainment at the Ethnic Social Club at the Heritage Discovery Center.

Day Two:

  • Flight 93Breakfast at your lodging. 
  • Discover the history of the flood and the triumphant recovery at the Johnstown Flood Museum.
  • Ride on the Johnstown Inclined Plane, the world’s steepest vehicular inclined plane, for an amazing view. 
  • Flight 93 National Memorial, “a common field one day, a field of honor forever.”
  • Visit the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel, which is dedicated as a spiritual memorial and perpetual tribute in honor of the heroes.
  • Take a seat at Kitty's Corner Café and enjoy lunch on the Diamond in downtown Somerset.
  • Check in at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania's largest four-season resort.

Day Three:

  • Fort Necessity National BattlefieldBreakfast buffet and expansive views at Seven Springs
  • Visit the Laurel Highlands Falls Area Visitors Center in Ohiopyle State Park to learn more about George Washington’s navigation of the Youghiogheny River during the French and Indian War.
  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield, the site of George Washington’s first military engagement and only defeat 
  • Sit back and enjoy local 'mountain fare' along the Historic National Road Corridor at Braddocks Inn Restaurant.
  • Try a hands-on activity at Touchstone Center for Crafts, an authentic Appalachian arts center.
  • Dinner and relaxation on your own at Seven Springs 

Day Four:

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