Kecksburg UFO

Roadside Oddities and Curiosities

Find Laurel Highlands hidden locations, unusual attractions, unique landmarks and more

Throughout the Laurel Highlands' history, our area has been home to a number of historic events, battles and firsts, leaving a trail of landmarks and interesting relics throughout the region worth a stop. Explore our interactive map below and read on to learn about the birthplace of the banana split, an alien UFO and many more places you can drive by (or see on a short walk) throughout the Laurel Highlands.

Historic Firsts

Birthplace of the Banana Split

Did you know that the Laurel Highlands is home to some historical firsts? McDonald's iconic Big Mac was first served in Uniontown in 1967, the banana split was invented in 1904 in Latrobe, the city that also claims the first professional football player.

Can't-Miss Landmarks

Saint Vincent College Basilica

It's easy to know when you're in the Laurel Highlands thanks to these landmarks! Drive by one of the oldest Basilicas in the U.S. at Saint Vincent College, check out the 60-foot cross at Jumonville and ride the giant slide at Mammoth Park.

Things That Go Bump in the Night

Kecksburg Acorn

If you love the paranormal, there's a lot of spooky sights to check out in and around the Laurel Highlands. See the fabled crash sight of the 1965 UFO in Kecksburg. Explore a trolley graveyard and stay overnight in a haunted house in Windber. Then, check out the places where horror classics like Dawn of the Dead and The Silence of the Lambs were filmed.

Roadside Giants

Roadside Giants

Created by local students, these towering sculptures of a 1920s Packard, 1940s Bennet gas pump and bicycle are worth seeking out as you travel along the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor.

Highway Murals

Lincoln Highway Murals

As you cruise the Lincoln Highway, be on the lookout for these murals painted on the sides of barns, storefronts and buildings.

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