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Things to do During Fall

Enjoy the Beautiful Fall Foliage in the Laurel Highlands

Fall foliage

When Do the Leaves Change Color?

Eager and dedicated “leaf peepers” are always anxious to take their first fall drive of the season and curious to know when the leaves will start changing. Autumn color is not 100% predictable. Late September to early October are usually the best times to check out the bursts of color. This awesome interactive map for country-wide fall foliage prediction can help you better plan your trip and improve your chances of seeing peak fall color. The wide array of arbor species found in the Laurel Highlands adds more color to the display.  

Fall Festivals

Autumn Fest

The remarkable lineup of fall festivals in the Laurel Highlands will you have busy all season long. From the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival to the Halloween events. See live reenactments and watch the parade at the classic Fort Ligonier Days. From apples to ice cream and wine to chili, these festivals celebrate so many autumn flavors.

Fall Drives

Random Fall

Not sure what to do on a Saturday afternoon with the family? Pack up the kids, be sure to bring your camera and take the scenic route! Learn more about which roads to take and where to stop to eat on the way.

Fort Ligonier Days

Fort Ligonier Days

Come and join us for the 58th annual Fort Ligonier Days on October 13-15 to celebrate the historical events that took place at Fort Ligonier 259 years ago. From the parade to dozens of vendors to artillery demonstrations, there is something fun, or delicious for everyone!

Flight 93 - Remembering 9/11


Grab a warm jacket, pick up some flowers and take a free self-guided tour through Flight 93. You can pay your respects to the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93 on September 11, 2001 and learn something new about the tragic event between dawn and dusk every day. 

Ohiopyle State Park

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There are SO many things to do at Ohiopyle State Park during any season, but this is your last chance to see the incredible fall views before the snow starts to fall. Take in the captivating fall foliage while you zip line, kayak, bike or rock climb. 



If you're looking for a leisurely walk, a grueling climb or anything in between, you can find it here in the Laurel Highlands. Map out your next autumnal adventure with our interactive hiking map

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright

This year we are celebrating the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright, the architect behind three beautiful homes in the Laurel Highlands: Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob and Duncan House. Visiting the work of Wright is a perfect day trip anytime, but the fall foliage surrounding the homes is absolutely breathtaking. 

Cabins & Campgrounds


There's nothing quite like the great outdoors, especially in the Laurel Highlands during fall. Take a break from the city life, ditch the cell phone for a weekend and stay in a cabinlodgeRV or set up a tent in a campground!

Vacation Rentals


Sometimes summer vacations just aren't enough. Take a weekend, or week, getaway to the Laurel Highlands this fall. The perfect rental is waiting for you. Whether it be an exquisite house or a quaint, charming cottage, every rental is guaranteed to make you feel at home. 

Romantic Packages


Every day that you spend with your sweetheart is the best day of your life, but how often do you go on a romantic date? Take the scenic route through the incredible Laurel Highlands with your loved one and go "glamping", visit Nemacolin's Woodlands Resort Spa or share a bottle of wine at the Glades Pike Winery

Family-Friendly Halloween


There are still ways to enjoy Halloween in the Laurel Highlands if you're not into the creepy, crawly stuff. Try some delicious seasonal ice cream and pick the perfect pumpkin for everyone in the family at Kerber's Pumpkin Days, take a scenic chairlift ride at Seven Springs or take the kiddos to HallowBOO! at Idlewild.

Haunted Attractions

Haunted hillside man

Do you consider yourself a thrill-seeker? There are countless bone-chilling places to visit in the Laurel Highlands in the spirit of Halloween. Spend a night at the haunted Larimer Mansion or take a ride on the Haunted Hayloft, if you dare.