Anna Weltz
Anna Weltz

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Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau
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A magnificent mountainous region, the Laurel Highlands spans 3,000 square miles in southwestern Pennsylvania. Located an hours drive east of Pittsburgh, the beautiful four-season destination offers spectacular natural scenery, outstanding outdoor recreation, historic sites and attractions, family activities and world-class resorts. Notable destinations within the region include four architectural masterpieces by Frank Lloyd Wright Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, Mntyl and Duncan House Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Flight 93 National Memorial, Idlewild and Soak Zone, whitewater rafting at Ohiopyle State Park and more.

Located within 200 miles of the major metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland and Washington D.C., the Laurel Highlands can be easily accessed from exits 67, 75, 91 and 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Visitors to the Laurel Highlands can find information online at, calling 724.238.5661, and

Established in 1958, the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland counties in southwestern Pennsylvania.
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Fallingwater Honored with UNESCO World Heritage Designation
Its official! The World Heritage Committee has inscribed Frank Lloyd Wrights masterpiece, Fallingwater, and seven other works by Wright, to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List. Inaugurated in 1973, UNESCO's site list includes famed locations such as Yellowstone National Park, India's Taj Mahal, the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador, Victoria Falls in southern Africa, Machu Picchu in Peru, and the Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route in Bethlehem, West Bank.
Perhaps Wrights most widely-acclaimed creation, Fallingwater was designed in 1935 for the Kaufmanns, a prominent Pittsburgh family. Dramatically cantilevered over a waterfall, the house exemplifies Wrights concept of organic architecture: the harmonious union of art and nature. A National Historic Landmark, Fallingwater is the only major Wright-designed house to open to the public with its furnishings, artwork, and setting intact.

A Toast to Pennsylvanias Laurel Highlands
From moonshine, rye whiskey and IPAs to cider, mead and fruit wines, get a taste for southwestern Pennsylvania on the new Laurel Highlands Pour Tour! Explore the regions rolling farmland and towering mountaintops while sampling flavors as the regions diverse landscape. Every drop and flavor tells the story of the Laurel Highlands its history, heritage, agricultural diversity, and entrepreneurial spirit.
New Whiskey Rebellion Trail Weaves through Laurel Highlands
In 1794, farmers and distillers from western Pennsylvania rose up to protest the federal governments whiskey tax in a revolt that is now known as the Whiskey Rebellion. Visit the heart of Whiskey Rebellion territory and raise a glass to those who led the charge.
A must see stop along the trail in the Laurel Highlands is West Overton Village. It was here in 1829 that Abraham Overholt expanded his family distillery, as Old Farm Pure Rye became one of the most successful rye whiskey brands of all time. After a 100-year hiatus, the distilling has returned to this historic site. Get up close and personal with the new Seed to Sip experience, where groups can see, taste, touch, and experiment with the mash and distilling processes.
Check Out These Cool and Kitschy Festivals and Events
Pennsylvania Maple Festival, late March to early April
March is the sweetest month in the Laurel Highlands! Our region takes great pride in the tradition of tapping maple trees and producing maple syrup and other goodies.
Kecksburg UFO Festival, late July
On Dec. 9, 1965, Kecksburg residents reported that a fireball streaked through the sky and then an object showed up in the nearby woods. Was it aliens, a meteor, or something else entirely?
Great American Banana Split Festival, late August
Explore the hometown of Mister Fred Rogers and golf legend Arnold Palmer and the birthplace of the banana split Latrobe!
Ligonier Highland Games, mid-September
Follow the skirl of bagpipes to beautiful Ligonier for the annual gathering of the Scottish Clans!
Mother Earth News Fair, mid to late September
This fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event features dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops.