25+ Weekend Trips from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

As someone who’s lived all across the state of Pennsylvania, I have quite a bit of experience with weekend trips from Pittsburgh, PA. With everything going on in the world, more people are planning road trips and staying close to home than ever before. Whether you’re planning a family trip, couples trip, or girls weekend getaway from Pittsburgh, there are so many options near and far.

To help you plan your trip, this post includes where to stay, eat and sightsee in a variety of weekend destinations we’ve visited over the years. While the focus is on departing from Pittsburgh, we recommend these weekend getaways in Pennsylvania and the surrounding states regardless of your originating city.

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Weekend Trips from Pittsburgh: Table of Contents

Weekend Getaways From Pittsburgh Under a 2 Hour Drive

If you’re looking for fun weekend getaways close to Pittsburgh with a short drive, there are SO many great options to choose from. Below are our favorite weekend trips near Pittsburgh that could make fun day trips from Pittsburgh as well.

Note: All distances are based on Pittsburgh’s city center. Therefore, actual driving time may vary depending on which part of Pittsburgh you live in.

Erie, Pennsylvania

Located in Northwest Pennsylvania, Lake Erie is one of the best weekend getaways near Pittsburgh. There are so many fun things to do in Erie, PA, including a trip to the beach at Presque Isle State Park or a boat ride on Lake Erie with Scallywag’s Pirate Adventures. Waldameer amusement park and the Erie Zoo are also two of our favorite kid-friendly things to do in Erie, PA.

Read here for more on a weekend in Erie: Weekend Trip to Erie with Kids

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Laurel Highlands & Ligonier, PA

If you’re looking for one of the most adorable small towns in America with fun for the whole family, Ligonier is the perfect Pennsylvania getaway for you. Ligonier is located east of Pittsburgh in the beautiful Laurel Highlands. Idlewild & SoakZone is one of the most popular things to do with kids in Ligonier. The nearby Ligioner Valley Train Museum is also a great place to stop. Shopping in Ligonier, PA is also plentiful. You can browse the variety of shops in Ligioner’s Diamond or visit the amazing Ligonier Country Market. To get your fix of history, visit Fort Ligonier or the Lincoln Highway Experience.

Read here for more: Weekend Getaway to Ligonier, PA with Kids

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More Ideas for a Weekend in Laurel Highlands

If you’re looking for romantic getaways near Pittsburgh, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is also in the Laurel Highlands. We originally planned a baby moon there in the Spring. The resort is beautiful and includes a number of amenities like golfing, a full service spa and fine dining. Unfortunately, we had cancel due to the pandemic, but we’re hoping to visit in the future!

Instead, we did a day trip to Laurel Highlands to explore a few of the great things to do in Ohiopyle, PA. Our day trip from Pittsburgh included a visit to Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, which are both Frank Lloyd Wright houses in PA. On a prior trip we also went whitewater rafting in Ohiopyle. (One of the most fun things to do in Laurel Highlands!)

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

Cleveland, OH

Just like Pittsburgh, Cleveland has been experiencing a transformation in the past several years. Weekend getaways in Cleveland, Ohio can include anything from exploring the lakefront trails and lakefront, to brewery hopping and museums. Plus, you can’t miss the famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. There is also great nightlife in Cleveland, including live music and unique venues like The Corner Alley and Hobfrahaus. Fun things to do in Cleveland with kids include the Cleveland Children’s Museum, Great Lakes Science Center and Cleveland Zoo.

Indiana, PA

Whether you’re visiting IUP for the weekend or are looking for a fun day trip, Indiana, PA is a great option. One of the most popular things to do in Indiana, PA is visiting the Jimmy Carter Museum to learn more about the Hollywood actor. You can also tour the Jimmy Stewart Airport or visit during the annual Jimmy Stewart Airshow. The Buttermilk Falls Natural Area is a beautiful hike in Pennsylvania that allows you to walk behind a waterfall. For things to do in Indiana, PA with kids, visit the massive Mack Park and the Indiana Community Garden.

Read for more on a weekend in Indiana, PA: Guide to Visiting Indiana, PA

Buttermilk Falls Walking Bridge Indiana PA things to do with kids

Butler, PA

Butler is located just North of Pittsburgh. With it’s proximity to the city it’s often overlooked when looking for weekend getaways near Pittsburgh, PA. Whether you want a day trip for a change of scenery or an easy overnight stay, there are so many great things to do in Butler, PA. Moraine State Park and McConnells Mill State Park offer outdoor adventures and some of the best hiking trails near Pittsburgh. Succopp Nature Park is another great place to walk the trails and bird watch. In addition to Downtown Butler, there are a number of cute towns to explore including Saxonburg, Harmony and Mars. If you’re looking for breweries near Pittsburgh, there are several throughout Butler County that make up the Butler beer circuit.

  • Where to Eat in Butler, PA: Cummings Coffee and Candy has several locations throughout Butler County. The Chop Shop and Cannella Cafe are both great restaurants in Downtown Butler County. The nearby Harmony Inn is a must visit for yummy German food and a huge selection of beers on tap.
  • Where to Stay in Butler, PA: Suite Thyme is the most amazing AirBnB in downtown Butler. It’s a quiet, beautifully decorated space in walking distance to restaurants and shops in Downtown Butler. They also offer wellness experiences including yoga, herbal baths, essential oils and more.
  • Distance from Pittsburgh to Butler, PA: 33 miles/ 51 minutes

Staycation in Pittsburgh

We love exploring our own city and have done quite a few weekend getaways in Pittsburgh over the years. Whether you’re looking for romantic getaways in Pittsburgh or fun things to do in Pittsburgh with kids, the options are endless. One of our favorite things to do in Pittsburgh includes visiting one of several great museums in Pittsburgh. Our favorites include the Carnegie Museums, the Heinz History Center and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Phipps Conservatory and the Pittsburgh Zoo are two more of our favorite family things to do in Pittsburgh. Additionally, for great sightseeing in Pittsburgh, you can tour the city by boat on the Gateway Clipper or ride the Duquesne Incline.

A Pittsburgh weekend getaway is also perfect for a couples weekend or girls trip. You can visit one of many Pittsburgh distilleries or breweries, see a show in the theater district or go bar hopping in the South Side.

Be sure to also check out our page on things to do in Pittsburgh with kids for more information on our favorite Pittsburgh attractions.

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Weekend Getaways from Pittsburgh, PA Under 5 Hours

Are you willing to drive a little further for your weekend trips from Pittsburgh? The are so many options if you’re looking for some of the best road trips from Pittsburgh. Below are just a few weekend getaways in Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas that we’ve enjoyed over the years. These all offer a number of things to do, whether you want a family weekend, a couples getaway or a trip with friends.

Hershey, PA

For a weekend full of fun and chocolate, Hershey, Pennsylvania is one of our favorite weekend getaways in Pennsylvania for families. The biggest draw to Hershey is Hersheypark, which also includes ZooAmerica with admission. The Hershey Story and Chocolate World both offer hands-on experiences to learn more about Milton Hershey and chocolate. If you’re looking for a spa weekend in Pennsylvania, the Hershey Spa is a great option.

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Lancaster, PA

Lancaster, PA is another great option right next to Hershey, PA. I grew up in Lancaster and love going back there to experience my childhood favorites with my son. For a working farm in Lancaster, PA with activities for kids, visit Oregon Dairy or Cherry Crest Farms. The Strasburg Railroad and the nearby Strasburg train shop are perfect for the train lovers in your life. The Hands-on-House Children’s Museum and Dutch Wonderland are two more great options for fun things to do in Lancaster with kids. If you love ice cream, you can’t miss the Turkey Hill Experience. Lancaster also has the best outlet shopping in Pennsylvania, including Tanger Outlets in Lancaster and Shops at Rockvale.

  • Where to Eat in Lancaster: For the best Smorgasbord in Lancaster, PA, Shady Maple can’t be missed for breakfast. The Greenfield Restaurant is a great option for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Plough is an awesome farm-to-table restaurant with a diverse menu. (It’s also next to The Exchange and other great bars in downtown Lancaster.) Be sure to also check out the Lancaster Brewing Company, one of several breweries in Lancaster, PA.
  • Where to Stay in Lancaster: If you’re looking for unique places to stay in Lancaster, PA, Tiny Home Estates in Elizabethtown and Fulton Steamboat Inn are both fun options. For a traditional hotel, the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square is a centrally located hotel in downtown Lancaster.
  • Distance from Pittsburgh to Lancaster: 238 miles/ 3 hours 45 minutes

Philadelphia, PA

The “city of brotherly love” has so much to offer. Whether you’re planning a girls weekend in Philadelphia, a couples getaway or a family trip, there are plenty of things to do. For historical sites in Philadelphia, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and Congress Hall are must do’s. On a family trip to Philadelphia, check out the Franklin Institute and the Please Touch Museum. Sports fans can also catch a game at Lincoln Financial Center or the Phillies stadium. Planning a girls weekend in Philadelphia? Go shopping on Walnut Street, visit South Street or try one of several live music venues in Philadelphia. There are also several great parks in Philly, including Fairmont Park.

 

State College, PA

State College, PA is home to my alma mater, Penn State University. It’s also where my husband and I met and eventually got married. The biggest draws to State College are football games at Beaver Stadium and concerts at the Bryce Jordan Center. If you like nature and the outdoors, the Arboretum at Penn State and Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center offer family-friendly activities. Whipple Dam State Park and hiking at Mt. Nittany are more great options. I also hear great things about the Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania, but we have yet to visit it.

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Penn State Arboretum

Baltimore, MD

Baltimore, MD is a unique waterfront city packed with history and culture. The National Aquarium of Baltimore and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor are two of the best things to do in Baltimore, MD. Fort McHenry gives you an up close look at where the Star Spangled Banner was written. Camden Yards, where the Oriole’s play, is also a great baseball stadium. For a couples or girls weekend in Baltimore, you can also spend a night out in Fell’s point or Power Plant Live. (The Howling Moon piano bar there is super fun!)

 

Washington, DC

DC is one of our favorite weekend getaways in the US, regardless of where you’re coming from. Tour the nation’s Capital with sites like the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial and National Mall. Visit one of several Smithsonian museums, including the National Museum of Natural History and the Air and Space Museum. Go shopping in Georgetown for both name brands and locally owned shops. Additionally, the nearby Alexandria also offers more great history, great shopping and restaurants.

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Niagara on the Lake (Ontario, Canada)

Not to be confused with it’s more touristy neighbor, Niagara Falls, Niagara on the Lake is a quaint town in Ontario, Canada. The biggest draw for a weekend in Niagara on the Lake is visiting the beautiful wineries. Some of the best wineries in Niagara on the Lake include Ravine, Stratus, Two Sisters and Chateau de Charmes. Additionally, other fun things to do in Niagara on the Lake include shopping, golfing and riding bikes along the lakefront path.

Niagara Falls shouldn’t be missed either! Search here for fun things to do in Niagara Falls.

  • Where to Eat in Niagara on the Lake: In addition to the amazing wineries, there are some great restaurants in NOTL. For farm-to-table restaurants in NOTL, have dinner at Treadwell or lunch at Ravine Winery. For a Tuscan inspired menu with live music in Niagara on the Lake, try the Old Winery Restaurant. Niagara on the Lake Golf Course Restaurant is also great for breakfast in NOTL.
  • Where to Stay in Niagara on the Lake: Post House Inn is an amazing bed and breakfast for a romantic getaway in Niagara on the Lake. The Hilton Garden Inn is a great family friendly hotel in Niagara.
  • Distance from Pittsburgh to Niagara on the Lake: 250 miles/ 4 hour drive

If you’re planning more of a family weekend, Niagara Falls US or Canada are both great options for weekend trips from Pittsburgh. Toronto is also about 30 miles from Niagara on the Lake. It can make a great day trip from Niagara Falls area or a separate weekend getaway from Pittsburgh.

Note: A passport or passport card is required to travel to Canada from the US. Currently, the border between the US and Canada is closed.

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More Great Weekend Trips from Pittsburgh Under a 5 Hour Drive

The list above just scratches the surface! Below are a few more great weekend trips from Pittsburgh, including some with nonstop flights. Feel free to comment below if you’d like more specific recommendations on where to stay and things to do in any of these cities.

  • Buffalo, NY is a riverfront city that’s been revitalized with many new attractions integrated into the older buildings and surroundings.
  • Annapolis, MD is the perfect waterfront getaway with a historical town and Naval/ sailing influence throughout.
  • Jim Thorpe, PA in the Poconos is an adorable town with great restaurants and shopping, plus year-round train rides for the family.
  • Columbus, OH and Cincinnati, OH are two more great cities by the river in Ohio. They offer great restaurants, breweries and fun things to do for the whole family.

Weekend Trips From Pittsburgh Via Nonstop Flight

These days, many people are opting for weekend road trips from Pittsburgh vs flying. If you’re interested in flying to your destination, however, several new nonstop flights have been added from PIT in recent years. Below is a list of some of our favorite weekend getaways in the US with nonstop flights from Pittsburgh. Note that some of these are better suited for a long weekend, given the distance and flight time.

Are there any additional destinations you’d add to this list of the best weekend getaways from Pittsburgh? If so, please share in the comments!

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13 thoughts on “25+ Weekend Trips from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  1. I love the way that you organized this article! It is so straightforward when it comes to look for some quick getaways from Pittsburgh! You always have such fun ideas!!

  2. I grew up in Pittsburgh, and these are great suggestions. I especially love that you included Ligonier. Fort Ligonier was one of my favorite things to do as a kid. Laurel Highlands is also beautiful, and Nemacolin Woodlands is a very special place to visit. You nailed it with these. Idlewild is one of the oldest theme parks in America as well, and perfect for a day visit. Great suggestions and there is so much to do not far from Pittsburgh. A great post for anyone traveling to the area!

  3. This is quite a hub being you could go to Canada, Ohio, WDC, lakes that look like oceans! Lots of options – I am working on a similar post for Naples, Florida but its all about different beaches lol.

  4. Such fun ideas! I’ve only been to Pittsburgh in PA, and I’m so ready to go back and explore other spots in the area! Niagara on the Lake sounds amazing.

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