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15+ Driveable Weekend Getaways from Pittsburgh for Any Time of the Year

Searching for the best weekend trips from Pittsburgh? Keep reading for 15+ weekend getaways near Pittsburgh!

Sometimes a weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of Pittsburgh is needed.

While Pittsburgh is a lively city with tons of fun and exciting things to do, you may want to spend the weekend away as a city escape! Surprisingly, there are a lot of interesting cities and places to visit not far from Pittsburgh, making them for great, drivable weekend getaways from Pittsburgh!

Destinations like Pittsburgh’s neighboring cities Erie, Cleveland, Washington DC, and Columbus make for great weekend trips from Pittsburgh. For this list of weekend getaways from Pittsburgh, we decided to select places that were within easy driving distance and places that are great for any time of the year! Our list includes weekend destinations for those who are looking to explore anything from new cities to no phone service forests to off-the-beaten-path destinations.

Here are our favorite weekend getaways within five hours of Pittsburgh!

Planning your Weekend Getaway from Pittsburgh

When picking where you want to go for your weekend trip from Pittsburgh, consider if your trip has a purpose. Are you traveling with your family? Is this a couples weekend getaway? Are you looking to go off the grid for the weekend? The weekend trips suggested in this post are very diverse so weigh your options and consider what kind of things you want to do on your weekend away. All of these destinations are also within an easy five-hour drive of Pittsburgh, so you can easily drive on a Friday night or Saturday morning to arrive at your destinations.

When we’ve taken weekend trips from Pittsburgh, we try to maximize our time. Typically we plan to either leave on a Friday night or Saturday morning and return Sunday evening in Pittsburgh. This way, we are only booking a hotel for one or two nights.

Plan your perfect weekend getaway with our step-by-step guide!

15+ Awesome Weekend Trips from Pittsburgh

Morgantown, West Virginia: 1.5 Hours

Whether you’re a fan of Pitt’s former rival, visiting Mountaineer country is still a lot of fun as a city escape! Football aside, Morgantown has a lot of great outdoor activities in case you need a city break from Pittsburgh! Morgantown is a college town, so if you’re looking for cheap happy hours, good food, and an energetic vibe take a weekend and visit Morgantown. Read more about things to do in Morgantown in our post!

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Kayaking at Cheat Lake Morgantown West Virginia

Wheeling, West Virginia: 1.5 Hours

Wheeling, West Virginia is a historic industrial city only an hour and a half west of Pittsburgh in that strange shape of West Virginia between Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Wheeling was once a hub for rail transportation and the glass industry; however, with industrial decline, Wheeling has become a picture of what used to be. Today, you can visit historic sites, museums, a casino, and the Oglebay Resort and Museums. The Oglebay Resort has a few museums on site, golf courses, a spa, and a zoo to explore! Oglebay’s claim to fame is their annual Christmas Light Display! Read more about how to spend a weekend in Wheeling here!

Plan Your Weekend Trip to Wheeling

Erie, Pennsylvania: 2 Hours

Need a beach fix? Just drive two hours north of Pittsburgh and you’ll arrive at Pennsylvania’s only beach at Lake Erie! Erie is a much smaller city than Pittsburgh, but there are lots of things to do including minor league sporting events, Presque Isle State Park, and the Lake Erie Wine Trail. The Lake Erie wine country is known for its unique and sweet wine flavors and picturesque wineries so it makes for a great couples weekend getaway near Pittsburgh. Read more about two days in Erie here!

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Erie Pennsylvania Beach at Presque Isle State Park

Canton, Ohio: 2 Hours

We know Pittsburgh locals love their Steelers, so if you’re looking for more football, visit Canton. Canton is home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame! There are also a number of other interesting history-related activities in Canton. View a sample two-day Canton itinerary here!

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Pro Football Fall of Fame Museum Canton Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio: 2 Hours

Cleveland is considered an underrated city for museum-goers and sports lovers! And it’s only a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh! Cleveland has the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an awesome science center, art museums, the Christmas Story House, and some good (and not-so-good) sports teams. Like Pittsburgh, Cleveland has its interesting neighborhoods, so it’s a great city to explore! Read more about a weekend trip from Pittsburgh to Cleveland here!

Plan your weekend getaway trip to Cleveland!

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Cleveland Ohio

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Deep Creek Maryland: 2 Hours

If you haven’t had enough of the outdoors by visiting Morgantown for a weekend getaway from Pittsburgh, spend a weekend in Deep Creek Maryland. Deep Creek has a large, lively lake with surrounding hiking trails, boating, camping, and fishing. So if you have a boat that you want to take somewhere else besides the three rivers, take it down to Deep Creek! Even if you’re not a boating person, Deep Creek Lake makes for a beautiful and refreshing weekend away from the city!

Plan your weekend getaway to Deep Creek

Buffalo and Niagara Falls, New York: 4 Hours

For those who want to venture a little further north, consider visiting Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Buffalo is an awesome city not far from Niagara Falls without a higher tourist price tag.

Buffalo is the birthplace of the buffalo chicken wing! The name makes sense now right? So if you’re taking a weekend trip from Pittsburgh to Buffalo, you have to try the wings! In addition to the wing scene, Buffalo has a zoo, museums, and sports teams, and plenty to explore near Niagara Falls. Read more about things to do in Buffalo here

Plan Your Trip to Niagara Falls and Buffalo

Niagara Falls American Side

Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania: 1 hour

Ohiopyle makes for a great outdoor day trip or weekend away from the city! Ohiopyle State Park is nestled in the rolling hills of the Laurel Highlands and has a lot to offer including hiking trails, white-water rafting, waterfalls, and two Frank Lloyd Wright Houses nearby.

If you’re looking for an adrenaline-rushing adventure, consider white water rafting with Laurel Highlands River Tours. Depending on your adventure level, you can ride up to class 5 rapids! For those who enjoy hiking, Ohiopyle is full of hiking trails of ranging difficulties. And don’t forget to visit Cucumber Falls and the natural water slides to cool off after hiking!

Cucumber Falls Ohiopyle Pennsylvania

If you happen to visit Ohiopyle on a rainy weekend, tour the Frank Lloyd Wright Houses: Kentuck Knob and Fallingwater! Fallingwater is famed for being built over a waterfall while Kentuck Knob has no right angles in the house! Fallingwater was just designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Plan Your Trip to Ohiopyle!

Columbus Ohio: 3 Hours

I know, people from Pennsylvania don’t really like Ohio, especially Columbus… but college football teams aside, Columbus is a city very reminiscent of Pittsburgh. Columbus has tons of museums, a great beer and bar scene, and quirky local neighborhoods that Pittsburghers would appreciate. Columbus is a great weekend getaway from Pittsburgh if you’re looking to explore a new city!

Plan Your Trip to Columbus Ohio

Washington D.C.: 4 Hours

Want to have a jam-packed itinerary for your weekend trip from Pittsburgh, take a trip to the nation’s capital! Washington D.C. is full of so many things to do from visiting monuments to touring museums to visiting the National Zoo. Hit up the must-see sights along the National Mall, but also venture into D.C.’s neighborhoods to find smaller museums, fun walking tours, and ethnic food. Whether you’re doing a weekend getaway or trip with the family, Washington D.C. has plenty to do for everyone!

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United States Capitol Building Washington DC

Cincinnati, Ohio: 5 hours

If you want to try and hit every major city in Ohio, consider adding Cincinnati to your weekend getaway from Pittsburgh considerations! Visiting Cincinnati also means on Monday when you go back to work you can tell people you visited Kentucky too! Cincinnati is located right on the border of Ohio and Kentucky (with a pedestrian bridge that connects the two!), so why not pay it a visit too! Cincinnati is home to one of the top zoos in the country, unique cuisine like Cincinnati chili, and fun museums!

Plan Your Weekend Getaway from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati

Davis, West Virginia: 3 hours

For those looking to escape deep into the forest and mountains, Davis, West Virginia is for you. Davis, West Virginia is located in the heart of the Potomac Highlands. Here, you won’t find phone service or much Wifi, so you can easily disconnect from the world and connect with nature. While visiting Davis, you can explore one of West Virginia’s most sought out state Blackwater Falls. Around Davis, you can hike, bike, backpack, and enjoy summer and winter sports. Also, venture to surrounding areas to explore unique landscapes like the Dolly Sods plateau and Seneca Rocks.

Elakala Falls Blackwater Falls State Park West Virginia

Plan your Trip to Davis West Virginia

Jamestown, New York: 2.5 Hours

Jamestown, New York is an underrated city on the western side of New York. Located just 40 minutes from Erie, Jamestown is located near the New York wine country and Chautauqua Lake.

Jamestown’s claim to fame is that its birthplace of Lucille Ball, so it’s only appropriate that this city be the “capital of comedy!” Jamestown is home to the National Comedy Center and Lucy-Desi Museum. During summer, nearby Chautauqua Lake becomes full of lake-goers and summer fun. Surrounding Jamestown, you can find walking and hiking trails.

Plan Your Weekend Trip to Jamestown

The Finger Lakes, New York: 5 hours

For those looking to experience the East Coast’s version of Sonoma, you have to visit the Finger Lakes! The Finger Lakes are a series of lakes located near the border of New York and Pennsylvania. Because of the lake effect, this region is perfect for growing grapes and making wine!

The Finger Lakes makes for a perfect weekend getaway from Pittsburgh if you’re looking for a different wine experience from Erie. It’s also a perfect weekend getaway for all times of the year; we visited during Valentine’s Day and loved it.

Plan Your Weekend Getaway to the Finger Lakes!

The Pennsylvania Grand Canyon: 4 hours

Did you know that Pennsylvania has its own “Grand Canyon?” Pine Creek Gorge, or the PA Grand Canyon, is carved into the Allegheny Plateau in north-central Pennsylvania.

The PA Grand Canyon is centrally located near some of the most remote and beautiful state parks in Pennsylvania for outdoor activities. Some of these parks include Cherry Springs for stargazers, Lyman Run for fishing and hiking, and Ole Bowl for swimming and picnicking! If you’re looking for an outdoorsy weekend trip from Pittsburgh consider the PA Grand Canyon!

Learn more about visiting the PA Grand Canyon here!

Hershey, Pennsylvania: 3 Hours

If you’re looking for something fun to do with family and kids, consider visiting Hershey Park and Chocolate World for a weekend trip from Pittsburgh! At Hershey Chocolate World, you can experience the world of making chocolate. Here, you can shop for giant candy bars, take a tour of the factory, see a 4D movie, and much more!

During the summers Hershey Park, Hershey’s theme Park, is a sweet destination for families. The park is also open during Halloween and Christmas for themed fun! Also in Hershey, you can see go to a Hershey Bears hockey game, the minor league hockey team.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: 3 Hours

For the history buff, Gettysburg Pennsylvania is an exciting destination to visit! Gettysburg National Historic Park is a great place to learn about American Civil War history. Here, you can tour the museum, visit the preserved battlefields, and countless monuments and memorials. Throughout the year, you can take guided tours of the battlefield, experience living history, and go on spooky ghost tours.

Downtown Gettysburg also attracts visitors for its charming downtown dining, shopping, and craft beer scene. Being in the “middle of nowhere” Pennsylvania, you’ll get a slice of the countryside by going on a weekend trip to Gettysburg.

Where will your next weekend trip from Pittsburgh be?

Hopefully, we were able to help you pick the best weekend trip from Pittsburgh for you! If you can think of any other places to visit near Pittsburgh let us know in the comments below! Where will you go for your next weekend trip from Pittsburgh?

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Pam & Kathrine

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