25 Weekend Getaways from Pittsburgh

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Sometimes, a weekend getaway from Pittsburgh is needed! While Pittsburgh is a lively city with plenty of fun and exciting things to do, you may want to spend the weekend away as a city escape or explore somewhere new and cool! Surprisingly, there are TONS of interesting cities and destinations to explore that are close to Pittsburgh, making them great, drivable weekend getaways from Pittsburgh!

Since we’re from southwestern Pennsylvania and have lived in West Virginia for over five years, we’ve explored most of Pittsburgh and its surrounding regions! For this list of weekend getaways from Pittsburgh, we decided to select places that were within easy driving distance from Pittsburgh, and destinations that offer activities for solo travelers, families, couples, and friends! Our list also includes destinations for those who are looking to explore anything from new cities to getting lost with no phone service in forests to off-the-beaten-path destinations near Pittsburgh.

Here are our favorite weekend getaways from Pittsburgh that are within 5 hours of the city!

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Best Weekend Trips from Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania Weekend Getaways from Pittsburgh

Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania: 1.5 Hours

Ah, the Laurel Highlands! We were born and raised in Latrobe, so we know the Laurel Highlands inside and out! The Laurel Highlands makes for a great weekend trip from Pittsburgh for someone looking to sit back and relax away from the city..

The Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania encompasses Fayette County, Somerset County, and Westmoreland County in the southwestern region of the state. This area has become a premier tourism region for Pennsylvania because of its outdoor recreation, historic sites, charm, and growing communities. There is truly something fun and exciting in the Laurel Highlands for everyone! From breweries to wineries to resorts to hikes to whitewater rafting to museums to small towns to camping, the Laurel Highlands has it all! And it’s not far from Pittsburgh, making it an easy weekend getaway!

Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania: 1 hour

Even though Ohiopyle is located within the Laurel Highlands, Ohiopyle deserved its own spot on this list! If you love hiking or camping, Ohiopyle State Park 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 offers miles of hiking trails, white-water rafting tours, waterfalls, and two Frank Lloyd Wright Houses that you can tour!

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 with various 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!

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 in Erie, 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.

Plan your trip to Erie

Erie Pennsylvania Beach at Presque Isle State Park

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. It’s no wonder this region of Pennsylvania is known as the “Pennsylvania Wilds.” Some of these parks include Cherry Springs for stargazers, Lyman Run for fishing and hiking, and Ole Bowl for swimming and picnicking! You can also tour the PA Lumber Museum, tour an ice mine, and explore Wellsboro, one of the few larger towns in the region.

If you’re looking for an outdoorsy weekend trip from Pittsburgh, consider the PA Grand Canyon!

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 go to a Hershey Bears hockey game, the minor league hockey team affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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 visit countless monuments and memorials. Throughout the year, you can take guided battlefield tours, experience living history, and go on spooky ghost tours.

Downtown Gettysburg also attracts visitors for its charming dining, shopping, and craft beer scene. Located in the “middle of nowhere” Pennsylvania, a weekend trip to Gettysburg offers a slice of the countryside.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 5 hours

Philadelphia is a great weekend trip from Pittsburgh if you want to explore historic sites and museums! Since Philly was the birthplace of the United States, there is no shortage of historical activities. Spend a day exploring the historic sites and museums and enjoy a few Philly cheesesteaks! Another fun option is to consider seeing your favorite Pittsburgh sports team play in an away game!

Ohio Weekend Getaways from Pittsburgh

Sugar Creek, Ohio: 2 Hours

If you want to get away from the city and experience country life, consider taking a weekend trip to Sugar Creek, Ohio! This small town in the Amish Country of Ohio has quaint markets, shops, and local cuisine. Sugar Creek, Ohio, is also known as the “Little Switzerland of Ohio” because of its historical Swiss heritage! Here, you can see the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock!

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, and there are several other interesting history-related activities in Canton. View a sample two-day Canton itinerary here!

Plan your trip to Canton Ohio

Pro Football Fall of Fame Museum Canton Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio: 2 Hours

Cleveland is a great city to visit, 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 (yes, the movie was filmed here), and some good (and not-so-good) sports teams. Cleveland also has a great good and drinking scene!

Like Pittsburgh, Cleveland has its interesting neighborhoods, so it’s one of those cities that you can go back to multiple times and still have new things to do each time. There are so many things to do in Cleveland that you can easily spend an entire weekend here.

Plan your weekend getaway trip to Cleveland!

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Cleveland Ohio

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

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 many 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 want to explore a new city!

Plan Your Trip to Columbus Ohio

Cedar Point, Ohio

Cedar Point is a great destination if you want to take your family on a thrilling weekend getaway! Cedar Point is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the US and is home to some of the wildest roller coasters!

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! Visiting Cincinnati also means that 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 visit both?

Cincinnati is home to one of the top zoos in the country (Hello Fionia), unique cuisines like Cincinnati chili, sports teams, and tons of fun museums! Like Cleveland, Cincinnati reminds us of Pittsburgh. It’s an older city with revitalized communities, so there are tons of interesting things to explore.

Plan Your Weekend Getaway from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati

Book a Getaway Cabin in Lisbon, Ohio: 1.5 hours

You might have seen photos like the one below on social media and wondered where they are. Well, these cute cabins with a big picturesque window are Getaway Cabins! Located just a short hop over the Ohio border, these aesthetic Getaway Cabins will take you into nature for a weekend getaway of relaxation! You can rent either a one-bed or two-bed unit. The cabins are spaced out enough that you have full privacy at your site!

cabin slide

Each cabin has chairs, a picnic table, a firepit, AC + heat, electricity, running water, and a private bathroom.

Things to Do Nears Lisbon, Ohio

  • Scenic Vista Park
  • Lisbon Historical Society

Maryland Weekend Getaways from Pittsburgh

Deep Creek, Maryland: 2 Hours

If you haven’t had enough of the outdoors by visiting West Virginia 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

Baltimore, Maryland: 4 hours

Baltimore is a vibrant city with a rich history and a range of attractions. Visitors to Baltimore can explore the historic Inner Harbor, home to the National Aquarium and numerous shops and restaurants. Take a stroll along the waterfront, visit the iconic Fort McHenry, or immerse yourself in the city’s thriving arts and culture scene at the Baltimore Museum of Art or the Walters Art Museum. With its charming neighborhoods, delicious seafood, and lively nightlife, Baltimore offers something for everyone and is definitely worth a visit as a weekend getaway from Pittsburgh!

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 and venture into D.C.’s neighborhoods to find smaller museums, fun walking tours, and ethnic food. Whether you’re doing a weekend getaway with your friends or partner or a trip with the entire family, Washington, D.C., has plenty to do for everyone!

Plan your trip to Washington DC

United States Capitol Building Washington DC

Virginia Weekend Getaways from Pittsburgh

Luray, Virginia and Shenandoah National Park

Luray is most famous for Luray Caverns, the largest caverns in the eastern United States! This magnificent geological wonder is totally worth it for a weekend getaway from Pittsburgh. Travel underground and view the massive stalactites and stalagmites, mirrored pools, and The Great Stalacpipe Organ. In addition to Luray Caverns, you can explore Shenandoah National Park, museums, wineries, and more!

West Virginia Weekend Getaways from Pittsburgh

Morgantown, West Virginia: 1.5 Hours

Whether you’re a fan of Pitt’s former rival, visiting Mountaineer Country is 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!

We both lived in Morgantown for grad school, so needless to say, we’re experts in the area! Morgantown is a college town, so if you’re looking for cheap happy hours, good food, breweries, and an energetic vibe, take a weekend and visit Morgantown. Morgantown is a great trip from Pittsburgh because it’s a very easy drive and close to the city. If you’re not up for doing an entire weekend in Morgantown, it’s a great day trip from Pittsburgh as well!

Plan your weekend getaway to Morgantown

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 the strange part of the state between Pennsylvania and Ohio, or as West Virginians call it, the western panhandle.

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. So you’re a fan of history, taking a weekend trip to Wheeling is for you!

Today, you can visit historic sites, museums, a casino, and the Oglebay Resort and Museums. The Oglebay Resort has multiple museums on site, golf courses, a spa, and a zoo to explore! Oglebay is a great destination for a weekend getaway from Pittsburgh because you don’t have to leave the resort if you don’t want to! Oglebay’s claim to fame is their annual Christmas Light Display, which, if you’re from the Pittsburgh area, I’m sure you’ve been the advertisement! Read more about how to spend a weekend in Wheeling here!

Plan Your Weekend Trip to Wheeling

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 waterfalls: Blackwater Falls. Around Davis, you can hike, bike, backpack, and enjoy summer and winter sports. Also, venture to the surrounding areas to explore unique landscapes like the Dolly Sods plateau and Seneca Rocks. There is so much to do near Davis, so we would recommend making it a 3-day weekend getaway from Pittsburgh!

Elakala Falls Blackwater Falls State Park West Virginia

Plan your Trip to Davis, West Virginia

New River Gorge, West Virginia: 3.5 hours

New River Gorge National Park is West Virginia’s newest National Park! And it makes for an awesome weekend getaway from Pittsburgh because there is so much to do! If you’re interested in some of the best whitewater rafting on the East Coast, you have to experience the rapids on the New River and the Gauley River. New River Gorge National Park is also home to a number of interesting historical sites, including an abandoned mining site and a ghost town! And you can’t miss seeing the New River Gorge Bridge or experiencing the New River Bridge walk (You walk literally under the bridge along a catwalk). There are countless hiking trails, scenic overlooks, waterfalls, and more throughout the park, so you can easily spend an entire weekend here and still need to come back for more!

New River Gorge is a must if you’re visiting West Virginia and want to experience true adventure!

Plan Your Trip to New River Gorge

  • Getting to New River Gorge: 3.5-hour drive south of Pittsburgh

New York Weekend Getaways from Pittsburgh

Buffalo and Niagara Falls, New York: 4 Hours

For those who want to venture a little further north, consider visiting Buffalo and Niagara Falls. It’s also only 30 minutes from Niagara Falls, so you can easily couple both into a weekend trip. Compared to Niagara Falls on both the Canadian and American sides, Buffalo is much more affordable and isn’t as tourist-trappy.

If you love chicken wings, you need to go to Buffalo. Buffalo is the birthplace of the buffalo chicken wing! The name “Buffalo Wing” 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 lots of things to do, including a zoo, museums, and sports teams.

Plan Your Trip to Niagara Falls and Buffalo

Niagara Falls American Side

Jamestown, New York: 2.5 Hours

Jamestown, New York, is an underrated city on the western side of the state. Located just 40 minutes from Erie, it is right between the Lake Erie Wine Counties and Chautauqua Lake.

Jamestown’s claim to fame is that it’s the 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, so during a visit to Jamestown, get ready to laugh! During summer, nearby Chautauqua Lake becomes full of lake-goers and summer fun. Surrounding Jamestown, you can also 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 lakes’ effect on the local climate, this region is perfect for growing grapes and making wine!

The Finger Lakes make 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. The Finger Lakes are most expensive and busy in the summertime, so consider visiting in the off-season!

Plan Your Weekend Getaway to the Finger Lakes!

Plan Your Weekend Getaway from Pittsburgh

When picking where to go for your weekend trip from Pittsburgh, consider whether 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!

If you’re taking a weekend trip from Pittsburgh, it is much easier to drive than fly. All of these destinations are 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 take weekend trips from Pittsburgh, we try to maximize our time so we can spend the most amount of time exploring a new place! Typically, we plan to leave Pittsburgh on a Friday night or Saturday morning, and then return Sunday evening in Pittsburgh. This way, we are only booking a hotel for one or two nights, and we have two full days to explore! If your schedule allows, consider making your weekend trip a three-day weekend! This will give you more time to explore and allow you to travel to a destination that is a little further away!

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

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