Close to Meadville is Conneaut Lake, PA, known for its public beaches and for Conneaut Lake Park, a vintage theme park that first opened in 1892, and maintains that old-timey atmosphere. The town also holds an art festival every summer.  

8. Ohiopyle, PA

Photo by Madeline Quigley.

1 hour and 30 minutes from Downtown Pittsburgh
For anyone who grew up in the area, Ohiopyle has been touted as a “weekend escape” from Pittsburgh for as long as they can remember, and there’s good reason: The area has something for everyone.

The star of the show is Ohiopyle State Park, with its nearly 20,000 acres of protected wildlife, hiking trails, world-class whitewater rafting and natural waterslides (Meadow Run).  

Just four miles from town is Fallingwater, an iconic structure designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright that attracts tourists from all over the world., Also four miles from Ohiopyle (but in the other direction) is Kentuck Knob, another landmark home designed by Wright.

The Great Allegheny Passage, a bike trail that runs from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, MD, and then ultimately to Washington D.C., runs through Ohiopyle. It is possible to pick up the trail in this area, and ride it for a few (very scenic) miles.

9. Foxburg Golf Course

Photo courtesy Foxburg Country Club.

1 hour and 30 minutes from Downtown Pittsburgh
The oldest golf course in continuous use in the United States is located just 90 miles from Downtown Pittsburgh. The founder of the course, Joseph Mickle Fox, learned about the sport of golf after visiting St. Andrews in Scotland. Fox was so taken with the game that he brought it back with him to Clarion County in 1887. Foxburg is considered a “throwback,” and is a must-visit for any golf enthusiast in southwestern PA.

10. Savage River State Forest

1 hour and 50 minutes from Downtown Pittsburgh
Southeast of Pittsburgh, just over the Maryland border, is Savage River State Forest, which is renowned for its hiking, fishing and, in the winter, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Start your day with a glorious hike or mountain bike ride through the forest. After your adventures, visit the nearby town of Frostburg, MD, known for its art galleries, restaurants and view of the Allegheny Mountains. It’s a great place to stop for lunch or dinner after your hike. Check out Clatter Coffee or Shift—a delicious farm-to-table restaurant.

11. Presque Isle, Erie, PA

Photo by danbruell / Flickr.

2 hours from Downtown Pittsburgh
One of the most biodiverse areas in the entire state is located on a tiny peninsula off the shores of Erie, PA. Presque Isle provides more than 3,000 acres of protected wildlife, attached to the city by a tiny sliver of land. Visitors can walk, bike, canoe and sail around the park while appreciating the robust wildlife and picturesque sunsets over the lake.  

Presque Isle has published a bucket list of things to see in the area, and if you somehow run out, there are plenty of attractions within the city of Erie.

There are so many great spots to visit in a day trip from Pittsburgh. If we forgot your favorite, please share it in the comments below!