Laurel Highlands

Whether you’re seeking to commune with nature, hit the slopes, soak up some history or unwind at a spa, the Laurel Highlands — a three-county region outside Pittsburgh in southwestern Pennsylvania — has something for everyone. Home to eight state parks, the scenery is nothing short of breathtaking every season of the year, with lush, verdant flora in summer, jewel-toned leaves in autumn, snow-capped mountainsides in winter and blooming laurels in spring. While winter gets most of the attention because of the area’s number of ski resorts, autumn is an equally fun time to visit and take part in the Highlands’ plethora of fall festivals.