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Leaf Peepers: Laurel Highlands

Pack your sweaters and grab some friends! You’re about to take a vivid, three-day trek through the beautiful Laurel Highlands. When Happy Travelers stop by this autumn, they’ll find themselves surrounded by color on an exploration of history, architecture, and covered bridges. Oh, and don’t forget your camera — this leaf peeping trip is sure to make your Instagram followers jealous.

Ohiopyle State Park | Great Allegheny Passage

The last day of your Laurel Highlands excursion is all about outdoor adventure, so make sure your hiking shoes are laced tight and your water bottle’s full. Ohiopyle State Park attracts millions of visitors every year — and you’ll see why. From your cozy lodgings, travel a little over seven miles on route 381, and from there, you have several paths you can take depending on your plans. For bikers, you’ll want to ride the Great Allegheny Passage from Confluence to Ohiopyle. This 11-mile ride has the perfect fall canopy of crimsons and burnt oranges. If hiking is more your speed, take Baughman Trail to the Baughman Rocks Overlook. This steep, rocky 3.4-mile trail is a challenging hike, but well worth the effort to see the dramatic panoramic vista of the Youghiogheny River Gorge.

Christian W. Klay Winery

Need a little break after your refreshing jaunt? At 2,300 feet, Christian W. Klay Winery has the highest elevation of any vineyard east of the Rockies. While known for its fun special events, a highlight for any devoted leaf-peeper is to hop on the winery’s hay wagon and head to the top of the vineyard to see the amazing view.

Falls Market

Don’t forget to stop for sustenance on your way back home! Voted #1 for their burger in Ohiopyle — along with their fresh cut fries — Falls Market has a little something for everyone. For more than 100 years, Falls Market and Inn has been providing delicious homemade soups, fresh-pressed burgers, and hand-dipped ice cream cones. Plus, they’re open year-round, so you can grab a delicious meal no matter what the season!