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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.

Nearly 200 of the estimated 1,600 covered bridges across the world are right here in PA. Though it’s a fraction of what used to dot the landscape at peak usage, PA’s 67 counties are home to at least one covered bridge

Barronvale Bridge | King’s Bridge | Lower Humbert Bridge

Your leaf peeping journey begins with a stop at three of Somerset County’s 10 covered bridges. Start at the two-span Barronvale Bridge in Rockwood —the longest covered bridge in the county — to cross Laurel Hill Creek; then travel just over five miles to see King’s Bridge, which was built in 1906 and rebuilt in 2008; and finally, take a leisurely 20-minute drive down state Route 3007, and take in the stunning colors surrounding Lower Humbert Bridge, a king post truss bridge built in 1891. These picturesque relics of a bygone era are just the beginning of cheery PA autumn landscapes and historic sites that you’ll see during your trip.

River’s Edge Café

If you’re feeling peckish after spending time in the bracing fall air, sustenance is only a few minutes away. Travel just over six miles to enjoy the casual elegance of the River’s Edge Café on the banks of the Youghiogheny River. Dine on the wrap-around porch overlooking the river, or inside the old world 1890s farmhouse.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

After you’ve enjoyed a relaxing lunch, weave your way just 15 miles to US-40 to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort — the stunning place where you’ll rest your head during this getaway. You won’t want to do much sleeping at the resort, though, with so much ziplining, golfing, and adventure to be had!