Retrace George Washington’s journey through western Pennsylvania in 1753.

Discover French and Indian War history alongside 21st century geography – which spans rural enclaves, mountain valleys and even city streets. Enjoy charming places to stay and eat, abundant antique stores, and a wealth of other recreational and cultural activities as you step back into the history of the Pennsylvania frontier and walk in the footsteps of young George Washington, Ben Franklin, Daniel Boone, Pontiac, Horatio Gates, and Edward Braddock.

Pennsylvania countryside is rich in American colonial history. In southwestern PA you’ll find a region that forms a historic triangle of French and Indian War historic sites that bring history to life for young and old alike. Each destination offers a unique experience and opens a window on a different part of a conflict that is an essential part of the story of the making of America.

We invite you to visit.

Click the counties on the map for information on lodging, restaurants, shopping and other activities in the area.
Erie Crawford Venango Mercer Butler Beaver Allegheny Fayette Somerset Westmoreland

George Washington's 1753 journey is also being marked along highways in Maryland and West Virginia.  For more information, visit George Washington Trail - Allegany County, The Mountain Side of Maryland.


Laurel Highlands

A magnificent mountainous region, the Laurel Highlands spans 3,000 square miles of Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland Counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. Located just east of Pittsburgh, our beautiful four-season destination offers spectacular natural scenery, outstanding outdoor recreation venues, historic sites & attractions, family activities and world class resorts.


Allegheny County

Discover The Andy Warhol Museum, take a ride on the Duquesne and Monongahela Inclines, visit the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, the National Aviary, the Roberto Clemente Museum – this list goes on! Explore the city and experience the award-winning food scene, tremendous local breweries, countless outdoor activities, fantastic accommodations and so much more. See you soon!


Beaver County

There is so much to see and do, only minutes from Pittsburgh. We invite you to visit and share a lifestyle that is second to none. We’re a countryside location surrounded amid rolling hills, hardwood forests, river valleys, and streams. Our collection of parks and outdoor activities can satisfy any outdoor enthusiast.


Butler County

Located in Western Pennsylvania, Butler County offers a glimpse of small-town life, yet is close to major cities. We are only 25 miles from Pittsburgh, 325 miles from Philadelphia, and 380 miles from New York City. Some of the earliest known history begins with first U.S. President George Washington, who passed through the area around the same time the French & Indian War began. Butler County has plenty of other interesting history, as well. It was founded in 1800 and named for Gen. Richard Butler, a colonial officer in the American Revolution.


Mercer County

Mercer County is located in western Pennsylvania, one hour north of Pittsburgh, one hour south of Erie and 1 1/2 hour south east of Cleveland, Ohio. We are a 5 hour drive from Toronto Ontario Canada. Our area is known for outstanding tax free shopping at the Grove City Premium Outlets and at the America’s “largest” stores in Sharon, PA. Unique attractions include Wendell August Forge, Keystone Safari an interactive zoo and zip-line adventure park and the Avenue of 444 Flags.


Venango County

It was within the Oil Region that, in 1859, “Colonel” Edwin Drake drilled the world’s first commercial oil well, initiating a chain of events that literally changed the world. But that’s our history. Welcome to the future — your future. Welcome to the Oil Region. Whether you’re considering a visit, setting up shop, a permanent move, catching up with your hometown or brushing up on history, we have the information you need.


Crawford County

Whether it’s your first time or your 20th, when you visit Crawford County, expect to immediately find yourself among family. Away from the buzz and the busy, Crawford County is home to people and places that encourage exploration and relaxation. Our passionate community is full of warm, welcoming residents who are ready to show you what we have to offer. With every new corner uncovered, expect to find a new friend who can’t wait to share the comfort and creativity of the area.


Erie County

Located on the southern shore of our namesake lake, Erie is the Flagship City and Pennsylvania's primary access point to the Great Lakes. Erie is home to Presque Isle State Park, one of Pennsylvania's top vacation destinations. Explore our vibrant downtown, Bayfront district, history, arts & culture, shopping, restaurants and so much more!

Skip to content