The Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania

Frank Lloyd Wright & Fall Foliage

  • Date

    October 20-24, 2020 |  Tue / Sat – 5 Days

  • Location

    Latrobe | Ligonier | Uniontown | Ohiopyle

Overview

Discover the beauty of the Laurel Highlands, where Frank Lloyd Wright was inspired to build his architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater. Visit four unique Wright properties, which display the architect’s desire to design homes that capture the natural world in which they were surrounded. Architecture aficionados, fall foliage enthusiasts, and history buffs won’t want to miss this trip to quaint towns in the mountainous region of southwestern Pennsylvania.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Tour four Frank Lloyd Wright homes, including Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob
  • Lincoln Highway Experience
  • Visit the Westmoreland Museum of American Art
  • View Ohiopyle Falls
  • Learn about the Mennonite history of West Overton Village
  • Visit Fort Necessity National Battlefield and the Flight 93 National Memorial
  • Explore Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Indianapolis
  • Escorted
  • 4 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Hotel baggage handling

Tue, Oct 20: Depart Indianapolis via motorcoach and head to Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Stop along the way at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for a self-guided tour and lunch. Arrive in Latrobe, considered the home of the banana split, and to celebrate, enjoy a banana split reception. Check in to your hotel for a two-night stay. This evening, a Welcome Dinner with fellow passengers is included. (Meals: Lunch, Dinner)

Wed, Oct 21: This morning, visit the Flight 93 National Memorial, which serves as a permanent memorial to the 40 heroes on United Flight 93 who courageously gave their lives thwarting a planned attack on the nation’s capital on September 11, 2001. Enjoy time for lunch and shopping in quaint Ligonier, considered by Country Living Magazine as one of “The Most Charming Small Towns in America.” The Lincoln Highway, our nation’s first coast-to-coast highway, stretched from New York City to San Francisco in 1913. It’s the one route that changed America forever — marking the birth of popular American tourism — vacationing by automobile. Learn about this and much more at the Lincoln Highway Experience. This evening, a visit to the Westmoreland Museum of American Art will provide insight into the creative influence of the area. Tour on your own and enjoy dinner at the museum. (B,D)

Thu, Oct 22: Check out of the hotel and get ready for a day of  architecture and nature. Discover how Frank Lloyd Wright became famous for designing homes that were in harmony with their environment. See two examples of his Usonian designs — the newly opened Mantyla House, followed by the Duncan House, both which were saved from demolition and relocated to their new sites at Polymath Park. Furnished with Mid-century Modern furnishings, experience the signature characteristics of the homes such as open floor plans and efficient use of space. After lunch, continue to Kentuck Knob, another Wright home. See how the home was masterfully designed to blend naturally with the surroundings, with views of the deepest river gorge in Pennsylvania. Touring the home will take you inside and out as you learn about the Hagan Family and their love of art and sculpture. In Uniontown, check in to the hotel for the next two nights. (B,L)

Fri, Oct 23: Start the day by visiting the last of the Wright homes in the Laurel Valley. Considered one of the greatest architectural triumphs in the 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater cannot be missed. Built in 1937 for the Kaufmann Family, prominent in Pittsburg for owning Kaufmann’s Department Store, the home’s design sought to capture the natural world by which it was surrounded. Constructed over a waterfall, see how Wright chose to capture nature by allowing the family to live within it. Following the tour, enjoy lunch on your own in the town of Ohiopyle, located along the Youghiogheny River with a view of Ohiopyle Falls. Learn about the significance of the falls in the French and Indian War, and how George Washington began his military career in the Laurel Highlands. Visit Fort Necessity National Battlefield, the site of his only surrender, before a delicious Farewell Dinner with the group. (B,D)

Sat, Oct 24: The trip home starts with a visit to West Overton Village. Discover how a Mennonite family transformed their small agricultural village into an industrial powerhouse including a commercial coverlet factory, distilling complex, and coal mine. Explore the beautiful grounds, and enjoy a relaxing lunch before returning to Indianapolis in the evening. (B,L)

SpringHill Suites, Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Conveniently situated in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, guests can expect bright, comfortable suites. As the hometown of Arnold Palmer, the hotel embraces his career with stylish and fun decor. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker, refrigerator, microwave • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • indoor pool • fitness center.

Hilton Garden Inn, Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Located in the scenic Laurel Highlands, this new hotel blends a historic setting with modern comforts for a relaxing stay. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker, refrigerator, microwave • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar • indoor pool and hot tub • fitness center.

Pricing

  • Complete Package
  • Double P/P – $1,179
  • Triple P/P- $1,099
  • Single – $1,449

* Subject to change due to increase in exchange rate or fuel surcharge

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