Dear Diary,

As the season changes, so does the color of the leaves on trees, creating lush landscapes and scenic road trips. You can stay within your zip code and drive to city parks or expand your horizons and head across the commonwealth. No matter where you drive to check out the crisp crimsons, bright oranges and neon yellows, pack you can create a fun, family road trip. Here are the best places to view fall foliage in the Pittsburgh region.

  1. Three Rivers Heritage Trail: You can park and walk the 22 miles path, which winds along both sides of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers. If you would rather travel faster, bring your bike or rollerblades to view the lush landscape. You can also take a ride on the Duquesne Incline to view the breathtaking colors from atop Mount Washington. In 2014, Friends of the Riverfront and volunteers removed more than 700 bags of trash from the river fronts and planted 460 trees along the water trails.
  2.  Great Allegheny Passage: Up for a longer adventure? Check out the brightly colored trees lining the Great Allegheny Passage. The 150-mile trail begins at Pittsburgh’s Point State Park, connects with the C&O Canal Towpath in Maryland and then extends to the nation’s capital for a 335-mile trail adventure. You can make stops in Downtown Pittsburgh, the South Side, the Waterfront and McKeesport.

Click here for more of our favorite places to check out the changing colors of the trees.

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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