Southwestern Pennsylvania Guide

A Melting Pot of Pittsburgh Area Attractions, Events, History, Folklore and Quirky Culture…

Fall is on the doorstep… there is no denying it. Sunsets are getting earlier, nights are colder and the kids are back in school. But with the chill in the fall air comes football, apple cider and HALLOWEEN! Each year, it seems to come earlier. Fall is the busiest time here on our site, as the haunted house and haunted place listings become very popular. I have been busy updating the haunted house listings for 2017, and have changed the color scheme accordingly! Also, be sure to check out our “fall festival” listings for some non-scary fun.

In celebration of the awesome season that is autumn, we are featuring haunted houses, places and fall festivals. Enjoy!

Father Rapp’s Seat (Harmony, PA)

Father Rapp’s Seat (Harmony, PA)

  Father Rapp’s Trail Entrance A unique point of interest is situated on the edge of town in Harmony, PA: a stone-carved “chair” on a steep hillside known as Father Rapp’s Seat.  The seat was created by George Rapp, founder and leader of the Harmony Society, a religious sect that built the town nearby.  Father Rapp would climb the hill to his seat to meditate and pray as he [Read More...]
10 Popular Things to Do in Pittsburgh

10 Popular Things to Do in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a diverse city with many attractions! One list cannot do justice to the variety of nightlife, history or children’s activities that have grown in the city over recent years. This list ranks the top 10 things to do in Pittsburgh, based on a combination of annual visitors, quality, and apparent interest within the Southwestern Pennsylvania Guide as a whole. #10: National Aviary The [Read More...]
Christmas Light Displays in Pittsburgh, 2016

Christmas Light Displays in Pittsburgh, 2016

It is hard to believe, but fall is winding down and the holiday season is about to begin.  The unofficial kickoff in Pittsburgh is Light Up Night, which takes place on Friday, November 18th this year.  After that, all attention turns to Christmas music, frenzied shopping and finding things to do in Pittsburgh during the winter.  Over the years, Christmas light displays in Pittsburgh have [Read More...]