Tour world-class homes by one of America’s master architects.

By Travel + Leisure
September 11, 2012
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The forested peaks and valleys of the Laurel Highlands, southeast of Pittsburgh, constitute Pennsylvania’s highest terrain—and some of its least explored. Here, you’ll find one of the greatest examples of starchitect Frank Lloyd Wright’s genius, within a stone’s throw of Americana general stores and diners.

Summit Inn

Take in the view of five counties in the Laurel Highlands from a wooden rocking chair on the porch at the historic inn, dating to 1907.


The brilliant Frank Lloyd Wright designed his masterpiece to straddle a forest waterfall, and the resulting home, built as a bucolic escape for a Pittsburgh department store owner, where the river’s rush is always audible, has been an architectural icon ever since. Admission $20

Country Pie Shoppe

Pie is a Pennsylvania specialty; grab a slice of home-backed Dutch apple at the Country Pie Shoppe in Donegal. Your taste buds will thank you.

Old General Store

Next door to the Country Pie Shoppe, this old-fashioned space stocks penny candy, fudge, and handmade wooden toys.

Kentuck Knob

Wright’s lesser-known Kentuck Knob, a whimsical wood-and-stone house, is just seven miles away from Fallingwater.

Chez Gerard

The rustic French menu of terrines and crêpes is perfect for lunch.

Century Inn

The dishes, served in summer on a greenery-ensconced gazebo, include Thomas Jefferson’s own peanut soup recipe.