The Ohio's Bridges and Backroads Trip

3 Days traveling from Pittsburgh to Cleveland

The Bridges and Backroads trip is a little bit different than other journeys you'll find here on It's a good way to spend a couple of days if you ever find yourself in Pittsburgh, or perhaps Cleveland, and you're yearning for a road trip through a rural countryside.

The trip begins in Pittsburgh, and follows US 30 west, to the northern tip of West Virginia. From there, you can choose two river roads, both of which run along the Ohio River--one on the West Virginia side, the other on the Ohio side. Drive through Wheeling and Moundsville, then turn west, and pick up the "Covered Bridges Byway", where the road gently winds through the hills, passing several 100-plus year old wooden bridges. From Marietta, head north, passing more covered bridges as you make your way to the basket capitol of the world, Dresden, and then Ohio's Amish Country. After your visit there, a straight shot on US 250 west takes you to Lake Erie, the city of Sandusky, and the roller-coaster filled theme park of Cedar Point. Interstates 80 and 76 provide a quick return to Pittsburgh, if you're making a loop.

Day 1

The Steel City

Day 2

West Virginia and Ohio

Day 3

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