What to Do in Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Article
Sightseeing Adventures: What to Do in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is a city of walkable neighborhoods with a stunning skyline and a lively downtown. Situated in southwestern Pennsylvania, it is the largest urban area in Appalachia and the Ohio River Valley. Nicknamed the “City of Bridges,” this historic industrial town is experiencing an urban renewal and offers a variety of attractions, so this feature highlights a few of the most interesting and convenient tours available.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed Fallingwater in 1935 as a vacation home for Edgar Kaufmann, Sr., a successful Pittsburgh businessman and president of Kaufmann’s Department Store. Designated a national historic landmark in 1966, this stunning residence lies just 43 miles southeast of Pittsburgh and was listed among the Smithsonian’s Life List of 287 places to visit before you die. Advance tickets or reservations are essential.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kentuck Knob
I.N and Bernadine Hagan commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design a home for their 80-acre property above Uniontown in Western Pennsylvania after falling in love with Fallingwater that he designed for the Hagan’s good friends the Kaufmanns. After spending 30 years at Kentuck Knob, I.N. became ill and the home was sold to Lord Palumbo of England. The property was opened for tours in 1996. Advance tickets or reservations are essential.
Just Ducky Tours
Just Ducky Tours takes riders on Pittsburgh’s only fully narrated one- hour land and water adventure! Each excursion begins in historic Station Square before waddling through town then splashing into the river for the ride of your life in an authentic WWII amphibious vehicle. Along the way, you’ll see the sights and sounds of our great city, and its important role in history!
Pittsburgh Tour Company
Their tour o ers Pittsburgh’s only Hop On/Hop O Tour in historic red Double Decker Tour Buses from London. The guided and humorous, historic tour of Pittsburgh showcases some of Pittsburgh’s favorite areas for shopping, live entertainment, stadiums, museums, restau- rants, bars and architecture.
One of Pittsburgh’s most distinctive features are its cable-powered inclines, which were designed to provide transportation between the river valleys and the communities on top of the bluffs above. At one time, the city was home to 15 inclines, but today only two of them remain, including the Monongahela Incline, which was built in 1870 and located near the Smithfield Street bridge.
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
For a fun and enlightening experience for the whole family, The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium features 4000 animals representing 475 species on 77 acres and includes a children’s zoo. It is one of only six major zoo and aquarium combinations in the United States. With an operating history of over 100 years, the staff at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium are committed to ensuring the animals and exhibits are consistent with the high standards expected by providing a safe haven for their resident animals and a unique zoo experience for visitors.
Pittsburgh Trolley Works
The Pittsburgh Trolley Works offers one of the most unique tours of Pittsburgh!! Located conveniently at the Southside Works, the Pitts- burgh Trolley Works will take you on a beautiful one and a half hour tour of Pittsburgh. Sit back and relax in their enclosed heated and air conditioned trolley for your comfort as our tour guide entertains you with fun and historical facts about one of America’s greatest cities.
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