Pittsburgh is a fun city to visit, and very livable according to a few of my friends who are current residents there! What I like best about Pittsburgh is that it has a town like feel even though it is a city of 306,000+ people. I have visited Pittsburgh a couple of times as a friend of mine lives there and I always have an enjoyable time. Below I have created a list of can’t miss spots! Up first would be the Monongehela Inclines at Station Square. I had never taken an incline before, which is a cable car pulled by a cable up the side of a mountain. This incline takes you to the top of Mount Washington for a spectacular view of Pittsburgh including the three rivers, the Allegheny, the Ohio and the Monongahela and numerous bridges. As of 2006 Pittsburgh had around 446 bridges, edging out Venice Italy’s 409 for most bridges by 37.
The fee to take the incline’s round trip ticket was fairly “steep” at $3.50 per person. The incline is open Monday – Saturday 5:30am to 12:30 am and Sundays 9am to 12am. Nighttime photos of the city from the top of Mount Washington are suppose to be dynamite.
Next on my touristy list of things to do, Just Ducky Tours. This was a ride on a WWII amphibious vehicle that takes you around the streets of Pittsburgh showing off the many skyscrapers and government buildings before it drives off into the rivers to enjoy scenic views of the city from the water. Be prepared to participate in obnoxious quacking as you drive around on the tour – it may not be required but everyone else thinks it is 🙂 If you would like to take a tour on the Just Ducky Tour you can find them at 125 West Station Square Drive. Tours are offered April 1st through October 31st and weekends in November. Monday – Friday. Tours are about 1 hour long and depart every 90 minutes from 10:30 am to 6:00pm. It is recommend to pre-buy your tickets prior to arrival. You can buy online here.
Up next take a ride on the Gateway Clipper Fleet. My friend Laura and I did this back to back with the Just Ducky Tour. It seemed a little redundant to take both on the same day but we did it anyway. The Gateway Clipper is a paddle wheel boat that carries you around the three rivers while taking in the sights of the city. We took the 1 hour sightseeing tour that included historical information and stories about Pittsburgh. I ordered myself a local beer, Iron City Beer and enjoyed it during our ride about the rivers passing by PNC park and Heinz Field where I saw the classic black and yellow colors of the Steelers! If you would like to take a ride on the Gateway Clipper they can be found on the southern bank of the Monongahela River in historic Station Square in downtown Pittsburgh.
Anyone who knows me, knows I love a good pub! Our last task of the day was driving over to Fatheads Saloon in the south side of Pittsburgh. I am never one to pass up a hamburger and beer to end my day with. We sat outside under their covered patio, where we enjoyed some beers and burgers. Fatheads is also a brewery offering you a wide range of craft beers while you visit their pub. If you would like to visit Fatheads they are located 1805 E. Carson St. Have you ever been to Pittsburgh? What’s your favorite spot?