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.
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 🙂
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!
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.