Duration: Two days and two nights
There aren’t many places where you can get a complete education that covers art, natural science and history like you can in the Pittsburgh area. This road trip will give you a lesson on one of the most renowned artists of our time: Andy Warhol. You will also learn the importance of economics during our shopping excursions, and nature will be front and center as you scale Mount Washington and visit one of Western Pennsylvania’s beautiful state parks. And, through it all, you will come face-to-face with history at every turn. Buckle up and hit the road with us as we explore all that greater Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania has to offer.
Start your day with a trip to the top of Mount Washington for the most spectacular view of downtown Pittsburgh. Seriously, we’re talking birds eye view here, so be sure to bring your camera along for what is sure to be some incredible photo opportunities. And, the best way to get to the top of Mount Washington? That’s easy…the Duquesne Incline. You’ll enjoy a peaceful and enjoyable ride to the top in the incline cable car, and once at the top be sure to check out Pittsburgh’s famous Restaurant Row and other great attractions.Read More >
Once you’ve made your way down from atop Mount Washington, your next stop will be the Andy Warhol Museum located across the river. If the weather is nice, it’s an easy walk over to the North Shore where the museum is located. Here you will discover the largest museum in the United Stated devoted to a single artist. On display are paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures created by the Pittsburgh-born pop art icon. Take your time…there’s a lot to see and digest here.Read More >
Next on our tour—and in keeping with our theme of learning—is the Cathedral of Learning on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The Cathedral of Learning was formally opened in 1937 and is the second tallest university building in the world. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 42-story building houses classrooms, theaters, laboratories and departmental offices. Spend some time in the lobby, a three-story Gothic room, with some amazing architectural features…but keep in mind, it’s a study area so do try to keep your awe in check.Read More >
After a day of scaling Mount Washington, getting your fill of Andy Warhol and visiting the Cathedral of Learning, there’s no better way to unwind than with a visit to the Shadyside section of the city. In this quiet area—named for a 19 thcentury railroad station and for its shady street and pathways—you’ll find a wealth of quaint shops and boutiques, as well as a nice mix of higher end stores. Take some time to walk up and down these historic streets and enjoy the great shopping and dining this area offers.
Named after the Italian word for sunflower, Girasole was recently voted the best Italian restaurant in Pittsburgh. With its great culinary offerings and friendly service, you’ll soon discover why.Read More >
Your second day starts with a lesson in history and economics. The Shops at Volant offer a unique look into the past with quaint shops and restaurants that will transport you back to a bygone era. You’ll find a collection of shops offering unique homemade gifts, cookies and cakes, antiquities, candy and ice cream, wine and much more.Read More >
After a morning of shopping, you’re going to want to get back to nature and allow yourself to relax and unwind. We have the ideal spot to do just that: Moraine State Park. With more than 16,000 acres, this park contains beautiful rolling hills, lush meadows, abundant wildlife and peaceful, sparkling lakes that are sure to help ease away any stress that you might be feeling. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset, so take your time and enjoy all the wonderful scenery on display.Read More >
Located on Pittsburgh’s historic South Side, the chefs at Nakama are serving up the best in Hibachi and sushi. In fact, Nakama was recently voted as the best overall restaurant in the city.
A great place to spend an afternoon (or morning) with six floors and more than 275,000 square feet of permanent and rotating exhibits. The Heinz History Center is home to the Western Pennsylania Sports Museum and the Library & Archives which documents more than 250 years of life in Western Pennsylvania.
Even if you’re not a baseball fan, PNC Park is an exciting place to be. With great views of downtown Pittsburgh to go along with outstanding food options, PCN Park is an ideal place to take the whole family during the baseball season.
Since 1893, the Phipps Conservatory has been an oasis of sorts for those seeking to get away from the hustle and bustle in favor of a more serene and relaxing atmosphere. The botanic gardens here are nothing short of works of fine art.
More than 130 outlet stores are located here, including many of the brand names that are synonymous with fashion around the world…giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “shop ‘til you drop.”