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 two of the most renowned artists of our time in Andy Warhol and Frank Lloyd Wright. You will also learn the importance of economics during our shopping excursions. 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.
Owned and operated by television chef Lidia Bastianich and her son Joseph, this restaurant serves up some of the best traditional and contemporary Italian fare you will find anywhere.Read More >
Day 2 begins with a trip to one of the more amazing architectural structures in the area: Fallingwater. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935, this magnificent structure will leave you awestruck as you admire both its beauty and functionality. Partially built over a waterfall along the Bear Run River, Fallingwater, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Landmark, has been hailed as Wright’s most beautiful creation and once you visit you will certainly agree. Prepare yourself for a place where nature and human ingenuity meet in a wonderful marriage of awe-inspiring scenic beauty.Read More >
In keeping with nature theme, your next stop for the day is Ohiopyle State Park. With more than 19,000 acres, this state park is a great place to appreciate the natural beauty of Western Pennsylvania. If you’re really adventurous—and the weather is cooperating—you might want to take a whitewater boat ride along the 14 miles of the Youghiogheny River that winds through the park. These rapids are among the best in the Eastern U.S. and are sure to get your heart pumping with excitement.Read More >
Finally, let’s return to the city for a round of shopping at Southside Works. This open-air entertainment, retail and residential complex is located on the South Side (thus the name) and covers more than 34 acres. Here you will find a perfect mix of high end and moderately priced boutiques, as well as some great options for dining and entertainment. It’s the perfect way to end your road trip.Read More >
If you enjoy great German cuisine served with outstanding German beer in a lively, festive setting modeled after a Bavarian beer hall, then this is the perfect place for you.Read More >
Great Allegheny Passage
If biking or hiking is your thing, then you will definitely want to check out the Great Allegheny Passage. With 135 miles of hiking and biking trails, this passage will lead you by rolling brooks and streams, quaint small towns and lush meadows and forests.
Heinz History Center
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.