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Three Best Tourist Sites: Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 2017

Updated on April 8, 2017

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Pittsburgh, PA

Three Best Tourist Sites

Pittsburgh is not the "Smoky City" of yesterday.

Visit these three best tourist sites and decide for yourself!

My Three Best Tourist Sites are:

1. The Point

2. Mount Washington

3. The Carnegie Science Center

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Pittsburgh Skyline

Pittsburgh, PA - Skyline - West End Overlook
Pittsburgh, PA - Skyline - West End Overlook | Source

Point State Park - Pittsburgh, PA

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Point State Park - Pittsburgh, PA

Point State Park Fountain
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The Point - Point State Park

Point State Park is a Pennsylvania state park situated on 36 acres. Located at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, they merge to form the Ohio River. The fountain at The Point sits right at the tip of Pittsburgh’s “Golden Triangle.”

The site was once a busy industrial area, but had deteriorated by the 1940s and the state park development was authorized in 1945. The park and fountain were completed and dedicated in 1974. This fountain comes from a 54-foot-deep well that draws its water from an underground glacial stream (sometimes referred to as Pittsburgh's "fourth river").

In April 2009, the fountain was shut off when it underwent a $9.6 million renovation. This is part of a $35 million complete restoration of Point State Park. The Point State Park Fountain re-opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 pm on Friday, June 7, 2013. The River City Brass Band played as Gov. Tom Corbett flipped the switch for the renovated fountain and sent a 150-foot-high geyser of water into the air. A zero-edge pool of water and a granite seating area surrounds the fountain. LED lighting gives amazing clarity to the water. There was a free evening of fun, entertainment and dazzling lights on the water.

More Accolades

On Wednesday, October 1 2014 the American Planning Association honored the Point State Park as one of its 10 Great Public Spaces for 2014.

The vice chairman of the Southwest section of the Pennsylvania Planning Association, William McLain, said the park was chosen as because it is a prime example of “character, quality and planning that is mindful of design.”

July 4, 2014 at Point State Park

July 4, 2014 at Point State Park
July 4, 2014 at Point State Park | Source

Point State Park Fourth of July Fireworks

On the Fourth of July at Point State Park, Pittsburgh's daylong Independence Day celebration begins at 1PM. As part of the The 39th Annual EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta, people will enjoy musical acts and other entertainment. The day will end with a 21-gun salute, followed by a fireworks display at 9:35 PM.

An Outline of Fort Duquesne

 Outline Fort Duquesne - Point State Park
Outline Fort Duquesne - Point State Park | Source

Two Museums at Point State Park

Two Museums are located within the park memorializing Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne which had been built on this site. The Fort Pitt Museum (the oldest existing building in Pittsburgh) focuses on the French and Indian War. The frontier period of local history is commemorated in the museum and contains numerous displays and exhibits. The Fort Pitt Blockhouse was built by Colonel Henry Bouquet in 1764 and is the oldest architectural landmark in Western Pennsylvania.

The Fort Pitt Blockhouse

The Fort Pitt Blockhouse celebrated its 250th Anniversary on Sat, Aug 9, 2014 – Sun, Aug 10, 2014. Colonial re-enactors showed visitors how the Fort Pitt Blockhouse was built. A blacksmith was on hand to demonstrate 18th century techniques. There were musket demonstrations and the Fort Pitt Museum fired its reproduction 18th Century cannon on both days.

There was also a 250th Anniversary gala celebration held on September 11, 2014, at the Wyndham Grand Hotel – Downtown Pittsburgh.


Festival Venue

Market Square - Downtown Pittsburgh Three Rivers Arts Festival
Market Square - Downtown Pittsburgh Three Rivers Arts Festival | Source

Three Rivers Arts Festival

The 57th Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival 2017 will be June 2-11, 2017 in Point State Park, the Cultural District and Gateway Center. Artists will display their work and musicians will perform at venues set up throughout Downtown Pittsburgh. The festival includes 10 days of free music and art.

The Sunshine Artist Magazine ranked the festival among the top 50 shows in the United States.

Over 400,000 festival goers fill downtown Pittsburgh over the course of the event.

Banner in Point State Park

The banner above the footbridge in Point State Park.
The banner above the footbridge in Point State Park. | Source

Annual EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta

The 39th Annual EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta

This year's event will be held Friday August 4th, Saturday August 5th and Sunday August 6th 2017.

Over 600,000 have converged on Pittsburgh during the course of this event in past years.

http://www.yougottaregatta.com/

Fourth of July at The Point

Fourth of July, 2012
Fourth of July, 2012 | Source

Hiking, Boating and Biking Trails

The Three Rivers Heritage Trail (TRHT) is a pedestrian trail and greenway system in the Pittsburgh area. It covers 37 miles along both sides of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers.

Three Rivers Water Trail is a series of boat launching points on the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers. These launching points assists non-powered boaters in exploring the Three Rivers and the City of Pittsburgh.

The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) rail trail offers 141 miles of hiking and biking between Cumberland, MD and Point State Park, in Pittsburgh. The trail offers a continuous trail experience, 325 miles long, to Washington, DC.

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/point/

Point State Park Fountain

 Point State Park Fountain
Point State Park Fountain | Source

View from Mount Washington

Pittsburgh from Mt Washington at Dawn
Pittsburgh from Mt Washington at Dawn | Source

Mount Washington

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Mount Washington - Pittsburgh

Mt Washington - Pittsburgh - September 18, 2010
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Mount Washington

One can appreciate an astounding view of the Pittsburgh skyline from the outlook on Grandview Avenue on Mount Washington. On May 18th, 2003 USA Weekend rated this nighttime view as the second most beautiful vista in America and the best urban vista.

In 1876, the area was named Mount Washington. A year later, the view of the City of Pittsburgh was first drawn from there. Most photos of the Pittsburgh skyline are shot from Mount Washington. The elevation and overlooking the river valley and Downtown Pittsburgh below lend itself to its photogenic quality.

There are many restauarants that are favorite destinations on Mount Washington, not just for visitors but enjoyed by many Pittsburghers. Two of note are the Georgetown Inn and the LeMont Restaurant. Both afford amazing views of the city.

One can access Mount Washington by using two inclines.

  • Duquesne Incline

  • Monongahela Incline



View Of Pittsburgh from Duquesne Incline

Duquesne Incline

By Doug Kerr  [CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
By Doug Kerr [CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons | Source

Duquesne Incline

Pittsburghers take every relative and friend who visits to the Duquesne Incline. This attraction opened in1877 and was restored in 1963. From Grandview Avenue, you can access the station house and the museum. Open 365 days a year, you purchase souvenirs of its history and visit an observation deck to enjoy the the city view. Or you can ride from below on West Carson Street where you can experience the city from a unique perspective as you rise to Mount Washington.

Funicular

Funicular: a cable railroad, especially one on a mountainside, in which ascending and descending cars are counterbalanced.
Funicular: a cable railroad, especially one on a mountainside, in which ascending and descending cars are counterbalanced.

Duquesne Incline

Photo by Roger Wollstadt - Duquesne Incline
Photo by Roger Wollstadt - Duquesne Incline | Source

The Duquesne Incline Pamphlet – 1970

Monongahela Incline

Monongahela Incline
Monongahela Incline | Source

Monongahela Incline

The Monongahela Incline, was built in 1870 and is another way to visit Mount Washington. Found at the furthest end and can also be accessed from Carson Street. It is the oldest continuously operating cable railway in the USA. This and the Duquesne Incline are the only surviving inclines from the original 17 passenger-carrying inclines built in Pittsburgh from the late 1880's. The lower access point is located near the Smithfield Street Bridge across the street from the Station Square shopping complex.

Monongahela Incline from the Bottom

Monongahela Incline
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Station Square

Station Square
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Station Square

Station Square is shopping and entertainment venue that has been developed on the former site of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad (P&LE). The converted train station boasts, restaurants, shopping, hotels, entertainment venues, and river sight-seeing tours. The Station Square website declares that it has a "state-of-the-art Fountain at Bessemer Court with its Waltzing Waters Liquid Fireworks Show of hundreds of multi-colored water jets all choreographed to music and soaring up to 40 feet in the air."

Carnegie Science Center

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Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Science Center
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Carnegie Science Center

The Carnegie Science Center is tremendous tourist destination. Located on Pittsburgh's North Shore it has an amazing assortment of attractions. It has four floors of exhibits, many of them interactive. The Rangos Omnimax Theater, a four-story, state-of-the-art IMAX dome theater shows several science or nature related movies several time daily.It is one of only 50 theaters of its kind in North America. One of the exhibits is a real Cold War-era submarine, USS Requin. Many schools participate in educational programs throughout the week.

The Buhl Planetarium explores the universe on a high definition full dome experience. Amazing live shows explain difficult science principles in entertaining ways. there is also a Miniature Railroad Village that displays many of Pittsburgh historic landmarks.

Young and old will be delighted with this incredible entertainment and educational experience.

Open from 10 am to 5 pm Sunday through Friday, and from 10 am to 7 pm on Saturdays.

Miniature Railroad Village at The Carnegie Science Center

Miniature Railroad Village  - July 23 2011
Miniature Railroad Village - July 23 2011 | Source

DVD - 50 Years on Track - Pittsburgh's Miniature Railroad & Village

Three Best Tourist Sites to Visit in Pittsburgh, PA

My Three Best Tourist Sites to Visit or Places to Go in Pittsburgh, PA

1. The Point

2. Mount Washington

3. The Carnegie Science Center

Each place offers a unique and exciting viewpoint to appreciate what the City of Pittsburgh has to offer the interested visitor. There are many other interesting places of interest to excite the visitor and every Pittsburgher, but these are three of the best. If you have ever visited these venues, please let me know how you enjoyed your visit.

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      the girls 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Very nice picture, the skyline at night. Looks poster perfect! The ice cream house down the road is one of the best too :0)

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      AJ 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I haven't gone to Mt Washingotn for awhile, but the first warm spring day we get here in Pittsburgh, I'm going to go! Yes, many scenes of Pittsburgh are poster or postcard perfect! thanks for stopping by! :o)

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      Paul Maplesden 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I've never been to Pittsburgh (I live in the UK and any time we have in the US is divided between North and South Caroline (where my in-laws are)) but I can't help thinking there's a significant one missing here AJ... Where is the Consol Energy Center? Surely the best view of Pittsburgh is that of the Black and Gold? ;)

      In all seriousness, I do hope to go to Pittsburgh at some point, and this has some great tips on places to visit. Thanks for putting it together.

      Let's Go Pens!

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      AJ 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Yes, you are right, Paul. I plan on writing a few more Hubs about Pittsburgh and the Consol Energy Center will be one of the places I write about. I'll probably do one on Heinz Field, PNC Park and Consol Energy Center. I'm working on one about the Pittsburgh music scene. I wrote one on the Civic Arena (aka Mellon Arena). Thanks for stoppping by. (Got to watch the Pens win tonight on TV. If you ever come to Pittsburgh, we'll have to watch a game together.) (Myrtle Beach, SC was one of my favorite vacation spots.) Cheers! :o)

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 4 years ago from Philippine

      Outstanding views! looking forward to visit those places.

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      AJ 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      PaoloJpm --Thanks for reading and commenting! Pittsburgh is a great place. Not as beautiful as the Philippines but a great place nonetheless! If you ever visit, let me know when. (I've been to the Philippines several times.) Thanks again :o)

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 4 years ago from Philippine

      of course I will, but that would be, maybe 2 years from now, since I am currently studying. Oh, you've been? hope you would come back here soon, if you will, let me know too. There are lot of cool places here as well. But I'm really interested with yours too.

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      AJ 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      PaoloJpm glad you like the city of Pittsburgh! Yes, the Philippines is quite amazing! I don't think I'll be coming anytime soon--its been many years since I've been there.

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      LailaK 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      My brother lives in Pittsburgh and when I went for a visit, I didn't know what to do other than going for a long run in the city. Next time I visit him, I will definitely check these places out! Thanks a lot for this informative hub :)

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      AJ 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Oh my gosh! So cool! Pittsburgh has so many wonderful places! There is a bike/running path all along the river @ the Point! And you have to ride the Incline to Mt Washington @ night! Thanks for reading and commenting LailaK!

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      LailaK 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Yes! Oh myyy the running path is GORGEOUS! I will definitely be earning to conquer Mt Washington!

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      AJ 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great! Let me know when you visit! What part of town does your brother live in?

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      LailaK 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      He lives right next to the University of Pittsburgh. It's really nice over there :)

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      AJ 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      LailaK, Oakland is a great place to live but you have to like the University atmosphere. I love it there. Next time you go, check out the Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning. Also, visit Heinz Chapel, right next to the Cathedral. Of course the Museums are there, too. Have him take you to Primanti Brothers for a Pittsburgh sandwich. So much to see, so little time! :O)

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