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A Visit to Pittsburgh, PA

Updated on July 3, 2015

A Visit to Pittsburgh, PA

Traveling is one of the great pleasures in my life with a road trip being the undeniably best way to see the United States in all of it's diverse beauty.

Here's a look at a trip back to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where we lived for three years. Pennsylvania is a beautiful state and Pittsburgh is a beautiful city with friendly people.

There are a few photographs and notes to share with you so read on...

This photo courtesy of katinalynn

This is my favorite picture. This view from the top of Mount Washington is just remarkable and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to capture it. The Duquesne Incline is a cable-type car that ferries people up and down from Mt. Washington dozens of times a day since 1877. It connects the residents and businesses of the Duquesne Heights and Mount Washington. It's also a museum.

If you look closely at the photo you can see the many bridges that span the rivers. The city itself is referred to as the Golden Triangle because it's the bit of land between the Allegheny and the Monongahela Rivers and it's where the Ohio River starts. There are more bridges in Pittsburgh than there are in Venice, Italy.

The top photo is the Duquesne Incline museum. It's also where you enter to purchase a ticket to ride the Incline. If you were down at the bottom in Duquesne Heights the second picture is what you would see when the Incline begins its descent.

Pittsburgh was settled in the 1760's and was originally called the Manor of Pittsburgh. The land was purchased from the Allegheny Indians as part of a treaty.

I took a lot of photographs while Jack was driving. This photo of the old courthouse? I took it through the roof window!

The courthouse is a beautiful building that encompasses two city blocks. It was designed by Henry Hobson Richardson and was built in the 1880's.

In the 1930s five beautiful murals were painted on the walls of the upper level lobby. They were commissioned as a way to instill a love of art in the citizens of Pittsburgh.

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The Bridge of Sighs is a bridge that was used to transport prisoners from the courthouse to jail. It was patterned after the original Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy.

It's one of more than 700 bridges within the city limits of Pittsburgh!

Pittsburg is "The City of Bridges".

My Thoughts About Pittsburgh

All of Pennsylvania is beautiful but I am especially fond of the Pittsburgh area. It's close to Washington D.C. - I think about a four hour drive. It's close to West Virginia which has spectacular scenery. It's close to Lake Erie and the state of New York.

Below you will find links to some of the wondeful places to visit if you ever are in Pennsylvania...they're near Pittsburgh, mostly.

There's Falling Water which was Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece. The Phipp's Botanical Gardens are not to be missed and if you have a chance, hunt up many of the wonderful wineries in the area. You will also want to visit the Andy Warhol Museum.

If you go... -'ll need a guide

There are so many places to go and things to see, you'll want an easy guide to follow.

Insiders' Guide® to Pittsburgh, 4th (Insiders' Guide Series)
Insiders' Guide® to Pittsburgh, 4th (Insiders' Guide Series)

Product Descriptionn from Amazon:

With this comprehensive and authoritative guide, you can take an architectural walking tour of Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle, discover an array of cultural and entertainment amenities, and enjoy almost any kind of food, thanks to Pittsburgh's diverse ethnic population. Includes an in-depth chapter on Western Pennsylvania's many colleges and universities.


Professional Sports in Pittsburgh

We didn't attend any professional sports games while we were visiting. When we lived in Pittsburgh we did see the Penguins play hockey.

I couldn't write about visiting Pittsburgh without mentioning their world famous sports teams, now could I? I think not.

There's football with the Steelers

Photo courtesy of RMTip21

There's baseball with the Pirates

Photo courtesy of daveynin

There's Hockey with the Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins fans are passionate about their team!


I hope you've enjoyed this page. Please leave a message so I will know you've been here.

My Visit To Pittsburgh Guestbook - Thanks for stopping by.

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      Cheryl Kohan 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @anonymous: Well, Shajo, it's long past August so I'm certain you've been to Pittsburgh and back! I do hope you had a wonderful time - go Steelers! Thanks so much for visiting this lens.

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      Cheryl Kohan 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @mbgphoto: I am so sorry that it has taken me this long to respond to your lovely comment! I do appreciate both the blessing and the link to your lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for the info on Pittsburgh, we will be visiting there the end of August to see the city and a Steelers preseason game!

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Nice overview of Pittsburgh. Blessed and added to my United States Travel Angel lens.

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @julieannbrady: I haven't been to Venice and I haven't done a page on the Bridge of Sighs but YOU really should!! Why don't you? Let me know if you do.

      I love cities with bridges, too. There are about 400 bridges in the Pittsburgh area!

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @mariaamoroso: You're welcome, Irenemaria. Thanks for stopping by. So glad you enjoyed the visit.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      My dear, I do think I was to Pittsburgh but oh so many years ago! So, you are saying that The Bridge Of Sighs in Venice, Italy was the inspiration for the architect? Have you also done a page on THAT bridge? We've been to Venice and saw it up close and personal. It is inspiring! I love cities with bridges, you know?

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      irenemaria 7 years ago from Sweden

      Thank you for the guided tour! Lovely city indeed!

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @VarietyWriter2: Thank you so much for the SquidAngel blessing! I'm happy that you enjoyed this lens.

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      This sure didn't match the image of Pittsburgh in my head. Very nice lens. Beautiful photos.

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      Beautiful pictures and wonderful story!

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      CoolFoto 8 years ago

      My family lived in a Pittsburgh suburb 3 years and loved it! Thanks for promoting the city! Keep up the good work, you only need 2 more lenses to apply for Giant.

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      Tonie Cook 8 years ago from USA

      Oh how great is this! I lived in Pittsburgh for a couple years in the mid 70s, and absolutely loved the people, the scenery, and the city. The view from the top of the US Steel Building is really something to behold. Your photographs are really beautiful -- thank you for sharing.

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      HorseAndPony LM 8 years ago

      Great lens. I grew up in Pittsburgh and most of our family still lives there. Go Steelers!!!

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      NAIZA LM 8 years ago

      This is a great travel lens, Cheryl! Congrats! I hope I can visit one day. It totally looks like a magical world for me, so thrilling to see. Def, a fabulous five!