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Best of Pittsburgh

Best of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is the seat of Allegheny County and is the second largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is known as both the "Steel City" for its more than 3,000 related businesses and the "City of Bridges" for its world record of 446 bridges. Legendary for its steel, Pittsburgh also led innovations and industries in aluminum, glass, shipbuilding, petroleum, foods, appliances, sports, transport, computing, retail, autos, and electronics.

  • Ride the Duquesne Incline

  • Dinner at the Grand Concourse

  • Explorer Riverboat sightseeing cruise

  • Hear the Story of Steel at the Bost Building

  • See the Carrie Blast Furnaces

  • Senator John Heinz History Center

  • Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum

  • Driving Tour of Pittsburgh with a step-on guide

  • Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History

  • Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Garden

  • 4 Meals Included

  • Motorcoach Transportation

  • Hotel Accommodations

  • Requires Extended Amounts of Walking

Day 1

Sit back and relax as we head to western Pennsylvania for a weekend getaway. With stops for rest & lunch, our arrival to Pittsburgh is scheduled for early afternoon. Once we arrive, we will enjoy a ride on the Duquesne Incline, a century-old funicular; one of the few left in the nation! After our ride we will check-in to our lodging for the next two nights. Dinner this evening will be at The Grand Concourse, the former Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Station by the Monongahela River. Following dinner, we will meet our guide to set sail on the Explorer Riverboat for Rivers of Steel's 90-minute "Pittsburgh 101: An Intro to Innovation" sightseeing cruise on all three of Pittsburgh's rivers.

Dinner Options:
1. Lemon chicken with mushrooms, artichokes & lemon butter
2. Maryland crab cake with classic rouille & roasted red pepper sauce
3. Sirloin steak grilled medium with warm bleu cheese butter
All dishes are served with salad, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and a hot apple dumpling for dessert.
Gluten-Free & Vegetarian meals are available if required.

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Day 2

This morning we will depart for the Bost Building, former headquarters of the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers, which is now the visitor center and heritage museum for Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. We will then depart with our step-on guide to the Carrie Blast Furnace Complex where we will get the chance to explore Pittsburgh's steel heritage on-site. We will then travel to the Historic Pump House where the 1892 Battle of Homestead occurred, one of the biggest events in U.S. Labor History. Lunch will be included before heading to the Senator John Heinz History Center, where you can explore 250 years of Pittsburgh's history at the largest museum in Pennsylvania. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum is housed in the former Chautauqua Lake Ice Company Building. Afterward, we will return to the hotel where you can enjoy dinner on your own in one of the downtown restaurants.

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Day 3

Today we will have a guided driving tour of the city which will include downtown, historic North Shore, the Hill District and Oakland. Next, we'll arrive at the Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History for a self-guided visit. These landmark museums share an impressive complex, built and founded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is among the top natural history museums in the country, and the Carnegie Museum of Art has a collection of over 34,000 works that emphasize art, architecture, photography, and design. During this time, you may also have lunch on your own at Cafe Carnegie on-site, or at one of the local restaurants nearby. Then, we will stop at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum for a guided tour. One of Pittsburgh's most well-known landmarks and treasurers, the hall and museum has stood to honor veterans of all branches of service, from generations and conflicts since 1910. A vast collection of artifacts donated over the past 100 years gives Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum a unique platform to interpret American military history by telling stories of individuals who served our country since the Civil War through our current era. The final stop before leaving Pittsburgh will be the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for a self-guided tour of the Summer Flower Show, a time when the glass Victorian greenhouses will be resplendent with color and frangrance from thousands of blooms. With stops for rest & dinner, arrival back in Pennsburg will be later this evening.

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Please note


Our intention is to run each tour as originally planned and published. However, if deemed necessary to do so, Perkiomen Tours reserves the right to make changes to tour components, schedules or itineraries without prior notification.

Tips for Perkiomen motorcoach drivers and tour escorts are not included in the price of this tour. We feel that these gratuities should be extended on an individual basis and dictated by the level of service provided.

Motorcoach seating is assigned at the time of reservation but can not be guaranteed. Although we do our best to keep each traveler in the seat assigned at the time of reservation, there are times that it is necessary to move seat locations. Please be sure to verify your final seat number(s) with your driver at the time of boarding. Daily seat rotation is practiced on most multi-day tours. Seat rotation will be explained by your driver or tour escort.

Perkiomen Tours recommends that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance for your tour. Travel Insurance is purchased directly by you from a third-party of your choice. One option is Travel Safe Insurance. You can purchase insurance directly from Travel Safe through our website. www.perkiomentours.com.

To fully participate in this tour may require extended amounts of walking. There may be steps, inclines, uneven surfaces or extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitation should take this into consideration.

B=Full Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Allentown - Motorcoach Calvary Temple Church
3436 Winchester Rd., Allentown, PA 18104
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Hamburg - No Parking Wawa, 515 Lowland Road Hamburg, PA
(No vehicle parking at this location)
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Pennsburg - Motorcoach Perkiomen Tours Office
875 Main St, Pennsburg, PA 18073
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