Have you been planning a trip to Pittsburgh? If so—and you find that you have a day or night free—the “City of Bridges” offers a wealth of amazing choices to make your next trip as memorable as possible. Here are some of the most popular destinations to visit on your next trip to Pittsburgh. And if you have more time, these choices come from a more complete, where you can find everything from museums to where you can take in a game. No matter how much time you have ready for your next trip to Pittsburgh, you’re certain to find something that will give you memories to take home with you.
The Duquesne Incline
One of the most fascinating vehicles from Pittsburgh’s history, the Duquesne Incline is a rare funicular, which is a set of trains that go up and down a steep incline at the top and bottom of a slope. In this case, that slope is the 400-foot incline of Mount Washington.
Originally built in the 1800’s, the Incline was refurbished by local residents for its aesthetic value in 1963 and has operated ever since. Once you ride it, you can see why they would care: besides being the easiest way to go up and down a really large incline, you can comfortably take pictures of the stunning downtown below as you climb the stunning Mount Washington.
When You’re Ready to Play
If you’re feeling lucky, and have a hand for table games, then head to Rivers Casino, a sprawling casino known for nearly 100 available table games. Rivers was built in 2009, and has become a huge regional draw for ambitious gamblers ready to take on the dealer. Like every good casino, of course, if you’re an aficionado of the one-armed bandit, never fear: there are over 3,000 slot machines available to the public at Rivers Casino.
Rivers Casino has a number of fantastic restaurants that have already gotten a lot of attention for their amazing fare. Well known for the Wheelhouse Bar and Grill, which sports the largest TV in Pittsburgh, the Grand View Buffet is perhaps the most well-known for its five-station buffet of classic American, Asian and Italian dishes.
Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium
While the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium are great places to look at animals, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium are unique in that they are focused very deeply in providing sustainable environments for their resident species, and the work they do is definitely the context in which one should see the stunning landscapes where these exotic species live.
The International Conservation Center, a Pittsburgh Zoo initiative, is focused on the successful breeding and protection of African elephants, which are unfortunately sought after by poachers and are listed by the WWF as vulnerable. The zoo’s efforts are playing a vital role in preserving a species that is very much in danger. It’s important to remember when seeing one of Pennsylvania’s “local” elephants with your own eyes.