Pittsburgh: It’s Not What It Used to Be
Tour Length: 3 days/2 nights suggested, Customizable | Seasons Available: Anytime
Activity Level: Customizable
If you’ve come to Pittsburgh looking for billowing smoke stacks and rivers lined with steel mills, you’ve come to the wrong city. Today’s Pittsburgh has a futuristic tech economy, scenic riverfront beauty, an outstanding food scene, top notch arts and culture, championship sports, and an authentic grit that remains. On this tour, travelers are immersed in the city’s current character while learning about its impressively preserved past. Stay at a hot new hotel that creatively embraces its past as a trade school. Dine in the city’s most-talked about restaurants that inhabit former produce markets, train stations, car dealerships, and more. Sip a beer brewed in a de-sanctified church built in 1902 as a place of worship for the thousands of immigrants coming to Pittsburgh for work. Consider the contemporary art now installed in a former mattress factory. Take in the beauty of a botanical garden maintained on restored woodlands that were formerly logged and strip mined. Marvel at the magnitude of 92-foot blast furnaces that now inspire many forms of onsite art. Stand at the confluence of three rivers at a state park that was the point of contention during the French and Indian War. The connections between Pittsburgh’s past and present spark an energy that your travelers will remember for years to come.