Forge a Path in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh’s walkable Downtown is cradled by green hillsides and three glistening rivers, and the city’s 90 neighborhoods each have their own unique style. This approachable, affordable, and impactful destination has something for everyone—and things you can’t experience anywhere else.

Whether you’re here for the renowned food & drink scene, the rich culture, surprising history, or outdoor exploration, Pittsburgh remains a welcoming, affordable, and must-see destination. Come experience what everyone’s talking about!

Steel City Sampler

Tour Length: 1/2 Day to Five Days, Customizable  | Seasons Available: Anytime
Activity Level: Customized to Suit Your Travelers

There are so many ways to enjoy Pittsburgh! On an insider tour with Rivers of Steel, your travelers will experience the must-see attractions and surprising hidden gems that make the city one of a kind. Our itinerary focuses on things that can only be found in Pittsburgh, like The Heinz History Center, the Duquesne Incline, the Carrie Blast Furnaces, the Murals of Maxo Vanka, The Andy Warhol Museum, and much more. This tour package is highly customizable in its themes, pricing and length–whether you’re planning a “Pitt Stop” on your way to another locale, or want to plan an epic multi-day trip that has your feeling like an honorary local.

Pittsburgh Skyline with the Duquesne Incline in the foreground

Pittsburgh from Mt. Washington with Duquesne Incline Station. Image by Richard Nowitz.

Best of the ‘Burgh

Tour Length: 3 days/2 nights suggested, Customizable  | Seasons Available: Anytime
Activity Level: Customized to Suit Your Travelers

Pittsburgh is having a moment! Everyone from Anthony Bourdain to Zagat has raved about the city as a must-visit destination. Tourists and travel writers can’t get enough of the city’s authentic grit, futuristic tech innovations, exploding food scene, riverfront beauty, and quirky character. Travel with Rivers of Steel to get into the city’s best restaurants, hotels, cultural venues and museums that everyone is talking about!

Man photographs downtown Pittsburgh from a boat near the point

Photographing the Point from the Explorer riverboat.

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.

The exterior of an ornate Victorian Greenhouse with gardens

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Gardens & Glass

Tour Length: Day trip to 2 days/1 night, Customizable  | Seasons Available: Anytime
Activity Level: Light Impact

You know Pittsburgh was a capital of iron and steel production, but did you know that by the early 1900s this region produced 80% of the nation’s glass? Learn all about it with a visit to the Pittsburgh Glass Center, which documents this history and is a working studio for artists, who will narrate a glassblowing or flameworking demonstration for groups. Travelers can also shape their very own piece of glass art. This tour embraces glass in all its glory, with stops at an enchanting Victorian glass house garden, a chapel with some of the tallest stained-glass windows in the world, a church alight with opalescent Tiffany windows, and even a terrarium workshop so travelers can go home with their own garden in a glass.

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a visit for your group to southwestern Pennsylvania.