Things to do in the Heritage Area

There’s many ways to explore the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area!

Rafting in Ohiopyle—image courtesy of the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau.

Routes to Roots—Driving Itineraries

Travel is the very means of human connection, opening up throughways between different people and their cultures. Digging into the history of southwestern Pennsylvania and sharing themed itineraries filled with museums, attractions, collections, and sites, Rivers of Steel crafted a series of articles that offer innumerable ways to explore the heritage area.  Paired with this curated lists of things to do, each article includes brief historical narratives that deepen the understanding of this region’s rich industrial and cultural heritage.

Journey Areas

Explore the Heritage Area through the lens of our region’s industrial history! The eight counties—and the hundreds of cities, small towns and main streets within them—that form the heritage area are linked not only by their river valleys, but by their shared cultural and industrial heritage through five journeys that each reveal an element of the region’s legacy as the Steel Capital of the World for more than a century.

Routes to Roots—Journey Areas

Transportation Itineraries

Transportation keeps us moving, so it’s a fitting theme to embrace on your next road trip through the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area! The hilly terrain crisscrossed by rivers and waterways that defines the region—and the need to move people, raw materials and manufactured products across it—has shaped a history rampant with innovations that pushed transportation to new speeds, modes, and destinations.



About the Heritage Area

The Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area celebrates the region’s industrial history, the landscape that fueled it, and the hardworking men and women who made it possible, linking its communities through their shared cultural and industrial heritage. The eight-county region represents the Pittsburgh Industrial District and includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. It is one of 55 National Heritage Areas and one of 12 State Heritage Areas.

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Learn More About Rivers of Steel’s attractions

that showcase the artistry and innovation of our region’s rich heritage.