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Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States
by Patricia and Robert Foulke (The Globe Pequot Press)
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No longer seen as a dirty steel town, Pittsburgh has been coming into its own. Though there are still a few operating mills left in the area, their new enviro-friendly structures serve as a proud point of nostalgia. To get the true feel of the city, take a drive through downtown and marvel at the skyscrapers on your way to the Carnegie Museums, which include Natural History and the Science Center. Known for its world-famous Dinosaur Hall, the Natural History Museum is a must. If you're interested in art, the Art Museum connects to the Natural History or there's the Andy Warhol Museum downtown. And, for those sports enthusiasts, Pittsburgh has Heinz Field and PNC Park. You can get a great view of the baseball park by taking a clipper dinner cruise. Finally, if it's ethnic culture, and food, that you're craving, stop by the Strip District. Depending on the time of your visit, you may even encounter one the many local ethnic festivals and have yourself a pieroghi!
The Pittsburgh area offers many fun hikes and adventures! If you are feeling adventurous, you can hike up Mt. Washington and watch the people in the trams climb up the hill next to you. The view from up top is quite spectacular and worth the climb! Don't forget to check out Heinz field and the old Three Rivers Stadium. A beautiful city.... Oh, and if you are in Pittsburgh during Febuary, don't forget to head over to Punxsutawney and check out the groundhog festival! :)
This is a great trail for people who want to get out and enjoy an outside experience. I must admit I am a little spoiled after living colorado for the past 2 years, the views are a little different. But there is no better way to enjoy the outdoors in the burgh' area than getting out for a walk on this trail. This is a good trail for beginners to get out and work those muscles early in the spring.
No trip to the Pittsburg area would be complete wothout a visit to Frank Lloyds Fallingwater. Even though the tour guides will tell you that he designed it in a day for the Kaufman family, it''s been called the only real piece of American art. Make it a day and visit the waterfalls of Ohiopyle State Park and another FLW house, Kentuck Knob, not more than 10 minutes away. Much different than Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob was done in the USONIAN style, and is much more modest. I would then head to Seven Springs to spend the night, then either skiing in the winter or hiking in the summer. Make sure to try their pizza for lunch or go on a Saturday night and get the seafood buffet. Reservations may be required, I''m not sure.
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