Up, down, around and around; every journey
through the city of Pittsburgh is an adventure.
is undoubtedly the cockeyedest city in the United States," wrote
newspaper columnist Ernie Pyle in 1937. "It must have been laid
out by a mountain goat."
Pyle's now famous description is a mixture of bewilderment and admiration:
"It's up and down, and around and around, and in betwixt,"
he wrote. "Pittsburgh is hills, mountains, cliffs, valleys, and
Getting around the city is a lot easier these days, but traveling
Pittsburgh-style has lost none of its excitement. The city's incredible
mixture of grand rivers, dramatic hills and sweeping vistas makes
every journey an adventure in itself.
In and Out
Every journey through the city of Pittsburgh is an adventure.
Entering Pittsburgh for the first time has all the drama of an epic
film's opening scene. One minute you are cruising through rolling,
grassy Allegheny hills and the next you are plunged into the darkness
of the Fort Pitt Tunnel. A moment later you emerge into the sunlight,
greeted by a breathtaking vista: a gleaming downtown perched at the
junction of three tranquil rivers. Welcome to Pittsburgh.
is full of these awe-inspiring surprises--spectacular vistas glimpsed
between rows of Victorian houses, commuters hopping off cable cars
and onto riverboats, and shimmering glass and steel edifices sharing
the skyline with renovated redbrick warehouses.
Up and Down
So you think San Francisco is the city of hills? Forgetaboutit--Pittsburgh
undulates with countless cliffs, slopes and valleys. Here, tilted
trains run diagonally up Mount Washington's sheer rock face. They're
called inclines, remnants of a time when numerous cable cars chugged
up and down Pittsburgh's steep cliffs.
then there are the city-owned steps--at least 43,937 of them, comprising
700 stairways, hundreds more than other hilly cities like Cincinnati
and San Francisco. In Pittsburgh you will find roads with steps for
sidewalks, and even some fantastic streets that are nothing more than
zig-zagging staircases winding up into the hills.
Over and Under
While you are admiring the view from the top of any of Pittsburgh's
numerous hills, try to see how many bridges you can count. There are
720 of them traversing the valleys and spanning the rivers like strands
of a spider web, some painted primrose yellow. Only one other city
in the world can boast more bridges, and that's Venice.
Beneath the bridges, riverboats and water taxis navigate the tranquil
waters. Hop aboard and cruise to the ballgame in style, groove to
a water-bound rock performance or tour the legendary Allegheny, Monongahela
and Ohio Rivers. In the warmer months you can also ply the waterways
in sailboats, sculls and jet skis.
Around and Around
As if there weren't already enough adventures awaiting Pittsburghers
during their morning commutes, the city boasts one of the top-rated
amusement parks in the country, Kennywood Park. Here state-of-the-art
scream machines like the Phantom's Revenge are intertwined with classic
wooden coasters like the Thunderbolt. If you need a break from stomach-lurching
plunges and loop-da-loops, you can mosey down the Lazy River at Sandcastle