Route: Grandview Avenue, McArdle Roadway and Sycamore Streets, Pittsburgh
The lofty perch from atop Mt. Washington provides you with a breathtaking panoramic view of downtown Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle, where the Monongahela and Allegheny meet to form the Ohio River.
Ditch the car and take the Monongahela Incline, the oldest and steepest funicular railway in the country, up to the highest point of the city. About a mile to the west, the Duquesne Incline traverses the hillside in Victorian high style. Another way up is driving along the historic McArdle Roadway, which hugs Mt. Washington as it ascends and gradually reveals increasingly beautiful views of the city through the trees. Once you've landed on the aptly named Grandview Avenue, stroll along the Mt. Washington Overlook and dine in some the city's swank restaurants.
The sparkling skyline, illuminated bridges, and unique topography make it easy to see why USA Weekend ranked Pittsburgh as one of the "Top Ten Most Beautiful Places in America."
Take a step back in time on a century-old cable car and see the best views of downtown Pittsburgh while riding one of the few remaining inclines in the country. Opened on May 20, 1877, the Duquesne Incline was rescued and restored by a group of local residents in 1963 and still delights residents and visitors with its original, elegant, wooden cable cars. Now you can visit the interior of the incline and watch the machinery while it operates. The Duquesne Incline's upper station houses a... Read More >