I recently went back to Pittsburgh after many years. “The Burgh” as many call it, is becoming one of the country’s “hippest cities”, according to many publications and recent press. This former industrial city is having a resurgence in terms of growth, gentrifying neighborhoods, and growth in technology jobs. There are many new artists as well as food enthusiasts as it is becoming an up and coming food town with many excellent restaurants, microbreweries and distilleries.
For wonderful views of the city, take the restored cable cars of the Duquesne Incline to Mount Washington. It is a National Historic Landmark and has been used by commuters since 1877. There is an observation deck and exhibitions at the top. 1197 West Carson St.
I found that the city is hilly and the streets confusing to navigate with considerable traffic during certain times of the day. I suggest not renting a car, but taking Uber or Lyft, as there are very few taxis on the streets. It is a fun walking city, but I loved Lyft and was able to get between neighborhoods or to dinner in the evenings very quickly with short waiting times.
Fallingwater: Falling Water is a house designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, 43 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Situated over a waterfall, it is probably my favorite of his home that I have visited in the past. Tours are available and I suggest that you book online before you go to make sure you reserve your spot. There are two other Wright designed homes in the area as well including Kentuck Knob in Chalk Hill, PA and the Duncan House in Polymath Park. Tours can be booked online before your visit.