Thursday, October 8, 2015

2015 - Pittsburgh Summary

Duration: 3 days (Labour Day long weekend, left on Saturday, returned on Monday)
Cost: $420.xx in accommodations, $4 for the audio guide at Nationality Rooms.
Distance Driven: 1,120 km (Toronto, Erie, Linesville, Pittsburgh, Linesville, Toronto)

Highlights (in no particular order):

Nationality Rooms, this was a bit of a surprise for me. Allison's coworker suggested this place and I did see reviews on it, but I was unsure of how interesting it would be and it turned out pretty interesting. Only cost $4 for an audio guide, map, and key to access the rooms and just go and explore and have fun guessing what the rooms might look like.

Bicycle Heaven, a museum that houses bicycles but is operated out of a warehouse would raise some questions on how good it would be. Turns out, there is no reason to be concerned and you should pay them a visit if you have the time. As a bonus, it is by donation, so you can visit for free if you choose not to donate.

View from Mt. Washington, very nice views of downtown Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. Make sure to visit during the day and night if possible. Free to visit, you can take one of two inclines in the area (Duquesne or Monongahela), or you can hike up as well.

Lowlights (in no particular order):


Must try food places:

Fat Head's Saloon, with advertising that says that their sandwiches are as big as your head, you would think that their quality would take a hit, but nope! Worth a visit if you are in the area and there is a public parking lot just across the street. Make sure to put your name down early because you may be in for a bit of a wait but it is worth it.

What would I change?

For us, I think the flow of things worked out well. While I could have planned out the return trip a little bit better (instead of repeating day 1), I think it worked out well in the end. I think the duration there was fine for us since we aren't really museum people.