Sunday, May 26, 2024
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The Rebirth of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA

Attractively situated at the confluence of the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers, surrounded by wooded hills, Pittsburgh has cast off its industrial past and is now one of America’s most attractive cities.

 

 

Industry began here in Pittsburgh the early 1800’s with the building of iron foundries to process local ore and coal. Soon it became the world’s largest producer of steel, a city of belching chimneys and grime, continuing until the 1960’s. Now the mills and furnaces are quiet, the factories demolished or transformed, and the banks of river have attractive green spaces amongst the modern high rises.

There was big money made here and the cultural legacy of Andrew Carnegie, the Mellon bankers, the Frick coal merchants and the Heinz family lives on. You’ll find impressive Art Galleries, including one devoted to Andy Warhol, the city’s most famous artist, and a brand new Moonshot Museum dedicated to space exploration. Immigrants were drawn here to work and their influence is reflected in the diverse food on offer.

Cycle

 

 

An excellent way of getting to know the city is to take a bike on the Great Allegheny Passage or GAP Trail along the traffic free riverside paths. It will take you through parks, over bridges and past amazing murals. If you’re feeling keen you can cycle all 335 miles to Washington DC. If not, relax with a beer at the Sly Fox brewery

Tasting Tour

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