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A Day in Pittsburgh

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When its time to pack a bag for a short jaunt, venture into the Steel City - Pittsburgh. This cultured and hip city is home to many universities, top notch museums, lively neighborhoods, abundant green spaces, amusing nightlife and delicious food scene. The city offers many attractions that draw millions of visitors from around the world. From the Great Allegheny Passage to the stunning city view via Duquesne Incline, to catching the Pirates in action at PNC Park, to a multitude of the interactive museum - Explore Pittsburgh in 24 hours.

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Breakfast at 8:00 AM

Enjoy the most important meal of the day at P&G’s Pamela’s Diner (60 21 St). The food served here is fresh and delicious. Try their lyonnaise potatoes and toast, and for something sweet, do not miss their hotcakes. Bluebird Kitchen (221 Forbes Ave) gives you another great alternative for breakfast. They serve fantastic counter culture coffee and Rishi Tea to pair up with their delicious breafast delights.

Science Exhibitions in Carnegie Science Center at 9:00 AM

Nestled in the North Shore area of downtown Pittsburgh is the Carnegie Science Center where you can see many interesting and amazing exhibitions on many assorted theme. The center encompasses a planetarium, a venue dedicated to sports, a naval submarine, get acquainted with robots, exploration station with exhibitions of weather and electricity and much more. This is an ideal place to have fun as well as learn many exciting things. Even children have their share of many fun activities to participate. For full on entertainment, you can watch laser shows, screenings at IMAX Theater and beyond.

Address: 1 Allegheny Avenue , Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Website: www.carnegiesciencecenter.org

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at 4:00 PM

Next up in your day itinerary is a trip to Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens where you’ll see many university undergrads meander around and flock by. From one of the most happening hang out areas of the city to popular wedding venue, this beautiful garden has so much to. You will find varieties of plant type in all green rooms there and it also houses tropical forests and butterfly gardens, Joshua tree and orchid plant, bonsai and various flower collections. The venue offers many interesting activities to take part in and also kids love the play area.

Address: 1 Shenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-622-6914
Website: www.phipps.conservatory.org

City Vistas from Duquesne Incline at 10:00 AM

To see the stunning view of the city from the top of Mount Washington, take an uphill trolley ride the Duquesne Incline. By day, the crystal view of the city from the observatory point is simply breathtaking. And when the sun sets, the illuminating city view will transport you to a mystical world. The beautiful view is of course a big hit among visitors but this is also a famous spot for photography. After capturing the beauty through camera lens and your eyes, stop by the museum of Pittsburgh history and shop for souvenir at the gift shop.

Address: 1197 West Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone Number: 412.381.1665
Website: www.duquesneincline.org

Time to Explore the University of Pittsburgh Campus at 11:30 AM

Take some time out to visit the University of Pittsburgh which is a 132-acre campus campus, garbed by multiple historic buildings, several notable monuments and Cathedral of Learning. A tour of the campus will take you to the Stephen Foster Memorial Museum, which is devoted to the Pittsburgh native. You must not miss a stop by the Cathedral of Learning - a 535 feet tall Gothic revival cathedral. Also step in the 26 Nationality Rooms in the cathedral that exhibit beautiful artifacts and furnishings depicting the tradition and culture of several ethnicity. It is recommended to participate in one of the guided tours for a thorough exploration of the university.

Address: 4200 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-6000
Website: www.pitt.edu
Tour Hours: Mon to Sat from 9am-2:30pm; Sunday from 11am-2:30pm

Lunch at 1:00 PM

It's lunch time and you're definitely in the right spot. The University of Pittsburgh campus and surrounding areas have score of eateries dishing out amazing eats. You can stop at Fuel & Fuddle (212 Oakland Ave), located at the heart of a college campus. From local favorites including Sweet Potato Fries to smashed potatoes to rollafatty - there are lots to indulge here. The Porch at Schenley (221 Schenley Dr) is another great venue to enjoy superb sandwiches prepared using fresh baked farm bread, crispy taters and fresh greens. For Japanese, Korean cuisine, step in Oishii Bento (119 Oakland Ave). They also have a sushi bar to grab a quick midday cap.

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A Multi-level Masterpiece - Fallingwater at 2:30 AM

Take your trip to a home, hemmed over an actual waterfall. You will be awestruck to step in the multi-level home of concrete, stone and glass and moreover, standing above a waterfall. It is advisable to avail one of its tour arrangements to properly explore the structure. You can opt for a regular 45 minutes tour, or else for an in depth exploration, avail the two hour tour. If you have your kids along, they can also participate in one of the tours but kids below 6 years are not allowed. This is one of the most sought or tourist spots and you must make all tour bookings at least a week ahead. For details on operational hours and admission fees, visit its official website below.

Address: 1491 Mill Run Road, Mill Run, PA 15464
Phone: 724-329-8501
Website: www.wpconline.org

Family Fun Time - Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium at 4:00 PM

Your Pittsburgh trip with your kids will not be complete without a visit to Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. The zoo is home to more than 400 different animal species. You will be really impressed to come across so many varieties of animals dwelling in their well preserved habitats. You must visit all habitats to see all different kinds of animal living there - African Savanna for lions, elephants and giraffes; Asian Forest for red pandas, tigers and snow leopards; PPG Aquarium to see sharks, penguins and colorful fish and Water's Edge is where you'll find sea otters and polar bears.

Address: 7340 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Website: www.pittsburghzoo.org

Biking or Hiking Trails - The Great Allegheny Passage at 5:30 PM

Next up is an adventurous take of your trip. The Great Allegheny Passage is a 150 mile long trail that offers breathtaking views, biking and hiking trails and a plenty of activities. When you’re done with outdoor affairs, drop by one of the many trail towns and here you can explore the local culture and enjoy a humble shopping spree in the quaint shops around.

Address: 100 Art Rooney Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Phone: 888-282-2453

Shopping at 7:00 PM

Stash away sometimes to visit one of the city's top malls - Ross Park Mall. The interior of the mall is so well decortaed and is definitely a head turner.With over 150 shops, from high-end to affordable shops, like Nordstrom, Macy's, Burberry, Coach, The Cheesecake Factory, Janie and Jack, L.L. Bean, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, Lacoste, Lucky Brand, Pottery Barn, Michael Kors, Swarovski and Tiffany & Co. When you're done with shopping, sit yourself down in its foodcourt.

Address: 1000 Ross Park Mall Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: 412-369-4401
Website: www.simon.com
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10am to 9pm; Sunday 11am-6pm

Up for Dinner at 8:30 PM

At Kaya (2000 Smallman St), you have so much to relish and enjoy a wonderful ambience. Your taste buds will be well treated with their food with Caribbean accent. From pulled pork quesadilla to black bean dip to Corn & Lentil Beignets, to Jamaican Jerk Wings - enjoy their bold flavors. At Cioppino (2350 Railroad St), you can enjoy juicy, tender steaks and relish a delicious seafood platter.

Strip District at 10:00 PM

This is a perfect place to end your day in Pittsburgh. The neighborhood is flocked with many restaurants, night clubs and a thriving venue to enjoy cool dance and party scenes.

Address: Pittsburgh, PA
Phone: 412-201-4774
Website: www.neighborsinthestrip.com

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