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Natural Wonders of Pittsburgh

The city of Pittsburgh is the second largest city in Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh's downtown is referred to as the Golden Triangle with the flow from the Alleghney River from the northeast and Monongahela River from the southeast from the Ohio River. Downtown Pittsburgh is a beautiful, dynamic city full of attractions and sites to please the history enthusiast, avid sports fan, culture seekers and thrill seeking young adults.
Experience one of America's finest children's zoo located 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. The zoo is home to more than 4,000 animals in their natural settings including two baby elephants. The Pittsburgh's $16 million Aquarium opened in June 2000 visitors can enjoy viewing sharks, penguins, octopuses and thousands of other exotic water animals from around the world.
Skiing and Snowboarding in Western Pennsylvania is within 100 miles of Pittsburgh. Offering 8 ski resorts all of which are usually open by January with an excellent base of snow. Other winter activities in Western Pennsylvania include snowmobiling, cross country skiing, ice fishing, ice skating and sledding. Some area farms and other operations offer romantic winter sleigh rides.


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Attractions of Pittsburgh

Experience Pittsburgh with a ride on the Duquesne Incline (a century old cable car). While riding one of the few remaining inclines you will experience the best views of downtown Pittsburgh. The Duquesne Incline opened on May 20, 1877 which was one of four inclined planes serving the summit of Coal Hill later known as Mount Washington. In 1963 the Duquesne Incline was rescued and restored by a group of local residents. Today visitors can enjoy the original, elegant, wooden cable cars.  Once visitors reach the top there is a upper station, houses a museum of Pittsburgh history including the steel days, along with other photo's of  Pittsburgh. Also visitor's can find unusual Pittsburgh souvenirs, photos, and maps from the tiny gift shop.
In addition to the Duquesne Incline visitor's may enjoy a ride on the Monongahela Incline opened in 1870 ( local residents call it the Mon Incline) this is the oldest and steepest incline in the United States. Offering beautiful views of downtown Pittsburgh and a way for residents of Mt.Washington to get to downtown Pittsburgh. The lower station of the Monongahela Incline is located near the Smithfield Street Bridge.  In 1970 The Monongahela Incline was declared a historic structure by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation.

Experience a local favorite with a visit to Kennywood Park. Founded in 1898 as a small trolley park near Pittsburgh Kennywood, is one of America's finest traditional amusement parks. Offering visitors a collection of old wooden coasters mixed with newer, faster steel coasters.  Experience a thrilling ride on one of the two wooden coasters the Thunderbolt or the Jack Rabbit. Visitor's can test their courage and ride the Exterminator, and indoor rollercoaster. If riding coasters is not for you, Kennywood offers a variety of other rides for people of all ages, including a children's area. Although the park features many state of the art rides, Kennywood is designated a national historic landmark.


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Things to do in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

East of downtown Pittsburgh located in the bustling Strip District is the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center. Formally the Chautauqua Lake Ice Company building which has been restored as a seven-story museum. Offering a variety of changing exhibits, the Pittsburgh History Center with over 250 years of Western Pennsylvania History to life. Understand how the many immigrants shaped the region, uncover the myths of the Underground Railroad, and enjoy a ride on a 1940's Pittsburgh Trolley. With connections with the Smithsonian Institute, the Heinz Pittsburg History Center also displays other historical exhibits.  Featured on the second floor of the History Center is a permanent exhibit of  Points in Time: Building a Life in Western Pennsylvania which includes three life size reconstructed homes including a 1790's log cabin. Each home representing a different period of western Pennsylvania history.
For all you sports fans there is the Western Pennsylvania Sport Museum  with two floors covering over 20,000 square feet of exhibit space in the Pittsburgh History Center. Offers over 70 hands-on interactive exhibits and 20 audio visual programs to helps visitor's capture the regions strong sports traditions. Including a variety of memorabilia and artifacts including the 2000 Indy 500-winning race car of Chip Ganassi.

Found on the sixth floor of  the History Center is home to The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania and it's library with over 27,000 volumes, archives and museum of western Pennsylvania history.

The Andy Warhol Museum is located in Pittsburgh.  Andy Warhol the son of an immigrant Carpatho Rusyn who laborer in the Andrew Carnegie's Steel Mills. Where he developed his skills as a young artist, at the museum and library that Carnegie donated to the city. The Warhol museum is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world including over 4,000 works of art which include drawings, photographs, paintings, prints, videos and films. The Andy Warhol Museum also houses the many documentaries of Warhol's life and interactions. These archives are available for research to the general public and scholars in the Archive Study Center.