Over Spring Break, we took a little road trip to Pittsburgh. Since we were a little ahead of road construction season, the 8-hour drive was quite pleasant and uneventful. While we are frequently in the area, we have never stopped in Pittsburgh before. We were excited about the trip and found Pittsburgh to be a wonderful location for a little trip away from Chicagoland.
Pittsburgh is really a beautiful city. The city lies at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers. The rivers definitely add to the majesty as do the bridges. (My daughter oooed and ahhhed upon seeing the bridges.) To take in the sites, we rode the Duquesne Incline. The Duquesne Incline follows the path of an old coal hoist. It carries passengers from the base of Mt. Washington to its summit. During the ride up to the summit, you get an amazing view. The incline was opened to the public in 1877 and still provides some old time fun up to this day.
The Duquesne Incline is a fun activity for children. My daughter enjoyed watching the cars move up and down the incline. She spent some time trying to figure out how it worked. Little ones and big ones alike can watch the machinery work as the cable cars move up and down. The wooden cable cars are just beautiful and it was neat to see my daughter so enthralled by something relatively simple compared to many other involved attractions that children gravitate towards.
The view of Pittsburgh from the cable cars is spectacular. There is an amazing view of the city, the rivers and the stadiums. Something for everyone! We also had fun looking at boats on one of the rivers. We spotted some coal barges that were interesting to look at.
The Duquesne Incline is open all year and is open most of the day (5:30AM-12:45AM Monday-Friday, 7:00AM-12:45AM Sundays and holidays). With so many hours, it is easy to add this attraction to any Pittsburgh itinerary. I would recommend going either before or after the opening hours of other attractions to make the most of your trip. An evening visit may be fun!
Fares for the incline are $5 per adult for a roundtrip, $2.50 per child 6-11, and kids under 5 are free. Please be sure to bring cash as the incline is cash only.