Picture Perfect Pittsburgh, PA

Picture Perfect Pittsburgh, PA

Save $25 Per Person if you book by 6/12/2020 on this Picture Perfect trip to Pittsbugh, Pennsylvania!

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Save $25 Per Person if you book by 6/12/2020 on this Picture Perfect trip to Pittsbugh, Pennsylvania!

Save $25 per person if you book by 6/12/2020!

 

There's no place quite like Pittsburgh, an implausible and affable place of distinct and likeable neighborhoods, scattered across a series of steep Southwestern Pennsylvania hills and secluded hollows, perched on cliffs and huddled down by its famed three rivers.

 

Pittsburgh, PA

We’ll take the 142-year old Duquesne Incline to the observation deck atop Mt Washington which was voted among the top ten of “America’s Most Stunning Views” by USA Today readers.  The historic funicular’s twin wooden cable cars rise 400 feet above Downtown.  We’ll even have a special tour of the machine room to observe the original hoisting equipment from 1877 that is still in operation. Explore 250 years of Pittsburgh’s history on a guided tour of the Senator John Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. The museum is housed in the former Chautauqua Lake Ice Company building. A sampling of some of the exhibits on display: Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, The Heinz Exhibition, From Slavery to Freedom, Glass: Shattering Notions, and Eyes of Pittsburgh. Travelers will have time to explore the museum on your own.   Board the Explorer Riverboat for “An Intro to Innovation” dinner cruise.    Known as a modern tech and robotics hub, the ‘Burgh has been in the vanguard of industrial reinvention for more than 250 years. Discover how Pittsburgh’s landscape, its wealth of natural resources, and the character of its residents have helped to shape the dynamic city it is today.  This riverboat tour also shares many of the charming idiosyncrasies that make Pittsburgh truly unique, all the while showcasing the beauty of its skylines and riverbanks. We’ll take a guided tour of the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning, a dramatic Gothic Revival tower of carved Indiana limestone soaring 535 feet into the sky.  We will learn about the traditions and daily life of the different ethnic groups that settled in Western Pennsylvania.  One of Pittsburgh’s most well-known landmarks and treasures, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum has stood to honor veterans of all branches of service, from all generations and conflicts since 1910. Finished in 1910, “Memorial Hall” was built to recognize the sacrifice, valor and patriotism of Allegheny County Civil War men. Today it honors men and women of Pennsylvania who served the United States military during our country’s history. Enjoy a guided tour of the Roberto Clemente Museum, dedicated to preserving the life and legacy of “The Great One.” With one of the largest collection of photographs and objects related to Roberto Clemente, the museum aims to educate its audiences on not only his incredible baseball career, but his humanitarian efforts and life off the field, as well.  Take a guided tour of the National Aviary where you will encounter rare and endangered birds up close as they venture through the Tropical Rainforest, lush wetlands, serene grasslands and the rocky coastline of PenguinPoint. Beautiful birds fly freely around as you walk through indoor habitats.

 

Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania

A local guide will join us for a scenic day in the Laurel Highlands region of Pennsylvania.  We’ll start at the Lincoln Highway Experience.  The Lincoln Highway, our nation’s first coast-to-coast highway, stretched from New YorkCity to San Francisco in 1913.   It’s the one route that changed America forever – marking the birth of  popular American tourism – vacationing by automobile. The Experience includes an award winning, short video, “Through the Windshield,” a 5,000-sq. ft museum with authentic restored artifacts, and bright neon lights and cool period tunes of the 30s and 40s. Each tour ends with a cup of coffee and piece of pie at the restored roadside diner. We’ll take a guided tour of Fallingwater, a National Historic Landmark and Frank Lloyd Wright’s crowning achievement in organic architecture. Once the summer home of the Kaufmann family, prominent Pittsburgh department store owners, Fallingwater is truly a country hideaway. Anchored into rock formations and built over a stream, the home appears to float over a waterfall, at one with nature. We’ll make a stop at Ohiopyle State Park and YoughioghenyFalls.  There are viewing platforms easily accessible from the parking lot to take in the beauty of this 20-foot waterfall with a wide span, along with the 100-acre Ferncliff Peninsula. Say CHEESE! in front of the world's largest Big Mac at the Big Mac Museum. The world's most popular sandwich, the Big Mac, was created 40 years ago in western Pennsylvania. With billions sold and over 900 million sold annually around the globe, the Big Mac has become a familiar and reliable financial standard.

 

Pittsburgh’s Food and Drink Scene

Arrive at Wigle Whiskey for a tasting experience at this distillery – a James Beard Semi Finalist and the most-awarded craft whiskey distillery in the United States. American whiskey was born in Pittsburgh! Throughout the 1700 and 1800s, Western Pennsylvania was the epicenter of American Whiskey production. Wigle is named for one of those pioneering Pennsylvania distillers. In the 1790s, Phillip Wigle defended his right to distill in a tussle with a tax collector and unwittingly helped spark the Whiskey Rebellion, which pitted Western Pennsylvania distillers against George Washington's troops. He was sentenced to hang for treason but was ultimately pardoned by Washington. By 1808, Allegheny County was producing half a barrel of whiskey for every man, woman and child living in America. The gold standard of American whiskey was a spicy, earthy rye whiskey called Monongahela Rye. Today Wigle aims to bring back this tradition with organic regional grains milled on site, then fermented and distilled in a copper pot still in what was the first distillery in the City of Pittsburgh since Prohibition.  We will enjoy a dinner at The Church Brew Works.  Housed in the former St. John the Baptist Church of Lawrenceville, the Church Brew Works serves elevated gastropub fare alongside their large collection of beers – brewed on the former altar of the church. The building dates to 1901, and was created to meet the needs of Polish, Italian and German immigrants who came to Pittsburgh to find work in the steel mills. The church closed its doors in 1993.  The Church Brew Works opened its doors in 1996 and is a Pittsburgh favorite!  Enjoy lunch at the LeMont Restaurant for the most scenic lunch in town. This classic Pittsburgh restaurant has incredible views overlooking downtown Pittsburgh from the top of Mt. Washington.

 

Ohio Fun

Dinner on our last night is going to be amazing at the Liberty Aviation Museum.  Enjoy dinner as you listen to Dr. Harold H. Brown tell his firsthand stories of his combat as a WWII Pilot.  On his 30th mission, March 14, 1945, Dr. Brown was shot down over enemy territory, bailing out his badly damaged P-51 and being taken as a prisoner of war.  He was one of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots.  We’ll enjoy a guided tour of the Rutherford B.Hayes 31-room mansion where Hayes and his family lived on the grounds of Spiegel Grove.  You will also have time to explore the newly redesigned Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Museum which has more than 1,785 artifacts that are on exhibit. 

Day 1

- Depart for Streetsboro, OH
- Welcome Dinner at Rockne’s

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Day 2

- Arrive in Pittsburgh, PA
- Ride the Duquesne Incline with special tour of the Machine Room
- Free time in trendy Market Square
- Guided Tour of the Heinz History Center
- Stay 3 Nights at the Omni William Penn Hotel - A Premier Pittsburgh Experience
- Dinner Cruise on the Explorer Riverboat - An Intro to Innovation

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Day 3

- Guided tour of the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning
- Guided Tour of the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum
- Free time in Pittsburgh’s most vibrant and iconic Strip District
- Guided Tour of the Roberto Clemente Museum
- Wigle Whiskey Tasting Experience
- Dinner at The Church Brew Works

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Day 4

- Local Guide joins us as we travel just outside of Pittsburgh to the Laurel Highlands
- Visit the Lincoln Highway Experience
- Guided Tour of Fallingwater
- Visit Ohiopyle State Park and view the Youghiogheny River and Falls
- Explore at the Big Mac Museum - this is where the legendary sandwich was created

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Day 5

- Guided Tour of the National Aviary
- Lunch is the most scenic lunch in Pittsburgh at the LeMont Restaurant situated at the top of Mt. Washington
- Depart Pittsburgh for Fremont, OH
- Dinner at the Liberty Aviation Museum and listen to the firsthand stories of Dr. Harold H.Brown, a 93-year-old WWII Pilot and a Tuskegee Airman

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Day 6

- Self-Guided Tour of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Museum
- Guided Tour of the Rutherford B. Hayes Home
- Return home with picture perfect memories of your vacation in Pittsburgh

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Save $25 per person if you book by 6/12/2020!

 

Trip Includes:  Home pickup (restrictions apply), Breakfast with Bucky (mascot is not present), 11 Meals, baggage handling for 1 suitcase per person, motorcoach transportation, sightseeing as listed, gratuities for local guides and included meals.

 

Hotel Accommodations

Day One -  Quality Inn,Streetsboro, OH

Day Two - Four - Omni William Penn, Pittsburgh, PA

Day Six -  Comfort Inn & Suites, Fremont, OH

 

PER PERSON RATES:

Double Occupancy  $1849

Single Occupancy $2259

Triple Occupancy $1825

 

Final Payment Due:  7/12/2020

 

OPTIONAL TOUR CANCELLATION PROTECTION PLAN PER PERSON:  Double and Triple Occupancy $152 OR Single Occupancy $184

 

Driver and Tour Director gratuities are not included and are at the passengers discretion.

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