Wrapped in rivers, intertwined with trails and packed with parks, Pittsburgh is full of outdoor adventure. Bike, walk or rollerblade miles of riverfront trails, soaking in fantastic urban views. Bicycle rentals are available along the trail. Guided hikes offer another way to see the city. Pittsburgh boasts a lush and diverse landscape and is filled with endless recreational opportunities for every outdoor enthusiast. Pittsburgh’s Downtown riverfronts have been named #5 in the Best American Riverfronts list by USA Today’s 10 Best polls.
Western Pennsylvania is home to some of the most diverse landscape in the U.S. On foot, by bike or in the water, the ways to experience Pittsburgh and Allegheny County trails and parks are endless. Hike, bike, hunt, fish or ride through the many beautiful city, county, and state parks. If your wanderlust reaches beyond the city limits, head off on the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage, which begins at Pittsburgh’s Point State Park, links with the C&O Canal Towpath in Maryland and then takes you all the way to the nation’s capital for a spectacular 335-mile trail adventure! Download the Official Guide for Pennsylvania State Parks & Forests App for iPhone and Android before setting off on your visit to Pittsburgh and its countryside.
The Pittsburgh region provides almost unlimited opportunities for fishing and boating fun. If you like lake, river or creek fishing, there’s a place for you and boat accesses are plentiful. Pittsburgh’s rivers are ideal for sculling, kayaking, canoeing and powerboating. While visiting Pittsburgh, take advantage of the easily accessible boat launches and marinas along Allegheny County’s three rivers.
Pennsylvania is home to more than 500 public golf courses, with many of the best located in the Pittsburgh area. With eight courses all rated an “outstanding” four out of five stars by Golf Digest, you’ll enjoy championship play that is second to none.
However you like to roll, Pittsburgh is sure to have the sightseeing option for you. By land or water, on four wheels or two, walk or Segway, tour and enjoy the sights of the city. Tag along with knowledgeable guides for free architectural walking tours of Downtown or culinary tours of Pittsburgh’s unique neighborhoods. Go on a sightseeing trip by trolley, by sternwheeler or by WWII amphibious vehicle! Take a trip back in time and see how the steel industry played a major role in shaping the economy and the culture of Pittsburgh’s “Steel Valley.” Don’t miss the new movie location tour and find out why Pittsburgh is called “Hollywood of the East.”
Also, check out the “Pittsburgh Art and Architecture Tour” itineraries, featuring four of Pittsburgh’s phenomenal cultural institutions: The Andy Warhol Museum, Mattress Factory, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and House on Kentucky Knob.
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