Pennsylvania

A fun side trip to Pittsburgh

As you probably read in our previous blog post, we visited Ryan’s family in Ohio over Memorial Day weekend. On the way home, we stopped in Pittsburgh to spend the night. We wanted to break up the drive and also check out a few sites that we’ve been meaning to visit.

Our first stop was the Duquesne Incline. This incline opened in 1877 and is one of the few remaining inclines in the country—very cool!


We rode the cable car to the observation deck at the top. The track is 794 feet long and is at a 30 degree angle, and so you’re 400 feet higher when you get to the top.

Yeah, we had a great panoramic view from the observation deck! You can see downtown Pittsburgh and the three rivers (the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio).

The next morning, we headed to the Pittsburgh suburb of Washington to visit the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum. If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you know that Noah loves trolleys—and we got to ride two of them!

Our first ride was on this streetcar from New Orleans. It was built in 1932 and was the trolley in the movie A Streetcar Named Desire.

We rode a short distance to the Trolley Display Building, and there we saw a variety of electric streetcars from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Our second ride was a longer four-mile trip on an open streetcar. This streetcar is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and was built in 1911.

When we finished at the trolley museum, we got back in the car and headed home. Our visit to Pittsburgh was short, but we had a great time—and we look forward to checking out more sites the next time we’re passing through.

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