Sunday, November 10, 2013

Enjoying Point State Park and the Duquesne Incline

Sometimes when you live in a place you don't necessarily pay attention to what's in front of you.  A little bit ago I took an afternoon to stroll Point State Park, at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers (which create the Ohio River), which has recently been refurbished and re-landscaped.  The Commonwealth of Pennsvlyania also fixed the iconic fountain at the Point, which now shoots up some 70 feet in the air.  A walking or bike tour of the park makes for a great way to see Pittsburgh, with the skyline of downtown to one side, Mt. Washington to the South, and the North Shore to the North.  It's a great view, which gets you right down on water level in the middle of this valley, and there's plenty to watch between the boat traffic, picnickers, and others enjoying the day.

If you are out wandering, then its worth your while to cross the Mon and take the Duquesne Incline up to Mt. Washington.  It lets you out at the far western side of Mt. Washington, near LeMont, Isabella, Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, and other upscale restaurants.  There's a great bird's eye view from the Inline's viewing deck, which orients you toward the Point and downtown from that angle.  Again, it's a one of a kind view, and if you're visiting Pittsburgh or, like me, just haven't done it in a while, put a couple of hours aside and indulge yourself!  A word to the wise, the Duquesne Incline requires exact change.  Check the website for fares.

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