Six of the best: tours in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

With the city of Pittsburgh now more accessible than ever due to the new direct flight with British Airways from London Heathrow, what better way to get to know the city than to join one of its exciting tours. Whether sampling the local delicacies, or delving into the arts and culture scene, you’re sure to have a lot to tell your friends on your return.

Burgh Bits and Bites

FOOD & DRINK

  • Burgh Bits and Bites Food Tour – Spotlight tour: Saxonburg

Connecting people to communities through food, the ‘Burgh Bits and Bites food tours takes visitors on a food tasting adventure and historic walking tour of a selection of the city’s diverse neighbourhoods. The company offers nine neighbourhood food tours, including a tour of Saxonburg in nearby Butler County, just 20 miles outside of the city. As visitors wander around the charming town, they hear the story of many business owners from new and original establishments. Tastings range from a fine dining experience in a century old hotel, to Saxonburg’s own handmade chocolates.

Tours last approximately two hours for £33pp.  www.burghfoodtour.com / www.visitbutlercounty.com

  • City Brew Tours Pittsburgh

The Original Brew Tour offers guests an insiders’ look at how four different local breweries create their renowned beers. The tour gives visitors the chance to taste up to 16 different local craft brews, whilst enjoying a deliciously paired lunch at one of the brew pub affiliates. Guests are taken around the city in a 15-passenger tour bus, whilst they hear about the historic city and its brewing history from the knowledgeable tour guide.

Tours last approximately five hours for £75pp. www.citybrewtours.com/pittsburgh 

OUTDOORS

  • Bike the Burgh Tours

Whether visitors to Pittsburgh are hard core cycling enthusiasts, or casual weekend bike trail lovers, the city has an experience to suit everyone. Bike the Burgh offers a varying selection of cycling tours, each providing a background into the city’s diverse neighbourhoods. The popular tours include the ‘Beauty of the Burgh Tour’, perfect for those who are new to the city and would like to see the city’s highlights and the ‘Hollywood East Tour’, giving an exciting insight into the many filming locations within the city.

Tours last approximately three hours for £23 for a child / £30 for an adult. www.biketheburgh.com

Cruisin’ Tikis

Cruisin’ Tikis Pittsburgh

Introduced to the city last year, Cruisin’ Tikis Pittsburgh offers a new city tour like you’ve never seen before. The Hawaiian tiki hut tour – lasting two hours – starts at Pittsburgh’s North Shore near PNC Park and travels along the city’s three rivers, past iconic landmarks and offering specular views of Downtown. The cruising boats carry up to six people, with an experienced captain leading the cruise. Each tiki boat is equipped with a Bluetooth stereo system and a cooler for guests to bring their own drinks and tunes.

Two-hour sightseeing cruises cost £304 for up to six people. cruisintikis.com/pittsburgh-pa

ARTS & CULTURE

Fallingwater
  • Fallingwater

A one-hour drive out of the city to the Laurel Highlands will take visitors to the only house of renowned American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, which still stands in its original setting. Designed in 1935, Fallingwater was originally a private residence which has now become one of Wright’s most widely acclaimed works. Whether visitors want an in-depth tour of the house, a sunset snippet or the surrounding grounds, there’s something available for everyone.

Guided house tours are £14 for a child / £23 for an adult. fallingwater.org / www.laurelhighlands.org

  • Walk The Burgh Tours

Explore the city on foot as you wander through the heart of Downtown or the Oakland neighbourhood. Walk the Burgh offers an insight into must-see cultural and historic landmarks as well as beautiful architecture. The ‘Best of the Burgh’ tour departs daily, showcasing the entire Golden Triangle: the financial and cultural district as well as Point State Park. The tour is perfect for a first time visitor of this unique city, also with unseen details and hidden gems, including a speakeasy displaying original prescriptions during the prohibition.

Tours last approximately two hours for £15 for a child / £19 for an adult. www.walktheburgh.com

For more information on Pittsburgh, please visit www.visitpittsburgh.com