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Cincinnati to Pittsburgh suggestions

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Cincinnati to Pittsburgh suggestions

We (husband, 12 year old son & I) will be driving from Cincinnati area to Pittsburgh on a Saturday in April, on our way to the ballgame that night. Looking for suggestions on the route to take. We will have the majority of the day, so total highway is not necessary. Anything we should be sure to see, or a great place for lunch? We may possibly drive part of the way Friday night, so to have more time on Saturday. Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Cincinnati to Pittsburgh suggestions

I'm orig from Arkansas and have lived in Pittsburgh 20+ years .. and have driven from here thru Cincinnati and back HUNDREDS of times. My suggestion: keep on the interstates, get to Pittsburgh ASAP and take advantage of the great sight-seeing here. Is your hotel on the North Side (nearest the ballpark)? You have the Carnegie Science Center, Sportsworks and Andy Warhol Museum in walking distance! Just across the river (another EASY walk via Roberto Clemente Bridge) are more museums (try the Toonseum or the August Wilson Museum) all in the Cultural District with great restaurants and stage venues. I could go on and on. So drive the interstate highways, get to Pittsburgh and have a great time here!!

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2. Re: Cincinnati to Pittsburgh suggestions

Here are the links for more info ---

Toonseum: http://toonseum.org/

August Wilson Museum: http://www.augustwilsoncenter.org/

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust-April 2012: …culturaldistrict.org/calendar/monthly/2012/4

Carnegie Science Center: http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/

Sportsworks (lots of fun for kids): carnegiesciencecenter.org/exhibits/…

Andy Warhol Museum: http://www.warhol.org/

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3. Re: Cincinnati to Pittsburgh suggestions

great suggestions... I suspected it might be best to get to Pitt, and venture around, but didn't want to miss anything else. I've only experienced Ohio from Rt 80. Our hotel on Sat pm is actually Grove City, which I know is a drive, but on our way to our next destination. Hotel for Friday has not been booked yet, because I don't know when we will finish up in Cincinnati that day.

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If you want to break up the drive, you could stop in Columbus. Have lunch, maybe look around German Village or the Short North. Then get back on the road. If you have particular types of food you like, post them here and I'm sure people will have some good suggestions.

Not a whole lot between Columbus and Pittsburgh. Sometimes if I'm not in a hurry, I'll take US 22 from Zanesville up to Steubenville and then into Pittsburgh. It's moderately scenic, goes through some lakes, state parks, etc. But coming all the way from Cincinnati, I'd probably stick to the interstate and just get on to Pittsburgh. It's a great city and worth the time to explore.

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5. Re: Cincinnati to Pittsburgh suggestions

You can take a break and stop in Zanesville to see its famous Y bridge ("go to the middle of the bridge and turn left"). It's best viewed from the overlook at Putnam Park.

www.visitzanesville.com/businesses/y_bridge

Afterwards, go to Tom's Ice Cream Bowl for a sandwich, some of the best ice cream in Ohio, and an old-fashioned ice cream parlor experience.

http://www.tomsicecreambowl.com/news.html

http://www.tomsicecreambowl.com/

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6. Re: Cincinnati to Pittsburgh suggestions

Thanks for the ideas.... I just didn't want to miss anything amazing...Rt 22 sounds pretty, and maybe we'll make that stop in Columbus for lunch.

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With a 12-year-old son, if you want to stop in Columbus, I wouldn't go to German Village or Short North, although you can drive through them if you want to get a feel for the areas. Short North is more impressive after dark; it's basically just a strip of High Street just north of downtown.

Instead visit The Ohio State University campus, one of the two largest universities in the U.S. (with Texas).

Buses on the campus are free, hop-on, hop-off. Perhaps view Ohio Stadium, one of the largest in the U.S. (it seats about 105,000; tours are not available to my knowledge). Thompson Library also is impressive (go to the top floor for great views of the campus and Columbus).

Park at the Ohio Union South Garage, and have lunch at the Ohio Union (student center), perhaps Sloopy's Diner.

http://wexarts.org/info/visit/parking/

http://www.osu.edu/visitors/entertainment.php

The Ohio Statehouse also is impressive and offers great tours.

If you do go to German Village, take a walk around Schiller Park, and have lunch at Lindey's (beautiful, more upscale, a Columbus favorite and landmark), Schmidt's (German, famous for its brats), the original Max & Erma's (great building) or Katzinger's (famous deli). Schiller Park has a decent-sized parking lot.

www.yelp.com/biz/schiller-park-columbus

A diversion to Columbus will be more time-consuming than stopping in Zanesville.

Edited: 09 February 2012, 15:36
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8. Re: Cincinnati to Pittsburgh suggestions

If you want to visit Columbus, and leave Friday night, perhaps stay at the Holiday Inn Express on Olentangy or the Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU at Grandview Yard, where there is an excellent Jason's Deli, a national organic deli chain.

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9. Re: Cincinnati to Pittsburgh suggestions

Thanks all! Tom's ice cream will be a hit with both of my guys. Seeing the Univ campus is also a great idea... We will definitely drive part way on Friday, so that these stops will fit in!

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10. Re: Cincinnati to Pittsburgh suggestions

If you want a great OSU photo op, look for the Brutus statue sitting on a bench in the Great Hall of the Ohio Union building.

…osu.edu/2010/…

Have a fun trip to Pittsburgh!

BTW, in Pittsburgh, be certain to take the Duquesne Incline up Mt. Washington to get a bird's eye view of the birth of the Ohio River.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duquesne_Incline