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Itinerary Help: Presidents Day Weekend

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KMK83
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Itinerary Help: Presidents Day Weekend

Hi, my boyfriend and I (27 y/o) will be in town Friday nigtht 2/12, until Sunday 2/14 (can leave any time). We are staying at the Westin and are completely unfamiliar with the city.

We definitely want to do the Duquesne and the Monongahela Inclines, the Carnegie Science Center and the Carnegie Natural History Museum. Maybe do some wandering around the neighborhoods too- if it's not too cold.

We're trying to figure out what to do on each day specifically, (if two things are close to each other we would want to do them same day) but we don't know what is close or easy to get to. Suggestions? I'm open to recommendations for other attractions too....

Also, I thought I heard something about it being better to go up one of the inclines during the day and go down the other one at night? I see that there is a restaurant on top of one, but is there anything else to do "up there?" And do we need exact change?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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1. Re: Itinerary Help: Presidents Day Weekend

You do need exact fare because both inclines are part of the public transit system. Here is a link:http://www.portauthority.org/PAAC/FaresPasses/Fares/HowToPay/tabid/108/Default.aspx

I've never thought one was better at night and the other by day, but maybe that's the case. They both offer a good view and a fun ride.

All the activities you mentioned are within a couple miles of each other, so I wouldn't worry too much about efficiency. The Science Center is on the North Side, next to the new Rivers Casino, pretty close to the Aviary, Randiland, Mattress Factory (an art museum) and the Warhol Museum. So those are several things to consider while you're over there.

The inclines are both on the south side of the river, and near Station Square (IMO a very lame shopping area, but with a few restaurants and clubs) which is down E. Carson Street from the happening part of the South Side. It is somewhat interesting to walk around there, with tons of bars and little restaurants, lots to pick from. Pretty young, college age crowd at a lot of these places.

At that point, you're just across the Monongahela from Oakland, which is where Pitt, CMU and some other colleges are. Carnegie Natural History Museum is in Oakland, as is the art museum; Phipps Conservatory is nearby, the Pitt Nationality rooms in the Cathedral of Learning are interesting to some (me for one). Lots of nice little restaurants in Oakland.

Hope you enjoy your visit.

KMK83
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2. Re: Itinerary Help: Presidents Day Weekend

Thanks for your reply, I'll take this info with me.

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3. Re: Itinerary Help: Presidents Day Weekend

Check the weather. Alot of places were shut down last weekend due to the snow storm. We're expecting another 4 to 8 inches tonight. And on the news they're looking at another front possibly coming through this coming weekend or early next week.

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