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Driving from Wood Ridge, NJ to Pittsburg,PA -attractions

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Driving from Wood Ridge, NJ to Pittsburg,PA -attractions

Hi,

We are planning to drive from Wood ridge,Nj to Pittsburg over the May 04th weekend and be back by 6th. I would like to know what are the attractions on the way that we could see and wt are best places to visit in Pittsburgh.

We love nature, scenics, sunrise/set, love going arnd mansions, museums. we are a group of 4 in late twenties, So please do suggest.

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1. Re: Driving from Wood Ridge, NJ to Pittsburg,PA -attractions

You'll drive by many state parks. Here is a list of parks, with maps to show their locations.

…state.pa.us/stateparks/…index.htm

Off the top of my head, some of the most convenient parks for your route (assuming 78 to 81 to 76) would be Shawnee, Memorial Lake, and Laurel Hill. Kings Gap and Colonel Denning would not be too much of a drive, and both are gorgeous.

Hope this helps! I'm sure you'll get lots of other helpful suggestions...

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2. Re: Driving from Wood Ridge, NJ to Pittsburg,PA -attractions

The Mount Hope Winery & Estate in Manheim might be of interest to you and it is conveniently located off Exit 266 (Lancaster/Lebanon interchange, route 72) of the PA Turnpike.

http://www.parenfaire.com/winery/main.php

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3. Re: Driving from Wood Ridge, NJ to Pittsburg,PA -attractions

Hi! Not sure where you're staying, but I'll do my best, assuming it's Downtown or close by at any rate. . . .

It seems like you're planning a very short trip to Pittsburgh, so I'll just suggest a few stops for your one day in the city. The best place to be on a Saturday morning is undoubtedly Penn Ave in the Strip District, where you might have breakfast at "DeLuca's" or "JoJo's" (@25th St), both terrific old-style diners where you and all the other locals can watch them grill your homefries right before your eyes. After soaking up a little of the street market atmosphere (don't miss Pennsylvania Macaroni Co-- "PennsyMac," or Wholey's), head over to the Andy Wharhol Museum, across the 9th St ("Rachel Carson") Bridge onto the Northshore. If you're healthy, this is close enough to walk (maybe 10-15 mins).

The Warhol is well marked, right at the end of the Bridge, on the left side of the street. It is filled with cool pop-art exhibits and they run many of Andy's Films, but as it is smallish, it should only take about 1 1/2-2 hrs of your time. As you leave here, head towards PNC Park, where there are steps leading down to the Allegheny River.

Walk along the riverside here, towards Heinz Field, and then go up the steps onto the Fort Duquesne Bridge which will take you back across the river into Point State Park. NOTE: If you are tired at this point, you can catch the "T" from Heinz Field ("Allegheny Station") instead of walking across the bridge. The "T" will drop you off at "Gateway Station" on Stanwix St Downtown, and is FREE all over Downtown and to the Northshore area. Point Park offers a good view of the Northshore, Mt Washington, and houses the Ft Pitt Musem and Blockhouse (the oldest building in the city).

If it's a nice day, you could pick up something for lunch in Market Square (up Forbes Ave, behind the McDonald's), and picnic in Point Park, or just choose from one of the many restaurants in Market Square itself (there's a branch of "Primanti's here), for indoor dining. They also have tables and chairs outside here on the Square if you want to eat al fresco, but don't feel like walking back to the park.

In the afternoon, I suggest you drive to Oakland, the University/Medical Center, about 15 minutes from Downtown on the Boulevard of the Allies. You will have a nice view of the Southside along the way. Take the Boulevard into Schenley Park, as you start up the hill, bear right onto the turnaround, nd then make the right onto the Panther Hollow Bridge. Park across the Bridge, either in front of Phipps Conservatory (huge glass greenhouse on your left as you cross the Bridge), or park on the street-- it's all free parking.

Enter Phipps Conservatory from the lower level. This is an eleborate Victorian building and botanical garden which is not to be missed. They have a gorgeous Orchid display, as well as extraordinary seasonal exhibits. It should take you about 1 1/2 hrs to visit.

When you leave the Conservatory, walk towards the Schenley Cafe at the end of the Bridge. There are steps behind the Cafe which lead down into wonderful Panther Hollow where there is a system of woodsy (but paved)trails, including a modest lakefront and a meandering creek. You cannot really get lost down here since the whole park is surrounded by Oakland, so just wander around until you're refreshed from the hustle-bustle above; then head back up to street level.

I suggest you rest a while at your hotel before heading across the Smithfield St Bridge in the early evening, to Station Square where you can park and take the Monongahela Incline up to Mt Wahington. Walk along Grandview Ave, taking pictures of the city before you, and stopping to check out the view from various lookout points. When you've seen enough, take the Incline back down to your car. There are numerous restaurants at Station Square, but if you want to get in a trip to another neighborhood, head for the Southside!

Drive out E Carson St to South Side Works (about 10 mins by car) and at S 28th St, turn left and park at one of the many garages you'll see around you. Have dinner either at the "Hofbrauhaus" (German food by the riverside, behind Cheescake Factory), or at "Emiliano's" (Mexican food on Carson St at S 26th St) or at "Claddagh's" (Irish food next to the Movie Theatre). These are all busy party type places with good food, reasonable prices and lots of friendly people, but there are also many other places in the area to choose from.

After you eat, stroll down E Carson St, back towards the city, to soak up the local color-- and there will be PLENTY of it on Saturday night, because all the college kids come over from Oakland and turn this section into their playground. Stop into one of the many bars ("Mario's" @ S 12th St is the grand old standby-- but I like the "Double Wide") for a beer. You can wander down to the Southside Riverfront Trail from here, too-- just head down S 18th St towards the Monongahela River till you can't go any further, and walk back up to Southside Works via the scenic river route.

You should be pretty well worn out after all of this, so I'll stop there for Saturday-- but, if you have time in the morning before departure, try "Habitat" at the Fairmont Hotel on 5th Ave Downtown for their Brunch. It's great! And as you head for home, squeeze in a quick trip to the Heinz History Center on Smallman St at the entrance to the Strip. Lots of interesting things to see here, but I especially like their "Innovation Pittsburgh" exhibit.

Hope you enjoy your weekend in the 'Burgh!

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4. Re: Driving from Wood Ridge, NJ to Pittsburg,PA -attractions

BTW: Significant traffic restrictions will be in effect on Sunday May 6th due to the running of the Pittsburgh Marathon. Normally, these retrictions begin before 6am, last until about 2pm, and include most of the central city neighborhoods. Consult the Marathon website for the actual route.

Good Luck!

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5. Re: Driving from Wood Ridge, NJ to Pittsburg,PA -attractions

Hi all,

Thanks for the replies...we had an awesome but tiring weekend there.

Thanks Evangeline57...that was really helpfull. We almost made it all places u told except for Monongahela Incline n Heinz Field. We just drove past them . The phipps conservatory was the best. We had a lovely time there. We did all this in on Sunday. we went to the Famous Balaji Temple on Sat and it was great. We wish to make it to the golden temple next time.

Thanks all once again.

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6. Re: Driving from Wood Ridge, NJ to Pittsburg,PA -attractions

Glad you enjoyed your visit to Pittsburgh!

Don't be strangers!

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