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Incline

Toronto, Canada
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Incline

Which of the two incline would you recommend? for sightseeing.

is it feasible to go up one incline and down the other?

any restaurant recommendations at the top of the hill?

how's the weather like in late march around easter?

Columbia, Maryland
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Either incline will give vitually the same view. Parking is free at the base of the Duquesne Incline. Parking at Station Square for the Monon incline will cost $. Walking from one to the other up on top of Mt. Washington is an easy walk down the street. Walking from base station to base station can be done by walking along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail along the river. Restaurants on top are expensive but some offer a nice view. Weather in late March will be chilly.

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Hi,

I prefer the Monongahela Incline for several reasons. First, it is more accessible for Visitors who are staying in the Downtown area, especially those using public transportation. For the Duquesne Incline, walkers would either have to take the Fort Pitt walkway thru Point Park, or take a long, awkward walk, crossing a lot of open parking lots from the Smithfield St Bridge to get there on foot. I don't recommend pedestrians walk to the Duquesne Incline because this part of West Carson Street is very busy w/o good sidewalks.

On the other hand, You can walk easily from Downtown to the Monongahela Incline Station on West Carson Street (about 10-15 mins). From the Northshore, or from Downtown, you could also take the "T," to Station Square, but be mindful that the FREE "T" Zone is limited to Downtown and Northshore Stations. To go to Station Square on the "T" from Downtown or the Northshore, you will have to pay. People often take the "T" to the 1st Ave Station, for FREE, then get off and walk across the Smithfield St Bridge, which is a Pittsburgh tradition.

Second, I prefer the neighborhood at the top of the Monongahela Incline to the one at the top of the Duquesne Incline. At the Duquesne you have mostly residential buildings and extremely expensive restaurants (most considered tourist traps by the locals). There is also a park nearby, and the view is about the same as what you get up at the other end. At the top of the Monongahela Incline, though, are more locals-type bars and restaurants along Shiloh Street, which is right across from the Mon Upper Station. I especially like the Shiloh Grill here, which serves great locally grown food, and boasts one of the most entertaining menus and staff in town. Good prices, too. Check out the T/A reviews of this place. There is a popular little ice cream place right across the street, and plenty of benches all along the observation area if you just want to sit down and watch the boats and trains go by.

Third, at the base of the Mon Incline is all of Station Square, with the South Side Trail running along the riverside, and-- again-- many shops, bars and restaurants. Here you will also find "Just Ducky" amphibian land/river tours and the "Gateway Clipper Fleet" if you want to get out on the water.

One plan I often suggest to people who want to experience both Inclines is to take the "T" or walk from your Hotel to 1st Ave Station and rent a bike behind the garage on the Eliza Furnace Trail (check out "Golden Triangle Bike Rental" for details). Then ride across the Smithfield St Bridge and take your bike up Mt Washington, FREE of additional charge, on the Monongahela Incline. You can then ride along Grandview Ave, the scenic promenade at the top, all the way to the Duquesne Incline Upper Station. If you want to, you can ride down from there, or just check out the Duq's small Museum, and then ride back to the Mon Station for your final descent. Lots of ways to handle this.

If you want to walk from the Mon Incline Upper Station to the Duquesne Incline Upper Station, it will take you at least 20-25 mins. Try to make your Incline visit on a clear day to make the most of the exceptional view. Enjoy your trip to Pittsburgh!

Toronto, Canada
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evangeline57,

thank you so much for the insightful information!

Donegal;PA
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I too prefer the Monongahela incline. Always fun to spend some time at Station Square and walk to the Incline. The view at the top from either is great.

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