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Mount Washington

funiculars on Mount Washington

Courtesy of VisitPittsburgh

A funiculars climb to the top of Mount Washington.

Getting to the top of Mount Washington is a must while visiting Pittsburgh. The view from the 367-foot hill looks over the Pittsburgh skyline and the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers coming together to form the Ohio River. Mount Washington’s panorama is the most breathtaking at night when the bridges and city are all lit up, and it was once ranked the second best view in America by USA Weekend magazine.

The best—and most fun—way to reach the top is aboard one of Mount Washington’s two funiculars: cable car railways. The Duquesne Incline and Monongahela Incline are the two oldest continuous inclines in the world, built in 1877 and 1870 respectively, and are open year round to take visitors up the steep incline of Mount Washington. One-way and round-trip fares are available, and the inclines are open late so you won’t feel rushed.

Once you reach the top, be sure to take some time to soak it all in. At the top of the Duquesne Incline, they’ve built a spacious Observation Deck equipped with binocular telescopes for the ultimate viewing experience.

Several restaurants line Grandview Avenue along the ridge of Mount Washington creating “Restaurant Row.” Dining at any of these establishments promises an extraordinary glimpse of the city below and a special experience. Here, you’ll find fine dining at some of Pittsburgh’s most romantic restaurants, such as Isabela on Grandview, LeMont and Tin Angel.

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