Southwestern Pennsylvania Guide

A Melting Pot of Pittsburgh Area Attractions, Events, History, Folklore and Quirky Culture…

Spring is well underway around Pittsburgh and summer is right around the corner. It is time to get outside and enjoy all that the area has to offer! Be sure to visit the “outdoor” and “parks” links below in the directory. It is also a great time to learn more about the region’s history… therefore, local historical attractions are being featured. Scroll down to see more!

Popular Things To Do in Pittsburgh
Escape Rooms
Kid Friendly and Family
Shopping Districts
Sports Teams and Venues
Unique Points of Interest
Cultural Attractions
Outdoor Recreation and Nature
Parks – State and Local
Haunted Houses in Pittsburgh
History & Heritage
Historic Attractions
Historic Buildings and Structures
Historic Districts
Historic Places and Sites in Pittsburgh
Historical Markers
Forts and Battlefields
Haunted Places and Folklore
Colleges and Universities
Charming and Quaint
Charming and Quaint Places
Antique Shops
Bed and Breakfasts
Covered Bridges
Fall Festivals
Farm Markets

Featured on swPenna:

Father Rapp’s Seat (Harmony, PA)

Father Rapp’s Seat (Harmony, PA)

  Father Rapp’s Trail Entrance A unique point of interest is situated on the edge of town in Harmony, PA: a stone-carved “chair” on a steep hillside known as Father Rapp’s Seat.  The seat was created by George Rapp, founder and leader of the Harmony Society, a religious sect that built the town nearby.  Father Rapp would climb the hill to his seat to meditate and pray as he looked over the town below.  Originally, there were 137 stone steps up the hill that reached the seat, [Read More...]
10 Popular Things to Do in Pittsburgh

10 Popular Things to Do in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a diverse city with many attractions! One list cannot do justice to the variety of nightlife, history or children’s activities that have grown in the city over recent years. This list ranks the top 10 things to do in Pittsburgh, based on a combination of annual visitors, quality, and apparent interest within the Southwestern Pennsylvania Guide as a whole. #10: National Aviary The National Aviary is the only indoor bird zoo in the United States. Located in Allegheny Commons West [Read More...]
Christmas Light Displays in Pittsburgh, 2016

Christmas Light Displays in Pittsburgh, 2016

It is hard to believe, but fall is winding down and the holiday season is about to begin.  The unofficial kickoff in Pittsburgh is Light Up Night, which takes place on Friday, November 18th this year.  After that, all attention turns to Christmas music, frenzied shopping and finding things to do in Pittsburgh during the winter.  Over the years, Christmas light displays in Pittsburgh have become a tradition for thousands around the area.  With such popularity, more and more have been [Read More...]

Featured Events:

20 Aug

498 Camp Horne Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237, United States

August 20, 2017 To August 20, 2017

1:00 pm To 5:00 pm

This event is to celebrate the time period between 1900 and the First World War. During this time the Pittsburgh region had grown into an industrial and commercial powerhouse, which made its mark on the world stage. Although there was still much prog Read more »