Unique Points of Interest Around Pittsburgh

The “Points of Interest ” listed here can be anything from unique landforms or views to attractions that don’t fit well into a specific category. Generally, things that are cool that you might want to check out…

153 W Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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Opening on May 8, 1870, the Mon Incline became the first passenger incline and has been in continual operation since.  It is the oldest and steepest incline in the United States.  Today, it conveniently connects the attractions at Station Square with the overlooks on Grandview Ave. in Mt. Washington and is therefore a prominent tourist attraction in of itself!

Duquesne Incline Pittsburgh

1197 W Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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The more westerly of the Mt. Washington inclines, the Duquesne Incline is itself a working museum with a long history.  It still uses the original 1877 cable cars to traverse up and down the hillside!  A trip on the incline is a must for visitors, and the Duquesne incline in particular is close to many restaurants on Mt. Washington.  And of course, there’s always the great view of the Golden Triangle and surrounding areas from the overlooks!

Laurel Caverns Park

200 Caverns Park Rd, Smithfield, PA 15478

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Laurel Caverns is located on top of (and within) Chestnut Ridge, covering 435 acres and boasting Pennsylvania’s largest cave.  Two miles of passageway await the caver looking for an adventure, most of which remains undeveloped.  This is a great place for aspiring spelunkers to begin because the park enforces safety measures that are usually absent in wild caves.  It also offers reasonably priced “family guided” tours all day long through the “developed” part of the cave.  These tours are about an hour long and are both fun and educational.

Johnstown Inclined Plane

711 Edgehill Dr, Johnstown, PA 15905

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Built after the Johnstown flood of 1889, the Inclined Plane’s original purpose was to connect downtown with the higher grounds of Westmont Borough in order to develop that area residentially. During Johnstown’s two other floods in 1936 and 1977, the Incline became a lifesaver, helping people to escape downtown as well as to ship supplies into the valley. No trip to Johnstown is complete without a visit to the world-famous Inclined Plane.

Mt Davis, Pennsylvania

Mt Davis, Elk Lick Township, PA 15558

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The highest point is Pennsylvania is marked on a rock on Negro Mountain in Elk Lick Township, Somerset County. This point, situated at elevation 3,213 feet, is the “high point” of the surrounding Mt. Davis Natural Area. This area features hiking trails, a picnic area and an observation tower, from which you can see all the way to Salisbury, MD on a clear day.