After leaving Chicago, our first major stop was in the lovely city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Seriously, this is a beautiful city – very family and eco friendly, and clean and lively. Thanks to Hotwire and my Entertainment.com book discounts, we scored a room at the 4-star Omni William Penn Hotel in the middle of downtown Pittsburgh for a totally decent price.
After settling into our room, we headed out. Only a few blocks from our hotel, the city was kicking off their annual Three Rivers Arts Festival, and so we walked right into the middle of a free Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeroes concert, and feasted from food trucks and vendors. All around, families and couples danced under the stars and rainbow lights. It was a magical first night of our road trip.
The next morning, our first stop was Pittsburgh’s Duquenese Incline guaranteed the best view of the city. We drove up Mt. Washington, hopped into a railcar and rode down the mountain, hopped into another car and rode back up – all for like $5. It was totally worth it, as there were some phenomenal views of this cool city. Also, because our kid loves trains and train-like things.
Now, before we travel we do a lot of research into the must-sees, must-dos, and must-eats of an area. When it came to searching for breakfast, everything kept coming up Pamela’s – home of crepe hotcakes so wonderful they’ve been at the White House to make them for President Obama. Obviously, we had to try them – and they were glorious.
Once we were stuffed on hotcakes and loaded with coffee, we headed back on the road to New Jersey, our home base for the majority of the trip while we explored the surrounding areas.
Next up – A rainy day in Philadelphia. Or, cheesesteaks and Poe.