It was one of the first things I went to on my first visit to Pittsburgh, and I've been back there several times since I moved here. It's where everybody who visits me wants to go (because I talk about it so much!), and it's usually the first place I take them. It's the Duquesne Incline. I think it offers the best overview of Pittsburgh. One of the best things is to see the city on a bright, clear, blue sky sunny day. There night be one thing better...to see Pittsburgh on a crystal clear, star filled sky with a big bright moon night.
I tell people that Pittsburgh is a 'little' big city. You'll be driving along on Route 376, or coming through the Fort Pitt Tunnel, and BOOM, there's the city. It hits you all of a sudden...the three mighty rivers, all those bridges, tall buildings, Mount Washington on one side, and then, if you're just passing by, it all disappears in a few minutes (unless you get caught in rush hour traffic...then you'll have quite some time to look around from your car!). Drive by at night and you're rewarded with twinkling lights of the homes on the hillsides and the tall, majestic buildings with their own lights.
Other than the beautiful view of the city, I like the Duquesne Incline for other reasons. Take your ride up to the top of Mount Washington and you'll be welcomed with many pictures and newspaper articles filled with Pittsburgh history...like pictures of the great floods throughout the years, the amazing pictures of how bad the pollution was once (but no more!), tons of pictures of other inclines throughout the world, and many souvenirs at great prices. Plus, beautiful photographs of Pittsburgh.
Of course, they have an observation deck. That's where the pictures below are from. And the picture I sometimes have on my Personal Home Page was taken from there too. At that time, you can see Three Rivers Stadium, and the two new stadiums they were building (one for the Pirates, one for the Steelers). All this, and free parking (amazing thing in Pittsburgh!). For much more information on the Duquesne Incline, see the link at the bottom of the page, along with a link to more pictures (updated 1/16/01).
DUQUESNE INCLINE GALLERY TWO   (Updated 1/11/02)
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A ticket stub from the incline
The best place that overlooks Pittsburgh, Laurie at the top of the Duquesne Incline
Mike at the bottom of the Duquesne Incline
Me riding up the Duquesne Incline
Another shot of me at the Duquesne Incline
Mike and Laurie at the incline...again!! This time in October.
The Incline roots for the Steelers, January 2002.
Julie and Les visit the Incline in January, 2002.
Click on the Duquesne Incline Car to visit the Duquesne Incline Web Site!
DUQUESNE INCLINE GALLERY TWO (updated 1/11/02)