Fringe Benefits: Pittsburgh takes viewers on an historic and delicious tour of Western Pennsylvania.
Katie heads east of the city, for a fun day at Idlewild Amusement Park. What began as a picnic grounds at the terminus of a railroad line is now one of the oldest and most historic classic amusement parks in the country. Katie takes a ride on the classic coaster, The Rollo Coaster. Built in 1938 out of local timber – it’s a wild ride! We also explore through the Storybook Forest – a family friendly area themed around your favorite characters. One of Idlewild’s most famous attractions is Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood of Make Believe. Here, we take a ride on a life-sized trolley through the neighborhood and meet some of the famous characters from the beloved children’s show.
Not far from Idlewild is Fort Ligonier and the charming village of Ligonier. This region, known as the Laurel Highlands, offers beautiful views through rolling hills and horse farms. Fort Ligonier – a reconstructed fort and museum – tells the story of the French and Indian War, and the local impact of that global conflict. Here, Katie traces the footsteps of soldiers, including George Washington who served for a short time at Fort Ligonier. We meet re-enactor Jeff Graham and see a musket fire demonstration!
Hungry for some local flavor, Katie makes a day trip to Sand Hill Berries – about an hour outside of Pittsburgh. The family-owned and operated berry farm and winery is famous for it’s fruit pies. Katie discovers the pies are delicious! Here we learn more from owner Rob about local agriculture and history.
Ready for some outdoor fun, Katie meets with Eric of Wilderness Voyageurs in Ohiopyle, PA, for a day of biking. The Great Allegheny Passage – or GAP as the locals call it – is a reuse of old railroad bed. Eric’s got a passion for all things outdoors, and offers fun insists into the area. Katie and Eric end the day in local fashion – by jumping into the river for a swim!
Back in downtown Pittsburgh, we follow the GAP trail to Point State Park – it’s terminus. This park, like much of downtown Pittsburgh, is new development. Some say the city is in a renaissance, and it’s easy to see why.
For more information on Pittsburgh area lodging, dining and attractions, visit the Destination Guide.