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Region 2 - Southwestern Pennsylvania Attractions

Pennsylvania is a great and diverse vacationland. Southwestern Pennsylvania includes the City of Pittsburgh and all of its history, culture and attractions; however, it also encompasses Allegheny, Beaver, Bedford, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland Counties ... and all that they have to offer. With the region including the birthplace of Jimmy Stewart, there is nothing more typical of American life than Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Region 2 Counties

For more detailed information on any particular county, visit the following links:
Greater Johnstown Cambria County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency
Indiana County Tourist Bureau
Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau
Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency

Arts & Cultural Attractions

Benedum Center for the Performing Arts

Benedum Center for the Performing Arts

The historical Stanley Theater has been restored into the 2,889-seat Benedum Center for the Performing Arts. This $43 million project was completed in 1987 and hosts concerts, Broadway musicals and a wide variety of regional, national and international arts groups.

719 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 456-6666

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Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh are comprised of the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Carnegie Science Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum ... all world-class museums in their own right. Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895, the Carnegie Museum of Art is internationally recognized for its distinguished collection of American and European works of art from the 16th Century to the present. The museum's Heinz Architectural Center is dedicated to the collection, study and exhibition of architectural drawings and models. The Andy Warhol Museum is located on the North Side across the 7th Street Bridge from Downtown. The museum features permanent collections of art and archives. Temporary exhibitions, including the work of other artists, are presented on a regular basis.

Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 622-3131

Andy Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 237-8300

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City Theatre Company

City Theatre Company

City Theatre is the place to experience fresh new plays, written and created by world-class artists, in a socially engaging atmosphere. City Theatre has been described as Pittsburgh's most adventurous theatre, with a mission to provide an artistic home for the development and production of contemporary plays that engage a diverse audience.

1300 Bingham Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 431-2489

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Mountain Playhouse

Mountain Playhouse

The Mountain Playhouse, housed in a restored 1805 gristmill, is Pennsylvania's oldest professional stock theater and one of only twelve professional summer stock theaters remaining in the United States today. The Mountain Playhouse brings Broadway-quality entertainment to the local Johnstown, Somerset, and Ligonier communities, to audiences from metropolitan Pittsburgh, and visitors from across the United States.

P.O. Box 205
Jennerstown, PA 15547
(814) 629-9201

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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is an internationally recognized ballet company that performs both the traditional ballets of legendary masters and new works by innovative contemporary choreographers.

2900 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 454-9129

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Pittsburgh Opera

Pittsburgh Opera

Founded in 1939 as the Pittsburgh Opera Society, the Pittsburgh Opera is the eighth-oldest opera company in the United States. It has a long history of presenting opera productions which meet the highest standards of artistic excellence to a diverse audience, providing educational opportunities that develop young singers into tomorrow's stars.

2425 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 281-0912

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Pittsburgh Symphony

Pittsburgh Symphony - Heinz Hall

An amazing orchestra in a premier Cultural District theater. Performances include classical, pops, Broadway, entertainers, and children's performances.

Heinz Hall · 600 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 392-4900

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Family Fun & Entertainment

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Come see how this museum has grown! The new museum continues to delight and inspire children of all ages, providing four times more space to learn, play and create amidst "Real Stuff" exhibits that include the Studio, Attic, Backyard, Garage, Workshop, Nursery, Theater and Mister Rogers Neighborhood.

10 Children's Way · Allegheny Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 322-5058

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Kennywood Park

Kennywood Park

Minutes from Downtown, Kennywood Park is one of Pittsburgh's best-loved historic landmarks. But don't let the history fool you! The park offers world-class roller coasters, plenty of thrilling rides, games, food and exciting live shows. Fun the entire family will enjoy.

4800 Kennywood Boulevard
West Mifflin, PA 15122
(412) 461-0500

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Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

A wildlife oasis! 31 threatened species. Two attractions for one reasonable price. Only 8 miles from downtown Pittsburgh. Tram rides available.

One Wild Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 665-3640

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Seldom Seen Valley Tourist Coal Mine

Seldom Seen Valley Tourist Coal Mine

Seldom Seen Valley Tourist Coal Mine offers an exciting and unforgettable trip deep underground! You'll visit millions-of-years-old coal seams that were dug by hand, loaded on cars and hauled from the mine by mules. Former miners coduct these personally-guided tours and share details of their experiences with you. Many of the tour guides are descendants of the immigrant miners who toiled in these Pennsylvania country coal banks and worked at hand loading coal on a production basis for as little as 25ยข a ton.

Route 36 North
Patton, PA 16668
(814) 674-8939

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White Water Adventurers

White Water Adventurers

Offers guide-escorted and fully guided raft trips on the Youghiogheny and Cheat Rivers. Fun family trips to adventurous whitewater rafting. Feeling the roar of the river beneath your whitewater raft and taking an adventure with friends will soon help you to forget the stresses of everyday life. You'll feel like you've truly had a true vacation getaway. White Water Adventurers is located directly in the Ohiopyle State Park alongside the Youghiogheny River.

6 Negley Street
Ohiopyle, PA 15470
(724) 329-8850

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Museums & Historic Sites

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh are comprised of the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Carnegie Science Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum ... all world-class museums in their own right. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is a hands-on interactive museum of the earth. Known for its famous dinosaur collection, the museum is an adventure millions of years in the making. The Carnegie Science Center features over 300 hands-on exhibits, the UPMC SportsWorks, the Rangos Ominmax Theater, an interactive planetarium, the Miniature Railroad & Village, a WWII submarine, the River View Cafe, and the Xplor Store.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 622-3131

Carnegie Science Center
One Allegheny Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 237-3400

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Kaufmann Family in 1935, the house is dramatically cantilevered over a waterfall. Named one of "50 places of a lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler. The only major Wright work to come into the public domain with its site, furnishings and art collection intact. Entrusted to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Open for tours daily mid-March through November.

Route 381 South
Mill Run, PA 15464
(724) 329-8501

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Frick Art & Historical Center

Frick Art & Historical Center

The Frick Art and Historical Center is a fascinating complex of museums and historical buildings located on over five acres of lawns and gardens in Pittsburgh's residential East End. The Center is devoted to the interpretation of the life and times of industrialist and art collector Henry Clay Frick. Visitors will enjoy the Frick Art Museum; the Car and Carriage Museum; Clayton, the restored 19th-Century Victorian home of Henry Clay Frick; the Cafe at the Frick; the Greenhouse; and the Visitors' Center which once served as the Frick children's playhouse.

7227 Reynolds Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
(412) 371-0600

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Jimmy Stewart Museum

The Jimmy Stewart Museum, located in Indiana, Pennsylvania (Jimmy's hometown) highlights its namesake's accomplishments in film, radio and TV. His roles as military hero, civic leader, family man and world citizen are also woven into displays, film presentations and gallery talks. There's even a special room dedicated to his family's long and colorful history in Western Pennsylvania. A daguerreotype of his great grand-dad in Civil War uniform, baby photos of Jimmy, and his dad's old desk from the family hardware store are all on display.

845 Philadelphia Street
Indiana, PA 15701
(724) 349-6112

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Johnstown Flood Museum

Johnstown Flood Museum

On May 31, 1889, a neglected dam and a phenomenal storm led to a catastrophe in which 2,209 people died, tens of thousands were left homeless, and a prospering city became a wasteland. It's a story of great tragedy, but also of triumphant recovery. Visit the Johnstown Flood Museum, which is operated by the Johnstown Area Heritage Association, to find out more about this shocking episode in American history. The museum features three floors of exhibits that tell the story of the despair of this great tragedy as well as the rekindled spirit of Johnstown.

304 Washington Street
Johnstown, PA 15907
(814) 539-1889

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Johnstown Flood National Memorial

Johnstown Flood National Memorial

The Flood National Memorial is located at the South Fork Dam that burst that fateful day. It is operated by the National Park Service and features exhibits which include an actual size "debris wall", dramatically illustrating the wall of water that devastated Johnstown. The film Black Friday chillingly recreates that day in 1889. In addition, visitors can enjoy a picnic area and hike nearby trails around the dam's remains.

733 Lake Road
South Fork, PA 15956
(814) 495-4643

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Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Museum of Rural Life

Meadowcroft Rockshelter

Step into history at Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Museum of Rural Life, home of Pennsylvania's newest National Historic Landmark. Meadowcroft is one of Western Pennsylvania's wonderful, off-the beaten path destinations. Tour 19th century historic log houses, a charming covered bridge, one-room schoolhouse, a working blacksmith shop, and the National Historic Landmark Meadowcroft Rockshelter, a 16,000-year-old archaeological site that is the earliest site of human habitation in North America.

401 Meadowcroft Road
Avella, PA 15312
(724) 587-3412

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Rachel Carson Homestead

The birthplace and childhood home of Rachel Carson, whose 1962 best-seller Silent Spring launched the modern environmental movement. Tours and outreach programs. The Rachel Carson Homestead is the only site in the world that is dedicated to interpreting Rachel Carson's legacy to the public.

613 Marion Avenue
Springdale, PA 15144
(724) 274-5459

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Outdoor Sports

Motordrome Speedway - NASCAR

Motordrome Speedway

NASCAR weekly racing series on a 1/2 mile high-banked oval. Five division racing every Friday evening. Located on I-70, Exit 49.

164 Motordrome Road
Smithton, PA 15479
(724) 872-7555

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Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park

Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park

PNC Park, which opened in Spring 2001, is the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The park, built at a cost of $216 Million, is a classic-style ballpark, an intimate facility that embraces the progressiveness of Pittsburgh while saluting the spirit of early ballpark originals such as Forbes Field, Wrigley Field and Fenway Park.

PNC Park at the North Shore
115 Federal Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 323-5000

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Parks, Lakes & Outdoor Attractions

Gravity Hill

Gravity Hill

Have you ever wanted to defy gravity? Located in the suburbs of New Paris, Gravity Hill is a phenomenon. Cars roll uphill and water flows the wrong way. It's a place where gravity has gone haywire. There is no fee to venture onto Gravity Hill. It is, quite simply, a road in a remote corner of Bedford County. From route 30, drive to the town of Schellsburg which is about 8 miles west of Bedford. In Schellsburg, turn north onto Route 96 at the one-and-only traffic light (towards the town of New Paris). Drive about 4 miles on Rt. 96. Before you come to the town of New Paris, you'll come upon a small metal bridge. Turn left just before this bridge onto Bethel Hollow Road or S.R 4016. Drive for 6/10th of a mile and bear left at the "Y" in the road. (Stay on the "main" road). After another 1 1/2 mile, you'll come to an intersection that has a stop sign (for on-coming traffic only). Bear right onto this road and drive 2/10 mile and look for the letters "GH" spray painted on the road. Go past the first "GH" about 1/10 mile and stop before you get to the second spray painted "GH".

For more information:
(800) 765-3331

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Mount Assisi Monastery Sunken Gardens

Mount Assisi Monastery Sunken Gardens

Beautiful gardens feature a cascading waterfall, fountains, rock gardens, shrines, reflection ponds, and statues of Saints Francis of Assisi, Maria Goretti, Joseph and Child Jesus, Anthony of Padua, Theresa of the Child Jesus, and Michael the Archangel. This is a peaceful and respectful site on the property of the Franciscan Friars, located on the former property of Bethlehem Steel magnate Charles Schwab. Open from sunrise to sunset.

Franciscan Friars
Loretto, PA 15940
(814) 472-8971


Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Something's always blooming at Phipps! The 13-room Victorian glasshouse and gardens in Schenley Park feature tropical plants, palms, orchids, ferns, desert plants and bonsai, as well as many special flower shows, exhibits, and butterflies.

One Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 622-6914

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Wining & Dining

Christian W. Klay Winery

Christian W. Klay Winery

A mountaintop vineyard with award-winning wines located in a restored 1880's barn. At the turn of the century, the farm was owned by U.S. Senator William E. Crow who opened his mountain estate to many visitors including President Harding and Black Jack Pershing. Winery owner Sharon Klay and her husband John purchased 215-acre Fayette Springs Farm in 1986. The original 1,000 vines on the property were increased to 14,000 vines, and Fayette County's first commercial winery, named after the Klays' son Christian, opened in 1997. Offers murder mysteries and a "Wine & Dine in the Woods" series.

412 Fayette Springs Road
Chalk Hill, PA 15421
(724) 439-3424

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Pittsburgh Brewing Company

Pittsburgh Brewing Company

The brewing of ale and porter in Pittsburgh began shortly after the city came alive with its first people. Pittsburgh's first record of a commercial brewery dates back to 1795, but, undoubtedly, beer was brewed in the city even before then. Early Pittsburgh brewing endeavors relied on plant locations near a hillside where caves could be dug for keeping the brew chilled. A Pittsburgh tradition since 1861, Pittsburgh Brewing Company represents the marked success of originality and quality brewing. As one of the country's oldest breweries, tours of the facility depict the time-honored brewing traditions.

3340 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 682-7400

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Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association
P.O. Box 5, New Tripoli, PA 18066
(610) 767-5026 / Fax: (610) 767-5034