Priding itself on being wild and wonderful, West Virginia is an adventure seeker’s paradise. Just about 220 miles south of Pittsburgh you’ll find the perfect summertime getaway in West Virginia’s picturesque New River Gorge area. Famous for its whitewater rafting, trophy fishing waters and perhaps most of all for its annual Bridge Day base jumping each October, visitors come from all corners of the U.S. just to catch a glimpse of the magnificent vistas provided from the New River Gorge Bridge.
From the slopes of Mount Washington to the waterways of the city’s three rivers, Pittsburgh is the embodiment of geographical diversity. It was built out of steel, evidenced by the more than 446 bridges that cross its waterways. Once known for its pollution, today it is considered one of the most livable cities, not only in America but around the world. Much of its scenic beauty is attributable to the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers. Celebrate this amazing city with a cruise or two down its three rivers with the best boating trips the city has to offer.
Commemorating its 35th anniversary, the Three Rivers Regatta will once again bring its high-octane entertainment to the Pittsburgh area this 4th of July weekend.
A day of fun in the sun requires some planning. Here’s a handy checklist for a day at the beach, the lake or the local pool.
Few summertime endeavors are as simple and enjoyable as a picnic, and Pittsburgh’s picnics are limited only by the imagination. Whether your style is PB&J sandwiches with your favorite pooch, or smoked salmon and chardonnay packed carefully into a wicker basket, the spots on this list provide the perfect backdrop for those sun-soaked summer get togethers.
Want to do something fun with your dad for Father’s Day? Check out these exciting activities that are sure to be an adventure!
Many of the programs and organizations that took center stage on World Environment Day here two years ago will once again be celebrating the goals of cleaner air, cleaner water, and a cleaner planet. As a proud former host city and a community of environmentally conscious Pittsburghers here are the best ways to celebrating World Environment Day on June 5, 2012.
June 5 marks the 40th anniversary of the United Nation’s World Environment Day, and this year’s theme questions whether you’re part of the green economy. This year, D.C.’s hosting the big celebration, but if you can’t make it to the city for the hoopla, Pittsburgh offers plenty of green party options. Many of the programs and organizations that took center stage on World Environment Day here two years ago will once again celebrate the goals of cleaner air, cleaner water and a cleaner planet. As a proud member of this former host city, celebrate the day with these fun, green options.
Western Pennsylvania’s beauty trumps that of most of the country with rich foliage, lush mountains and glimmering fields. Take a drive, but keep it close, with some of the most scenic routes this city has to offer with 60 miles of your stomping grounds. Visit stunning waterfronts, luscious parks and even a few mountains on the area’s prettiest open roads.
Going on a road trip this summer? Entertain yourself and the kids with these fun car games along the way.
Planning a road trip this summer? Here are some helpful tips to get your family there happy and in one piece.
Venture Outdoors, a Pittsburgh based non-profit organization, boasts one simple goal: Get more people involved in outdoor activities. Hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, rock climbing and cross-country skiing are only a partial list of the activities included in the more than 500 programs Venture Outdoors oversees annually. Its shining star, however, is the annual Venture Outdoors Festival at Point State Park. In its 12th year, the festival is the perfect springboard for families, couples and individuals interested in outdoor recreation lovers. From weekend warriors to families with young children, the event promises entertainment for every member of the family.
Take a fresh spin on your traditional workout and take your routine to another dimension with the area’s best spin classes. Pittsburgh’s spin instructors are spirited and merciless in their ability to provide an exhausting workout that leaves spinners smiling — and sweating — every time. Expect the best studios and instructors here to go above and beyond to put with a worthwhile workout under your ever-shrinking belt every time.
Mixed martial arts incorporates a multitude of hand-to-hand combat styles including boxing, kick-boxing, muay Thai, Greco-Roman wrestling, judo, tae kwon do, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Sambo and even elements of sumo wrestling. The vast majority of the fighters at gyms that provide this training, however, are not trying to become then next Randy Couture and most will never fight professionally. Instead, it’s the discipline, strength, endurance, agility and sense of accomplishment that brings them back to gyms like these, Pittsburgh’s best five, time and again.
Since spring sprang, the days are getting warmer and it’s finally staying light out long enough to play after work. Pick-up basketball games are a great way to get in shape and meet new people in the area. Find a great game whenever the mood strikes at the city’s best places to play pick-up basketball right next door.
Nobel Prize winner and noted professor of geophysics Henry Pollack weighs in on ice and the environment.
Check out the best beaches in America.
Antarctica, the coldest place on Earth, is feeling the effects of global warming. See the view from the bottom of the Earth.
Antarctica is the most inhospitable place on Earth. Certain creatures survive there, though global warming can threaten their natural habitats.
National Parks preserve some of America’s most interesting and unique environments. Take a trip to these national treasures.
Take an enchanting trip for Valentine’s Day. Tour the world’s most romantic cities, in photos.
The Pittsburgh Marathon debuted a new course for 2011. Despite the rain, approximately 22,000 people participated in the event!