Elliott Mower of Point Breeze holds the door at Kelly O's Diner in the Strip District as the Flavor of Pittsburgh Food Tour participants arrive on June 27, 2014.

"The Flavor of Pittsburgh" food tour launches

Friday, new tour eats its way from Market Square to the Strip and back

about 6 hours ago

 The city's rising reputation as a travel destination puts everyone from PNC Park vendors and tour guides to cab drivers, like Earl Farrell, on center stage

Meet Pittsburgh's ambassadors who help visitors navigate the city

Find out who these so-called ambassadors are, the ones selling our city and presenting the information that shape the views of visitors.

4 days ago

The 'share' economy here to stay

An emerging system portends sweeping change in our lives, from riding taxis 
to renting rooms and still more.

4 days ago

 Minnesota native Trista Yerks, left, founder of Pittsburgh Running Tours, leads Sarah Doherty, center, of Hampton and Ivy Steinberg of South Side on a running tour past St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland. Trista Yerks started in 2013 as an active way for visitors (and locals) to explore the city at a comfortable jogging pace.

Get a run in and learn Pittsburgh's history

Running tours give residents and tourists alike a different vantage point to see Pittsburgh sights.

4 days ago

 Tour guide Tom Colt collects tickets as passengers board a Just Ducky DUKW amphibious vehicle at Station Square.

Jokes by river and road on Just Ducky Tours

Local tour guide fits the bill as a part-time wise quacker.

4 days ago

 Louise Sturgess, director of Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, who gives downtown tours, stands at at One Oxford Plaza and describes buildings on Grant Street while Bert Maguire of Pine Township cranes his neck to check the details.

Foundation leader loves to lead city walking tours

Louise Sturgess' love of Pittsburgh history shines during her walking tours given to the public.

4 days ago

 Pittsburgh Yellow Cab driver Earl Ferrel works a day shift driving through Downtown Pittsburgh.

Cabbie gives fares more than a ride

When cab driver Earl Farrell picks up a fare, part of the journey can include a history of the city.

4 days ago

 Jamie Blatter, docent for the Clayton House of the greater Frick Museum, poses in the dining room of the Clayton House.

Frick docent finds her calling showing visitors through history

Jamie Blatter, a former flight attendant turned Realtor, is now at home guiding visitors through Pittsburgh’‍s Clayton.

4 days ago

 Segway In Paradise guide Alan Harper leads a tour along the North Shore.

Ride a Segway for a speedy city tour

Two North Side siblings lead Segway tours along the city‘‍s sidewalks to show people from around the world all their hometown has to offer.

4 days ago

 Darryl Cann, a bellman at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh, shows the Post-Gazette his clarinet during a tour of the building.

Bellhop notes William Penn's history and grandeur

Darryl Cann isn’‍t a tour guide, although he often acts like one.

4 days ago

 Rain doesn't detour hot dog vendor David Sakulsky, nicknamed "Chico," during a rain delay of the Pirates game against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park on June 19. Even with the rain, he quickly sold out his last batch of 20 hot dogs.

Hot dog vendor shows a colorful side of PNC Park

PNC Park’‍s popular hot dog vendor delights the Pittsburgh crowds with his dance moves.

4 days ago

 Tour guide Melissa Balkovec tells a Bits & Bites Food Tour the history of Old St. Patrick's Church to lead off her tour Pittsburgh's Strip District.

Take a bite out of the 'Burgh with these tours

Melissa Balkovec of ‘‍Burgh Bits and Bites Tour is an ambassador for Pittsburgh natives and tourists alike.

4 days ago

 Local guide Haydn Thomas, of Pittsburgh Haunted Tours, shares a ghost story with guests on a recent tour. Here, he stands in Mellon Square Park and tells them about the history of the Penn Hotel.

Ghostly tales scare up a lively city tour

Being a successful guide for Haunted Pittsburgh takes more than an eerie voice, ominous grin and black attire.

4 days ago

Travel notes / Renovated Grand Central Terminal entrance dedicated

The entrance to the Grand Central Terminal is now named for the woman who worked to save the facility -- Jackie Kennedy.

4 days ago

 Tom Labanc, a tour guide with Pittsburgh Brew Tours, talks with Chris Walker of Bethel Park during a stop at the East End Brewing Company in Homewood.

Hop to it on microbrew tour

Tour guide 'brews' interest in Pittsburgh‘‍s breweries near and far.

4 days ago

 Craig Davis, CEO of Visit Pittsburgh, poses at the overlook on Grandview Avenue on Mount Washington.

VisitPittsburgh CEO loves his adopted city

The CEO of VisitPittsburgh delights in promoting the city he loves.

4 days ago

 A jet makes a final approach at Pittsburgh International Airport while crossing traffic signs over Beer School Road in Moon

U.S. expands airlines' reporting requirements on pet safety

U.S. airline passengers who travel with their pets will be getting access to more information about a carrier's animal-safety record.

1 week ago

Testing the waters at Pittsburghers' favorite beaches

Water safety of popular beach vacation destinations is rated in the 2014 annual report from the Natural Resources Defense Council.

1 week ago

 Near Oaxaca on the road to Mexico City. Mexico.

Oaxaca is a Mesoamerican mecca

Oaxaca offers ancient sites, beautiful crafts and good food.

1 week ago

Travel Notes: Airline travelers hate $200 charges most

Here’s a surprise: Most air travelers wouldn’t mind paying more in fees — if it helped cut lines at airports.

1 week ago

 Students in the Offshore Sailing School learn the ropes in the waters off Captiva Island, Fla.

Offshore sailing school seeks to make yachting safe

With more than 130,000 graduates behind it, Offshore Sailing School promotes the green alternative to power boating.

1 week ago

 Synchronous fireflies photographed near Tionesta, Forest County, during the first Pennsylvania Firefly Festival in June 2013.

At Firefly Festival near Tionesta, thousands of bugs will be blinking in sync

Hundreds will gather in the Allegheny National Forest near Tionesta next weekend to see synchronous and other fireflies.

2 weeks ago

 Bill Bodine with his favorite painting in The Frick's collection, "Sir Joshua Vanneck and family at Roehampton House, Putney, 1752," by British painter Arthur Devis.

Bill Bodine retires from The Frick Pittsburgh after 12 years of effective, gradual change

Welcoming the community into The Frick has been a hallmark of Mr. Bodine’s leadership. "He has made it a beautiful oasis for everyone.”

2 weeks ago

 Young people make their way through the Neural Climb in the Franklin Institute science museum’s new Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion in Philadelphia.

Franklin Institute's new pavilion opens in Philadelphia

The Karabots Pavilion has been designed to facilitate the Franklin Institute's contact with the outside world.

2 weeks ago

 The Human Rights Gallery of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta.

Center for Civil and Human Rights to open in Atlanta

To David Rockwell, the president of the Rockwell Group, the center aims to capture the experience of the Jim Crow South.

2 weeks ago

Room service, I’ll have a massage

More spa services are being offered in the privacy of guests’ rooms at luxury hotels.

2 weeks ago

 Ernest Hemingway's home in Key West Florida, now open to the public for tours.

Hemingway's tropical retreats reflect his adventures

Ernest Hemingway’s island homes in Key West and Havana were only 90 miles apart but wives away.

3 weeks ago

 Hvar, an island harbor since the 15th century, is one of the Croatian coast’s scenic highlights.

History enhances Croatian coast's beauty

Two decades of peace along the Adriatic coast provide a tranquil destination amid Greek to Renaissance history.

3 weeks ago

With family, life’s a beach hopping across the Oregon coast.

Travel experts from The Washington Post answer questions by readers on a wide range of vacation issues.

3 weeks ago

 On a Honda CRF250L, Mark Buche, followed by Ty van Hooydonk on a Kawasaki KLX250, followed by a Suzuki DR-Z400S piloted by Jun Villegas, ride through Twenty Mule Team Canyon.

Zip off the beaten path on a motorcycle in Death Valley National Park

Much of what’s interesting about Death Valley is difficult to access. The best way to see it is on a dual-sport motorcycle,

3 weeks ago

 The 200,000-square-foot Eugene W. Kettering Cold War Gallery at The Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio.

Air Force museum starts with Wright stuff

The National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is a great place to land.

1 month ago

 Hammy prepares for his first test ride in the Solvit HoundAbout II Bicycle Trailer in Washington.

Taking your pet in a bike trailer shouldn’t be a drag

This spring this Washington Post writer tested out a few dog-specific bike trailers for use on trails, boardwalks and pavement.

1 month ago

 The South Bass Light Station overlooks western Lake Erie on South Bass Island. It operated from 1897 to 1962.

Three Ohio lighthouses are open to visitors

Three of 19 lighthouses on Lake Erie in Ohio are open to the public with tours this summer.

1 month ago

 James Rosenquist's “North Dakota Mural” welcomes visitors to a former machine shed that is now the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, N.D. A major pop artist, Mr. Rosenquist is a native of Grand Forks.

Fun in Fargo? You betcha!

Chic design and sophisticated art rejuvenate the frontier spirit of Fargo. N.D.

1 month ago

Travel notes: Hershey's store opens in Vegas

A chocolate lover’s paradise featuring a giant, Hershey bar replica of the Empire State Building is now open on the Las Vegas Strip.

1 month ago

 An animatronic goblin banker in the Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts attraction.

Universal ups the magic with additions to Wizarding World

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter expands to a second Orlando theme park with this month's opening of Diagon Alley at Universal Studios.

1 month ago

Battered by travel club come-ons

Vacation promotion industry’s efforts raised red flags, including the lure of a $1,400 trip and a lifetime of cheap vacations.

1 month ago

 A faux diving board is the centerpiece of the pool area at Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando Resort.

Cabana Bay takes visitors back to 1960s in style

Universal Orlando Resort one-ups Disney with its midcentury-themed Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

1 month ago

Summer reading: Lather on the sunscreen, get under an umbrella and enjoy a good book

Here are 10 recommended reads for the summer -- from crime thrillers to love stories.

1 month ago

 The protected harbor is calm on a summer day at Grand Marais on Minnesota’s North Shore.

Nature beckons on Minnesota's serene North Shore

The 150-mile Duluth-to-Canada corridor provides a respite from the loud, busy world.

1 month ago

Travel notes: Planes' air may be clean, but what about cabin surfaces?

Beware touching armrests, tray tables, toilet buttons, seat leather and more -- some germs can live up to eight days.

1 month ago

 Z the zombie makes a surprise visit on the movie tour bus in Market Square. A new Pittsburgh Movie Tour will visit places significant to the regions's film industry.

Pittsburgh film tour full of surprises

From “Night of the Living Dead” to “The Dark Knight Rises,” Pittsburgh film tour hits highlights of movie history.

1 month ago

New regional tours benefit nonprofits

Pittsburgh Tours & More combines fun and fundraising in showing locals and tourists the sights.

1 month ago

 Marie Midiri of Downingtown, Pa., gives her granddaughter, Feliciana Midiri, 7, a ride on her back as they stroll the Wildwood, N.J. boardwalk Friday.

Vacation businesses forecast folks planning for premium trips to sunny destinations

An extended dose of the winter blues is expected to spark a record summer travel season, according to AAA.

1 month ago

Poe's house reopens in Baltimore

Closed - except for a few special events - since 2012, the Edgar Allen Poe house in Baltimore is open once again.

1 month ago

 The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a rollicking family-style coaster and the crown jewel of New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom Park, completes the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train completes expansion of Fantasyland at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Like some of the revised Fantasyland attractions, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train features interactive preshow elements in its standby queue.

1 month ago

Top travel destinations for this summer

Most vacationers this summer will be seeking fun in the sun, surveys show.

1 month ago

 Tigers try out the latest $2.3 million addition to the Philadelphia Zoo's innovative animal trails program.

Big Cat Crossing: Philadelphia Zoo embraces addition to trail system

Big cats, primates, great apes and other beasts are walking the walk at the Philadelphia Zoo.

1 month ago

 “IPhone,” I seethed, “we are traveling in the wrong direction.”

My trusty iPhone, driving me to distraction

Peoria, Ind., is not the same as Peoria, Ill., but try telling that to your electronic navigation system.

1 month ago

 Audience members for The Price is Right have fun during a commercial break.

A game show vacation: Check out the big wheels of TV Americana

You can plan a Los Angeles vacation to watch "Jeopardy" or "Wheel of Fortune" live.

1 month ago



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