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

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

3 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

6 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.

6 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.

6 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.

6 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.

6 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.

6 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.

6 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.

6 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.

6 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.

6 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.

6 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.

6 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

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

 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

Room service, I’ll have a massage

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

3 weeks 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.”

3 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.

3 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

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

 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.

4 weeks ago


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