Pittsburgh Guided and Self-Guided Sightseeing Tours

How to See the Steel City

Pittsburgh skyline close up with 'Rachel Carson bridge'
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Whether you're visiting Pittsburgh for the first time, or have lived here all your life, these tours -- both guided and unguided -- will help you experience a Pittsburgh you may not expect. This list of Pittsburgh tours includes a variety of walking tours, boat tours, Segway tours, trolley tours, historic tours, architecture tours, and even free tours to choose from.

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Gateway Clipper Fleet

The Gateway Clipper Fleet offers dozens of different types of cruises including brunch, lunch, dinner, dance, specialty entertainment, one-day vacations, private charters, stadium shuttles, sightseeing cruises and much more! Enjoy the beautiful sights of the Three Rivers of Pittsburgh aboard these restored riverboats. Sports shuttle service to Pirates and Steelers games is available from the Station Square dock on game days.

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Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation: Guided Tours

The PHLF offers a number of inexpensive, guided walking tours of Pittsburgh, including a 90-minute tour of the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh, including more than 25 architectural landmarks, spectacular interiors, and significant urban spaces.​

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Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation: Self-Guided Tours

Guides to five free self-guided walking tours of downtown Pittsburgh are available for download from the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. The free tours include Grant Street, the Market Square area, Penn-Liberty, Fourth Avenue, and Pittsburgh Bridges & River Shores. You can also visit the Old Allegheny County Jail Museum on Mondays (February - October) between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. where you will generally find a PHLF docent on hand.

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Molly's Trolleys

Experience Pittsburgh aboard a vintage 1920's style trolley with this fully guided 2-hour tour. The Molly's Trolleys sightseeing tour departs from Station Square and travels to popular areas of Pittsburgh including Downtown, the North Shore, Strip District, Oakland and the South Side where you'll learn about everything Pittsburgh from culture to Ketchup. It also includes a behind the scenes tour and a ride on the historic Duquesne Incline.

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Just Ducky Tours

Ride aboard a colorfully restored WWII amphibious landing vehicle for a quacking good time on this land and water tour. A one-hour narrative takes you on a tour of the downtown streets of Pittsburgh and then 'splashes' down the Allegheny River for a fantastic view of the Golden Triangle. Tours depart daily from Station Square, April through October. Wheelchair accessible.

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Segway Pittsburgh: Guided Segway Tours

Segway Pittsburgh offers daily tours of downtown Pittsburgh and other special seasonal tours. The two-hour tour is an 5-mile glide through downtown, stopping at popular sites throughout the city. Segways are easy to ride. Available only for ages 14 and up.

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Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council: Downtown Public Art Self-Guided Walking Tour

This free, downloadable guidebook from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council includes tours of three Downtown neighborhoods, plus the North Shore and the Northside, featuring remarkable artworks by locally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists. The tour includes photographs and descriptions of over 100 works of art, as well as notes about select buildings, landscapes, and bridges. Each tour takes 80 - 120 minutes. Visit the website to download the entire tour book, or each neighborhood separately.

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The Pittsburgh Tour Company: Double Decker Bus Tour

The Pittsburgh Tour Company's Double Decker bus tour offers a fun hop on/hop off tour option in historic red Double Decker Tour Buses from London. The guided tour of Pittsburgh showcases some of Pittsburgh's favorite areas for shopping, live entertainment, stadiums, museums, restaurants, bars and architecture. If one of the tour's twenty-one places/stops sounds like something you might want to further explore, then hop off and explore on foot at your leisure. When you're done hop back on the next double-decker bus to come by and resume your tour.