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4 Cool Cities Within 6 Hours of Pittsburgh

We love road trips. And we love cities. And one of the great things about Pittsburgh is that we are close to a lot of major cities. Here are four of our favorite cities to visit, all within six hours of Pittsburgh! And because this is a mom blog, after all, and we’re no longer sippie-cup-free-twenty-somethings, I’ve also included some of our favorite kid-friendly things to do in each city. And one more tip for all you crowd-haters. Plan your trip for early September, when school is back in session and field trips haven’t started yet – big city, small crowds. Perfect.

New York City

• Chinatown
• Staten Island Ferry (it’s free and goes by the Statue of Liberty)
• Empire State Building
• Central Park
• American Museum of Natural History
• Metropolitan Museum of Art

Washington DC

• Air and Space Museum
• Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
• The Mall – Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument
• Cherry Blossom Festival (March)
• Smithsonian’s National Zoo
• The metro
• National Archives (Declaration of Independence/Constitution)


• Shedd Aquarium
• River Walk
• Field Museum of Natural History
• Cloud Gate, “The Bean”
• Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower)
• Chicago Children’s Museum
• Museum of Science and Industry



• CN Tower
• Toronto Island Park
• Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
• Chinatown
• Toronto Zoo
• The street cars

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2 Responses to 4 Cool Cities Within 6 Hours of Pittsburgh

  1. Cory August 21, 2016 at 6:50 am #

    Great list. It’s amazing how many cool cities are within a driving distance from Pittsburgh. Philly, Columbus, Cleveland, Detroit. Each with their own unique character and charm.

  2. Stefanie
    Stefanie August 21, 2016 at 8:31 am #

    So true! Those are all great cities to visit too. 🙂