Quality Inn & Suites North
5137 William Flynn Highway
Gibsonia, PA 15044
Phone: (724) 444-8700
Fax: (724) 444-8744
Hartwood Acres is a 629-acre Allegheny County Park, with one of the largest country estates in the region. Hartwood includes a Tudor Mansion cottage, stable and gate lodge, and inside the mansion is a collection of original English and American antiques. Guests can enjoy the beautiful gardens as well as opportunities for hiking, horseback riding and, in the winter, cross-country skiing. Outdoor concerts are also common in the warmer months at Hartwood.
Located on Locust Street, ScareHouse is often deemed to be one of the spookiest places in the United States. The haunted house has been featured on many travel channels and magazines. Employing creative, original characters, effects and top-quality sets, the attraction requires an entire year's efforts. Housed within the haunted Elks Lodge, the ScareHouse is not to be missed, especially during Halloween. Check the website for more details.
The Aspinwall region in Pennsylvania is bestowed with a fine historical site in the form of the Sauer Buildings Historic District. These monumental buildings are precisely located between 607 and 717 Center Avenue, and are designed and constructed by the eminent Fredrick C. Sauer. The district spans over a massive 30 acres (120,000 square meters). The buildings in this districts were erected and established from 1898 thorough 1942 and moreover exemplify the Colonial Revival, Fantastic and the Medieval Revival styles of architecture. It also stands registered on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Oakmont Country Club's prestigious golf course was designed by Henry Fownes and is considered to be one of the most difficult courses in the United States. This elegant club has hosted more editions of the U.S. Open - including the 2007 U.S. Open - than any other golf club. Visitors of the club can either enjoy prestigious golf tournaments or play themselves on its challenging holes.
The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium is one of the best in the country, where each enclosure is spacious enough to allow the animal to roam freely while also allowing good views for visitors. The best part is that one can get up close with polar bears, primates and other exotic animals. Experienced handlers and stringent maintenance of every space add to the experience. The zoo is deeply involved with the conservation of nearly extinct flora, fauna and animal life. Visitors can avail of scooter rides, adult strollers, wheelchairs, safari jeeps, carouse rides, tram rides and more.
Highland Park attracts joggers and walkers every morning. The park offers 403 acres with a reservoir that is the perfect place to run laps. There are many woodland trails, a swimming pool, tennis courts, softball field, 10 playgrounds and six shelters for picnics and special gatherings. Carnegie Lake offers a quiet place to relax and try some fishing. The park sits next to the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium.
The St. Nicholas Croatian Church is a graceful historic church built in 1922. Designed by noted architect Frederick C. Sauer, it has a simple yet stunning architecture. It has been a part of the National Register of Historic Places since 1922 and has been in continuous service from the time of its inception. The church is particularly famous for the murals made by Maxo Vanka.
The Allegheny Cemetery, founded in 1844 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers guided tours through its 300 acres (121.4 hectares). With 120,000 grave-sites, the cemetery is one of the largest and oldest in the country. Visitors can trace the devastating effects of influenza and coal mining disasters, as well as find the history of local families. There are a few famous people buried here as well: composer Stephen Foster and actress Lillian Russell among them. Admission is free. Groups of 10 or more should call for tour reservations.
The Fortieth Street Bridge is also known as the Washington Crossing Bridge. It is built across the Allegheny River and it connects Lawrenceville with Millvale (Pittsburgh areas). Built in 1982, it handles the vehicular traffic and is named after George Washington, as the bridge is located at a site where an important event pertaining to his career occurred.
Riverview Park sits on a hillside on the North Side of Pittsburgh. The park features a public pool, tennis courts, play areas and ball fields. The Allegheny Observatory, home to the University of Pittsburgh's 13-inch telescope, is also located here. The observatory is open to the public one day each October.
James Kelso Bible Lands Museum is located on Pittsburgh Theological Seminary's campus. The museum houses artifacts that have been found during archaeological digs in the Middle East; many are thousands of years old. The pottery and structural remains are all significant to in-depth Bible lessons. Tours are available year round, but reservations are required.
The Davis Island Lock and Dam Site is the location of the Davis Island Lock and Dam that was built on the Ohio River. Its rolling lock gate was an exemplary idea that was followed while constructing other dams. Once, the Emsworth Locks and Dams came into existence, this dam was no longer needed. The dam site is now incorporated in the National Register of Historic Places.