We took the Duquesne Incline to walk along Grandview Avenue on Mount Washington to see the extraordinary views that one can see from up there. Unfortunately, we didn't realize at the time that we had missed some areas of interest by not venturing off of Grandview into the neighborhood beyond. There's a residential area called Chatham Village which is a National Historic Landmark noted for its landscaping and interesting homes. There are also some parks in the area and some places away from the upscale restaurant row where you can relax with coffee and pastries.
Well, we stayed on Grandview, and that alone was a very worthwhile experience. There are some attractive upscale restaurants along the street that look out over the Monongahela River to downtown Pittsburgh and beyond. Dining in one of these in the evening must offer unforgettable views with the lights of the city across the river. There are also some gorgeous homes with million dollar views.
Spaced along Grandview between the Duquesne Incline and the Mon Incline there a four spacious cantilevered observation platforms that extend out over the valley below and offer terrific views of the three rivers, the Golden Triangle, the skyscrapers of central Pittsburgh and the Monongahela River valley.
About a mile along Grandview there is the Mon Incline which will take you back down to the river level and Station Square, a mall-like area with shops and more restaurants.
If you find yourself in need of a restroom along the route as we did, and they are in short supply, about three quarters of the way to the Mon Incline on Grandview there is a public library with restrooms on the lower level.
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