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Pittsburgh is a vibrant and modern city with enough sights and activities to keep a visitor busy for days. The ACB 2016 convention will offer attendees an introduction to the city with three organized tours.

The two morning tours feature landmark institutions in the local Oakland area; Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Although they are both within easy walking distance of the convention hotel, transportation will be available. 

The afternoon tour will depart from the hotel and take visitors aboard a 1920s-style trolley for a narrated trip through the city's most important and visually interesting areas. This includes the Cultural District downtown, where the performing arts have transformed and revitalized the center city core. The tour's high point (literally) will be a ride on the Monongahela Incline, a funicular (cable railway) that climbs to the top of Mount Washington, providing a spectacular view of the city below.

These unique tours are sure to enrich the convention experience for attendees. 

Morning Tours - Wednesday March 30, 2016

Tour 1 - Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens                                           
N0 charge paid on Registration, pay admission at museum.

   Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a world leader in sustainable building practices. Established in 1893 as a Victorian-style greenhouse, Phipps features stunning floral displays and exotic vegetation in a state-of-the-art environment that has become a model of energy efficiency and conservation.
Before returning to the hotel you can choose to have lunch at Café Phipps which offers a variety of dishes that awaken the senses with colorful presentations, complex aromas and fresh flavors. Dine in or grab a snack to go, and walk away feeling refreshed.  (Click here for details of the cafe)
  • Meet in hotel lobby at 9:15am to either walk to Phipps or take the shuttle.
  • The admission fee is to be paid at museum – Adults $15 / Seniors $14.
  • Please sign-up so that we will have enough shuttles planned.
  • This tour can be combined with the Sights of Pittsburgh Tour.                                       
No Charge paid at registration, admission fee to be paid at museum.

This second option for a morning tour takes visitors to the Carnegie Museum, which houses both the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Art. The Carnegie has been at the forefront in recovery and display of dinosaur fossils since 1909, when a museum paleontologist began to explore a quarry site in Utah. Today, the Carnegie boasts the world's largest collection of Jurassic dinosaurs, and the permanent exhibit Dinosaurs in Their Time is the third-largest dinosaur display in the United States. The Museum of Art houses a huge collection of paintings, sculpture, architecture, and more.  Lunch options are available at the Carnegie Cafe or Fossil Fuels.
  • Meet in the hotel lobby at 9:45 to walk to the Carnegie.
  • The museum is very close, but transportation can be made available.
  • The admission fee is to be paid at the museum -  Adults $19.95/Seniors $14.95.
  • This tour can be combined with the Sights of Pittsburgh Tour in the afternoon.

Afternoon Tour - Wednesday March 30, 2016
Tour 3 - Sights of Pittsburgh – Trolley Tour
$35 paid in advance with registration to reserve a seat.    
(This is an excellent introduction to Pittsburgh.  Register early; seats are limited!)   

Step aboard a vintage 1920's style Trolley and experience Pittsburgh with a fully guided 2-hour historical tour.  The Trolley is fully enclosed, air-conditioned, and heated.  They have panoramic windows, gorgeous interior woodwork, brass railings with comfortable, bench-style seating. The Molly's Trolleys Sightseeing Tour will departs from the convention hotel and will travel to popular areas of the City including Downtown, the North Shore, Strip District, Oakland and the South Side. It also includes a behind the scenes tour and ride on the historic cable railway, the Duquesne Incline. The historically oriented tour informs riders of the rich history of these Pittsburgh neighborhoods with detailed information on people, places and things all around the Burgh.

  • Meet in the lobby of the hotel at 1:30 pm to prepare and board the trolleys.