National Geographic Traveller lists Pittsburgh as “must-see destination #3” on The Cool List 2019. The three attractions mentioned in their review (Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz History Center, and Andy Warhol Museum) are available as preconference tour destinations.
A variety of tours have been developed for conference attendees to showcase some of western Pennsylvania’s AML and AMD problems and solutions; to highlight the Pittsburgh region’s mining and industrial history; to explore Pittsburgh’s sports and cultural attractions; to discover Pittsburgh’s unique neighborhoods; and to visit a national memorial or national architectural treasure. The tours have been designed to offer a wide variety of options for all interests and to allow conference goers a chance to experience much of what Pittsburgh offers.
Weather in Pittsburgh in early to mid-September is usually comfortably warm with highs in the upper 70s ranging up to the mid-80s. The humidity levels are usually lower and more comfortable than during the summer months. The nights are generally comfortable with temperatures falling into the 60s during the evenings and dropping to the low 60s to upper 50s for overnight lows. September is one of the drier months in SW Pennsylvania with an average of 7 days of rain during the month of September.
Optional Preconference Tours
For conference attendees who would like to arrive a few days early to explore Pittsburgh, three distinct and themed preconference tours have been arranged to highlight much of what Pittsburgh offers. A tour of some of the Pennsylvania AML Program’s AML and AMD project sites has also been developed for the Saturday before the conference for anyone who wishes to arrive a day early to visit these project sites and learn more about how Pennsylvania is dealing with some of its legacy AML sites. Conference attendees can participate in any number of these tours as each will be conducted separately.
These tours will begin and end at the Wyndham Grand Downtown Pittsburgh Hotel. The Wyndham is offering the conference rate from September 3rd through September 15th. Participants will be responsible for their own accommodations, entrance fees to all attractions visited, and meals for each of the preconference tours. Transportation from the Wyndham to all tour stops and return will be provided. The preconference tours include:
- Wednesday, September 4th – Museum Tour
- Thursday, September 5th – Art/Nature Tour
- Friday, September 6th – Sports Tour
- Saturday, September 7th – AML/AMD Tour & Pirates Game Social
For attendees arriving Saturday, September 7th and are interested in seeing the Pittsburgh Pirates play the St. Louis Cardinals at the highly acclaimed PNC Park (often voted the most beautiful baseball park in America), we will be arranging a group outing to the game. Attendance at the Saturday preconference tour is not required to attend the game. If interested in attending the game, please contact Pat Webb at Tours@NAAMLP2019.com.
Tuesday Technical Tours
Four unique and exciting tours have been planned for Tuesday, September 10, 2019. Each person can select one of these tours which is included with a full conference registration. The tours include:
- Tour 1: Flight 93 National Memorial Tour
- Tour 2: Fallingwater and Ohiopyle State Park Tour (limited to the first 54 registrants)
- Tour 3: Underground Mine & Museum and Steel Facilities Tour* (limited to the first 54 registrants, see Tour 3 caution below)
- Tour 4: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden and Pittsburgh International Airport AML Pilot Site Tour (limited to the first 54 registrants)
More details about each of these tours and additional AML/AMD tour stops included on each can be found here.
*Tour 3 Caution: This tour is not recommended for anyone unable to walk great distances, negotiate rough terrain, is claustrophobic, and/ or unable to climb steel stairways and cat walks. Boots or solid shoes with no open toes should be worn on this tour. Much of the tours are outdoors, rain or shine, and weather appropriate clothing should be worn that could become dirty. Temperatures underground at Tour-Ed are between 52 to 55 degrees, so please dress appropriately.
Pittsburgh Walking Tours (on your own)
The Wyndham Grand Downtown Pittsburgh Hotel is located adjacent to Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh. For conference attendees interested in seeing more of Pittsburgh in a more relaxed pace, details and specific points of interest for five separate walking tours can be found by clicking here. The tours include the Cultural District; the Grant Street Corridor; the Retail District and First Side; the North Shore; and the North Side.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (on your own)
Highmark Stadium is located at Station Square on Pittsburgh’s South Shore. The Riverhounds‘ game schedule can be found here. Directions to Highmark Stadium can be found here and the “Clear Bag Policy and Prohibited Items” information can be found here.
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