Pittsburgh geographic wonders as well as commercial, cultural, and entertainment centers. Pittsburgh is one of the largest corporate headquarters cities in the United States and the home to such important firms as ALCOA, PPG Industries, USX, Heinz, and Westinghouse Corporation. The city is accessible through a variety of air, rail, and ground transportation.
Urban renewal in the city, much acclaimed in recent decades, has included the arts and education as well as physical rehabilitation. Internationally acclaimed symphony orchestra, opera, ballet, and theater companies perform regularly in the lavish Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts and in other city theaters. Pittsburgh is also the steward of several important art collections and museums. Popular attractions include the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Science Center, and the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center to name a few. The city's educational and cultural standard has contributed much to Pittsburgh's listing in the Places Rated Almanac, as one of America's "most livable cities."
In addition to performing arts and museums, the city also offers a variety of festivals: The Irish Festival, Three Rivers Art Festival, and Regatta bring spectators to the city to learn a few Irish dance steps, browse the pieces of local artisans, or watch boats parade down the three rivers. Pittsburgh also offers an exciting world of professional sports. Grab a hot dog while watching the Pirates at PNC Park, tailgate before the Steelers game at Heinz Field, or watch the Penguins skate onto the ice at Consol Energy Center. When not used by the teams, these facilities are often used for musical performances and traveling shows. Take the kids to see Disney on Ice or the circus.
The City of Pittsburgh is the scene of Western Pennsylvania's largest and most important educational complex. Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is associated through the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education with nine colleges and universities in the city. These institutions include Chatham College, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Carlow University, Duquesne University, Robert Morris University, Point Park University, and Community College of Allegheny County. The cluster of educational institutions in Pittsburgh provides an atmosphere of intellectual growth.
Learn more about Pittsburgh and the many things to do and see in the city. Also, check out Pittsburgh Magazine.
City Population: 350,363
Allegheny County Population: 1,336,449
Area: 55.5 Square Miles
Elevation: 1,223 Feet
Location: Pittsburgh is within 500 miles of more than half of the U.S. population, and the city is less than 90 minutes flying time from 20 states and Canada.
Average High Temperature (July): 82.5 °F
Average Low Temperature (January): 20.8 °F
Port: Pittsburgh is the nation's largest inland port, providing access to the extensive 9,000 mile U.S. inland waterway system.
Bridges: Allegheny County has more than 1,700 bridges, 720 within city limits, and 15 major bridges crossing downtown Pittsburgh alone.
Media: Two major newspapers, 32 radio stations, and five major television stations allow Pittsburgh to stay in constant communication.
From the North and West
Take PA Turnpike (I-76) to Interchange #48 (Route 28). Follow signs to Route 28. Once on Route 28S, exit to the left onto the Highland Park Bridge. Proceed across the Highland Park Bridge. Get in the right lane on the bridge and come off on the Butler Street exit. Merge onto Highway 8. Turn left at the first light onto One Wild Place. It comes up very quickly. The road winds up the hill past the Pittsburgh Zoo (on the left) and makes a sharp hairpin turn to the right near the top. You'll see a "Stop Except for Right Turn" sign. At the next intersection, make a left onto Bunker Hill Street. At the top of the hill, make a right onto Highland Avenue. Proceed down Highland Avenue to the Seminary, located on the left, one and one half blocks past the first traffic light.
From the South
Take Interstate 279N to Pittsburgh. Go through the Fort Pitt Tunnel and over the bridge, bearing to the right out of the tunnel. Follow Interstate 376E to the Forbes Avenue (Oakland) exit. Go down Forbes Avenue to the 10th traffic light, Bellefield Ave. (Approximately 1.0 mile.) Turn left. Then turn right at the next light onto Fifth Avenue. Proceed through 10 traffic signals. (Approximately 1.6 miles.) Turn left at the 10th light onto Highland Ave. and continue through seven traffic lights (approximately 1.3 miles) to the Seminary, located on the right. Enter the grounds at the drive beside the sign.
From the East
Take Route 22W to Monroeville. Follow signs to 376 West (Parkway East) to Pittsburgh. Exit off 376W to Route 8 at the Wilkinsburg Exit, #8B. Follow Penn Ave./Route 8 toward Wilkinsburg. Travel about 4 miles. Turn right at the stop light onto Highland Ave. The East Liberty Presbyterian Church will be on your left. Follow Highland Ave. past Peabody High School (on your left) to the Seminary, located on the right.
|City||Distance||Flight Time||Drive Time|
|Baltimore||218 miles||1 hour||4.5 hours|
|Boston||593 miles||1.5 hours||10 hours|
|Chicago||452 miles||80 minutes||8 hours|
|Cincinnati||295 miles||1 hour||6 hours|
|Cleveland||129 miles||40 minutes||2.5 hours|
|Dallas||1,228 miles||3 hours||23 hours|
|Erie||126 miles||40 minutes||2.5 hours|
|Los Angeles||2,445 miles||5 hours||48 hours|
|Miami||1,168 miles||3 hours||21 hours|
|New York||368 miles||1.25 hours||7 hours|
|Omaha||891 miles||2.5 hours||16 hours|
|Philadelphia||295 miles||1 hour||6 hours|
|Phoenix||2,118 miles||4.5 hours||40 hours|
|San Francisco||2,587 miles||5.5 hours||50 hours|
|Seattle||2,006 miles||5 hours||44 hours|
|St. Paul||849 miles||2.25 hours||15 hours|
|Toronto||324 miles||1.25 hours||6 hours|
|Washington, D.C.||221 miles||1 hour||5 hours|
There are several transportation options to and from the airport with a wide price range.
For the brave spirited and economical, the PAT Bus Airport Flyer (28X) is only $4.75 one way. It runs seven days a week every 45 minutes. Hours of operation are 5:30 a.m. to 11:50 p.m. The nearest stop to the Seminary is at Fifth and Craig in Oakland. From there take the 71B Highland Park Bus. Tell your driver you need to get off at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary which is across the street from the Obama Academy (formerly Peabody High School).
Here are more details about the 28X Airport Flyer:
- One-way fare to or from the airport is $4.75.
- Operators do not carry change. Exact change is required when paying your fare.
- Port Authority passes, tickets, and transfers are accepted. Fares are paid upon boarding.
- You are responsible for handling your bags both on and off the vehicle. Because this is public transportation, tipping operators is not permitted.
- When traveling to the airport, stops in Oakland and Downtown as well as along West Carson Street and the West Busway are for boarding only.
- When traveling toward Pittsburgh, stops along West Carson Street and in Downtown and Oakland are discharge-only.
For those who want their trip to be totally predictable, call Super Shuttle at 800- BLUE-VAN (800-258-3826) at least one day in advance to arrange for direct service to the Seminary. Reservation can be made online as well at www.supershuttle.com. You can also visit the Super Shuttle ticket counter at the airport and arrange to get on the next shuttle based on availability. The cost one-way for one person is about $30.
For those who don't like any of those options just catch one of the many yellow cabs at the airport. You may have to pay dearly, however, depending upon traffic.
|1. Anderson Apartments||8. John Knox Room|
|2. McMillan Apartments||9. George A. Long Hall|
|3. Highlander Apartments||10. Kelso Bible Lands Museum Entrance|
|4. Samuel A. Fulton Memorial Apartments||11. Shakarian Campus Center Entrance|
|5. Hicks Memorial Chapel||12. Dining Rooms (Kadel, Basfield, Starr, and Small)|
|6. Auditorium Entrance, Lower Level||13. John McNaugher Memorial Hall and Lounge|
|7. Clifford E. Barbour Library||14. Calian Residence Hall|