Well, my school year is finally over and I have the time to do some travelling.
My family and I just got back from Pittsburgh where we did some sight seeing. It was my first trip to Pittsburgh. I have only been out to western Pennsylvania twice prior to this trip. The first time was on September 11, 2001 on my way to a conference near Somerset, PA when I had the misfortune to see the smoke cloud rising from the crash site of Flight 93. The second time was on my way to Ohio on a vacation and we bypassed Pittsburgh.
While most of this trip focused on French & Indian War sites, we did stop at the Flight 93 memorial. It is a very somber sight and the National Park Service does and an excellent job through their exhibit and memorial in telling the 9/11 story. I recommend a visit there if you are ever in the area.
As for F & I sites we went to Fort Necessity, the Braddock Grave Site, and Jumonville Glen. Also a must see, Jumonville Glen is where George Washington arguably sparked the French & Indian War. While there, I learned Adam Stephen was with Washington that day and would go on to a prominent role in the 1777 Philadelphia campaign. We also visited Bushy Run Battlefield and the site of Fort Pitt and the Fort Pitt Museum in downtown Pittsburgh.
I had a very positive experience and all of these sites are definitely worth the visit. You can do all these sites in 2-3 days and Pittsburgh is very easy to navigate and drive around.