Often, visitors are amazed by the number and size of Pittsburgh’s green spaces. Schenley Park, pictured above, is a short walk from Carnegie Mellon’s main campus, and features a running track, soccer fields, tennis courts, an ice skating rink, public pool, and a frisbee golf course. Frick Park is a short bus ride away, and contains many miles of hiking trails where you will see many species of birds, including wild turkeys, in addition to foxes and deer.
Hiking is a popular year-round activity in the greater Pittsburgh area, which is rich with wooded trails. Pittsburgh has a rich biking community, and the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal allow cyclists to bike all of the 335 miles from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. along trails.
Laurel Highlands, an area of the Applachian mountains approximately an hour’s drive away, contains many traditional mountain activities, from kayaking and whitewater rafting in the summer to skiing, snowboarding, and tubing in the winter. It also contains fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house that is a landmark of 20th Century architecture and has been dubbed the “world’s most beautiful house” by the BBC.