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Rivers of Steel Heritage Tours

Rivers of Steel’s attractions showcase the artistry and innovation of the Pittsburgh region’s industrial and cultural heritage.


  • The Industrial Tour at the Carrie Blast Furnaces takes place on the grounds of a vestige of Pittsburgh’s 20th-century domination of the steel industry. Towering 92 feet over the Monongahela River, the Carrie Blast Furnaces are rare examples of pre-WWII iron-making technology. Since the collapse of the region’s steel industry in the 1970s and ’80s, these are the only non-operative blast furnaces remaining in the region. On an Industrial Tour of Carrie, visitors learn about the site’s iron-making technology, its workers, and their culture.


  • Join Rivers of Steel on board the Explorer riverboat for the Uniquely Pittsburgh Sightseeing Tour. This 90-minute excursion seeks to answer the question “What makes Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh?”

    Traveling on the Ohio, Monongahela, and Allegheny Rivers, this tour shares the big stories of our region’s past—along with many lesser-known tales—as it explores a sense of place. Sit back, enjoy the skyline, and see the sights as you discover how Pittsburgh’s unique history shaped the city we have today!

Rivers of Steel Heritage Tours

Rivers of Steel is your resource for one-stop receptive tour services in the Pittsburgh region, in addition to premiere cultural heritage attractions.


As a receptive travel partner, Rivers of Steel works with you to design a customized group tour itinerary that showcases the best of the region. You’ll deal with one person for all billing and logistical details of your tour, and you’ll have the confidence that comes with working with a dedicated nonprofit organization. Each tour package includes a knowledgeable local step-on guide, whether you’re planning a “Pitt Stop” en route to another destination or are spending multiple days in the region.

Some of our most popular tour packages:

  • Narrated driving tours of Pittsburgh

  • Babushkas and Hard Hats: The Steel Heritage Tour

  • Pittsburgh Places of Worship

  • Pretty as a Picture: An Artistic Exploration of Warhol’s Hometown

  • Gardens and Glass

  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Fred Rogers Tour

  • Student STEAM and Performance tours

  • Wright This Way to the Laurel Highlands

  • The Revolutionary Spirit (French & Indian War and Whiskey Rebellion)

  • Celebrate the Season

  • Barn Stars & Covered Bridges: Country Living in Western PA

  • Jimmy Stewart: A Star is Born

  • City of Champions (Sports Galore)


We plan for all ages and interests, and look forward to designing a tour for your travelers! When we create an itinerary for your travelers, we do more than plot a route – we tell a story!

Jaimie Hanson
623 East 8th Avenue, Homestead, PA 15120

412-464 -4020 Ext. 246

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