Rivers of Steel Heritage Tours

ROS Group tours of Carrie
ROS Group tours of Carrie

Explore Pittsburgh's industrial roots at Carrie Blast Furnaces.

ROS Explorer Skyline Selfie
ROS Explorer Skyline Selfie

Rivers of Steel Carrie Blast Furnace
Rivers of Steel Carrie Blast Furnace

The Industrial Tour at the Carrie Blast Furnaces

ROS Group tours of Carrie
ROS Group tours of Carrie

Explore Pittsburgh's industrial roots at Carrie Blast Furnaces.


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.


  • The PGH 101: An Intro to Innovation sightseeing cruise on the Explorer riverboat takes passengers on a scenic tour of Pittsburgh’s three rivers. Docked on Pittsburgh’s North Shore near the headwaters of the Ohio River, Explorer offers unparalleled opportunities to experience the beauty and history of Pittsburgh’s skyline and shores. Passengers discover how the region’s challenging landscape, abundance of natural resources, and the resilience of its people have kept southwestern Pennsylvania on the vanguard of industrial reinvention for more than 250 years! Cruises accommodate up to 100 people. Explorer is temperature controlled and ADA accessible with an elevator onboard to access both decks. At 90 minutes, PGH 101 is the longest sightseeing cruise on Pittsburgh’s rivers.  

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!

Brianna Horan 
623 East 8th Avenue, Homestead, PA 15120

412-464 -4020 Ext. 246