Frank Lloyd Wright's Architectural Masterpiece
A trip to the Pittsburgh area is not complete without a day trip to Western Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands and Frank Lloyd Wright's house on the waterfall, Fallingwater. Located 90 minutes southeast of Pittsburgh, it was designed in the 1930's as a summer home for Pittsburgh's department store magnate, Edgar Kaufmann and has become an icon of modern architecture. A poll of members of the American Institute of Architects voted it "the best all-time work of American architecture". Visited by thousands of admirers from around the world every year, you don't want to miss it! PLEASE NOTE: Tours of the house must be booked, in advance, online at www. fallingwater. org at an additional cost. I highly suggest the 8:45am In-depth tour to avoid the crowds and be able to take photos inside the house. Weekend dates fill-up quickly, so try to book as far in advance as possible. Fallingwater is CLOSED in January, February and early March. Please check online at www. fallingwater. org for specific dates and times.
I'll pick you up at your designated location in the Pittsburgh Metro area for the 90 minute drive to Fallingwater. RESERVATIONS FOR TOURS OF THE HOUSE MUST BE MADE IN ADVANCE ON THE FALLINGWATER WEBSITE(www. fallingwater. org) AT AN ADDTIONAL COST. I highly suggest you book the 8:30 or 8:45am In-depth, 2-hour tour which avoids the crowds later in the day and is the only tour that allows you to take photos inside the house. We would leave the Pittsburgh area by 7:00am, arriving at Fallingwater in time for your tour and have time afterwards to visit the excellent musuem shop, full of Frank Lloyd Wright related items, and maybe grab something to eat in the Cafe. Another Wright designed house, Kentuck Knob, is only a 15 minute drive from Fallingwater so you could book a 12:30pm, 1-hour tour there. Another option would be to return to Pittsburgh for a quick, overview tour of the city. The 90-minute return trip, back to your designated location in the Pittsburgh Metro area, would have us arrive around 3:00pm.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At your designated location in the Pittsburgh Metro area.
End location: At your designated location in the Pittsburgh Metro area
Duration: 8 hours
For 1-6 guests, I'll drive my 2009 Honda Odyssey mini-van. For 7-12 guests, I can rent a passenger van for an additional charge of about $150 USD.
Roundtrip transportation to and from your designated location in Pittsburgh Metro area to Fallingwater, including gas, tolls and any parking fees. NOT INCLUDED ARE TOUR FEES FOR FALLINGWATER WHICH ARE BOOKED ONLINE DIRECTLY AT THE FALLINGWATER WEBSITE www.fallingwater.org
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 USD - food, beverages, snacks, souvenirs. Admission price to Fallingwater will vary depending on type and length of tour booked online (SEE THE FALLINGWATER WEBSITE www.fallingwater.org)
Tour fees for Fallingwater and any admission fees for any parks, historic sites or stops along the way. Meals, food, snacks, beverages, souvenirs or any personal purchases are extra.
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Phil is a very knowledgable guide to the fascinating city of Pittsburgh. He shares his insights and facts freely, and is an excellent listener when it comes to questions and what it is you're looking to achieve on the tour. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Fallingwater and our tour of the steel towns.