George knew everything you wanted to know about the Pittsburg area. Tour was schedule for two hours but he extended itna little so we could do what we wanted to do.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: What a treat it was hosting a couple from Newfoundland...and fun as well. Thank you for the opportunity to show you Pittsburgh. I apologize for not being able to get the coal in the barges on such short notice. I trust you both enjoyed the game...to varying degrees. Go Sid!! Have a good trip home. Best regards, GSTD
Sarah HetheringtonUnited States
George is an amazing ambassador for the city of Pittsburgh. He is your mascot of city pride and knowledge! The tour was a gem that we will always remember!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the review Sarah. I'm so glad we could make the Tour work on such short notice in spite of the challenge of getting the coal barges in place. It was my pleasure to introduce you and Valerie to Pittsburgh. Hopefully, we will see you back in town when she begins classes at CMU (hint, hint). Have a good, safe trip back to Montana. Best.
Todd RichardsUnited States
We highly recommend this tour for many reasons. George is very knowledgeable about the history of the city and the people of this city. He was very entertaining. Definitively worth the money!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the review. With less than two hours notice you definitely kept me on my toes, especially when it came to arranging for special features like the coal barges and coke trains. I'm so glad it all worked out. It proved to be a lot of fun for me as well. Definitely keep me in mind for the next time you're in town. We will engage in Pittsburgh Tour "Part Deux". Did you get the GAP maps I dropped off at the hotel for you? Best regards, GSTD
Robert CrummieUnited States
George was excellent! His patience with my family was an initial sign that we were in store for a fantastic tour. He was so friendly and engaging. He really went the extra mile to ensure that we had the best experience. Getting out of the car to go take pictures in front of the Immaculate Reception was evidence of that. This guy was truly good at what he does. When we're in Pitt again we want to call on him to give another tour to the rest of our family who were not able to join us on this one.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the review Robert. I'm glad you and your son enjoyed the Tour. It was a real honor for me to show you Pittsburgh. After learning of your position, I went home and brushed up on my George Washington Carver history. Illuminating and inspiring. Thanks again . All Good Things, GSTD
Carter HarrisonUnited States
George was FANTASTIC. I really keyed in on the interest we had and provided a wealth of information about those things. This was one of the best tours my wife and I have ever taken.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the review Carter. On the other hand I have to put your comments in perspective as the Tour you compared me with was your visit last year to CLEVELAND! Seriously, I really enjoyed showing you and your wife around. It was a lot of fun for me. Be safe in the FedEx skies. Best wishes for a great Holiday Season. All Good things, GSTD
Sharon R.United States
Everything about this tour was 5 star. We learned the history of Pittsburgh as well as seeing the most relevant sites. George, our guide, was very knowledgeable and his passion for the city was quite evident. We are so glad to have discovered Tours By Locals on line. It will be our go to site from now on.
Jeri WardUnited States
George was a great guide. You can tell he loves Pittsburgh and now we love it too! He is an outstanding historian, and knew his way around the city, maximizing what we could see in a short time period. We would highly recommend him and will seek him out when we return to Pittsburgh.
Bryan YoungUnited States
George is a very passionate and energetic tour guide . If you are looking for a top-flight tour of downtown Pittsburgh you can do no better than George. His knowledge of the city's cultural, economic and sports heritage is easily appreciated by everyone from the weekend traveler to the knowledgeable historian. Traveling through Pittsburgh with George you will quickly see how "plugged in" he is to the city and people.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the kind words, Bryan. Coming from a History teacher who probably knows a lot more about this stuff than I do, I really appreciate your comments. I also want to thank Rachel for her interest and attention. Refreshing to see a young person so engaged. Thanks again.
Lynne WilgusUnited States
We were 1st time visitors to Pittsburgh and George gave us a grand tour that made us want to come back ! We learned so much about the city's history and present day , we wanted to share with everyone at home . Thank you, George for a wonderful time . Jim and Lynne
June DunnUnited States
My friend and I were so pleased to get a "snapshot" of Pittsburgh from someone who really loves the city - and we did not have to do the driving! It is my father-in-law's home town and I was not expecting it to be such a great, fascinating city. I told my husband we are going back for at least 3-4 days to visit all the places we saw and did not have time to pursue.
Christine B.United States
Not even a zero wind chill could cool George's enthusiasm for Pittsburgh. My husband and I had the Fire in the Valley Tour to warm us, and the whole tour was customized for my industry focused husband. This is my second customized tour with George. I highly recommend George as a guide who is knowledgeable on any aspect of Pittsburgh that interests you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Zero wind chill? Who noticed? We had such an interesting and enjoyable time together. And I learned a lot about titanium in Georgia. Thank you for letting me spend time with your family again.
David GlenwickUnited States
George was an excellent tour guide--extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We covered a lot of worthwhile ground in 2 hours and made stops at places worth seeing. My three colleagues felt similarly. Very enjoyable and a good value!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Just read your comments, David. Thank you. Showing Pittsburgh to the four of you from different schools and cities made it a very interesting and enjoyable experience for me. It was especially fun having such a sports fun as you along. Thanks for teaching me a thing or two. Please convey my thanks to your colleagues as well.
Christine B.United States
George created a custom driving tour for my 87 year old mother & me. He combined his Pittsburgh Essentials tour with places of interest to my mother whose Scottish grandparents lived in the Pittsburgh area around 1904. George provided Carnegie & steel industry history & showed us the area where her grandfather would have worked & lived. George kindly provided door to door service in his private car. George is passionate about Pittsburgh and is great at telling you all about it!
Ben TaylorUnited States
My daughter and I were impressed by George not only was the tour fun but educational. I have learned that when visiting a new city it is always wise to start with a tour. This way you have a lay-of-the-land and see what you want to revisit. I would definitely recommend George to be the go- to- guy for a tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Describing me as the "go-to-guy" is extremely gratifying coming from an experienced traveler like yourself. I had a lot of fun as well. I trust your trip to the mountains the next day went as well as our time together did. Regards to Rachel.
Alex CaploonUnited States
George is a credit to his profession!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the compliment. However, I must say I may have picked up as many insights as you did. I researched Repin's "Burlaki na Volge" and now use it when I talk about boats going upstream against the current. And I thought polling a boat from New Orleans to Pittsburgh was back (and heart) breaking! I'm also sorry we didn't get to talk more about the high yield and high strength applications of HY80 and HY100. A real education for me. Thanks for sharing the lessons.
We arrived at Pittsburgh on the day that the Pittsburgh Steelers were playing the Cincinatti Bengals. Although we booked our tour for 11 am, George took the initiative to suggest a later start time to accommodate the jams that he anticipated from fans going to the game. The tour itself was both fun and informative, and George is a veritable font of information about Pittsburgh. I would highly recommend George as your guide.
Kim G.United States
George was very personable, catered to our needs, was conscious of the time and traffic situations, consistently asked if we had questions, had maps and gave us a great taste and the history of the area. I would - and have already - recommend George to my friends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your patience during one of the craziest Friday nights of the year, Kim. It was a lot of fun traveling with you both. I'll work on getting those bridges open in time for any of your friends who come to town.
Martha O'KeefeUnited States
George knew much about the history of Pittsburgh and it's current status. He was funny, enthusiastic and helpful not just to us but others within earshot. We got a good overall picture of the area and places to visit after the tour was over. After this experience, we'll look for tours by locals in other areas we'll visit. Thanks for the interesting afternoon!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments Martha. It was my pleasure.
C Michael GoodenUnited States
George has tremendous knowledge of the history of Pittsburgh and shares it a precise and colorful manner. He was very familiar with all of the highlights of the city, the shortest way to travel from one place to the next, and readily answered questions about any of the sights. He provided an excellent tour and we would highly recommend him for anyone who really wants to learn about Pittsburgh.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Your and Diane's company made it an excellent afternoon for me as well. Thank you for letting me show you Pittsburgh.
David SchaferUnited States
George was an outstanding tour guide. Don't miss the bathroom Hall of Fame at Yinzer's, you won't see this on any other tour. Special side trip to Uber's Pittsburgh headquarters gave us all a chance to see a fleet of specially equipped self driving vehicles.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the good words David. I want to make sure I got this right: the high point was a bathroom and some cars. Seriously, it was a lot of fun. Thank you for the chance to share my city with you.
George was a wealth of knowledge and we all thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Would recommend everyone take this tour if the first time in Pittsburgh.