Molly GnanUnited States
Very informative tour. George gave us the person touch by sharing his family's connection to the Homestead Works Strike. Also, by still living in the area, he has witnessed the many changes of the steel industry. It's a shame that so much of the actual steel making machines are gone now. But the history lives on through people like George.
Entertaining, informative, a highlight of our visit to Pittsburgh.
Marie CochranUnited States
It was wonderful, informative, and entertaining. Even in the rain , we enjoyed it! Would highly recommend George!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I know what you mean about the computers, Marie, but I appreciate the thought. And I enjoyed showing you Pittsburgh as well. I'll work on the rain for the next time you're in town. I'm glad to hear you're surviving. Thanks for taking the time to write. My best regards, GSTD
George went out his way to make this tour perfect for our group. I can't imagine anyone making a tour of Pittsburgh more exciting than he did.
Our tour to Falling Water was superb. George's historic commentary for his beloved city was fabulous. We're inspired by Falling Water and so glad we came! Thank you George!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the kind words, Veronica. I enjoyed our time together as well...and thank you for the inspiration for the Pennsylvania Turnpike comparison with Elvis Presley. Best wishes to you and your sister for the rest of your magical tour. Godspeed, GSTD
Michele JordanUnited States
Donna RiccoUnited States
Scott SiffUnited States
George was terrific. We asked him if he could do a custom tour for us to hit just the sites we wanted and he carried it off magnificently.
William KitchensUnited States
Very interesting and enjoyable Essential Pittsburgh Tour. George is a great tour guide. He is knowledgeable and passionate about Pittsburgh and history of the area. He went out of his way to make this a fun outing.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm glad you enjoyed the Tour. It was fun for me as well, William, and thanks again for the unexpected fudge. GSTD
A great day with George ! An excellent guide and a very nice man. Thanks a lot for the tour, the very rich narrative about Pittsburgh and the Fallingwater house. We appreciate the bonus : the Pittsburgh panorama and the Simon and Garfunkel's song "America" (we are listening it just right now !). Mille mercis ! Elodie et Bernard
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the feedback Elodie and Bernard...and for the opportunity for me to brush up on mon francais. So glad I had the chance to introduce you to Pittsburgh and the Laurel Highlands. Hopefully whenever you hear S&G you'll remember the 'Burgh. Warmest regards, GSTD
Harry LewkowiczUnited States
George knew everything about Pittsburgh, and gave us a wonderful tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments, Harry. I truly enjoyed spending the afternoon with the four of you. GSTD
Laurie GarboeUnited States
George is phenomenal! Fun, interactive, courteous, punctual, wealth of information, and comfortable transportation. Tour was for my husband, me, and our 86 year old friend who is moving in a few weeks. 2 hour tour included Duquesne Incline, downtown, the Strip (including root beer sample at Country Joe's), Mr. Rogers memorial, features of sports arenas (I'm definitely not a sports person, but he made it fun.) Loved the old Pittsburgh song (I sang along) and Cell Phone Disco. Fun,worthwhile, great value!
If you want to know the true Pittsburgh from an insider George is your guide! This walking encyclopedia on Pittsburgh's wonderful history kept our family of three (including our 12 year old son) entertained on our 1 hr journey for the city center to Fallingwater. George was punctual, friendly and accommodating.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for a fun day as well, Polly. I was especially glad your son enjoyed the Trip. What an unforgettable experience for him...as well as for me! My best, GSTD
Matthew S.United States
If you are looking for a great tour by an enthusiastic guide who loves his city and wants to tell you all about it, look no further. We took the Fire in the Valley tour and George took us to many places that we would have never seen on our own. Pittsburgh is a great city, with a great history and George's tour was filled with a lot of information delivered in a fun and interesting way. Thanks for the great tour, George!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for letting me show you the Monongahela Valley. Your family's interest went a long way to contributing to "a fun and interesting" Tour. You're most welcome.
Larry WallersteinUnited States
George is very knowledgable about Pittsburgh, conveys energy and enjoyment in what he does. We enjoyed our time with him a lot.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: That enjoyment went both ways. Thanks for the remarks. Much appreciated. Glad you enjoyed the Tour. Best regards, GSTD
Malcolm HopeUnited Kingdom
George enhanced our trip immensely, going way beyond our expectations and the strict requirements of our itinerary. He is a living proof of why any trip is best enjoyed by contact with those who live in the area and are enthusiastic citizens who want to share their knowledge. We loved it! I had thought about rental and doing this myself but I am so glad I had more sense.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments. Given your extensive travel experience in the past they mean a lot to me. I'm glad you found Fallingwater "sensational". However, I should be the one thanking you and Ann for introducing me to the new (for me) genre of "Graphic Novels". What a great way to communicate! And yes, the binder was exactly where you said it was. Have a great rest of TrIp especially comparing Wright's Midwest work to what you saw over Bear Run. Very best regards, GSTD
Kenneth M.United States
Jennifer LeggUnited States
George is amazing! (He is the type of guy you want on your trivia team). We were in town for a college visit. He picked us up at our hotel and brought us all over town. He gave us the history and the current culture of the city. I would recommend to all ages. I can't think of a better way to get a lay of the land.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the compliments, Jennifer, but the pleasure was all mine. Please convey my best wishes to Rachel in her college search. And keep me in mind as your resource for all things Pittsburgh especially if she decides to attend school here. All Good Things, GSTD
Svetlana TokarevaUnited States
George is the best! He is very knowledgeable and artististic. We had a great time on the tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: And I had a great time as well! Thank you so much for letting me show you Pittsburgh. Warm regards to the entire family. All Good Things, GSTD
Lisa MurdockUnited States
We learned so much during our tour with George. It was a great experience. He's an excellent, excellent, guide.
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.
We are over from Ireland and fallingwater was booked out so George took us on the most excellent and informative tour of Pittsburgh. His knowledge good humor and delivery is perfect from the best deli to history to geography and superb restaurant recommendations. George is the encyclopedia of Pittsburgh. We would recommend this tour to visitors as you will learn so much about the city and suburbs you will be informed and astonished. Thank you George from Johnny's Dan & Robby. Go Steelers.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: What can I say, Johnny? Not only did I have a blast with you and your buddies, but you came through and delivered one of the most exciting games in Heinz Field history. And I'm so glad I had a chance to set you straight about Henry Clay Frick. Thank you for the opportunity to build on your knowledge of Pittsburgh. It appears all of our communications back and forth worked out well for all four of us. Best regards to Dan and Robby. Happy Holidays. GSTD
We gone to Pittsburgh from Japan, and we enjoyed very very meaningful sightseeing of Fallingwater. I wish to go Pittsburg next year and see you George again. TOYOTA Akira.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a real pleasure for me, Akira. Fun to introduce you to Ohiopyle Falls, Hagan Ice Cream, and Arby's along with Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. Ever since you left the weather has been cold, damp and windy. It seems as though you took the gorgeous Fall weather back to Japan with you. I hope you can make it back to Pittsburgh and stay longer the next time. Best regards to your two colleagues. I trust they enjoyed the Trip as well. Can you send me any pictures? Yours truly, GSTD
We wished a tour highlighting the now historic steel industry. George is very well versed and has a unique connection through his grandfathers participation in the battle of Homestead. He is also a slightly quirky and proud Pittsburgh character. George queried our other interests and managed to slip in some sidelights responding to those (architecture, history). One negative, he needs to park his cell phone while conducting a tour - quite irritating to the customer you have (and unsafe when driving).
George looked after us impeccably. His local knowledge and history information helped add to the enjoyment of our trip and we had the sense that nothing was too much bother. We were extremely grateful for his flexibility to plan our itinerary to fit with our other travel commitments and all the pre-travel communication gave us confidence that it would all go smoothly, and it did!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: ...and it was a blast for me too! Thanks for letting me be the one to show you western Pennsylvania and Fallingwater. And thanks for sharing all of your Aussie knowledge with me.
George was extremely generous with his knowledge and time. He helped us with an itinerary to fit in with our other travel commitments and it was great to be able to relax, enjoy our trip and get so much fantastic local information and history from George.
Monica ParkerUnited States
George was a great host. I truly recommend taking one of his tours. Very informative and can let you know about the real Pittsburgh. I have my "Yinzer" magnet.
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.
Estella Yat Yi TangHong Kong
Dennis SimbeckUnited States
Great tour everyone should do this very knowledgeable
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.
Cheryl EftinkUnited States
George was knowledgeable, helpful and informative. We enjoyed the information he shared about about Pittsburgh and the steel industry. There were 10 of us and he spoke loud enough for all of us to hear his comments. He answered questions and encouraged participation. We would do this tour again and recommend it to others!
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.
William G WilsonUnited States
We had a great day with George. He picked us up at 6:45AM at our downtown Pittsburgh hotel which allowed us to comfortably make our 8:30AM in depth tour at Falling Water. After inquiring about our interests and level of knowledge George kept up an enthusiastic and sometimes humorous monologue about the area, the Kaufmanns and Frank Lloyd Wright. He kept us enthralled and made the drive go quickly. After our tour we stopped for a nice lunch and kept up a lively discussion back to Pittsburgh.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a great day being with you three as well. It was a special treat to be with someone who had been to "The hole in the wall" and from whom I learned a lot as well. Your neck of the woods does indeed sound like God's Country. Please pass along my regards to your wife and granddaughter. Thanks for choosing me as your guide to the Mountain.
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!
Maureen MinnickUnited States
It was everything I had hoped it to be!! I had a blast!! I would have loved talking with George all day about Pittsburgh and its history! It is so nice to take a tour with someone who knows their stuff and loves it!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The "blast" was all mine, Maureen. Lots of fun. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to show you Pittsburgh and talk about my personal heritage.
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 had booked the 8.45 am in-depth tour at Fallingwater. Despite the fact that the tour by George only gives 8.00 am as the earliest time, he was more than happy to pick us up at 6.30 am. He was highly informative about the history of the route to Fallingwater and about Fallingwater itself, which was a nice appetizer for the in-depth tour at the house. George was also very friendly and helpful generally. I would highly recommend him as your guide.
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.
Steven DevolUnited States
People with a passion for their city and history make the best guides. George is a perfect example. He's very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He doesn't just string facts together, he gives them meaning and context and draws the big picture. He caters the tour to your interests and fills the time with much detail and color. Many visual aids. We highly recommend him!
William McCullochCleveland, OH, United States
George's tour "Fire in the Valley" was just great. Very informative and he tailored our tour to include showing us where my grandfather lived and worked in Homestead Park, Munhall, and the Edgar Thomson Works. Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in learning more of Pittsburgh and it's steel making past. Thanks George!