This was our second trip with Phil and as great as the first. Phil is prompt, flexible, reliable, friendly and a wealth of local knowledge. We would highly recommend and definitely use his service in the future. Thanks again Phil.
Robert F.Greenville, SC, United States
Today Phil took us from the Priory Hotel in Pittsburgh to a much anticipated destination - we were not disappointed! He got us safely there without too much chatter so that we could enjoy the drive and the anticipation. We were thrilled to be at Fallingwater! The tour there was great too. Afterwards he took us to places we were interested (old steel mills) and showed a good number of sights and views around Pittsburgh. Will recommend! (Looking at phone although briefly while driving was our only concern)
Ying L.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the 5-star rating, Ying! Keep in touch! Phil
Katherine Pakieser-ReedUnited States
Phil was an amazing tour guide. He was a great resource about what to do in Pittsburgh even before we arrived. On the day of the tour, he coordinated new tour times when we (my group, not him) were running late....and even pointed out sites that we would have missed. Would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a tour guide!
Hila RosenUnited States
Phil Is quite knowledgeable, as well as generous with what he knows. Our Fallingwater and Pittsburgh tour was thoroughly enjoyable, filled with interesting neighborhoods, a stop at the Cathedral of Learning, and certainly, Fallingwater.
Amisha KistanSouth Africa
Amy SelwynUnited States
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.
Finding Falling Water and nearby Kentuk Knob would be difficult. There are few road signs. Going with Phil was great. He provided useful background info on the way and got us there before the crowds arrived. We thoroughly recommend his tour.
Yu Szu ChangTaiwan
Kathryn HiesingerUnited States
Phil is simply the best guide I've ever had - helpful, deeply knowledgeable, friendly, and generous with his time and expertise. He provided more background information on Falling Water than the tour there gave and was very much better informed than the guide at Kentuck Knob. Many, many thanks, Tours by Locals and Phil!
Everything was perfect, Phil was right on time early in the morning, drove very carefully, was thoughtful and very patient. I recommend his tour without any hesitation.
Phil was punctual and not only got us to Fallingwater but provided us with a running commentary during our drive. He was pleasant company and most accommodating.
Our tour to Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob was one of the highlights of our lives. We knew the houses were special already. Our driver and guide, Phil, enhanced our experience with his considerable knowledge of the area and it's history. His driving was very safe, he was great company and he gave us many tips on how to get the most out of our time in Pittsburgh.
Holly FunderburkUnited States
This is THE way to do Fallingwater. No worries, just let Phil do all the work and just sit back and relax while he takes excellent care of you. Phil was knowledgeable about the area and the tours and made sure we were where we needed to be when we needed to be there. There were three of us ladies, and we always felt comfortable and safe. In fact, a couple of us even napped a little on the way back to Pittsburgh. We highly recommend taking advantage of this wonderful service!
Elvie GieszlUnited States
Extremely efficient operation. Timely and cooperative driver/guide. Made great suggestions as to which time of day to take the tour and to add the Kentuck Knob tour to our agenda to see Falling Waters. Would highly recommend Tours by Locals.
We had the best day, Phil was especially great; very knowledgeable and informative. Phil even suggested an extra stop at the famous river/white Rapids. Thanks again for making the pilgrimage of a lifetime so wonderful....highly recommended.
Fabulous from start to finish. Thank you, Phil.
the tour was great phil is good person Very patient, waiting for me while I was taking my photos jaa , thanks very much phil for the tour had a relax moment in the falling water, kentuckknop and city tour , 100% recomended
We were very satisfied with Phil who took us to Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water and Kentuck Knob houses. We were picked up on time at our hotel, and we arrived on time before the influx of other tourists. He even took us on a sidetrip to a very scenic river in ohiopyle. For that we were very grateful as it was not part of the itinerary. Phil is a very reliable guide and we rate him at 5 stars. We will surely recommend him and tours by locals to our friends planning to visit Pittsburgh!
Catherine PeponisUnited States
I could not have asked for a better guide. He came on time and the drive was very pleasant and interesting. Phil talked about the area and its history. There was a mix-up in the Falling Water booking and Phil helped to straighten it out. He explained where to have lunch and we were then off to Kentuck Knob. On the return home he gave me a quick tour of Pittsburgh and explained buildings of interest. Thank you very much for providing this service and an excellent guide. Catherine Peponis
Ritu SehgalUnited States
Phil was a wonderful guide - took his tour to Fallingwater, which he then modified to go to the Flight 93 memorial instead of Kentuck Knob. Phil is knowledgeable about the area and answered many questions on the drive. He was also very patient, allowing me the time I wanted at the memorial. Then he was kind enough to drop me at the airport for the trip home. All in all, it was a great day visiting the area.
Very safe & professional and knowledgable. Transportation to and from Fallingwater.
We found Phil to be a little disappointing compared to other tour guides we have experienced. He did not live up to previous reviews. He lacked the enthusiasm to talk to us. There wasn't much commentary which left us wondering what the significance of some places were. His driving was worrisome and he frequently veered across lanes and toward the centre barricade. We wondered if he had a hangover. Despite this we had a lovely day visiting Falling water. I would not travel with him again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I apologize for not informing you beforehand that I was on medication and not feeling "up to snuff" that day. I'm glad you enjoyed Fallingwater. Phil
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: This traveler has been given a credit towards a future tour as compensation for her poor experience.
We could get a wounderful time in Fallingwater. Thank you very much.
Phil is a very knowledgeable local, so he is able to add interesting pieces of information about Pittsburgh that you didn't know you didn't know. For our trip to Falling Water and Kentuck Knob, Phil's was a most efficient service. He advised us which tour to book for to avoid the crowds and the buses, enhancing our experience considerably.
Ron TateUnited Kingdom
A great experience helped by pre tour advice from our guide as well as his friendly and informative guidance on the day.
Lovely to see Fallingwater. The guide was punctual and informative. He was also very helpful,I forgot my phone in the car and he came to return it as well. He was also willing to take us on other tours. Overall Great experience!
Sandra CraigUnited States
Phil was our guide in Pittsburgh. We went to Falling Water and then had a city tour of Pittsburgh in the afternoon. My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the day. Phil picked us up on time. It was a 1 1/2 hour trek there. Falling Water was awesome. When we returned to Pittsburgh we felt we had a thorough tour of the city. We went inside a few buildings that were interesting. Ethnic classrooms, pretty churches, one with Tiffany glass windows. Also went to the top of one of the inclines for the view
Phil was informed, had a great mannerism and in addition to Falling water showed me some historic sites in Pittsburgh that demonstrated a thorough understanding of the history of the area. Thanks Phil!
Josephine C.London, United Kingdom
Phil arrived promptly and was very knowledgeable about Pittsburgh, it's history and interesting places. Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob are must sees if you are in the area. The downside of the tour was the condition of Phil's car, it had a cracked windscreen and several dents, which I think is unacceptable for a professional guide. I also found Phil's driving very scary at times.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I appreciate your comments about the tour itself, I'm glad you enjoyed it! I describe my car on my tour page as being 10 years old with a lot of mileage, but still passes inspection, even with the dents and scrapes. The windshield is scheduled to to be replaced this week.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: The traveler was partially compensated for the experience. As well, the guide has replaced his windshield.
Friendly, knowledgeable, prompt. Took the stress out of travelling. It was a great day with extra information about Pittsburg's history. Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob are must sees for this part of US.
This tour is top class. Phil knows his stuff and operates as a professional. He recommended a second FLW house tour close by which potentiated the overall experience. A round off visit to a church near my hotel to see wonderful Lalique stained glass was a great finish.
Mariko SuzukiUnited States
Although the morning weather was unexpectedly bad because of unexpected snow storm, Phil tried to drive to Fallingwater in time for 8:45 In Depth tour. We were 10 minutes late but other visitors in my tour were also late because of the bad weather. So luckily I could enjoy the tour. Phil explained me not only about Fallingwater background but also about Pittsburgh. After the tour, he drove me around the city and showed me the beautiful view of the city and landmarks. This was a memorable trip to me.
Kohei OmoriUnited States
We had Phil's tour yesterday(8/17). The rate is 5 out of 5. We really appreciate his hospitality, kindness and knowledge. He is an excellent guide. Thanks, Kohei O.
Tony NapierUnited Kingdom
We had a great trip with Phil to Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob - Phil was punctual, and we arrived in plenty of time for our tour. Phil filled us in with plenty of background knowledge for Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, and drove back through some of the suburbs of Pittsburgh, explaining the history of the various areas - all in all a lovely day out
We were visiting Pittsburgh from Australia and were so lucky to have Phil, an impeccable professional, as our guide. Our first stop was Fallingwater and his advice to book the first tour was invaluable, as was his knowledgeable conversation on the trip there and back. Phil has great people skills, and his suggestions for what else might interest us in Pittsburgh were 100% spot on, so we had both a very memorable day with him but also a fantastic holiday in Pittsburgh. Sincere thanks, Phil
Rosari BirminghamUnited States
We were very thrilled to have Phil J. as our tour guide while in the Pittsburgh area. Communicating with Phil prior to our arrival was easy, and he always emailed us back in a timely manner. Arriving at our hotel on time, we were off for our trip to Fallingwater. His knowledge and expertise of the area was most impressive. On our return to the city, he took us around to some of the important, architecturally important neighborhoods and also, made a few personal stops for us. We highly recommend Phil J.
Anne GibbsUnited States
Excellent tour, saw all I wanted & more. Phil was a great guide, very patience & knowledgeable. Thanks Phil & Tours By Locals
Julia RoperUnited States
I was completely delighted with my day tour to Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, with a survey of Pittsburgh sites. Mr. J. was courteous, helpful, and very knowledgeable and made it possible for me to experience the beautiful Wright buildings in depth and comfort.
Lap NguyenUnited States
Phil was an excellent guide. The route to Fallingwater is not clearly marked and not GPS-friendly but Phil dropped me off right on time. I would recommend the first tour of the day as it allows for picture taking and has fewer participants. There was plenty of time left and Phil gave me a tour of the Pittsburgh neighborhoods. The streets were tricky to navigate and again Phil was a real trooper. It was a VIP experience and, best of all, it made me want to come back for more. Thanks Phil!