• Great Allegheny Passage Earns Honors

     
    POSTED May 4, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Paul Weigman
  • Great Allegheny Passage Earns Honors

     
    POSTED May 4, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Paul Weigman

Pittsburgh may be known as The Steel City, but it has plenty of greenery, too, and opportunities for groups attending meetings here to get out in nature. The Pittsburgh CVB, which has the tagline “Only in Pittsburgh,” has proudly shared the news that the Great Allegany Passage was named a winner in the 2022 USA Today “10Best Readers’ Choice” travel award contest for “best recreational trail.” 

Locally known as the GAP trail, the CVB shared, this 150-mile, non-motorized path connects to the C&O Canal Towpath, leading visitors from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. It begins and ends at Point State Park, marked by a bronze medallion next to the famous fountain at the park’s triangular tip. 

The nearly flat GAP trail provides outdoor enthusiasts with a gentle grade and smooth surface, as well as spectacular views of Southwest Pennsylvania. Plus, riders and hikers travel through charming trail towns and near National Landmarks, such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater.  

“Pittsburgh is an area resplendent with green space, with unique outdoor adventures around every bend,” said VisitPITTSBURGH Chief Marketing Officer Susan Klein. “The Great Allegheny Passage is certainly a can’t-miss experience when visiting Pittsburgh. Whether you want to take on the entire trail or rent a bicycle for a leisurely ride, the GAP trail offers visitors a unique, memorable way to explore our great region.” 

Visitors can explore the GAP trail on their own or with a group through Golden Triangle Bike Rental, which offers trip planning, itineraries, bike rentals, luggage transfer, transportation and more. Learn more at VisitPITTSBURGH.com.

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Doreen Guerin grew up an Air Force brat, living in Texas, Louisiana, and later England and France. When she was 13, her parents moved to Queens and, Guerin says, “I’m a New Yorker through and through.” That’s apparent from her accent as well as her dedication to the Javits Center, where, as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, she oversees the booking and event-related operations for more than 170 events each year. 

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If you want to be sure your meeting in the Northeast will strengthen team bonds, consider holding it at Cliff House Maine. Nestled on 70 acres atop Bald Head Cliff on the southern coast of Maine, the luxury property offers 226 guest rooms, including 40 suites, an adjacent 18-hole golf course, and 25,000 square feet of conference and meeting space that can accommodate up to 300 attendees. Venues include the Atlantic Ballroom, with its double-height panoramic windows offering endless views of the Atlantic Ocean.