However, we also highly recommend the Sheraton
at Station Square (left) for lodging while visiting Kennywood.
It is still close to Kennywood, an easy drive straight out Carson Street
which becomes 8th Avenue and turns into the KW parking lot. There are
no turnoffs, no traffic backups and several gas stations en route. Between
Kennywood and the Sheraton are two dozen good restaurants and around the
Sheraton in the plaza called Station Square are another 10. Station Square
is right off the Parkway, which we recommend as the best route into town.
If you have time, Station Square is right across the bridge from The Golden
Triangle (downtown Pittsburgh) and across another bridge from the Pirates
and Steelers home stadiums. Station Square is the transportation hub of
Pittsburgh. Two inclines (shown left and right at top) climb Mt. Washington
behind the hotel. You can ride one up, walk a mile along the top with
its scenic overlooks and trendy restaurants, and ride the other one back
down. Trolleys head out into the South Hills and the subway takes you
across the river into the central city. Paddlewheel riverboats run tours
of the three rivers every few hours. Buses stop right in front of Station
Square en route to every part of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. So your
stay at the Sheraton can be a base for sampling every kind of mass transit
Pittsburgh offers. It also offers an indoor pool, exercise facility and
its own fine restaurant. If you were planning a Kennywood trip over the
Fourth of July, the Sheraton offers the best vantage point for watching
the Pittsburgh display, which is launched right across the water.