Last week, my son and I visited Pittsburgh on a hosted trip with Visit Pittsburgh. I brought along my DSLR, but got to the point where I didn’t want to carry it during our adventures (that camera can be very heavy by the end of the day). I decided to see how many great photos I could get using only my iPhone, and of course put them all on Instagram.
The best part of Instagramming your vacation? At the end, you’ve got a full photographic diary of your trip! My son and I enjoyed showing my Instagram stream to my husband and daughter – we really got some great shots! Even if you don’t have a social network built up on Instagram, I still recommend using it to document your travel.
Here are my favorite photos from the trip:
We started out at the USAirways Club in Boston Logan Airport. My son got a hot chocolate, and we headed out to our flight!
On our first evening, we ate at the Hofbrauhaus in Pittsburgh. I actually went to the original Hofbrauhaus in Munich Germany back in 1990 on a high school field trip, so this brought back so many memories.
The next morning, we went to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. My son and I especially loved this snow leopard, who was so peacefully sleeping by the glass window.
We also stopped to photograph this starfish at the aquarium. He (or she?) was attached to the side of the glass.
Our behind the scenes tour of the zoo brought us up close and personal to this female tiger. But not that close – this photo has been cropped!
After the zoo, we went to the Carnegie Science Center where my son and I were fascinated by these huge model railroad. He’d probably still be standing there staring at it if I didn’t move him along.
This WWII era submarine is also part of the science center.
That night, we went to a Pittsburgh Pirates game, where we were treated to a visit by the Pirate Parrot, the mascot of the Pirates. My son originally didn’t want to pose with him, but when we agreed, the parrot scooped him up!
We loved visiting PNC Park, which is almost the same size as Fenway Park, but completely different.
The park is adjacent to the river, so I was able to get these two gorgeous shots of the city at night. Both were taken with the regular iPhone camera, and no filters have been applied.
The next (rainy) morning, we visited the Duquesne Incline, which has been in operation since 1877. Original used primarily by commuters, it’s now visited by tourists looking for a beautiful view of the city.
And finally, after an exhausting 3 days, we touched down at Boston’s Logan Airport.
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