When Conde Nast Traveler named Pittsburgh "one of the nation's most underrated cities," it was a major clue that a city once known for its bustling steel industry had become a hot travel destination. With much to explore, I've compiled a short list of some quirky sights to see and places to visit in Pittsburgh.
Randyland is a colorful treasure located in the Mexican War Streets section of the NorthSide that has become a major attraction for visitors from around the world. It's a box of Crayons and Alice in Wonderland in one as well as the home of artist Randy Gilson. When you visit Randyland, you enter a world where your inner child comes to life. It's pure joy! The Randyland courtyard located at 1501 Arch St. is open almost everyday between 10:00am and 7:00pm.
Trundle Manor specializes in "dead things in jars," according to its website. On the outside, Trundle Manor seems like any other house on the outside – only if you ignore the coffins that are on the lawn and don't go inside. The inside is filled with a collection of taxidermy, steampunk sculptures and various oddities. Tours of Trundle Manor are by appointment only. Call 412-916-5544 to arrange a visit.
Known locally as 'The Point,' it's said that West End Overlook was once a lookout point for Native American tribes who would survey their settlements from the top of the peak. It commands a view of where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers meet to form the Ohio River. It's also a great spot to catch the sunrise with a loved one and snap a pic for Instagram! If you're looking for more must-see Pittsburgh views, check out our blog series!
Located just outside the Pittsburgh city limits, Carrie Furnace was once part of the Homestead Steel Works. The two furnaces that make up the site were built in 1907 and ran until 1978. There is much to see including an Iron Garden, Art Exhibits, and a 45-feet tall deer made from pipes and other materials on site known as the "Carrie Deer". Tours of the Carrie Furnaces take 1.5-2 hours beginning in May through October are often led by former steel workers.
Exploring the Nationality Rooms at the Cathedral of Learning is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. It's a collection of 30 classrooms in the University of Pittsburgh depicting and donated by the ethnic groups that helped build the city. The rooms are decorated to reflect their different cultures and are truly a sight to see. The nationality rooms are available for public tours.
Art lovers - head to The Andy Warhol Museum! Visitors are able to explore galleries of Andy Warhol's inspiring and influential work and join artist educators in The Factory, the museum's art studio, to learn about some of Andy Warhol's signature art-making techniques.