We connected with one of our favorite Pittsburgh photographers to get his take on 9 of the most stunning views in Pittsburgh. If these photos - all taken by Dave DiCello - don't make you want to explore the city, we don't know what will!
Mt. Washington, located just above the south shore of the Monongahela River is consistently mentioned by National Geographic as one of the most beautiful scenes in the world. Along Grandview Avenue, which runs parallel to the river, there are four overlooks on which you can admire the city. If one of them is too crowded, just head on to the next one. You can also make your down to both sides. One provides a straight on view of the city, one has a bit of an angle.
Location: Mt. Washington
Times: Early morning, before 7:00 and any time after 6:00. Night time is a must.
Parking: Plenty of metered parking along Grandview Ave., and free side street parking
West End Overlook
Similar to Mt. Washington, the West End Overlook provides an exceptional view of the city. The slight difference is that it is located farther down the river and actually is situated above the Ohio River, which is formed by the Allegheny and aforementioned Monongahela. You can get a great view of all three rivers from here and a straight on shot of the city from the view of Point State Park.
Location: Elliott, a suburb of Pittsburgh
Times: Same as Mt. Washington
Parking: Free street parking around the park area
The North Shore, located just over the Roberto Clemente Bridge from downtown Pittsburgh is one of my favorite places to shoot. First off, it houses two of the city's three professional sports stadiums in PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates) and Heinz Field (Pittsburgh Steelers). Both are new, unique stadiums that look good from any angle. As a bonus, there are statues all around the stadiums. At PNC Park, you have statues of Pirates legends Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell and Bill Mazeroski. At Heinz Field you have the Chief, Art Rooney. Down along the Riverwalk also affords some outstanding views of the Pittsburgh skyline.
Location: Over either the Ft. Duquesne Bridge or the Roberto Clemente Bridge
Times: Anytime is a great time!
Parking: Plenty of street parking, both metered and free, as well as free parking in the casino
The Fountain at Point State Park
The fountain, which tops out at 150 feet high when at its top most point, is a draw for Pittsburghers of all ages. Some take pictures, some dip their feet in and some - mostly little kids - use it as a swimming pool. At night the lighting on it is stunning, and it's just as beautiful during the day. Even when the fountain is off, the pool provides beautiful reflections of the Pittsburgh skyline, which you can see above. It is only operational, however, from spring until the end of autumn.
Location: Point State Park, Pittsburgh
Times: Fountain turns on at about 7:00 a.m. and stays on until 11:00
Parking: Street parking around the Point
Hot Metal Bridge
The Hot Metal Bridge in the South Side of Pittsburgh offers a unique view of the city above the Monongahela River. With the newly renovated South Side Works Waterfront glowing in the foreground and the river bending as it makes its way into the city, the bridge is a perfect place to take in a sunset.
Location: South Side Works
Times: Sunset is a must
Parking: Metered and garage parking
Duquesne Incline Station
The classic view of Pittsburgh from the Duquesne Incline Station is by far one of my favorite views of the city. With the red cars climbing up and down the hill, the fountain glowing at night, and the skyline stretching up both rivers, it really is a must-see view when in the city!
Located on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh is the iconic Cathedral of Learning, 42 stories tall with a wealth of photographic opportunities. Whether you want to roam the first three floors and check out some of the country themed classrooms (only these rooms permit photography) like Austria and India or choose to head up to the 36th floor to the Honor's College to capture the Pittsburgh and Oakland skyline, there is something for everyone. Of course you shouldn't leave without making sure to capture the towering structure from outside as well.
Location: Oakland, on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus
Times: Early morning, late evening
Parking: Metered parking around the campus, some free parking on side streets
Smithfield St. Bridge
One of the most beautiful bridges in the city, the Smithfield St. Bridge, offers both a stunning view of the city along with the incredible architecture of the bridge itself. With its spires and infinity design, seeing cars streak under its ornate design is sure to be a view to remember.
Location: Station Square
Times: Bridges turns on at dusk
Parking: Metered and garage parking
A view that doesn't get as much attention as some of the others on this list, but is equally as beautiful, is the one from Grandview Park. Located on Bailey Avenue in Pittsburgh's Allentown neighborhood, this vantage point gives you a view of the city, CONSOL Energy Center, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the South Side Flats. In the distance you can even see the Cathedral of Learning on Pitt's campus.
Dave is a born and raised Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer who also shoots the city he loves with a modern, artistic, and personal style. He's been been published in Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Business Times, Landmarks Magazine, Western Pennsylvania Magazine and the Lonely Planet Travel Magazine. Learn more about Dave and see his stunning photos on his website.