Instagram-Worthy Spots in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is photo-worthy, but what are the top spots to snap a selfie?

In Pittsburgh, there is no shortage of scenic backdrops for you to enjoy. No matter where you are in the city, there are Instagram-worthy pictures to grab. Here are the top places to Instagram when you're in the Burgh.

Fort Pitt Tunnel View

When you're approaching Pittsburgh from the South, you'll want to go through the Fort Pitt tunnel. Why? The view on the other side. Get your passengers ready and roll down the windows because when you exit the tunnel, you'll see one of the best views of the skyline. This view is even worth the traffic.

Why is this shot so Instagram-worthy? This view has been featured on the big screen in the movie Perks of Being a Wallflower!

Rooftop Bars

Pittsburgh has many rooftop bars to take advantage of. Get an Instagram-ready shot with your fancy cocktail overlooking the city from various spots. Find these Instagrammable locations at the Biergarten at Hotel Monaco, Il Tetto in the Cultural District, Level 7 near the convention center, and Terrace on Fifth near the PPG Paints Arena. Even when Pittsburgh's weather is less than favorable, most of these rooftops are well equipped and still accessible. 

Market Square

Find the unlimited Insta-worthy spots in and around Market Square in  Downtown Pittsburgh. This location is filled with restaurants, coffee shops, art, and scenic architecture to fill your feed. The square is decorated with hanging lights and has pretty backdrops no matter which way you point your phone. We recommend picking up a local coffee to feature in your snap.

Schenley Park

If you're in the mood for a stroll or a visit to our local botanical garden, Schenley Park is full of artsy shots. Flagstaff Hill sits right across from Phipps Conservatory giving you the perfect long distance view of the skyline and Oakland's famous Cathedral of Learning. There are also trails that run through the park with creeks, train tracks, and tunnels that make the perfect photo opportunities. 

Mount Washington Overlooks

The best view of Pittsburgh is just up Mt. Washington. You'll get a clear shot of the skyline, the point, North Shore, and of course the three rivers. There is no better place to see the city of bridges from up on the overlooks. You can find multiple overlooks around Mt. Washington but our favorite view is from the one on Grand View Ave.

*Bonus tip: Take the incline up from Station Square to get pictures on the way up the mount. 

Strip District

Pittsburgh history runs up and down Penn Ave through the Strip District. There are so many Instagram-worthy shots to grab, it will be hard to pick just one. We love the historic architecture of the local merchants that have been a part of Pittsburgh for years. Snap a picture of the local food, shops, and street vendors to have a true Pittsburgher's feed.

Hot Metal Bridge

Head over to the pedestrian-friendly Hot Metal Bridge just east of the city to grab a panoramic photo of the river and skyline. You might be so lucky to catch a barge passing through, too! The bridge itself is a unique and modern landscape for passersby to grab an artsy selfie. One side of the bridge will lead you to Pittsburgh's most visited street for night-life, while the other side will put you out on an aesthetic bike path that runs across the city. 

North Shore Stadiums

In almost every season, you can head over to the North Shore to enjoy a game or an event at one of the stadiums. PNC Park and Heinz Field are right on the river and within walking distance of each other. The best part is that they are across the river giving visitors a perfect shot of the point and skyline. This is the perfect way to incorporate Pittsburgh's black and gold into your timeline. 

PGH Museums

On a rainy Pittsburgh day, you may find yourself in one of Pittsburgh's many museums (a perfect spot for an Instagram photoshoot). The infamous Andy Warhol red velvet couch is one of our favorite photo ops. It wouldn't be a trip to the Warhol without striking this popular pose. A few of our other favorite places to grab a photo are: The Mattress Factory, Heinz History Center, and the Carnegie Science Center.
 
*Bonus tip: Be sure to check out the micro-museum located in the North Side called Randyland. This small but vibrant walk-through courtyard has an eclectic charm to brighten up your album.