Welcome to Pittsburgh! What do you want to do first? Not sure yet? Well what about plans for tomorrow? …Well you still have time to decide… Where are you staying? You haven't booked a hotel yet?!?!
Ask anyone who has visited Pittsburgh if they have ever been to Mt. Washington, and they show you the photos that they took of the iconic Pittsburgh skyline.
It just wouldn't be a trip to Pittsburgh without riding one of the two famous inclines! The most exciting route to the top of Mt. Washington is aboard the Monongahela Incline or the Duquesne Incline, and the view at the top will take your breath away! Find out how to ride.
If you work up an appetite while looking down at the skyscrapers, turn around and prepare to treat your taste buds.
Spending a morning in Mt. Washington means having an awesome breakfast or brunch! The Shiloh Grill will likely be the first restaurant that you see as you arrive on the Monongahela incline. Beyond offering a quirky menu and delicious cocktails, the Shiloh is known for it's delicious brunch buffet offering. If a breakfast-all-day diner is more your style, check out Micro Diner.
Find a midday break at Cafe Cravings, where you can sip gourmet coffees and teas and munch on deli sandwiches. Or, grab a quick bite at Packs & Dogs, which offers an array of unique hot dogs. Try the Golden Retriever - you won't regret it!
There are, of course, plenty of dinner options at the top of the Mount, ranging from fine dining options, to low key neighborhood spots. Bigham Tavern is a neighborhood spot known for its hot wings, and Redbeard's Bar & Grill is great place to catch a game. Fine dining options include the popular Monterey Bay Fish Grott, LeMont, and Altius
Mt. Washington is super walkable, and filled with interesting sites and green space.
Emerald View Park connects three historic Pittsburgh parks: Olympia Park, Mount Washington Park and Grandview Park. Each offer lots of hiking opportunities, dog parks, playgrounds, and spectacular views.
Be sure to stop by the hidden gem that is Jim West's Point of View sculpture depicting George Washington and Seneca leader, Guyasuta. And, nearby is another National Historic Landmark. Regarded as a great example of design and function, Chatham Village is a beautiful little neighborhood worth checking out. The quaint community was built in the 1930s and continues to offer its residents a feeling of tranquility not far from the noise and excitement of downtown Pittsburgh.
Next time you're in Pittsburgh, don't miss out on venturing deeper into the Mount. And while you're here, enjoy a little exercise, fresh air, and a few more good meals along the way.
Previously a lifelong resident of south central PA, Scott Hershberger has a deep passion for his new hometown of Pittsburgh. He particularly enjoys cheering on the city’s sport teams, exploring attractions with his family and attempting to eat at every restaurant in Allegheny County.