This blog is a continuation of our Must See Views series by Dave! Please be sure to also check out the first and second installments of this series so that you can replicate all of these views for yourself.
Mt. Washington's Grandview Park
The Allentown neighborhood's Grandview Park is a great place to see the Pittsburgh skyline, with sweeping vistas of Downtown and Oakland.
Station Square has a great view of the skyline, complete with an elevated viewing area. In fact, you'll often see our next vantage point from this point of view, as you can in the photo above.
From the Gateway Clipper
The Gateway Clipper Fleet sets sail from Station Square, and the journeys on their boats provide an intimate look at the skyline from the Three Rivers. If you are looking for a great date night, look no further than grabbing dinner and heading out on a Gateway Clipper sightseeing tour.
There are a number of overlooks heading up into the Troy Hill neighborhood of the city, though, true to its name, Vista Street offers one of my favorites. There are a number of excellent views of the city as you ascend the hills of the city's North Side neighborhoods.
The neighborhood of Fineview certainly lives up to its name. The neighborhood's scenic overlook offers one of the least obstructed views of the city skyline. The large building in the foreground is Allegheny General Hospital.
The city's most famous skyline view comes from PNC Park. TV commentators and national audiences marvel at the views seen at the ballpark. When you run into baseball fans from other cities, they always comment about how amazing the ballpark is, and that seeing a game in Pittsburgh has long been a bucket list item for them.
It is not hard to see why this ballpark is frequently voted as the nation's most beautiful ballpark. It is always a pleasure seeing the sun dip and the skyline transform at the ballpark on a hot summer night. Just beyond the outfield, you can see the Gateway Clipper floating by. They run ferries to and from their docks at Station Square as a transportation option to the ballpark.
Mary Monument, or "Shrine of the Blessed Mother, Our Lady of the Parkway"
South Oakland's Mary Monument overlooks a busy section of the Parkway East, AKA Interstate 376. This site also overlooks the Pittsburgh Technology Center that sits on what was once the sprawling J&L Steel Plant.
Several rumors exist as to why this was erected. One story says that the shrine was erected there after a deadly accident on the Parkway, which ended in this spot heading from downtown, prior to completion. Another story of its origin mentions a steelworker having a vision during a lunch break during a long shift at the old J&L Steel Plant. The family that erected the little parklet area does not mind you going into their backyard and checking it out. They have even set up some benches and a small altar at the site and excellent views of the city can be seen from this location.