February 14-16, 2014
A major metropolitan area, Pittsburgh has plenty of wonderful attractions to make your visit memorable. While in Pittsburgh, we encourage you to set aside some time to take in the city sights. Pittsburgh boasts incredible outdoor adventures, professional sports, historical sites and some of the country's finest architecture and cultural attractions. Don't miss Pittsburgh's incredible selection of museums, from the expansive Carnegie Museum of Art to the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh offers activities to satisfy any travelers interest.
Things to Do
- To experience breathtaking views of the Pittsburgh's downtown make your way up Mt. Washington aboard the historic Monongahela or Duquesne inclines. Take a stroll down Grandview Avenue and stop in for a bite at any one of the restaurants overlooking downtown. You'll soon figure out why USA Weekend says this view is one of the top 10 most beautiful spots in America.
- Get a feel for Pittsburgh's unique landscape and historical significance by joining any one (or all) of these unique city tours. Just Ducky Tours give you a view of Pittsburgh from land and water aboard a World War II amphibious vehicle. Take a Gateway Clipper riverboat tour or Coach USA Daily Trolley Historic, Heritage Neighborhood & Sports Sightseeing Tours. For the more daring, "glide" through downtown on a Segway with your Segway in Paradise guide! You can also hop on and off the authentic London Double Decker Tour Bus making stops all around town.
- Find the pulse of the Pittsburgh region at the Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District. This Smithsonian affiliate uniquely showcases American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection. Learn how immigrants shaped our region, how an underground railroad ran through it, and how Bingo and Big Macs were born here. Plus, Pittsburgh's incomparable sports legacy comes to life at the Sports Museum, right inside the History Center.
- Did you know that Pittsburgh is home to The Andy Warhol Museum, dedicated to the pop art icon and Pittsburgh native? This seven-story museum is no more than 15-minute walk of fame across the Andy Warhol Bridge (7th Street Bridge). Need more pop art? Don't miss the ToonSeum in the heart of downtown.
- There's more culture packed into the 14-block Pittsburgh Cultural District than you can imagine! Take a self-guided Public Art Tour and discover magnolia trees that never wither, count the number of bridges that make up the Pittsburgh Transformer or sit on a sculpture that looks like an eyeball!
- There's no better way to discover Pittsburgh's ethnic diversity than a 'Burgh Bits + Bites tour of the Strip District. Explore Pittsburgh's historic market district with this behind-the-counter tour and sample an array of pastries, cheeses and more! While in the Strip District stop by the original Primanti Bros., home to the "Almost Famous" fries-and-coleslaw-on-the-inside sandwich. Grab the Pitts-Burgher Cheese Steak (#2 Best Seller) before heading home, we'll guarantee you won't be hungry until you get there!
- To make most of your time in Pittsburgh, stop by the WELCOME Pittsburgh Information Center and Gift Shop to pick up maps, guides and souvenirs and have our knowledgeable staff answer all of your questions and point you in the right direction.
Outdoor Adventure in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh!
Wrapped in rivers, intertwined with trails and packed with parks, Pittsburgh is popping with active possibilities. Bike, walk or rollerblade miles of riverfront trails, soaking in fantastic urban views. Bicycle rentals are available along the trail. Guided hikes offer another way to see the city. Pittsburgh boasts a lush and diverse landscape and is filled with endless recreational opportunities for every outdoor enthusiast, including:
- Explore the city's trails on two wheels (or two feet). The Three Rivers Heritage Trail System is a wonderful pedestrian system running for 24 miles along both sides of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers - an almost complete public route for cyclists, walkers and runners.
- Renting a bike is easy at Golden Triangle Bike Rental with their main location on the Eliza Furnace Trail. Hourly and daily rentals are available for the entire family. All rentals include a helmet, bike lock and self-guided trail map.
Kayak Pittsburgh offers the unique opportunity to cast off in a kayak from the North Shore with and see a skyscraper rise above the river.
- Take a hike through our nearly 2,000 acres of urban parks: Point State Park, Emerald View, Frick, Highland, Riverview and Schenley.
Venture Outdoors makes it easy for people to get outside! Offering over 500 public programs including kayaking, hiking, biking, fishing and so much more
- If your wanderlust reaches beyond the city limits, head off on the 325-mile Great Allegheny Passage, which will soon begin at Pittsburgh's Point State Park and link with the C&O Canal Towpath that takes you all the way to our nation's capital!
Download the Official Guide for Pennsylvania State Parks & Forests Appa for iPhone and Android before setting off on your visit to Pittsburgh and Its Countryside.
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