Pittsburgh is a city with a hometown feel that is as historic as it is quirky.
You’ll quickly find that there is no shortage of interesting and engaging attractions, activities and fun – even in the winter! But before you head out for a day of exploring, here are a few suggestions from some in-the-know Pittsburghers.
Pittsburgh is home to The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. Did you know that the famed advertising creative turned visual artist and originator of the pop art movement, was a Pittsburgh native? An international draw to the city, this museum can be found on Pittsburgh’s North Shore just at the end of the Andy Warhol Bridge, also referred to as the Seventh Street Bridge. There you’ll find seven floors dedicated to the life and legacy of a true Pittsburgh icon, including interactive exhibits, a café and gift shop, and plenty of soup cans.
One of the most notable features of the Pittsburgh skyline is, of course, the Duquesne Incline. This iconic and historic funicular is one of the few left in the country and operates as a form of transportation up and down Mount Washington as well as a unique sightseeing opportunity for tourists. The view from the top of Mount Washington has been named one of the “10 Most Beautiful Views in America,” according to USA Today, and with good reason. The natural beauty of the region is perfectly highlighted with bright yellow bridges that connect all parts of the city, the fountain at the aptly named Point and several note-worthy sky scrapers.
Two of Pittsburgh’s four prestigious Carnegie Museums conveniently share a building in the Oakland neighborhood. The Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History are an absolute must for any Pittsburgh visit. Not only can you explore more than 30,000 pieces of traditional and contemporary art ranging from paintings and sculptures to video and digital imagery, but you can also check out a large and diverse collection of artifacts, objects and scientific specimens.
Home to the Pittsburgh Pirates, PNC Park is a beautiful venue located on the North Shore of the Allegheny River. It is one of the country’s smallest ballparks, but it’s designed to leave an impression. The skyline view from home plate is spectacular and is viewable from almost any seat in the park. The Pirates’ deep roots in the city’s sports history have a clear influence on the design, while the progressive and forward-thinking Pittsburgh character guides the player and fan experience.
Pittsburgh is home to a vibrant arts and entertainment scene that includes world-class performing arts venues, one-of-a-kind restaurants and interesting and diverse art galleries. The 14-square-block Cultural District hosts major Pittsburgh events including Gallery Crawls, Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival and Pittsburgh Pride Festival. Not to mention the superb theatrical programming ranging from traveling Broadway productions to experimental, seldom-seen and original works. Take a walk in the Cultural District and you’re sure to stumble across something magical.
Renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed this popular building as a home for Pittsburgh native Edgar J. Kauffmann, Sr. The building, which now serves as a museum and a National Historic Landmark, is a gorgeous ode to Wright’s philosophy of organic architecture and harmony that exists between art and nature. If you’ve never seen Fallingwater, it is certainly worth the trip. Take a tour and be sure to get a lot of photos at this one-of-a-kind attraction.
You’ve probably noticed that Pittsburgh’s location within Western Pennsylvania is as intriguing as it is beautiful. Locals and visitors alike love exploring the diverse nature that can be found in any direction you travel. Pittsburgh is home to a seemingly endless supply of parks, with just some of the most notable being Point State Park, Schenley Park, Frick Park, Riverview Park and Highland Park. All of these parks offer unique trail experiences and scenic beauty.
Pittsburgh is made up of 90 neighborhoods, each one boasting its own unique charm. Every neighborhood guarantees the perfect place for you to shop, dine, hang out and explore. From the hip and trendy to quiet and secluded and everything in between, the perfect neighborhoods are waiting to be discovered. You'll also love the culture and the friendly feel Pittsburgh's neighborhoods and their residents have to offer. The rich history of the city has shaped these neighborhoods into their own distinct personalities.