PittsburghUnited States of America

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Visit Pittsburgh

The Steel City shimmers with natural beauty, architectural flair and cultural panache.

Pittsburgh, often on America’s list of “most livable cities,” was built on innovations in the steel industry. That legacy can still be seen today in the downtown skyline, with its towering modern buildings.

The city is also defined by its geography. Two separate rivers — the Monongahela and the Allegheny — meet to form the Ohio River. The waterways divide the city into nearly 100 distinct neighborhoods built on and around steep, picturesque hills. For the best views of the city, trace the routes of Pittsburgh’s early immigrant miners and take the Monongahela Incline or the Duquesne Incline to the top of Mount Washington.

You’ll see that there’s a good reason Pittsburgh is known as a cultural hub of the East Coast. Steel baron Andrew Carnegie, once the richest man in the world, gave his hometown four major cultural institutions. The Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Carnegie Science Center are all located in the neighborhood of Oakland. Learn about another famous Pittsburgh son at the fourth Carnegie institution: The Andy Warhol Museum, located at the city’s North Shore.

Pittsburgh also offers plenty of outdoor attractions. Check out Point State Park, where the three rivers meet, or take a stroll along the tranquil wooded paths at Riverview Park. Head to the Phipps Conservatory at Schenley Park for displays of botanical splendor, or the National Aviary to encounter more than 200 species of rare and exotic birds.

If you’re traveling with children, you’ll find plenty to keep them busy and happy. The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh offers a variety of opportunities to stretch young minds while Kennywood has acres of amusement park fun.

Summer is the best time to visit Pittsburgh. The city comes alive with festivals such as the Three Rivers Arts Festival and the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. Basing yourself in the downtown areas will give you quickest access to all the major sights and attractions. The city’s winding, narrow streets can take some getting used to, but the public buses are frequent and reliable.

Where to stay in Pittsburgh

Downtown Pittsburgh
Downtown Pittsburgh which includes a city and street scenes

Downtown Pittsburgh

Known for Sports, Theaters, Dining

4.5/5(2,024 reviews)

Abundant dining options, interesting museums and live music are just a few top things to explore in Downtown Pittsburgh. A visit to PPG Paints Arena or Benedum Center might round out your trip, and you can jump aboard the metro at Wood Street Station or Steel Plaza Station to get around town.

Shadyside
This place is great! Great beer selection and pub menu. I tried the Fried Green Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Served with Tomato Soup and Homemade Garlic-Parm Fries. So delicious! You have to check out their grilled cheese menu! #delicious
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Shadyside

Known for Dining, Shopping, Universities

4.5/5(33 reviews)

Unique features of Shadyside include the restaurants and shopping. Make a stop by Walnut Street or Mellon Park while you're exploring the area.

Oakland
Oakland showing an administrative buidling, heritage architecture and signage

Oakland

Known for Universities, Cathedrals, Dining

4/5(533 reviews)

Travelers come to Oakland for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Petersen Events Center and Cathedral of Learning while you're in town.

North Shore
North Shore which includes a bridge and a river or creek

North Shore

Known for Sports, Baseball, Football

4.5/5(476 reviews)

Visitors often come to North Shore for its stunning river views, but many stay to explore sights like PNC Park and Heinz Field. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you catch a ride at North Side Station.

South Side Flats
South Side Flats

South Side Flats

Known for Theaters, Live Music, Bars

4/5(215 reviews)

South Side Flats is popular for its ample dining options, and you might make a stop by Rex Theater, a top place to visit in the area.

Strip District
Senator John Heinz History Center which includes interior views and signage

Strip District

Known for Friendly People, Dining, Sports

4/5(16 reviews)

Strip District is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Pittsburgh Opera and Contemporary Craft while you're in town.

Top Hotels in Pittsburgh

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Omni William Penn Hotel
Omni William Penn Hotel
4 out of 5
530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA
¥10,749
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23

Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Benedum Center, Cabaret at Theatre Square, and O'Reilly Theater. Market Square ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,977 reviews)

"This hotel is absolutely beautiful! The staff was warm and welcoming. Will defintely stay here again!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

Omni William Penn Hotel
Pittsburgh Plaza Hotel
Pittsburgh Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
401 Holiday Dr, Pittsburgh, PA
¥7,634
per night
Dec 20 - Dec 21

Situated in Pittsburgh, this hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Duquesne Incline and within 6 mi (10 km) of PNC Park and Andy Warhol Museum. Carnegie Science Center ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,937 reviews)

"location was good easy access to downtown, but out of the traffic"…"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2019

Pittsburgh Plaza Hotel
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
3.5 out of 5
600 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh, PA
¥11,814
per night
Dec 29 - Dec 30

Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Point State Park, Market Square, and Heinz Hall. PNC Park and Heinz Field are also within ...

3.6/5Good! (3,181 reviews)

"Staff was helpful and courteous. After hours help was available. Valet crew was terrific. Dinner was unbelievable."…"

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2019

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown

Popular things to do in Pittsburgh

Heinz Field
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Heinz Field

4.5/5(955 reviews)

Catch an event at Heinz Field during your trip to Pittsburgh. Amble around this vibrant area's riverfront or attend a sporting event.

University of Pittsburgh
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University of Pittsburgh

4.5/5(793 reviews)

Take a campus tour or just explore the area around University of Pittsburgh, a top university in Pittsburgh. Experience the fascinating museums and acclaimed theater scene in this vibrant area.

PNC Park
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PNC Park

4.5/5(760 reviews)

Root for the Pittsburgh Pirates at this iconic stadium, which blends a timeless ballpark atmosphere with modern amenities.

Carnegie Mellon University
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Carnegie Mellon University

4.5/5(493 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe around Carnegie Mellon University, a top university in Pittsburgh. Experience the acclaimed theater scene and fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

Duquesne Incline
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Duquesne Incline

4.5/5(659 reviews)

Step aboard a piece of Pittsburgh heritage for dramatic views of the city’s famous Golden Triangle.

Monongahela Incline
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Monongahela Incline

4.5/5(304 reviews)

Spectacular views of the Pittsburgh cityscape await at the top of the steepest funicular railway in the United States.

Top activities in Pittsburgh

Guided Double-Decker Bus Sightseeing Tour Of Pittsburgh
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Guided Double-Decker Bus Sightseeing Tour Of Pittsburgh

¥3,250

See the best sites of Pittsburgh in just a few hours aboard our new, double-decker buses. With a friendly and funny guide behind the wheel, this engaging tour highlights history, architecture, and plenty of spots for shopping, dining, and entertainment that you can explore later on your own.

Three Rivers Sightseeing Cruise
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Three Rivers Sightseeing Cruise

¥2,387

This is the best way to experience Pittsburgh is aboard a one hour Three Rivers Sightseeing Cruise! Come aboard and cruise all three rivers - the Monongahela, the Allegheny and the Ohio rivers and see our mesmerizing skyline, the beautiful landscape, historic buildings and modern day landmarks.

Dining at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh with Priority Seating
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Dining at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh with Priority Seating

¥3,731

Dine like a rock star among pop, soul, and rock 'n' roll memorabilia like costumes and instruments from your favorite musicians at the Hard Rock Cafe. Skip the lines with priority seating and enjoy a classic meal and a dessert.

Operation City Quest of Pittsburgh, PA
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Operation City Quest of Pittsburgh, PA

¥1,085

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Pittsburgh, PA
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Pittsburgh, PA

¥273

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

Chancey Bread's adults only Pittsburgh walking tour downtown edition
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Chancey Bread's adults only Pittsburgh walking tour downtown edition

¥2,719

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Point State Park, 601 Commonwealth Pl Bldg A, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 See the fountain n'@ Duration: 20 minutes

Reviews of Pittsburgh

4.4

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 7, 2019

Had not been to Pittsburgh in over 20 years much cleaner than i remember. Kinda missed that steelbelt smell lol

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 7, 2019

Good clean city and super nice people.

4/5 - Good

Daisy

Dec 5, 2019

I will definitely be returning to Pittsburgh in the summer. I think it's a beautiful city and was quite impressed. However, I will not stay here at the Holiday Inn.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 4, 2019

We love Pittsburgh and especially the Steelers!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 3, 2019

Nice city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 3, 2019

Pittsburgh is a very affordable trip with something for everyone!

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How to Spend a Weekend in Pittsburgh
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How to Spend a Weekend in Pittsburgh

Find tips and inspiration for how to spend a weekend in Pittsburgh and experience the best the city has to offer.

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