PittsburghUnited States of America

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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 which includes a city and street scenes

Downtown Pittsburgh

4.5/5Wonderful!(2,162 area 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.

Downtown Pittsburgh
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Shadyside

4.5/5Wonderful!(35 area 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.

Shadyside
Oakland showing an administrative buidling, heritage architecture and signage

Oakland

4/5Very Good!(555 area reviews)

Oakland is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Petersen Events Center and Cathedral of Learning while in the area.

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

North Shore

4.5/5Wonderful!(524 area 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.

North Shore
Senator John Heinz History Center which includes interior views and signage

Strip District

4/5Very Good!(17 area reviews)

Travelers come to Strip District for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Pittsburgh Opera and Contemporary Craft while you're in town.

Strip District
South Side Flats

South Side Flats

4/5Very Good!(225 area reviews)

Visitors highly recommend South Side Flats for its abundant dining options, and you can make a stop by Rex Theater while you're in town.

South Side Flats

Top Hotels in Pittsburgh

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport
Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport
3.5 out of 5
1111 Airport Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA
Free Cancellation
¥13,069
per night
Feb 29 - Mar 1

Situated in Pittsburgh, this eco-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Joe Walton Football Stadium, The Mall at Robinson, and Moon Golf Club. Robert Morris ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,107 reviews)

"Gym has excellent equipment (looks brand new)! Also has a good-sized pool for a hotel. Very convenient if you need to stay close by the airport - you can walk straight from the airport to the hotel without any transportation! The only challenge we had was that we arrived late and food options were ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2020

Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport
Hyatt Place Pittsburgh-North Shore
Hyatt Place Pittsburgh-North Shore
3 out of 5
260 North Shore Drive, Pittsburgh, PA
¥11,847
per night
Feb 24 - Feb 25

Located in North Shore, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Heinz Field, PNC Park, and Andy Warhol Museum. Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and Market Square ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,300 reviews)

"Great location. Central to a lot of activity! Will stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Hyatt Place Pittsburgh-North Shore
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
3.5 out of 5
600 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh, PA
¥11,948
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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! (3,354 reviews)

"The room view was amazing the room it self is way too small"…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown

Popular things to do in Pittsburgh

Heinz Field
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Heinz Field

4.5/5(983 reviews)

Catch an event at Heinz Field during your trip to Pittsburgh. Stroll along the riverfront or experience the acclaimed theater scene in this vibrant area.

University of Pittsburgh
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University of Pittsburgh

4.5/5(818 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe around University of Pittsburgh, a top college in Pittsburgh. Stroll along the riverfront or experience the fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

PPG Paints Arena
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PPG Paints Arena

4.5/5(569 reviews)

Catch an event at PPG Paints Arena during your trip to Pittsburgh. Experience the acclaimed theater scene or attend a sporting event in this vibrant area.

PNC Park
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PNC Park

4.5/5(772 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(508 reviews)

Walk around the campus of Carnegie Mellon University, a top college in Pittsburgh. Stroll along the riverfront or experience the acclaimed theater scene in this vibrant area.

Rivers Casino
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Rivers Casino

4/5(493 reviews)

Why not try your luck with a visit to Rivers Casino where you can enjoy the games and entertainment of this top casino in Pittsburgh? Amble around this vibrant area's riverfront or experience its acclaimed theater scene.

Top activities in Pittsburgh

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

¥3,786

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

¥1,101

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

¥275

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.

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab Ticket
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Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab Ticket

¥1,652

Visit: Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab, 10 Childrens Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5250 Hi - We're having a great time at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab, our newly opened museum for kids 10+! In MuseumLab, you can go deep on art projects, cool tech and making projects from lasercutting to embroidery to animation.

Captain's Dinner Cruise
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Captain's Dinner Cruise

¥7,159

Come aboard the Gateway Clipper Fleet for a spectacular evening of delicious food, entertainment and the panoramic views of the beautiful Pittsburgh skyline! Relax and enjoy a cocktail on our open air third deck, take a stroll around our grand riverboat or get up and dance on Pittsburgh's largest floating dance floor! As you board the riverboat, you will be greeted by our friendly crew who will be your hosts for the evening.

Let's Roam Scavenger Hunt: Pittsburgh’s Strength
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Let's Roam Scavenger Hunt: Pittsburgh’s Strength

¥1,211

How did Pittsburgh become the strongest city in America… Find out, as we explore all the best downtown sights! Download the Let’s Roam scavenger hunt app and start exploring today! Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity that anyone can enjoy.

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