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Pittsburgh, PA
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Pittsburgh

Doubletree by Hilton Pittsburgh Greentree
Doubletree by Hilton Pittsburgh Greentree
3.5 out of 5
500 Mansfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
The price is ¥8,076 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from James Gallery and within 6 mi (10 km) of Rivers Casino and PNC Park. David L Lawrence Convention ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,148 reviews)

"Friendly staff and clean rooms. Great restaurant, good amenities"…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

Doubletree by Hilton Pittsburgh Greentree
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
3.5 out of 5
600 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh, PA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥11,210 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, this hotel is steps from Fort Pitt Museum and Point State Park. Market Square and Benedum Center are also within 10 minutes. ...

3.6/5Good! (2,214 reviews)

"It's a great location and our room was very nice. I didn't like that the pool and fitness area were closed and there was NOTHING in our room - not a single glass, restaurant or room service menu, and No info about the hotel. I realize that they are being cautious because of covid but I thought it ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
EVEN Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown
EVEN Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown
3.5 out of 5
425 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
The price is ¥10,035 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Allegheny County Courthouse, PPG Paints Arena, and David L Lawrence Convention Center. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (290 reviews)

"The hotel was clean and quiet which I absolutely love. I also loved the style of the room I stayed in. I did not like the rudeness of the housekeeping knocking on my door at 11:15 asking if we knew what time check-out was."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

EVEN Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Pittsburgh

Staybridge Suites Pittsburgh-Cranberry Township
Staybridge Suites Pittsburgh-Cranberry Township
3 out of 5
915 Bush Creek Road, Warrendale, PA
The price is ¥8,652 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Situated in Warrendale, this aparthotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from UPMC Passavant - Cranberry and within 6 mi (10 km) of UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex and Cranberry ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (105 reviews)
JUST wanted a QUICK GET AWAY

"I was highly impressed with Staybridge's customer service and the cleanliness of the property. It was clean, really nice and spacious rooms. Just a wonderful stay."…"

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2020

Staybridge Suites Pittsburgh-Cranberry Township
Strip District Apts with Wifi by Frontdesk
Strip District Apts with Wifi by Frontdesk
3.5 out of 5
Penn-Rose Building, 1627 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
The price is ¥7,260 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

Located in Strip District, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Senator John Heinz Regional History Centre and David L Lawrence Convention Center. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Beautiful Stay! Owner was very nice!!!

"Beautiful place the owner was very sweet! Great spot in Pittsburgh"…"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2021

Strip District Apts with Wifi by Frontdesk
Voyager        Homestay
Voyager Homestay
Pittsburgh, PA
The price is ¥24,021 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Situated in Pittsburgh, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of James Gallery, Rivers Casino, and Heinz Field. Point State Park and Carnegie Science Center ...

Voyager Homestay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Pittsburgh

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Jun 4, 2020

We love Pittsburgh!

5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 4, 2020

I LOVE Pittsburgh!!!

5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 2, 2020

Under the circumstances with COVID-19 I actually had a safe and wonderful time.

4/5 - Good

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Jun 2, 2020

It’s a good place. I’ve noticed the people are friendly and say hello on the streets. The city is old but beautiful. I’ve never seen mountains so mount Washington was a sight to see and the incline up was amazing. Good for hiking, outdoor activities.

3/5 - Okay

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Jun 1, 2020

Stay away from the Motel 6 Crackhouse!!! Crafton, Pa.

5/5 - Excellent

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May 28, 2020

Pittsburgh is a beautiful city with the most bridges in the world! We walked the Riverwalk and watched the sunset. Everywhere we wanted to go we could walk to. The parks were well maintained.

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