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.
Sports, Theaters and Rivers
Root for the Pittsburgh Pirates at this iconic stadium, which blends a timeless ballpark atmosphere with modern amenities.
Step aboard a piece of Pittsburgh heritage for dramatic views of the city’s famous Golden Triangle.
Spectacular views of the Pittsburgh cityscape await at the top of the steepest funicular railway in the United States.
Get up-close and personal with nearly 500 species of animals at one of the country’s premier zoo and aquarium combinations.
Spend a fun-filled day making your way between over 30 rides and attractions in one of the oldest continually running amusement parks in the United States.
Learn all about one of Pittsburgh’s most famous and eccentric native sons in this museum dedicated to the king of pop art.
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.
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.
Uncover the best sites of Pittsburgh at your own pace aboard a hop-on hop-off bus tour. This engaging tour highlights history, architecture, and plenty of spots for shopping, dining, and entertainment, allowing you the chance to hop off at any of the 21 stops to explore on your own.
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.
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.
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.