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Pittsburgh, PA

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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

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
3.5 out of 5
600 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh, PA
The price is $125 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
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! (2,123 reviews)
"Great place"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
Omni William Penn Hotel
Omni William Penn Hotel
4 out of 5
530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA
The price is $143 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
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! (1,236 reviews)
"Our experience at Omni William Penn set the bar incredibly high for any other place not merely in terms of staying within the confines of an opulent, history-filled architectural gem, but also in terms of service, quality, and personalization. You all made my wife’s birthday incredibly special and ..."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Omni William Penn Hotel
Distrikt Hotel Pittsburgh, Curio Collection by Hilton
Distrikt Hotel Pittsburgh, Curio Collection by Hilton
3.5 out of 5
453 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA
The price is $133 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Allegheny County Courthouse, PPG Paints Arena, and Market Square. David L Lawrence Convention ...
4/5Very Good! (39 reviews)
"It is situated in a great location. Walkable to everything."

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2021

Distrikt Hotel Pittsburgh, Curio Collection by Hilton
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.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Southpointe
Homewood Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Southpointe
3 out of 5
3000 Horizon Vue Dr., Canonsburg, PA
The price is $87 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Situated in a regional park, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Printscape Arena at Southpointe and within 3 mi (5 km) of Perry Como Statue and Canonsburg ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (724 reviews)
"Rooms were spacious and clean. Property/ fireplace/patio were very welcoming and comfortable."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Southpointe
Homewood Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Downtown
3 out of 5
1410 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA
The price is $152 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 11
Located in Strip District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Senator John Heinz Regional History Centre and David L Lawrence Convention Center. Benedum ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (976 reviews)
"Close to everything reasonable parking rate"

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Downtown
Home2 Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Cranberry
Home2 Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Cranberry
2.5 out of 5
1401 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township, PA
The price is $93 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Situated in Cranberry Township, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex and within 6 mi (10 km) of UPMC Passavant - Cranberry and ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (707 reviews)
"Great hotel with lots of amenities."

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Cranberry
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.

Getting around Pittsburgh

You can easily walk around the downtown core of Pittsburgh, but for exploring the city more widely, it is a good idea to rent a car if you can. However, the public bus system and the T – the light rail network – do cover most of the city. Pay for your travel using a ConnectCard, which can be topped up with funds as needed. The black-and-white local taxis are another popular way of getting around. Visit the Port Authority of Allegheny County website.Browse Pittsburgh rental cars.

Best time to visit

The best time of year for a Pittsburgh vacation depends on what you want from your trip. The hottest weather is in June through August, with average daytime temperatures in the low 80s F (20s C). Peak season, however, is in November and December, when Christmas markets and other festivals liven up the city. Visit in spring for moderate temperatures, smaller crowds and a better choice of rooms.

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