Pittsburgh, PA

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Downtown Pittsburgh which includes a city and street scenes
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

Pittsburgh Plaza Hotel
Pittsburgh Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
401 Holiday Dr, Pittsburgh, PA, 15220
The price is $80 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 11
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Pittsburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the convenient parking and ...
3.1/5 (1,421 reviews)
"My daughter and I stayed for 3 nights, and it was a nice experience. Very clean when we arrived. We felt comfortable there. It's in a quiet area which almost felt secluded, even if it really isn't. If we ever head out that way again, we'd stay there again for sure."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Pittsburgh Plaza Hotel
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
3.5 out of 5
600 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222
The price is $179 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Pittsburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.6/5 Good! (2,126 reviews)
Nice place, nice location
"Concierge and valet parking guy went out of their way to be rude right from the start. Gentleman behind the check-in desk was polite and kind, and almost overcame the incredible and immediate rudeness we encountered from valet parking and concierge. Concierge was rude multiple times during our ..."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
Joinery Hotel Pittsburgh, Curio Collection by Hilton
Joinery Hotel Pittsburgh, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
453 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA, 15219
The price is $136 per night from Aug 26 to Aug 27
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Pittsburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
3.8/5 Good! (615 reviews)
"Enjoyed the amenities, the staff and the rooftop!"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

Joinery 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.
FRONTDESK Press House Apts Cultural District Pittsburgh
FRONTDESK Press House Apts Cultural District Pittsburgh
3.5 out of 5
Penn Avenue 800, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222
The price is $69 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 16
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Pittsburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, a TV, and digital TV. Popular attractions PNC Park and PPG Paints Arena are located nearby. Discover ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (8 reviews)
"Great stay. Enjoyed our room and our stay."

Reviewed on May 8, 2022

FRONTDESK Press House Apts Cultural District Pittsburgh
Bright & Cozy Downtown Pitt One Bedroom
Bright & Cozy Downtown Pitt One Bedroom
3.5 out of 5
112 Washington Pl, Pittsburgh, PA, 15219
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Pittsburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions PPG Paints Arena and PNC Park are ...
Bright & Cozy Downtown Pitt One Bedroom
Abode Pittsburgh - Downtown Convention Center
Abode Pittsburgh - Downtown Convention Center
3.5 out of 5
Liberty Avenue 1100, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222
The price is $77 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 11
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Pittsburgh. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Popular attractions PPG Paints Arena and PNC Park are located ...
3.3/5 (29 reviews)
"This 1 BR apartment had a great location with downtown a short walk away and close to T train stops. The unit was spacious but the living room furniture could have been more comfortable. The cleanliness could be better since there was dust in many areas."

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2022

Abode Pittsburgh - Downtown Convention Center
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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Reviews of Pittsburgh

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Jun 4, 2020

We love Pittsburgh!

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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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