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PittsburghUnited States of America

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!(2,251 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
This place is great! Great beer selection and pub menu. I tried the Fried Green Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Served with Tomato Soup and Homemade Garlic-Parm Fries. So delicious! You have to check out their grilled cheese menu! #delicious

Shadyside

4.5/5Wonderful!(37 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!(580 area reviews)

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

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

North Shore

4.5/5Wonderful!(567 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!(242 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
Pittsburgh Plaza Hotel
Pittsburgh Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
401 Holiday Dr, Pittsburgh, PA
The price is $74 per night

Situated in Pittsburgh, this hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Duquesne Incline and within 6 mi (10 km) of Rivers Casino and PNC Park. Andy Warhol Museum and Carnegie ...

3.8/5Good! (1,663 reviews)

"This property is conveniently located and could be very good with some improvements. When I checked in, air conditioner was disconnected and water in bathroom shut off; front desk staff was very helpful in correcting, but it should have been corrected before I got there. Due to COVID-19, continental ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2020

Pittsburgh Plaza Hotel
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
3.5 out of 5
600 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh, PA
The price is $119 per night

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! (2,440 reviews)

"Great place to stay,great service and staff Had a amazing time there"…"

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2020

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
Doubletree by Hilton Pittsburgh Greentree
Doubletree by Hilton Pittsburgh Greentree
3.5 out of 5
500 Mansfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
The price is $98 per night

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,173 reviews)

"Love the pool area, our favorite local hotel we’ve been to so far!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2020

Doubletree by Hilton Pittsburgh Greentree

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.

Popular places to visit in Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh
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University of Pittsburgh

4.5/5(843 reviews)

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

PNC Park
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PNC Park

4.5/5(780 reviews)

Root for the Pittsburgh Pirates at this iconic stadium, which blends a timeless ballpark atmosphere with modern amenities.

Heinz Field
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Heinz Field

4.5/5(998 reviews)

Catch an event at Heinz Field during your trip to Pittsburgh. Stroll along the riverfront or attend a sporting event in the area.

PPG Paints Arena
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PPG Paints Arena

4.5/5(596 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.

Rivers Casino
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Rivers Casino

4/5(514 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.

Carnegie Mellon University
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Carnegie Mellon University

4.5/5(520 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.

Top things to do in Pittsburgh

Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour of Pittsburgh!
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Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour of Pittsburgh!

$35
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Guided Double-Decker Bus Sightseeing Tour Of Pittsburgh
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Guided Double-Decker Bus Sightseeing Tour Of Pittsburgh

$30
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Dining at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh with Priority Seating
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Dining at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh with Priority Seating

$34
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Pennsylvania
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Pennsylvania

$10
Per adult
The Original Pittsburgh Brew Tour
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The Original Pittsburgh Brew Tour

$99
Per adult
Pittsburgh Private Tours
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Pittsburgh Private Tours

$17
Per adult

Reviews of Pittsburgh

4.4

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5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 4, 2020

We love Pittsburgh!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

I LOVE Pittsburgh!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

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

Verified traveler

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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