Western Pennsylvania, PA

Travel Guide
Downtown Pittsburgh which includes street scenes and a city

Innovative architecture, historic sports teams and tributes to the steel industry feature in this part of the state, as well as picturesque forests, lakes and mountains.

Visit Western Pennsylvania, an unofficial region with a strong sense of identity and traditions. With Pittsburgh at its heart, the area combines its industrial heritage with wide stretches of stunning rural terrain extending across the Appalachian Mountains.

Learn about 19th-century industrialist Andrew Carnegie and the steel trade that dominated this area. See Carnegie’s philanthropic influence first-hand in Pittsburgh, where you’ll find the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and several other prominent institutions bearing his name.

Get a sense of the local culture by watching a football game at Heinz Field, which features a giant ketchup bottle on the scoreboard.

Along the southern bank of the city’s three rivers is South Shore, where the 19th-century Monongahela Incline carries passengers to the summit of Points of View Park. Head east along the Mt. Washington district and South Side Slopes for spectacular views of the cityscape.

Travel through the outskirts of Southwestern Pennsylvania, joining the Historic Lincoln Highway that runs through several states.

A little southeast of Pittsburgh is Fallingwater, an iconic structure built across a waterfall by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Relax with a picnic at nearby Cucumber Falls in Ohiopyle State Park.

Head to Northwestern Pennsylvania and enjoy the serenity of Allegheny National Forest. Marvel at the imposing Kinzua Dam, one of the largest dams in the U.S. A little west is Pymatuning State Park, with gorgeous lakes and campgrounds.

This part of Pennsylvania encompasses roughly the western third of the state, bordering Canada, Ohio and West Virginia. Fly to the Pittsburgh International Airport and rent a car to get around the area.

While you’re in this part of the U.S., visit other nearby natural gems such as Moshannon State Forest, Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Rothrock State Forest.

Where to stay in Western Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Plaza Hotel
Pittsburgh Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
401 Holiday Dr, Pittsburgh, PA
The price is $90 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 9
Situated in Pittsburgh, this hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Duquesne Incline and within 6 mi (10 km) of Rivers Casino and Andy Warhol Museum. Heinz Field and Station ...
3.5/5 Good! (1,655 reviews)
"Several ice machines were not working. Front entrance had structure issues. Staff were courteous 😃"

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2021

Pittsburgh Plaza Hotel
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 Nov 22 to Nov 22
Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, this hotel is steps from Point State Park, Fort Pitt Museum, and Fort Pitt Block House. Market Square and Heinz Hall are also ...
3.6/5 Good! (2,076 reviews)
"Walkable to Heinz field"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 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 Nov 17 to Nov 17
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,225 reviews)
"The hotel was great but there were a few things that showed some where in tear that might need to be updated. The Buffay was good but they didn’t replenish it very quickly when we were there. All in all though it is a beautiful hotel and I enjoyed it."

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

Omni William Penn Hotel
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 $92 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (763 reviews)
"clean, well lighted, safe, quiet"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Southpointe
Home2 Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Cranberry
Home2 Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Cranberry
3 out of 5
1401 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township, PA
The price is $117 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 27
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 ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (725 reviews)
"Everything met expectations. Hotel was very clean and updated. Room was very spacious and eco friendly. Staff was very helpful."

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Cranberry
Homewood Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Downtown
3 out of 5
1410 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA
The price is $144 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,010 reviews)
"Location in Strip District great. Easy to get Lyft rides .newly renovated - very nice lobby and gathering area with fireplace to have breakfast ."

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton 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.

Popular places to visit in Western Pennsylvania

Top things to do in Western Pennsylvania

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Western Pennsylvania

Cities near Western Pennsylvania