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For many, Pittsburgh still conjures images of concrete buildings, billowing smoke, and workers covered in grease from the factories. But "Steel City" has come a long way since its days as a gritty 19th-century industrial hub. Today it's a hip, cultured metropolis, land of beautiful bridges, three rivers, and many a fantastic museum. Follow this guide to get a taste of the new-and-improved Pittsburgh in a day.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

8 Places

5 City Tips

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8 Places

The Strip District

Neighbourhoods

Senator John Heinz History Center

History Museums

Andy Warhol Museum

Art Museums

Carnegie Science Center

Science Museums

Point State Park

Historic Sites, Parks, State Parks

Station Square

Shopping Malls

Monongahela Incline

Tramways, Historic Sites

South Side

Neighbourhoods

Maria E's City Tips

  • There are a lot of restaurants downtown, but the hippest ones are in areas like The Strip, South Side, and Shadyside.
  • Thanks to an extensive bus network and suburban railway (known as "the T"), it's easy to get around Pittsburgh.
  • Buy a strip of 10 transit tickets — it's easier than buying tickets onboard since the latter requires exact change.
  • There is a small supplementary fare for changing transit routes.
  • It is customary to leave a tip of 15–20% in restaurants.
  • The Strip District
    Neighbourhoods
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    Maria E Says:

    Bordering downtown and the Allegheny River, The Strip is a one-half square mile treasure trove of restaurants, ethnic grocers, unique shops, and much more. Smells of fresh-baked bread and street foods will tempt your senses as you stroll along, browsing sidewalk vendors' wares, or stopping to watch street musicians. It is always a lively place to visit and especially crowded on the weekends.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • This is also a fun spot to visit in the evenings, when the many bars and clubs come alive.
    • DeLuca's Diner, Pamela's P&G Diner, or the original branch of Primanti Bros are all great for breakfast or lunch.
    • The Strip is especially crowded on weekends, but the crowds add to the fun.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 148 things to do in Pittsburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A fair imitation of........ 16/12/2018
    • Fantastic Food! 12/12/2018
    • The Strip District
    Address:
    11th to 33rd Streets
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222
    Phone:
    +1 412-471-8330
    Other:
  • Senator John Heinz History Center
    History Museums
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    Maria E Says:

    The Senator John Heinz History Center is Pennsylvania's largest history museum, chronicling more than 250 years of life in the area, from George Washington's adventures during the French and Indian War, to the city's industrial boom. Its home, a massive brick warehouse in The Strip district, also houses the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, Fort Pitt Museum and new Conservation Center.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The smoothie shop on the ground floor is a great place to refresh.
    • The third floor has a hands-on discovery area for children, and there is a play area on the ground floor.
    • The Fort Pitt Museum charges a separate admission fee, but if you visit both on the same day, you can present proof of admission at Fort Pitt for half off at the History Center.
    • The ticket price includes admission to the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum and the Detre Library & Archives.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 148 things to do in Pittsburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Don't underestimate how much there is to see here! 11/12/2018
    • More than expected 11/12/2018
    • Senator John Heinz History Center
    Address:
    1212 Smallman St
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4208
    Phone:
    +1 412-454-6000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Andy Warhol Museum
    Art Museums
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    Maria E Says:

    Located in a sprawling warehouse on the North Side of Pittsburgh, the Andy Warhol Museum is the largest museum in the U.S. dedicated to a single artist. Its homage to the Pittsburgh-born pop prince includes art in just about every medium, from prints and paintings to sculptures and film. An extensive collection of photos, magazines, and audio interviews with the artist's friends helps shed light on Warhol himself as well as his creative process.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Start your tour from the top floor and work your way down.
    • Friday evenings (5-10pm) are "Good Fridays," when The Warhol is open late and offers half-price admission and a cash bar in the lobby.
    • It's easy to get to the museum — walk over the 7th Street Bridge from downtown.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 148 things to do in Pittsburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome museum 13/12/2018
    • Hum- Andy Warhol 13/12/2018
    • Andy Warhol Museum
    Address:
    117 Sandusky St
    Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5890
    Phone:
    +1 412-237-8300
    Hours:
    Tue - Thu
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Fri
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Carnegie Science Center
    Science Museums
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    Maria E Says:

    Dating from 1939, the Carnegie Science Center is the most visited museum in Pittsburgh and very popular with kids. Among its attractions are the newly constructed Buhl Digital Dome (which features the latest in projection), the Rangos Omnimax Theater, the Miniature Railroad & Village, and the USS Requin (a World War II submarine).

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The Science Center is located right next to Heinz Field, where the Pittsburgh Steelers play.
    • To reach the center, walk along the riverfront from the 7th Street Bridge.
    • The laser shows are worth the small additional fee!
    • The center offers a range of live shows. Check the website to see what's on during your visit.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 148 things to do in Pittsburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Terrible Customer Service 14/12/2018
    • Don't miss the Art of the Brick exhibit. 12/12/2018
    • Carnegie Science Center
    Address:
    1 Allegheny Ave
    Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5895
    Phone:
    +1 412-237-3400
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Point State Park
    Historic Sites, Parks, State Parks
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    Maria E Says:

    Point State Park is a great place to get your bearings and admire the city skyline. Here you'll find the remains of two of Pittsburgh's oldest structures, Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne, the former of which includes a small museum. Various festivals and cultural events take place here in the warmer months.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The park is a sacred spot to Native Americans — see if you can feel the energy where the three rivers meet.
    • This is a great place to relax with a picnic lunch.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 148 things to do in Pittsburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spectacular repurpose of Three Rivers Stadium 29/11/2018
    • Beautiful views 28/11/2018
    • Point State Park
    Address:
    601 Commonwealth Pl
    Bldg A
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222
    Phone:
    +1 412-565-2850
    Other:
  • Station Square
    Shopping Malls
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    Maria E Says:

    Located on the South Shore — across the Monongahela River from the Golden Triangle — Station Square is a 52-acre indoor and outdoor shopping and entertainment complex. In 1979, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • There are lots of places to eat here, in case the weather isn't nice enough to eat across in Point State Park.
    • The easiest way to get here from downtown is on the light railway ("the T").
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 148 things to do in Pittsburgh
    • Renovations underway plus all the closed businesses succeed in destroying any appeal it once had. 28/11/2018
    • Everything in one place, but seems touristy. Carol's Confections is a nice stop though. 22/11/2018
    • Station Square
    Address:
    Carson and Smithfield Sts.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219
    Phone:
    +1 412-261-2811
    Other:
  • Monongahela Incline
    Tramways, Historic Sites
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    Maria E Says:

    This fun and historic funicular ride is the best way to ascend Mount Washington, from where you will be rewarded with splendid views across downtown Pittsburgh and well beyond.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Spend a bit of time in the two stations at each end of the incline — both are full of historical info and photos.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 148 things to do in Pittsburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great view! 11/12/2018
    • Walked to dinner 11/12/2018
    • Monongahela Incline
    Address:
    8 Grandview Ave
    Port Authority of Allegheny County
    Pittsburgh, PA 15211
    Phone:
    +1 412-442-2000
    Other:
  • South Side
    Neighbourhoods
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    Maria E Says:

    Over the years, South Side has built up a much-deserved reputation as Pittsburgh's liveliest nightlife area. Its central thoroughfare, E Carson St, has a good 20 blocks filled with restaurants, bars, music venues, and independent shops.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Most bars get pretty rowdy on Friday and Saturday nights, so come on a weekday evening if you want a (slightly) quieter time.
    • A number of bus routes travel along E Carson Street from downtown Pittsburgh.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 148 things to do in Pittsburgh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bars and pubs 10/12/2018
    • Fun place to visit 25/11/2018
    • South Side
    Phone:
    +1 412-431-3360
    Other:
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