Pittsburgh is the second largest city in the state of Pennsylvania. It has been named the “Steel City” because of its high number of steel-related businesses. It is also known as the “City of Bridges” for its 446 bridges. However, there is much more to this city than steel and structures. It is a metropolis rich in arts and culture, green spaces and unique shopping and eating experiences. It also has affordable housing and excellent employment and living conditions making it one of the top locations to live in America.
If you are new to the area, on holiday in Pennsylvania or just looking for somewhere new to explore, book a local hotel and try out these exciting things to do in Pittsburgh.
This is the city’s warehouse district. It is populated with fruit, fish and meat markets, multi-cultural restaurants and interesting shops. Strolling through the district, you will come across stores selling Italian, Vietnamese, Mexican and Polish foods. This is a great area to sit and have a cup of coffee while watching the world go by. The strip district is also one of the city’s best nightlife areas.
Discover the historical elements of the city
Pittsburgh city centre is full of 19th-century architecture. These buildings exist thanks to several powerful and wealthy families who injected money into improving and promoting the city. In order to soak up the history of this town, take a free walking tour which are provided in ten different languages. If you prefer, you can travel around the centre of the city by subway or bus which are both free within the central “Pittsburgh Triangle”.
You may also wish to visit the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The sandstone building houses many informative displays exhibits. There are also plenty of hands-on activities, perfect for keeping children amused. With your admission to the Natural History Museum, you will also get access to the Carnegie Museum of Art, which is included within the same building.
Admire the artwork of Andy Warhol at the Museum dedicated to this revolutionary artist. Pittsburgh was Andy Warhol’s hometown and so the museum is a tribute to the city’s most famous artist. The museum includes over 4,000 works of art by Warhol. There are also a number of temporary exhibits hosted in the museum. These rotating exhibits are all from artists like Warhol, who challenge the limits of art.
View of downtown Pittsburgh from Mt. Washington
Facing Pittsburgh across the water is Mount Washington, a former site of many coal mines. Take a ride on the funicular to the top of the mountain where you will get a breathtaking panoramic view of Pittsburgh. The top of the mountain has a range of restaurants to choose from making it an excellent location to enjoy a meal while admiring the city lights.
There are so many great places to visit in the US and we believe that Pittsburgh is one of them. We hope that you enjoy your visit.