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Pittsburgh
Travel Guide

Pittsburgh

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.

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
3.5 out of 5
600 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh, PA
The price is CA $152 per night from May 16 to May 16
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! (2,166 reviews)
"I would have enjoyed vending machines on the floor"

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

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 CA $102 per night from May 24 to May 24
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 ...
4/5Very Good! (1,175 reviews)
"Hotel is huge and very clean. Rooms don’t have microwaves and ice machines on 3rd and 4th floors don’t work."

Reviewed on May 9, 2021

Doubletree by Hilton Pittsburgh Greentree
Omni William Penn Hotel
Omni William Penn Hotel
4 out of 5
530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA
The price is CA $183 per night from May 12 to May 12
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,273 reviews)
"Beautiful historic hotel in a great cental location right down town. Very friendly and helpful staff, spacious clean rooms. The exception was the bathroom, it was very small and you could not fully open the bathroom door because the toilet was in the way. Over all though we were very happy and would ..."

Reviewed on May 7, 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.
Abode Pittsburgh - Downtown/Convention Center
Abode Pittsburgh - Downtown/Convention Center
3.5 out of 5
Liberty Avenue 1100, Pittsburgh, PA
The price is CA $97 per night from May 11 to May 11
Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of August Wilson Center for African American Culture and David L Lawrence ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
"Todo estuvo súper."

Reviewed on Jan. 11, 2021

Abode Pittsburgh - Downtown/Convention Center
Prime Location 1BR Apt, Walk to Everything
Prime Location 1BR Apt, Walk to Everything
Penn Avenue 800, Pittsburgh, PA
Located in Cultural District, this apartment building is steps from Cabaret at Theatre Square and Benedum Center. David L Lawrence Convention Center and Market ...
Prime Location 1BR Apt, Walk to Everything
Strip District Apts with Wifi by Frontdesk
Strip District Apts with Wifi by Frontdesk
3.5 out of 5
Penn-Rose Building, 1627 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
The price is CA $96 per night from May 11 to May 11
Located in Strip District, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Senator John Heinz Regional History Centre and David L Lawrence Convention Center. ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Pittsburgh getaway
"What a great location and the apartment was fantastic. Can't wait to book here again"

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Strip District Apts with Wifi by Frontdesk
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.

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Reviews of Pittsburgh

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4/5 - Good

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Mar 17, 2020

Nice city. Downtown be vigilant. Typical homeless of any large city. Outside of downtown the area grows on you. Great character and amazing scenery. Worth the visit.

3/5 - Okay

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Feb 28, 2020

Just passing through.

4/5 - Good

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Feb 21, 2020

Easy 5 hour drive from Woodstock, Ont., cheap hockey tickets, Drury only 10 minute walk to Arena.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 20, 2020

Andy Warhol's Museum, Carnegie Science Center, Sri Venkateshwara Temple, Aviary, The Strip

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 17, 2019

Friendly people, hotel was close to hockey arena and football stadium, strip zone.

5/5 - Excellent

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Nov 28, 2019

Love the city. Felt very safe walking around. Very clean and friendly.

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