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At the convergence of the Three Rivers, the once working-class city of Pittsburgh is having a renaissance of the same creative and industrious spirit that birthed prosperity in Andrew Carnegie’s day. The Steel City’s modern sports legacy and rich history dating back to General George Washington’s time are showcased in the Fort Pitt Museum and Carnegie Science Center. And resurgences of cycling and craft beer are just the start—the Burgh is so packed with attractions both new and classic, you’d think it was a Primanti Brothers stuffed sandwich.
The cold tends to linger well into springtime in Pittsburgh, so summer arrives to much fanfare. Catching lightning bugs at Schenley Park and licking scoops at Dave & Andy’s Homemade Ice Cream are perfect ways to end a day spent riding bikes along the riverside trails, making a splash at Sandcastle Water Park, and taking a scenic boat ride on the Gateway Clipper Fleet’s Good Ship Lollipop.
Bus and light rail routes are the easiest ways to get downtown without a car. Many neighborhoods are walkable, offer ample parking, and are connected to bike trails. For exploration downtown and just across the rivers, public transportation will suffice. For travelers aiming to explore more of the Burgh, such as catching a rock show in Millville or shopping upscale boutiques in Shadyside, private cars and speedy highways are the most convenient modes of transport.
Just outside of the city proper, Mancini’s Bakery in McKees Rocks has a century-old bread shop that’s worth the visit. (If you don’t want to venture outside of downtown, the bread is also used for Primanti Brothers sandwiches.) While most visitors head to the top of Mount Washington, the quiet Seldom Seen Greenway at the base of the mountain is a perfect place for photo ops, complete with graffiti murals and a charming brick archway.
Between September and October, Pittsburgh’s weather hits a sweet spot for those seeking outdoor fun—whether it’s attending a Steelers game or exploring bike routes like the Montour Trail. The lack of rainfall, changing autumnal leaves, and cool breezes make a great atmosphere for outdoor dining, neighborhood strolling, and riverside wandering....More
While Philadelphia lays claim to being the most popular LGBTQ-friendly city in the Keystone State, Pittsburgh is certainly rolling out the rainbow carpet for the community. Pittsburgh Pride draws crowds in June, ReelQ screens LGBTQ films, and you can find plenty of gay-owned and -operated bars and clubs in the city....More
Pittsburgh’s tourist attractions are plentiful. Kennywood Park has roller coaster thrills and classic midway games, while the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium has penguins on parade in the winter and red panda encounters year-round. Sports fans should huddle up downtown for a Steelers, Pirates, or Penguins home game with a passionate crowd....More
Championship sports teams, international neighborhoods, impressive architecture, and an evolving food scene are all hallmarks of the city. Historically, Pittsburgh is famous for its steel industry and hundreds of bridges. Today, beloved local creations like Heinz ketchup and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood are known around the world....More
Lawrenceville is quickly rising as the new trendsetter in the city, though foodies will more likely send you to the markets in the warehouse-laden Strip District. Between the two, a visitor is sure to find hip watering holes, high-end restaurants, and boutique shopping....More
Yes, Pittsburgh is a walkable city, particularly in areas like downtown, Oakland, the Strip District, and South Shore. Each area has restaurants, attractions, shopping, and entertainment venues in a condensed area. The 33-mile (53.1-kilometer) Three Rivers Heritage Trail is pedestrian-friendly and runs along both sides of each river through downtown, Station Square, and other popular neighborhoods....More
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