This past weekend I was able to visit Pittsburgh, PA for the third time and I’m really beginning to fall in love with it. I love that it’s this big city but it doesn’t feel like one. Nestled into the mountains of western PA, it maintains that familiar small-town Pennsylvania feel while still being a city with distinct culture. Although it isn’t as big of a city as NYC or Boston, it definitely has its own charms and plenty to see and do. I thought this would be a great time to compile some of the things I’ve done, so if you’re planning a trip, you can grab some ideas from here. I’m by no means an expert on Pittsburgh and there is still so much that I want to see but this is what I’ve done so far!
What to See:
The Cathedral of Learning – University of Pittsburgh and Heinz Chapel
This cathedral is stunning and straight up reminds me of Hogwarts. If you have time take a tour or just a walk through the Nationality Rooms and if you aren’t afraid of heights, you can go up to 36th floor for an amazing view of Pittsburgh. I unfortunately haven’t been able to see Heinz Chapel yet but I’ve heard that it is beautiful. It’s right next door too, so if you’re already at the Cathedral of Learning, might as well just stop by!
Heinz History Center
This is really cool if you’re into history and I swear it’s not all about ketchup. You could also hit up the Carnegie Museums, though I’ve never been.
Truthfully, I’m a sucker for gardens and conservatories, just sign me up! This one is no exception. It’s got a ton of gorgeous rooms filled with beautiful plants. I was there in August and the exhibit going on had these amazing glass sculptures throughout. Absolutely stunning!!
PPG Industries Building
To be honest this is just a cool AF looking building. If you take a trolley or a duck tour I’m sure you’ll pass it. It’s made out of some insane amount of glass and looks kind of like a castle and is totally gorgeous!
Any of the 446 bridges
Seriously, there are so. many. bridges. Which is pretty cool and makes for some neat photos.
Point State Park
This is a great places to just stroll around. It’s at the meeting of the three rivers with a great view of Heinz Field and PNC park as well as the Duquesne Incline and some of the bridges.
Molly’s Trolley Tour or Duck Tour
My mom and I love tours of cities so we did the Molly’s Trolley tour. We really enjoyed the 2 hour ride around the city and our tour guide was wonderful. This tour also includes a ride on the Duquesne Incline, so it’s a great way to include that in your trip. Both Molly’s Trolley and the Duck tours are done by the same company, the duck tour is only an hour but if you want to go on the water, that might be a better option for you!
Ride the Duquesne or Monongahela Incline (Take pictures from the top)
Do it! Seriously it’s such an awesome view.
Stroll through Southside and Southside Flats
This area is really cool. Tons of restaurants and shops.
Visit Heinz Field or PNC Park on the North Shore
Where to Eat:
Sienna Mercato – This place has three different dining options. I 100% recommend the meatball joint. Super customizable and delicious.
Local Bar and Kitchen– Very laid back bar/eatery. They supposedly have a really good brunch.
Crazy Mocha– Local coffee joint with locations throughout the city. Try the Wild Cherry Mocha.
The Yard Market Square– American Gastropub serving Gourmet Grilled Cheese!!! Need I say more?
Condado Tacos- If you love tacos, tequila, or margaritas, hit this place up. You order by filling out a form at the table and you can completely customize your tacos. Also the margs run strong here.
Fuel and Fuddle– Gastropub with pizza, burgers, amazing sweet potato fries and the like.
Honestly, I think one of the best ways to get to know a city is to just walk around. Hope this was helpful if you’re planning a trip to PGH! Happy Travels!