If you asked a hundred people to name their favorite things to see and do in the Pittsburgh area, no two lists would be the same. With that caveat, here are some places you will enjoy checking out as you make your own list.
The city’s North Shore is home to two fabulous sports venues. If you like America’s pastime, take in a Pirates game at PNC Park. The city provides a breathtaking backdrop—many consider this park to be the finest for baseball in the U.S. If you’re a fan of football, plan an outing to Heinz Field. It’s the home of the Steelers, six-time Super Bowl Champions. This stadium makes watching football an unforgettable event in itself.
The exotic plant life and Victorian architecture of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens may well transport you to another time and place. This must-see landmark in Schenley Park is listed on the National Register of Historic places. Don’t miss it!
The Duquesne Incline near the city’s south side is one of the area’s most popular attractions. You can ride in one of the original 19th century rail cars to the top of Mt. Washington for a postcard view of Pittsburgh’s “Golden Triangle”, the famed downtown district where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio River.
There’s no place like Pittsburgh’s Strip—a foodie’s paradise located in a scenic neighborhood on the southeast side of the Allegheny just down from the 31st Street Bridge. You’ll find dozens of specialty shops, pubs, and ethnic eateries. Points of historic interest here include the John Heinz Regional History Center and the Pennsylvania Railroad Fruit Auction Building.
Six miles northeast of downtown Pittsburgh resides an extraordinary collection of automated musical instruments. Once the private residence of industrialist Charles Brown, the Bayernhof Music Museum is a stunning 19,000 square-foot mansion. Among its many features are an indoor cave and swimming pool with 10’ waterfall.
The Carnegie Museum of Art in the North Oakland area houses one of the world’s finest permanent collections of modern art. Referred to as “Old Masters of Tomorrow,” it contains some 30,000 works of visual arts. The museum is part of an expansive campus that includes the Carnegie Library and Carnegie Museum of Natural History. There’s so much to see—it may blow your mind.
There are literally hundreds of interesting things to do and see in Pittsburgh. This list is just a start.
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