This city is located at the junction of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers and is nicknamed the "Steel City"or "The City of Bridges". It has been listed among the eleven "most livable cities" and after reading this post you will understand why. Pittsburgh is bursting with history, fun, and delicious food. There is something to see and do around every corner!
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Parks and Fun!
Mt. Washington & the Duquesne and Monongahela Inclines: Drive up to Mt. Washington to take in a breathtaking view of the city. You can see it all from the mountaintop! To get the best view park along Grandview Avenue and walk to one of the overlooks. Then take a ride on one of the city's historic inclines down the mountainside and back up again. The Monongahela Incline is the oldest continuously operating funicular railway in the U.S.
Point State Park: This park is located at the confluence of Pittsburgh's three rivers, at the tip of the downtown area known as the "Golden Triangle." Walk around the large expanse of grass and through the trees, along the river's edge. Stop and lounge at the Point State Park Fountain and cool off in the water's spray in the summertime.
Market Square: When you're visiting Point State Park, walk a few blocks to Market Square and PPG Place. In summer at the PPG Place there are fountains to run through to cool off, and around the holidays there is an ice-skating rink to enjoy. Grab a gyro in Market Square at The Simple Greek or a Primanti's sandwich across the street.
The Strip District: One-half square mile of authentic local shopping district with sights and smells to delight. Filled with ethnic grocery stores, produce stands, meat and fish markets, sidewalk vendors, and plenty of boutique shops. Get your coffee fix at La Prima Espresso. Walk through Wholey's fish market. This is the perfect spot for some fresh snacks or a lunch on-the-go for a great deal. Stop by Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor and take a little step back in time.
Schenley Park: Located in the Oakland neighborhood, there is plenty to see and do in this part of the city. The Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History are here and perfect for a family outing. In July they have a vintage car race and show at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix at Schenley Park. That's not all, there is plenty to see and do outside as well. In Schenley Plaza, you can catch a quick ride on the carousel and take a short walk to one of the Carnegie Free Libraries for a reading break. While you are there make sure to stop by The Porch at Schenley to sneak in a bite to eat between all the fun!
Frick Park: Located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood. Check out the "Blue Slide Playground" here and take a ride down the huge blue slide built into the hillside. Don't forget to take along a piece of cardboard to ride on down the slide. While you're at the park enjoy some time in nature and stroll down one of the park's beautiful wooded trails. After all that walking and sliding sit back at the Square Cafe for a meal.
Museums and More!
A day spent at any one of these Pittsburgh museums would be a day well-spent!
Carnegie Museums of Natural History and Art: Our favorite section is the dinosaur exhibits with the huge fossil displays of the Diplodocus. This museum has one of the largest collections of dinosaurs in the U.S. ( pro tip: there is 50% off regular admission after 3 PM if you want to spend a little less time and money there)
Pittsburgh Children's Museum: Alway something great here, including some items from Pittsburgh's favorite children's show host, Mr. Rogers.
The Warhol Museum: If you're into pop art, this place is dedicated to the works of Andy Warhol and it is a sight to behold! It is fun for adults and kids with interactive exhibits and a play area!
National Aviary: Indoor zoo dedicated entirely to birds. Get up close and personal with the birds and have a fun, immersive experience.
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!
Primanti Brothers: A Pittsburgh must! The sandwiches come with fries and coleslaw built right in. You can order something else, but why would you want to? Visit the original Primanti Bros. location while you're in the Strip District, or stop at one of the other locations around town.
Pamela's Diner: A breakfast place with reliable, excellent crepe-style pancakes. There are several locations around town. (cash only)
Square Cafe: A local favorite serving breakfast foods in the East End of town. A popular place, so plan ahead to avoid a crowd.
Penn Brewery: Pittsburgh's oldest craft brewery, serving German-style craft brews and European-Pittsburgh food.
Mad Mex: Delicious Tex-Mex food served at their multiple locations around the city (they have an excellent frozen margarita). The decor is fun and there is something for everyone!
Peace, Love & Little Doughnuts: Fresh little doughnuts with a huge selection of toppings and mix and match. Try the maple bacon! Locations in the city and suburbs.
Pittsburgh Ice Cream Company: Stop by the Market Street Grocery shop in Market Square to get a scoop of the best ice cream in town. Farm to cone, handcrafted ice cream and sorbet, made with local, fresh, and seasonal ingredients.