Pittsburgh is located at the confluence of the Allegheny river, Monongahela river, and Ohio River. Pittsburgh is known as both “the Steel City” for its more than 300 steel-related businesses, and as the “City of Bridges” for its 446 bridges. Pittsburgh continues rise to the top of cities worth visiting. Recently named one of the “Best Places to Travel in 2016” by Travel + Leisure, rated the nation’s “No. 1 Food City” by Zagat and named among the “Top Destinations on the Rise” by TripAdvisor, it’s easy to see why everyone’s talking about Pittsburgh. Outstanding attractions and amenities, award-winning restaurants and world-class accommodations are among the biggest draws. Add to that the friendly people, affordability and walkability, you’ve got the perfect recipe for an ideal getaway. Pittsburgh is a unique, beautiful, and incredible city, with so many fantastic places to explore and discover!
When you come to Pittsburgh, don’t forget to visit Fallingwater or the Kaufmann Residence, located 43 miles (69 km) southeast of Pittsburgh. Fallingwater is listed among Smithsonian’s Life List of 28 places “to visit before you die” together with the Louvre for “Triumphs of Vision” (come face to face with history’s finest works of art and design). Why is it so famous? It’s a house that doesn’t even appear to stand on solid ground, but instead stretches out over a 30 feet waterfall. It captured everyone’s imagination when it was on the cover of Time magazine in 1938. In 1991, members of the American Institute of Architects named the house the “best all-time work of American architecture.” http://www.fallingwater.org/
If you are curious about bridges, you must visit Pittsburgh. Located at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers, Pittsburgh is bursting with all kinds of bridges: suspension, truss, and cable-stayed spans. Pittsburgh is known as the “City of Bridges” for its 446 bridges. Simply put, Pittsburg has more bridges than any other place in the world. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridges_of_Pittsburgh
If you are a bird lover, you must visit Pittsburgh. The National Aviary, located in West Park on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. The National Aviary’s diverse collection comprises more than 600 birds representing more than 200 species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild. https://www.aviary.org/
If you are a movie fan, you must visit Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has been the location for more than 120 motion pictures and television productions since 1990 and currently is home to the largest sound stage outside Los Angeles and New York. Some of the more notable movies and TV shows filmed in Pittsburgh include: Silence of the Lambs, Flash Dance, Inspector Gadget, Wonder Boys, The Mothman Prophecies, The West Wing, The Guardian, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Smart People, The Next Three Days, Love and Other Drugs, Unstoppable, Abduction, The Dark Knight Rises, Jack Reacher, Out of the Furnace, Grudge Match and The Fault in Our Stars. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_shot_in_Pittsburgh.
Other top-rated tourist attractions in Pittsburgh include but not limited to:
Real estate baron Henry Phipps donated these botanical gardens to the city in 1893. Set in Schenley Park, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers visitors a variety of experiences. The central feature is a 13-room Victorian glasshouse providing something new for visitors with each changing season. The highlights include Japanese, perennial, aquatic and children’s theme gardens. The Discovery Garden has butterfly and bird gardens, a color wheel garden, and a sensory garden.
Address: 1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3830, United States
Official site: www.phipps.conservatory.org
Carnegie Museum of Art
The Carnegie Museum, one of Pittsburgh’s most internationally recognized institutions, houses extensive collections of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings, American and European paintings over the past two centuries, sculpture, decorative art, and architecture. On display are such items as models, drawings, casts and photos. The museum is named for its founder Andrew Carnegie who embarked on his vision for an art center in the late 1800s.
Address: 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4007, United States
Official site: www.cmoa.org
Carnegie Science Center
In North Side, on the north bank of the Allegheny River, is the huge Carnegie Science Center with a focus on science and technology. The museum offers more than 250 hands-on exhibits dealing with science and technology. Among the subjects dealt with are industrial processing methods, the use of energy and socio-cultural aspects of nutrition.
Some of the unique features include the Pacific Coral Reef Aquarium which displays a wide range of tropical fish, and the Rangos Omnimax Theater with a with a dome four-story domed IMAX Theater. The Henry Buhl Jr. Planetarium and Observatory provides a unique glimpse of outer space. Meanwhile, the Miniature Railroad and Village document the state’s history and culture.
Also on site is the USS Requin, a World War II submarine that held a crew of eighty. Guided tours are given by former submariners.
Address: One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5850, United States
Official site: www.carnegiesciencecenter.org
Andy Warhol Museum
The museum contains a comprehensive collection of the city’s most famous artist and American Pop Art pioneer. Exhibits cover all facets of Warhol’s prolific career as a painter, filmmaker, record producer, stage designer, author, magazine publisher, and celebrity-gazer.
The Andy Warhol Museum, opened in 1994, is devoted to the life and work of this Pop Art artist, who was born in North Side. Housed in a restored warehouse, it displays paintings, drawings, prints, films and videos by Warhol.
Address: 117 Sandusky Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5890, United States
Official site: www.warhol.org
Frick Art and Historical Center
The Frick The Frick Art and Historical Center is a complex of museums and historical buildings located across five acres of lawns and gardens in Pittsburgh’s residential East End. The property belonged to Helen Clay Frick, daughter of Henry Frick. The highlight is the Frick Art Museum which displays the art collection of Helen Clay Frick. It is located in the Clayton, which was Henry Frick’s mansion and the only surviving one on Millionaire’s row. On display are pictures ranging in date from the early Renaissance to the end of the 18th century. The collection contains Italian, French and Flemish paintings through the eighteenth-century; sixteenth-century tapestries and Chinese porcelains.
Also on site is the Car & Carriage Museum including a 1914 Rolls Royce and 1931 Pierce Arrow 43 Club Sedan.
Address: 7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208-2919, United States
Official site: www.thefrickpittsburgh.org
Since 1877, this funicular railway has served the residents and businesses of the Duquesne Heights and Mount Washington sections of Pittsburgh. From the cars there are great view out over the city. Utilizing two original 1877 cable cars, the Duquesne Incline is a working museum, with the upper station providing photos and displays on the history of the incline. Visitors can also see the inner workings of the incline.
Address: 1220 Grandview Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15211, United States
Official site: www.duquesneincline.org
The Strip District, on the Allegheny River at the north-east corner of the Golden Triangle, was formerly occupied by warehouses and railroad installations but is now one of the city’s main tourist centers and a scene of lively activity throughout the day. The area is home to shopping, art, dining, and all kinds of markets to buy produce, meat, and a variety of other foods. Visitors may want to come down here to simply enjoy a meal or spend a whole day wandering in and out of the small shops lining the Strip. Saturdays are particularly busy but also a fun time to visit.
Official site: http://neighborsinthestrip.com/
Point State Park
The heart of Pittsburgh is the “Golden Triangle” at the junction of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers. At the tip of the triangle is Point State Park, with one of the country’s largest fountains, symbolizing the birth of the Ohio. This was the site of Fort Pitt, of which there now remains only a blockhouse. The fort’s original appearance is shown in dioramas in the Fort Pitt Museum, a re-created eighteenth-century bastion of the famous British fort.
The 36-acre park commemorates the British settlement of the frontier outpost in 1754 until the French seized the area. Later, the British regained supremacy and erected a new fort.
Address: 101 Commonwealth Place
Official site: www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/point/
If you are a fan of architectures, one thing you must see, the Fallingwater (http://www.fallingwater.org/), a house built between 1936 and 1939 over a waterfall, about 43 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.