As Pittsburghers, we are a proud people. As residents of the "burgh," we are thrilled to see our city receiving so many accolades on the news. Listed as one of the top places to live, work, and visit in the United States, Pittsburgh has achieved this status according to the likes of National Geographic Traveler Magazine, which ranked Pittsburgh highest in their Best Cities in the United States Top 30 List. TripAdvisor also touted Lawrenceville as one of the 14 coolest hipster neighborhoods in the U.S. in 2018.
Many of us are die-hard sports fans who bleed black and gold so we're certainly proud of our Pittsburgh Steelers, who’ve played in eight championship NFL games, winning six Super Bowl rings and being victorious four times in six years. Our Pirates have won the MLB World Series five times, although it’s been a few decades since their last championship, and the five-time NHL Stanley Cup Champion Penguins keep fans on the edge of their seats all winter long. Yes, Pittsburgh has a rich sports history and culture which includes a plethora of other teams for local fans to root for when attending minor league or even high school sporting events.
Speaking of culture, what other region can boast a signature sandwich from the almost famous Primanti Brothers? Their signature sandwich is a handheld meal. It comes with meat, cheese, coleslaw, tomato slices, and French fries on Mancini’s Italian bread. And then there’s the Pittsburgh salad – all those veggies and grilled meat topped with French fries!
Pittsburgh is not only proud of its many achievements and cuisine; it’s also proud of our neighborhoods, breweries, cultural attractions, which include world-class fine and performing arts housed in beautiful venues and museums, and citizens! It’s hard to pick just a few, but if you visit our fine city, we recommend the following experiences.
Three Rivers Sightseeing Cruise
Reviewers on the popular travel site Expedia recommend this hour-long, three rivers (Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio) excursion on the Gateway Clipper Fleet. Your riverboat captain will narrate and navigate the journey while passengers enjoy spectacular views of the city's waterfront and skyline. For the $22 adult fare, this ticket price is actually quite a bargain given the experience.
Take the Duquesne Incline to Mount Washington and walk to the overlook to get the best view of the city, including Point State Park (locally known as "The Point") where the three rivers meet. This lively neighborhood boasts an active business district in addition to scenic parks and recreational activities.
Phipps CONSERVATORY and Botanical Gardens
A green oasis in the middle of Pittsburgh’s vibrant Oakland neighborhood, Phipps has provided a world-class garden experience to its visitors since 1893. Visit to discover breathtaking seasonal flower shows and special exhibits, a nationally-recognized orchid collection, butterflies, botanical gardens, family-fun activities, and much more. Click here to view hours and buy tickets.
Bites & Brews
It seems like a new restaurant or brewery pops up weekly in and around the Pittsburgh area, giving visitors the opportunity to try local bites and brews. With so many neighborhood-specific joints, it’s hard to decide where to visit. Enter ‘Burgh Bits and Bites Food Tour. Discover the Strip District featuring a melting pot of ethnic eateries interlaced with specialty shops, local produce, and sidewalk vendors. Head up the street a few miles to experience Bloomfield, Pittsburgh's Little Italy, or Lawrenceville, where you will taste delicious specialties from local shops and eateries. Move on to Brookline, Northside or South Side and get a historic narrative of the area along with sampling of cuisine from some of Pittsburgh's best small local businesses. If you rather visit breweries than restaurants, give City Brew Tours Pittsburgh a try. The company offers daily all-inclusive brewery tours to Pittsburgh’s top breweries and brewpubs. Every tour includes up to 15 different brews, a beer pairing meal, and round-trip transportation.
Randyland is the home of artist, Randy Gilson. Located in the Mexican War Streets district of Pittsburgh's Northside, the Randyland courtyard is open most days between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Visitors are welcome to come and explore the public art displays in and around the property. Using paints, plants, plastic animals, yard sale finds, and discarded construction materials, creator Randy Gilson has transformed his home and surrounding buildings into a colorful Pittsburgh landmark. This vibrant set of buildings is a centerpiece that continues to attract both tourists and locals.
Whether you’re a foodie, a sports enthusiast, a fan of music, or someone who likes to see it all, Pittsburgh offers numerous opportunities to try something new, or stick with the tried-and-true. From rock concerts at Stage AE to wooden roller coasters at Kennywood amusement park to trying food markets like Smallman Galley, we hope you enjoy all of the things that make our home, well, home.