Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania makes for an ideal weekend getaway or longer vacation. Known for its picturesque views and unique neighborhoods, the “Steel City” has plenty to offer visitors. What should a person know when visiting?

Getting There and Around  

The Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) services over nine million passengers per year. The airport is only 30 minutes from downtown, making transportation to hotels and attractions fast and affordable via rideshare, taxi, or the airport shuttle pittsburgh. Pittsburgh also has an extensive bus system, light rail, inclines, and even water taxis to help you explore.

Top Neighborhoods and Attractions

There are many things to see and do when visiting the city. You may wish to choose one neighborhood each day to explore. The following attractions can be found in specific neighborhoods.

· Downtown: This area along the Allegheny River features Point State Park and the iconic yellow bridges. If you love baseball, score tickets to a Pirates game at PNC Park. For those who prefer hockey, PPG Paints Arena is home to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Cultural District houses theaters, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and more.  

· The Strip District: Just northeast of Downtown, this former warehouse area now contains cafés, shops, markets, and fun nightlife. Be sure to visit the Pittsburgh Public Market to sample local food items.  

· South Side: Bars, restaurants, boutique shops, and cafés make this area perfect for strolling on a nice day. Walk over the South Side Bridge for scenic city views and check out the SouthSide Works cinema and retail complex.  

· North Shore: Across the Allegheny River are Heinz Field and PNC Park sports stadiums with riverfront trails connecting the two. Ride the Ducky Tour amphibious vehicle for water and land sightseeing.  

· Mt. Washington: For the best panoramic views of Pittsburgh, head to Mt. Washington. Take the Duquesne Incline or walk up for scenes of downtown and the three rivers. Stop by Grandview Avenue for locally-loved restaurants and shops.

· Oakland: Oakland is home to The University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Take in a show at the Carnegie Music Hall. You might also want to visit the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Art.  

Weekend Itineraries

If you have an entire weekend to spend in the city, plan accordingly. With an itinerary in place, you can make the most of every minute. The following are some sample itineraries for different interests. With a little research, you can create the perfect plan for your visit.

Art Lovers 

Spend an afternoon exploring the galleries and exhibits at the Andy Warhol Museum before having dinner along Penn Ave’s Strip District. On Sunday, peruse the avante-garde installations at the Mattress Factory before seeing the Pittsburgh Symphony perform.   Sports Fans

Catch a Pirates game on Saturday afternoon at PNC Park. If you can, take a riverboat sightseeing cruise that evening. Tailgate Sunday morning before seeing the Steelers or Penguins play at Heinz Field or PPG Paints Arena.

First-time Visitors 

Ride the Duquesne Incline for city views Friday morning before walking around Downtown. Have lunch on Mt. Washington’s Grandview Ave before browsing shops along the South Side. Visit the National Aviary on Saturday morning, then walk or bike along the riverfront trail.

With iconic bridges, charming neighborhoods, world-class museums, and a buzzing food scene, Pittsburgh truly has something for every interest. Use this quick guide to help better plan your visit to the “City of Bridges”.

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