Pittsburgh, the second largest city in Pennsylvania, is known not only as Steel City for is history with the steel production industry and its more that 300 steel-related current businesses, it’s also called the City of Bridges – there are 446 of them. We’re not suggesting you visit them all but there are a few that stand out and are worth seeing. (Check out some of Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation’s the self-guided walks).
Pittsburgh has plenty of attractions for every taste, whether you’re a sports fan, arts enthusiast or history buff.
The north side is home to many popular sites for visitors including the Carnegie Science Center, National Aviary, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh (fun for all ages!), the Allegheny Observatory (this website could use some help), and the Andy Warhol Museum, dedicated entirely to the city’s native son.
The south side area boasts East Carson Street, once the heart of Pittsburgh’s steel-working neighborhood, it features 15 blocks of Victorian architecture and was designated a National Historic District. There are plenty of funky and colorful boutiques, a variety of restaurants, art galleries, theater and live music venues – all within walking distance of one another.
Northeast of the central business district is the Strip District – another hip and trendy area of town. Also located here is the Heinz History Center with its eclectic collection of cultural artifacts and is home to the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.
The east end’s many attractions include the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, Schenley Park which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district, and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
On the west end, be sure to visit Mt. Washington, with its famous view of the downtown skyline. Take the Monongahela or Duquesne incline, funiculars that climb the hill to lookouts like Grandview Overlook.
The above is just a small sampling of the Steel City’s attractions. Find plenty more by visiting www.visitpittsburgh.com.