Holiday Inn Pittsburgh Central

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

401 Holiday Dr., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15220, United States

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Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
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    Good for the money


    I only stayed there for a night, and had some trouble to find it ("Central" in Portugal means shorter distance from city centre), but it was perfect for our needs.

    Unique Quality: Quiet clean and affordable.

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General Questions About Pittsburgh

by riorich55

On Sunday, besides having Father's Day at my house we are also having a going away party for one of my nieces who is going to be moving to Pittsburgh next month to attend graduate school.

To surprise her, I am trying to compile some information from VT Pittsburgh sites, but I would like to supplement with other thoughts, opinions on places to see, restaurants, websites, or anything in general that you think she would enjoy knowing about.

Re: General Questions About Pittsburgh

by bocmaxima

The South Side/South Carson is sort of the bar/party area. There's a fairly famous restaurant down there called Fathead's that serves great sandwiches. There's also the famous Pittsburgh institution, Primanti Brothers'. Definitely worth it at least once, and there are several locations, including one on South Carson:
The Strip, northeast of Downtown, is also a fun area, although not quite as active with the bars as the South Side is.
Per food though, Pittsburgh is definitely not vegetarian friendly. So, if she doesn't eat meat, then she may have issues.
Heading up to Mount Washington is always fun, particularly around sunset, and you can take the Duquesne Incline up there.
Otherwise, it kind of depends on what she's into. There are lots of parks, some decent shopping, and plenty of outdoor opportunities once you get out of the city a bit.

Re: General Questions About Pittsburgh

by riorich55

Colin, Thanks for the info. If you think of anything else let me know.

Re: General Questions About Pittsburgh

by mikelisaanna

Feel free to visit our Pittsburgh page here on Virtual Tourist. It is one of the most underrated cities in the USA. I am assuming that she will be attending Pitt or Carnegie-Mellon, which are both located in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. In that area are a couple of good museums - The Carnegie Art Museum and Natural History Museum, which share a buidling. If she likes nature, there is the Phipps Conservatory and nearby Schenley and Frick Parks. The Pitt campus has some interesting architecture, especially the Heinz Chapel and the Cathedral of Learning.

In terms of safety, Pittsburgh is a fairly safe city, but she should beware of certain areas to avoid. One in particular is the Hill District, which is between downtown and Oakland (Hill Street Blues is reputed to have been based on it).

As the previous poster mentioned, the South Side has a good bar district. There are also a number of bars in Oakland, and the Strip District.

She should know in advance that Pittsburgh natives have an unusual accent, nicknamed Pittsburghese. She should also be aware that Pittsburghers are passionate about football, especially the Steelers. The Penguins hockey team is also very popular. If she likes the outdoors, the Allegheny mountains are only a 2-hour drive away. There a re a number of ski resorts there. Just across the border in West Virginia (1 hour south of Pittsburgh), there are a number of rivers where you can go white water rafting.

Re: General Questions About Pittsburgh

by riorich55

Thanks Mike, Lisa and Anna, She is attending Carneige Mellon. She grew up in Texas, so she knows football and then came to Chicago to go to Northwestern which has a good enough football reputation lately. She is not into skiing, but may be willing to do the white water rafting. Thanks again.

Travel Tips for Pittsburgh

WiFi in Pittsburgh

by maestrousmc

Downtown Pittsburgh offers two free hours of wireless Internet access daily in outdoor locations throughout the the entire downtown Pittsburgh area, including the North Shore and lower Hill District. If you sit near a window, you can pick up the free WiFi in some indoor locations as well.

The following link provides wifi hotspots in Pittsburgh. You'll notice the major coffee chains as Starbucks as well as US bookstores like Barnes and Noble and Borders. Both with a few exceptions will have a cafe with the usual items. The link will have a map and contact info. Wifi in Pittsburgh


by VeronicaG

This is one big library! It holds approximately 1,500,000 volumes of material which focuses expressly on the humanities and social sciences. Hours vary depending on the terms and testing periods, but is often open until 2 am to allow for research since it is part of the University of Pittsburgh.

Parking meters are available in the front of the building, but there are also parking lots with hourly rates located at Schenley Plaza,Panther Hollow and at the Soldiers and Sailors Hall parking lot--all within walking distance.

This facility is across the street from the Cathedral of Learning and within walking distance to the Carnegie Natural History Museum in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh. The address is 3960 Forbes Avenue. For more information call 412-648-3330.


by jls274

Pittsburgh has some distinct linguistics :)

Arn City = Iron City
Rilly = Really
You Guys = Youins (pronounced yinz)
Babushka = Bandanna
Chippedtam = very thinly sliced ham
Dahn tahn = Down Town
Gumbans = Rubber bands
Gutchies = Underware
Jaggoff = Jerk
Jimmies = Ice Cream Sprinkles
Jumbo = Baloney
Pop = Soda pop
Redd up = straighten up (your room)
Sammiches = Sandwiches
Slippy = Slippery
Spicket = Sink Tap
Stillers = Stealers

check out more at the wiki website :)

we also tend to leave out "to be", as in

"My car needs washed" as opposed to "My car needs to be washed"

Steelers Football

by mikelisaanna

The Steelers are Pittsburgh's professional football team. They play their home games at Heinz Field, a stadium located just across the Allegheny River from downtown Pittsburgh. Football is extremely popular in Western Pennsylvania and the Steelers are by far Pittsburgh's favorite professional sports team. It is difficult to get tickets to see a Steelers game, so you may have to watch them on TV instead. If you watch the Steelers on TV, do it at a local sports bar to get a feel for how enthusiastic Pittsburgh Steelers fans are. Wear warm clothing if you are going to see a game in October, November or December.

Parks and Trails

by estargrl88

There are several good hiking spots/nature trails in and around Pittsburgh. Right in the city, the best place is Frick Park, around Point Breeze/Squirrel Hill. I would suggest starting in the nature reserve area on Beechwood Blvd. This has a wildflower field and pond, but once you get back on the trails you can find some that extend on for awhile. In some areas, you find lots of dogs too, and it is a good exercise spot for many locals. If you have kids, you could start by the Blue Slide Park (as it's locally known) in Squirrel Hill where there's a big playground, and it also takes you onto the trails further back. In Fox Chapel, maybe half and hour away, is Beechwood Run, which has some trails, and is more of a nature reserve. Further away is Ohiopyle (good for biking, check out the other attractions like white water rafting and Fallingwater if you make the trip out there), the Laurel Valley trails (very scenic, more for hiking and has camping too), and Raccoon State park. These are all an hour or two away.


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 Holiday Inn Pittsburgh Central

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Clarion Hotel And Conference Center
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Address: 401 Holiday Dr., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15220, United States