Pittsburgh Travel Guide

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Pittsburgh Things to Do

  • Duquesne Incline

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Pittsburgh is quite an old city with a history reflected in its old neighborhoods, old buildings, old streets and a reputation for once being THE leading steel and glass producing city in the country. In other words, Pittsburgh has a particular identity. The Duquesne Incline is part of Pittsburgh's historical identity and also a unique mode of...

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  • Kennywood Amusement Park

    This is a lovely amusement park with fun rides (unless you are a roller-coaster buff) and great food. The only down side is the price, which has increased greatly over the past 5 years. I typically took the night-rider specials (come in after 5pm and pay less), but the price of this has increased from 12.99 about five years ago to 19.99 now. As...

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  • Andy Warhol Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    To many, the name Andy Warhol is synonymous with the popular 1960s Pop Art movement! And indeed, he was one of the most influential artists of his time. His artwork, as well as he himself, has stood the test of time to become quite iconic! He even coined the phrase "15 minutes of fame" with his quote, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous...

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Pittsburgh Restaurants

  • Primanti Brothers

    4 out of 5 stars

    Holy overrated sandwich batman. I had the #2 best seller, and I almost asked for a refund. Fries were no where near crisp, slaw was bland, and the steak was just a poor cut of meat. The bread was definitely fresh, but it was the most flavorful component, and that was not what it was supposed to be. I likely will not return, because I have checked...

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  • Church Brew Works

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    The Church Brew Works had long been on my radar as a brewpub to visit. From what I gathered it was Belgian beer influenced and set in a huge old church. It sounded too good to be true and as it turned out, it was. After a few passed through and around Pittsburgh over the years, I finally found myself staying in town for a night. Though I loved...

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  • The Original Hotdog Shop

    4 out of 5 stars

    Be sure to stop by this popular Pittsburgh Landmark--The Original Hot Dog Shop in the Oakland area, near the University of Pittsburgh. A proudly displayed sign on the window declares that Football Hall of Famer, Dan Marino ate here for many years. Since it was such a local tradition, my husband suggested I include it in my photos of...

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Pittsburgh Nightlife

  • The South Side

    Looking for a good time at night? Pittsburgh's premier place for nightlife is East Carson St, in the South Side area. It has almost a mile of restaurants, clubs, coffee shops, and other places to go. This is THE place to see and be seen in Pittsburgh. It depends upon the club.

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  • The Strip

    This was known as a favorite place for local people to go and party or just hang out. Well, maybe it was a "happening" place once. When I visited, there was very little going on. Someone told me that there had been a shooting some time ago, which scared a lot of people away. During the day, this is still a lively shopping area. Casual.

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  • Buon Giorno III -- Market Square

    We stopped at Buon Giorno at Market Square because of its authentic Italian look and feel. Stepping in the door we immediately saw Birra Moretti on tap, an Italian favorite. We sat next to the bar and for about 10 minutes failed to get the attention of the waitress. Then I went up to the bar and for at least 5 minutes could not attract attention...

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Pittsburgh Transportation

  • The PAT buses

    The PAT buses are not the most luxurious way to travel, however, during the day they are perfectly fine and shouldn't be dangerous (they might be a bit more sketchy late at night). Fares are 2.50 for one direction, and you need to have exact change. If you will be riding the bus several times, you might want to buy bus tickets, which come in packs...

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  • Walk the Smithfield Street Bridge

    Most of the many spans across the rivers into Pittsburgh are relatively new and uninteresting concrete and arch steel structures. The most notable exception to this is the Smithfield Street Bridge, which has wooden pedestrian walks outside the lenticular trusses on each side. So, the beauty of the bridge is best seen on foot, although the entrance...

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  • Light Rail System

    There is a good working light rail system that is above ground outside of downtown, but goes underground in the city. I'd like to see this system speed up a bit, in frequency of trains, speed of transit between stops, and during stops at stations. Note the image of commuters lined up at a light near Liberty Tunnel. These folks could easily park on...

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Pittsburgh Shopping

  • Stock up on Groceries

    Giant Eagle Market is a local chain of grocery stores in the Pittsburgh area, and was recommended to us by the Marriott Residence Inn hotel staff. As previously mentioned, our hotel was an all suite hotel and had a wonderful full, but compact kitchen and dining area. Great for fixing meals to stretch your travel budget! The hotel's terrace also...

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  • Almond Macaroons

    One of the many shops we stopped at on Saturday morning on our walk through the Strip District was The Enrico Biscotti Co. Sue and I had a few things here and absolutely fell in love with the taste of the Almond Macaroons. So much in fact that we made it a point to order about 12 dozen for our daughter's wedding in September following our visit....

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  • Grove City Outlets

    The variety of shops there and the low prices for goods which are about 2 or 3 times more expensive in Europe! EverythingPrime Outlets - Grove City is rated as one of the top 20 Outlet Centers in the United States by Value Retail News (August, 2004). With over 140 brand named outlets, Prime Outlets - Grove City customers realize savings from 25% -...

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Pittsburgh Local Customs

  • Glass manufacturing

    My visit to Pittsburgh had two purposes - Carnegie Library and the glass school. I was not disappointed, and I suggest that, if you never saw working in glass, try to visit the school. It is well equipped, they do a nice work, and working in glass is really a tremendous performance.

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  • KDKA - World's first radio station

    KDKA radio, created by Westinghouse Electric in Pittsburgh, is the world's first commercial radio station. Originally located in East Pittsburgh, but moved to Gateway Center in the 1950s after the area was revitalized. KDKA's studios still reside here in Gateway Center.A plaque in Gateway Center near Point State Parks commemorates the original site...

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  • Pittsburgh Post Gazette

    The Post Gazette is Pittsburgh's main daily newspaper. Their main offices are located downtown just a block from Point State Park, where you can watch tomorrow's headlines printing before your eyes as the printing presses are at street level behind large plate-glass windows.A plaque on this building commemorates John Scull, who in 1786, became the...

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Pittsburgh Warnings and Dangers

  • Downtown Pittsburgh Not Safe!

    Like other major downtown areas, downtown Pittsburgh is not safe. There just as many thefts, if not more, than in real neighborhoods, including poorer ones. The crime also tends to be random and opportunistic so just about anyone can be a victim whether they are involved with drugs or not (and there is plenty of that).Don't be fooled into moving...

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  • Neighborhoods to avoid

    Pittsburgh is a very nice city, but like every city, it has its slums. In the city:Homewood - this is probably the most crime ridden neighborhood in Pittsburgh. There is not very many homicides but there is an extremely large risk of theft.The Hill District - The Hill has the most cases of theft and violent crimes. There is no attractions in the...

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  • after dark excursions

    there are almost no problems anywhere in pittsburgh if you travel during the day time. when the sun goes down it can be a different story. areas to avoid would be Larmer, Lincoln, Lemmington, Homewood and East Hills. Homestead, Hazelwood. North Side, South Side, Hill District. Sometimes Lawrenceville. Duquesne and McKeesport. most of these are high...

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Pittsburgh Tourist Traps

  • Avoid the Hill District, in or outside...

    I was visiting a friend for the first time in a Hill District house that he's moving from. As I crested a hill a rock thrown by a young black boy pelted the side of my car. I backed up, watched him and a friend climb a fence. I kept them in view and caught up with them on another street, where they lumbered over another fence into what was probably...

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  • Harmony

    Harmony was an attempt to create an earthly, socialist utopia. If this sounds like a pipe dream, that's because it was. In time, this noble experiment failed, as socialism always has. I visited the museum, during the posted hours of operation. No one answered the door. There are a few shops around, selling the usual tourist stuff. Not...

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  • Pittsburgh- YES!!!

    The zoo is a great place to take kids, bring your own food if you can. It is expensive. It gets hot in the summer too. The Andy Warhold Musuem: GO! Definetly worth the 10$. Parking is terribly expensive. Downtown, southside, and other 'hip' areas of Pittsburgh you will hear of are absolutely dying for parking. Park in a garage, at a meter, or at a...

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Pittsburgh What to Pack

  • Not the Fun and Sun Beach Destination

    A small carryon bag Shorts are likely not a go here. But then again neither have we seen many get very dressed up other than formal parties like a wedding. A casual approach works best here. Shampoo, conditioner, lotion, hair gel, contact lenses, lens solution, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, brush, shaving cream and razor Do you go anywhere...

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  • Pittsburgh--The City

    Pittsburgh is located in Southwestern Pennsylvania. It's the second largest city in the state, coming after Philadelphia and lies within Allegheny County. The population is 1,336,449 making it the 13th largest city in the nation, with the distinction of being the United States' largest inland port (map from Essential Atlas of the World).

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  • Raingear and maps

    Pittsburgh has more rain than many other American cities, so bring an umbrella and a waterproof raincoat or windbreaker. Also, bring warm clothing in the winter, because it does get cold. Bring a camera. The Pittsburgh are is prettier than most people who have never been there think it would be. If you are driving, buy a good, detailed map of...

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Pittsburgh Off The Beaten Path

  • Big Mac Museum

    To celebrate all things Big Mac, you can visit the Big Mac Museum located in a town called North Huntingdon, east of Pittsburgh, off Route 30. The iconic Big Mac was created by a Western PA McDonald's franchiser over 50 years ago. The museum is filled with McDonald's memorabilia, plus it has the world's biggest Big Mac replica. If you do get...

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  • "America's Taj Mahal"

    While walking around I picked up a brochure for Prabhupada's Palace of Gold" near Wheeling, West Virginia, which must be within a reasonable driving distance of Pittsburgh. I had never heard of THIS "Taj Mahal!" The brochure pictures an enormous-looking palace and other buildings surrounded by highly decorated stone walls.Tours take you into the...

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  • Frank Lloyd Wright's "Fallingwater"

    If you know in advance that you'll be visiting the Pittsburgh area and you're an "organic" or modernist architecture fan, you may want to make reservations to see one of celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright's most celebrated works: the house known as "Fallingwater."Wright designed the house named "Fallingwater" for EdgarJ. Kaufmann and family,...

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Pittsburgh Sports & Outdoors

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates

    Since the inception of the Pirates in 1887, they have won five World Series championships. They also played in the very first World Series in 1903. The team's most famous moment is probably Bill Mazeroski's game-winning, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of game 7 in the 1960 World Series against the Yankees (the only World Series...

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  • PNC Park

    PNC Park is the beautiful new home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. It sits in downtown, right along the Allegheny River, overlooking the city. The stadium, completed in 2001, seats 38,362 fans and cost $262 million to construct. This is the fifth stadium the Pirates have played in since the team was established in 1887. Down the right field line, it is...

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  • An Extreme Sports Club is founded in...

    The D4DR Club is a social club like no other.Geared at those individuals that are willing to go on vacation to that far flung, war torn country or the guy who is wiling to risk his life by bungee jumping inside a cave....They come from all walks of life. Men and women of all denominations and races, their common denominator is an elongated D4DR...

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Pittsburgh Favorites

  • David L. Lawrence Convention Center

    David L. Lawrence Convention Center, completed in 2003, is not to be confused with the original David L. Lawrence Convention Center that was completed in the 1960s or 70s. This convention center is state of the art, the largest certified green facility in the world. This is also the site of the September 2009 G-20 conference, a gathering of the...

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  • Site of Fort Lafayette

    Fort Lafayette was constructed at present day Penn Avenue and Ninth Street. It was completed in 1792 after the end of the Revolutionary War, as hostilities continued between natives and local settlers. Fort Pitt was no longer serviceable, so Fort Lafayette was created in its place, mainly to serve as a supply deport for Fort McIntosh. Later in 1794...

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  • Union Station (AKA Penn Station)

    Built from 1898 to 1903, Pittsburgh's Union Station connected the Pennsylvania Railroad to several regional lines such as the Pennsylvania and Steubenville Railroad, the Pennsylvania and Charleston Railroad, the Ohio and Pennsylvania Railroad, Western Pennsylvania Railroad, and the Allegheny Valley Railroad. This is the fourth Union Station...

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  • Dec 31, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Be sure to take the old Funicular up to the top of Mt Washington for an absolutely spectacular view of the Ohio/Monongahela Rivers and downtown Pittsburgh

 
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