One Weekend in Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Article
One Weekend in Pittsburgh
What if you (or someone you know) only had one weekend to spend in the Steel City? What would you choose to do? What would you tell a friend not to miss? While the answers might be as varied as the people providing them, there are always a few things that probably come to mind for anyone familiar with Pittsburgh’s many charms. Here’s a short list of what we recommend everyone experience at least once when visiting Pittsburgh – happy traveling!
The best time to visit Mount Washington is around sunset and we suggest hanging out long enough to get a nighttime view of downtown Pittsburgh while you’re there. Get there by taking the Duquesne Incline, an iconic funicular that, along with the nearby Monongahela Incline, is one of just two remaining in the city. The Duquesne Incline has been in operation for more than 100 years and at the top affords an amazing view of downtown Pittsburgh from a viewing platform. Insider Tip: Head up the hill about 500 feet from the incline station to see the unique “Point of View” statue – and an even more breathtaking view of the Steel City!
Saturday morning is a great time to visit the Strip District, which encompasses about a half square-mile and lies just north of downtown Pittsburgh. This historic neighborhood has been through many changes over the years, morphing from a center of industry to an area full of warehouses. Today, the Strip District in Pittsburgh is home to one of Pittsburgh’s largest international market districts and has become a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. Insider Tip: Check out Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar while here – you won’t regret it!
Andy Warhol Museum
The Andy Warhol Museum is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist. Warhol was a Pittsburgh native and today the museum holds an extensive permanent collection of art, along with many archives of the pop-art icon himself, and is one of several Carnegie Museums in Pittsburgh.
North Shore Bike Trail
Weather permitting, Pittsburgh’s North Shore Bike Trail is an excellent way to take in some incredible views of downtown and other parts of the city, including the stadiums. Take the time to cross at least one of the many bridges crossing the River and also make the short ride over to the Point for a quintessential Steel City experience. Insider Tip: Healthy Ride offers bike rentals at North Shore Riverfront Park.
Oakland on Sunday
Since Sunday’s are hit or miss with many of Pittsburgh’s attractions closed or keeping odd hours, stop by Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood – which is usually bustling – before heading out of town. You’ll find the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University here, but the neighborhood’s star attraction is easily Phipps Conservatory, which first opened in 1893. Insider Tip: Stop inside the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning, located just a few blocks from Phipps, to take a peak inside one of the world’s tallest (and most striking) university buildings.