August 1, 2019

City Spotlight: Pittsburgh

Why visit Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania?

  • A diverse city comprised of 90 boroughs, each with their own unique flavor
  • Breathtaking views of Mount Washington and the cityscape itself
  • Home to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates
  • No sales tax on clothing and shoes – perfect for shopping
  • Rich art, culture, and lots of museums
  • Family-friendly city with fun for all ages
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Frontdesk welcomes you to Pittsburgh, PA! It is home to several champion sports teams, the Andy Warhol Museum, and a signature dish that puts french fries on sandwiches rather than on the side. Located in western Pennsylvania at the junction of three rivers, Pittsburgh has something for everyone. The “Steel City” is famous for its industrial past and its more than 400 bridges, but has also become well known as a cultural hub and artsy city in recent years. From shopping to dining to museum hopping, you will enjoy what Pittsburgh has to offer whether you’re visiting for work or play.

Pittsburgh Vacations

This northeastern town will entertain all ages. There are plenty of cultural and historical sites to see in Pittsburgh in addition to restaurants, bars, or more family-friendly activities.

Pittsburgh Business Trips

Many people travel to Pittsburgh for work, but that doesn’t mean your trip has to be all business and no fun. Pittsburgh has a lot to offer so be sure to enjoy some of the city’s attractions and experiences while you’re in town.

Pittsburgh Neighborhoods

Downtown
Downtown Pittsburgh features historic attractions and a 14-block Cultural District, plus lots of entertainment and dining options. Grab a bite to eat in Market Square or take a stroll through Point State Park.

The Strip
The Strip District, often called “The Strip,” is a narrow, one-half mile strip of land just outside of Downtown. The eclectic marketplace area is full of unique shops, street vendors, specialty grocers, produce stands, sidewalk vendors, and more.

Lawrenceville
The once-industrial, now up-and-coming neighborhood is trendy, artsy, and hip. Lawrenceville hosts lots of art events like Art All Night and has a great dining and nightlife scene.

Shadyside
This neighborhood is a unique blend of old and new; upscale shops and boutiques meet historic Victorian homes. It is a very dog-friendly neighborhood with over 50 dog-friendly businesses!

Squirrel Hill
Squirrel Hill is a family-friendly neighborhood with two large parks spanning 1100 acres: Schenley Park, which is a great place to hike, bike, and even play an 18-hole round of golf, and Blue Slide Park (part of Frick Public Park) which features a famous playground with a steep blue slide.

What is there to do in Pittsburgh?

Whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, Pittsburgh has a lot to offer. From breathtaking views to shopping, cultural museums, and family fun, there is something for everyone in this Pennsylvanian city.

Catch a View

One of the best views of the city is from Mount Washington, on the Duquesne Incline observation deck. Hop aboard a century-old cable car and ride one of the few remaining inclines in the country. For those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground, Point Park, which is located right where the three rivers meet, also offers beautiful views of downtown.

Explore the Museums

Art lovers should plan to visit the Andy Warhol Museum, home to the largest collection of Warhol art and archives in the world. There are three other Carnegie museums in Pittsburgh: Art, Natural History, and the Science Center. Mattress Factory is another unique museum with contemporary art and experimental installations.

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Fun for the Whole Family

When traveling with family, you don’t have to worry about keeping everyone entertained. Pittsburgh has lots of family-friendly options, including the Pittsburgh Zoo, Kennywood Amusement Park, and of course catching a game at PNC Field or Heinz Field. 

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Shop ‘Til You Drop

There is plenty of shopping to be had in Pittsburgh and don’t forget that there is no sales tax on clothing here! Downtown and Shadyside feature many boutiques and small stores to find unique fashion. You can also head 10 miles north to Ross Park Mall for over 150 of the larger retailers.

Restaurants & Bars

With 90 boroughs in Pittsburgh, there is a wide variety of restaurant and bar options in the city. Stop by beautiful Market Square in downtown for dinner at Sienna on the Square, which features Italian dishes and an extensive wine list. Of course, a trip to Pittsburgh wouldn’t be complete without visiting one of the Primanti Bros locations for the city’s signature sandwich comprised of grilled meat, melted cheese, coleslaw, and french fries stuffed between the bread. After hours, you’ll want to check out Spirit in Lawrenceville, which is an eclectic multi-level bar/music venue/pizza parlor hybrid that hosts lots of events from live bands to the more unusual weekly Sunday-night Bingo Bango. The drink menu features a large beer list, including many Pittsburgh brews, plus a variety of classic cocktails with a twist.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pittsburgh

The city was established in 1758 by General John Forbes.
General John Forbes named the city in honor of British statesman William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham. Interestingly, the city’s name was federally recognized as “Pittsburg” with no h from 1891 to 1911, although that decision was reversed after a public campaign.
Pittsburgh gets its nickname from its past as a leading steel manufacturer with more than 300 steel-related businesses.

Anyone who knows anyone from Pittsburgh knows that the locals have their own way of speaking. Common “Pittsburghese” terms include: yinz (you all), slippy (slippery), warsh (wash), redd up (clean up), jagger (thorn), n’at (et cetera; and all that), and gum band (rubber band).

Pittsburgh is most well-known for their football team, the Steelers, who hold several Super Bowl records. Pittsburgh is also known for their hockey team, the Penguins, and their baseball team, the Pirates. Fun fact: all three teams share the same colors, which is why Pittsburgh is said to “bleed black and gold.”

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