About Pittsburgh

by SmarterTravel Staff
Pittsburgh skyline (Photo: Jeff Hixon, Commonwealth Media Services 1996)

With a vibrant arts scene, historical significance, and range of cuisine to tempt any taste bud, Pittsburgh has come a long way since its days as Steel City.

Pittsburgh is consistently recognized for being a top arts destination, and it's easy to see why. Free Downtown walking tours show off the city's abundant public artworks, while Lawrenceville, situated in the 16:62 Design Zone, is a prime location for studios and galleries. In the North Shore, The Warhol exhibits famous creations by the pop artist, while the Carnegie Science Center is one of the city's most popular destinations. The 4,000 animals at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium are also a common attraction.


But Pittsburgh tourism doesn't end at just looking pretty. The city's legacy as a stop on the Underground Railroad is well noted, and many landmarks are open to guests. The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum takes sightseers on an historic four-mile tour, while Kennywood Park, founded in 1898, preserves classic rides.

If all the sightseeing wears you out, rest your feet at one of the numerous restaurants in the city. The Strip offers fresh produce, meat, and fish, as well as bistros and shopping. Or head to Bloomfield, Pittsburgh's Little Italy, for some cannoli and tortellini. If you're looking for fantastic scenery along with your entree, head up to Mount Washington's Restaurant Row, where upscale eateries offer a panoramic view of the Golden Triangle.

The Pittsburgh International Airport sees more than 14 million travelers each year, so finding flights to Pittsburgh should be an easy task from most cities.

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