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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.

When To Go

With affordable prices and lively events, Pittsburgh can be a prime vacation destination. The most popular times to visit are spring for its pleasant weather, and fall for the changing leaves. Business travel peaks during these times, and prices tend to reflect the increase in visitors. Summer is also a busy time to go, because schools are on vacation and major festivals take place. The least popular time to go is the winter, due to cold and unpredictable weather. However, prices are lower and those who enjoy winter activities find this to be the ideal time to visit.

high season: April to October
low season: December to February
shoulder season: March, November

Weather Information

Pittsburgh experiences four diverse seasons. Summers can get hot, with an average high temperature of 83 degrees. Fall brings warm days, with highs averaging 64 degrees, though temperatures drop at night. High temperatures in winter average 39 degrees, but freezing temperatures are common. Snowstorms may occur in the city, and snow accumulation can be expected. Spring sees sunny and cool days, with average highs of 61 degrees, and occasional showers.

Crowd Information

Pittsburgh gets busy during the summer festival season, with major annual events such as the Three Rivers Arts Festival in June and the Three Rivers Regatta in July. First Night on New Year's Eve and Pittsburgh Steelers football games also attract large crowds.

Closure Information

Hotels, shops, and restaurants remain open throughout the year. However, museums and some attractions may close on Mondays.

When to Save

Hotels are the least expensive in the winter (usually January and February), when many properties offer discounted "Cabin Fever" rates. Spring and fall tend to be more expensive times to visit than the summer or winter, because more conventions and business meetings come to town.

Information provided by the Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau