The CARE Travel team just returned from Pittsburgh, PA and we have so many great things to say about the city! Neither of us had been before, but now we would highly recommend it for a fun weekend getaway. Check out the top things you need to check out if you decide to pay a visit to the city of bridges.
Fun Facts About Pittsburgh
- There are three rivers that converge at Pittsburgh: the Ohio, Allegheny, and Monogahela River. These three rivers made Pittsburgh an ideal area to settle in for trade and military defense.
- In 1869, Heinz Company was founded in Pittsburgh by Henry John Heinz.
- In 1959, the city was impacted by the 116 day long industry steel strike. This strike marked at a turning point for the steel industry as Americans turned to importing steel. The steel industry declined the next 40 years with 29 steel companies going bankrupt.
- Pittsburgh actually gets more rain and snow then Seattle!
- There are 29 colleges in Pittsburgh. You’ll find University of Pittsburgh, Point Park University, Carnegie Mellon University and so much more in the city!
We stayed at the Renaissance Hotel, a gorgeous Marriott property. It is seriously stunning and the location of the Renaissance was really ideal for walking to many different areas in the city. Centrally located in the Cultural District, home to the city’s premier theaters and concert halls, we were steps away from Heinz Hall, Benedum Center, August Wilson Center and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. If you want to attend a game or a concert, it’s walking distance to PNC Park and Heinz Field.
This category could also be described as “top insta locations,” haha. We enjoyed running around and taking in all of the sites.
- Randy Land was probably our top favorite activity on our exploration day. It’s an incredible landmark building on the North side of Pittsburgh, filled with vividly colored, upbeat murals & objects. It is joy in a building, trust us when we say you have to check it out! “Where most saw a dilapidated building surrounded by crime, Randy saw an opportunity to create a place of cheerfulness for generations of people to enjoy. He knew that love would fill the cracks.”
- Mt. Washington Overlook is directly across the Monongahela River from downtown. It’s the best place to go for a stunning view of Pittsburgh and the three rivers. Check out “restaurant row” while you’re there!
- The Pennsylvanian was originally constructed in 1900 for use as Pittsburgh’s Union Station, it’s is considered one of the city’s most architecturally significant buildings. Interestingly enough, you can actually live there in an apartment now! It’s also used as a wedding and event venue and we understand why!
- Roberto Clemente Bridge (6th Street Bridge) is one of the ‘Three Sisters’ bridges, which also include the 7th and 9th Street Bridges.
- Market Square was only about a five minute walk from where we were staying, so it became a frequently visited location. It’s lively, with seating that allows you to soak in all the chaos from a distance. With plenty of restaurants, and often live music in the evenings it’s a really enjoyable place to end the day.
- The Highline is an area that’s continuing to gain popularity. Many photographers frequent this area for the creative photoshoot options, like parking garages, colorful buildings, murals, beautiful river views, coffee shops and more.
People had some strong feelings about places we needed to try – and we love that. When people are passionate about their food, we want to trust that.
- Primanti Bros is an iconic sandwich shop that has been a staple of the city since 1933. There are multiple locations throughout Pittsburgh (even at the airport), but the oldest is in the Strip District. It was such a fun atmosphere, and the food didn’t disappoint!
- The Vandal was a great brunch option in Lawrenceville, a short drive from where we stayed in the cultural district.
- Fl. 2 is another iconic brunch spot. Located in the Fairmont Hotel, we heard countless amazing things! Also just a short walk from Market Square.
- Bakersfield – Tacos, Tequila, Whiskey. An easy and delicious dinner location!
- Peace Love & Little Donuts had the tastiest treats and most amazing variety of donuts. I love sweets, and I was so excited to come across this location. We tried a variety of flavors and every single one was delicious. Located in the Strip District!
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