Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: So Much To Do! - PassPorter.com
Award-winning travel guidebooks

   guidebooks   |   news   |   podcasts   |   boards   |   blog   |   worksheets   |   photos   |   articles   |   updates   |   register   |   follow us on

Article Tools
Print Article
Download PDF
Visit Forum

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: So Much To Do!

by Ann Smith, PassPorter Guest Contributor
Last modified 3/12/2009

PassPorter.com > Articles > U.S. Travel > General Travel  

When a lot of people think of Pittsburgh, they think of a smoggy, smoke-filled steel city. That image is long gone along with the steel mills of the 1980s and has been replaced with a center of cultural and fun things to do in the city.

Pittsburgh is nicknamed "Three Rivers" due to the fact that the Ohio, Allegheny, and Monongahela rivers meet at a very picturesque point. First-time visitors from out of town are in awe of the beautiful skyline that greets them as they drive from the airport and come through the Liberty Tunnels. One of the focal points of this skyline is the Duquesne Incline. The Duquesne Incline is a cable car railway that scales Mount Washington. The Incline was originally built to carry cargo up Mt. Washington, now, it is primarily used as a tourist attraction and one cannot visit Pittsburgh without taking a ride on the Incline.

There are many things to do in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. Each part of town has its own unique characteristics. There is the South Side of Pittsburgh. South Side's Carson Street has an eclectic variety of shops and restaurants from the Cuckoo's Nest Magic Shop to Groovy's, where you can find all kinds of retro toys and clothes (I bought an old Osmond brothers lunch box there once), to Mario's pub, home of the yard-long beer glass.

Right across the river from the Incline is the North Shore (north side) of Pittsburgh where our sports stadiums are located - PNC Park where the Pittsburgh Pirates play baseball and Heinz Field where the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers play football. To get to the north side from the South Side, you could walk or drive over one of the many bridges. Pittsburgh is second only to Venice in the number of bridges within the city limits – several hundred in fact! Another mode of transportation is to take one of the riverboats that are in operation year-round. During Steeler and Pirate games the riverboats transport fans to and from the games. The riverboats also offer scenic tours and dinner cruises as well as fun, kid-friendly cruises on weekends.

The North Side also is home to the Andy Warhol Museum, the Pittsburgh Children's Museum (which is housed in a turn-of-the century post office), the National Aviary (home of many endangered and exotic birds), and the Carnegie Science Center with its current exhibit, UPMC SportsWorks. The Science Center combines science and fun while the SportsWorks exhibit is all sports and fun! There is also a unique place called the Mattress Factory in the North Side. You'd think with a name like that, they made mattresses, right? Nope, it is a hands-on art museum!

Another bustling part of the city is Oakland (east end). The main population of Oakland consists of graduate and undergraduate students from the two main universities --Pittsburgh University and Duquesne University. Two main attractions are the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. The Pittsburgh Penguins also play hockey at the Civic Arena in Oakland.

I bet you're hungry after all this sightseeing! Let's lead over to the Strip district, and grab a bite to eat at Primanti Brothers restaurant, home of the famous Primanti sandwich. A Primanti sandwich is grilled meat (usually beef) on thick sliced Italian bread, topped with a mound of French fries, tomatoes and sweet and sour cole slaw.

I could never talk about Pittsburgh without including my neighborhood. I live in West Mifflin, which is in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. It's home to my second favorite amusement park in the world - Kennywood Park. I could write an entire article on Kennywood itself. Kennywood is one of only two amusement parks listed in the National Register of Historic places. The park boasts several world famous wooden roller coasters, but the main reason I visit Kennywood is for the Potato Patch Fries. They are like no others I have ever tasted.

There are many other interesting things to do in Pittsburgh. I feel I've only touched the surface of what this fine city has to offer. I hope you are ‘inclined' to visit soon!

You've discovered a PassPorter's Club Concierge Tip!
Ting the bell to read your tip and save it in your Concierge Desk!
About the Author:
Ann Smith is a PassPorter Message Board Guide and previous contributor to PassPorter News. She lives with her family in West Mifflin, PA and is a proud "Six Pack Steelers" fan.

Recent U.S. Travel Articles:
A Day Trip to Kaua'i from Aulani - An Aulani Resort Review last updated 11-20-2014
A Day Trip to Maui from Aulani - An Aulani Resort Review last updated 11-27-2014
A Day Trip to the Big Island from Aulani - An Aulani Resort Review last updated 11-13-2014
Lessons Learned at Aulani - An Aulani Resort Review last updated 09-18-2014
'AMA'AMA Restaurant at Aulani - An Aulani Dining Review last updated 07-31-2014

More Related Links:
Serendipity 3 in New York City - A Dining Review last updated 12/29/2008
Hong Kong Disneyland Celebrates - A New Year In A New Disney Park last updated 12/18/2008
Valencia, Spain - Travel Tips last updated 11/27/2008
Bellagio of Las Vegas - Simply Bellissimo! last updated 1/08/2009
Hever Castle - Kent, England last updated 1/15/2009

Reader Comments:

So what do you think? Click here to share your comments, feedback, and experiences on this article and topic!

(Note: You must be a member of our PassPorter Message Board Community to leave comments. Join today for free!)

Updated 3/12/2009 - Article #65 

Read additional articles from PassPorter.com

Subscribe to our free e-mail newsletter, PassPorter News, published for more than 58,000 opt-in subscribers worldwide. As an added bonus for subscribing, you will receive a 20% discount coupon for the PassPorter Store -- no catch!

E-mail Address:

First Name:

E-mail Format:
-Text/Don't Know  



We respect your privacy and never sell or rent our subscriber list. Subscribing will not result in more spam! We guarantee it.

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Copyright 1999-2015
by PassPorter Travel Press, an imprint of MediaMarx, Inc.

Learn More With Our Award-Winning Guidebooks


RSS General PassPorter Community - Boards & Forums on Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and General Travel - Globetrotting: General Travel Planning
PassPorter Community - Boards & Forums on Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disn...
Planning a trip around the globe, or just away for the weekend? Ask questions and share experiences! Forum Sponsored by CruisingCo.com

Amsterdam - is 4 days too much?
by Tconst
27 Jan 2015 at 12:45pm
Hi! I know we have some well traveled Passporters, so I'm hoping to get some opinions. We (me, DH, DD 21, her boyfriend 21 & DS15 - ages at...
(click title above to view replies)

by Christine L
26 Jan 2015 at 10:18am
My son went to Germany 2yrs ago for spring break and he was 16, in October we are going on the 5night Western cruise and he will turn 18 the month...
(click title above to view replies)

Copenhagen ?
by Pris
23 Jan 2015 at 6:29pm
DH and I are sailing on our Disney cruise out of Copenhagen. We will be there 1 1/2 days before the cruise. I'm looking at possibly the canal tour...
(click title above to view replies)

Debating..... any advice?
by Alaskan Mom
22 Jan 2015 at 4:55pm
Am deep into planning Europe trip for DD's high school graduation trip and am trying to decide whether to take 4-5 out of 11 days in UK to travel on...
(click title above to view replies)

savings support group?
by Coreada
6 Jan 2015 at 3:37pm
We're saving up for a trip to Disneyland Paris (and possibly Hong Kong), and on my fixed income, the prospect is *daunting*. Is anybody else in this...
(click title above to view replies)

Hawaii Input Appreciated
by SheLovesAriel
3 Jan 2015 at 11:21pm
It looks like our next major trip will be to Hawaii for 2016 - thinking summer time frame; I guess this is a low crowd time of year? We are just...
(click title above to view replies)

What are your 2015 travel plans?
by chezp
1 Jan 2015 at 5:33am
As we're just starting a new year, what are your travel plans, big or small, for the next 12 months? We're making three trips to America this...
(click title above to view replies)

looking for hotel in Chicago
by oldmom
30 Dec 2014 at 12:50pm
We will be taking the train into Chicago and are looking for a hotel that is close to Union Station, possibly close walking distance. However, I...
(click title above to view replies)

Airfare to Hawaii
by Salty
30 Dec 2014 at 12:26pm
Not sure where to post this but on Thursday we can book Aulani for August! I've started looking at airfare from NY and I'm wondering if $856 round...
(click title above to view replies)

Total Visits: 2897

PassPorter ~ 1998-2015 ~ 17 Years of Making Dreams Come True!
Publishers of bestselling travel guidebooks and proud recipients of 13 national book awards
About PassPorter
About Us
Site Map
Privacy Policy
Images & Artwork
News & Updates
Message Boards
Concierge Desk
Books & E-Books
Customs Office
Register Books
Book Updates
Help & Info
Finding Answers to Questions
Help Desk
Using Your PassPorter Forum
Store Customer Service
E-Mail Us
Follow Us
PassPorter.com Front Page (Updated Daily!)
PassPorter Newsletter (weekly and free)
Latest Posts
YouTube Channel
Questions? Check our Site Map and visit our Help Desk to learn how to contact us online, by e-mail, and by phone.
Please feel free to link to this page so that other vacationers can find it.