If you find yourself in Pittsburgh sightseeing and want to experience something you can only do in this great city, then I got you! Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is one of my favorite places in the world. I have family just outside the city and I went to university an hour away so I spent as much time here as I could. You really can’t run out of things to do, see, and definitely eat while visiting. Add these to your Pittsburgh sightseeing list and tag me in your photos, I’d love to see them.
1. View Three Rivers Coming Together at Mount Washington
Where: Mount Washington – Lookout point on Grandview Avenue
If you visit Pittsburgh you will be very sad if you didn’t at least view the city from Mount Washington. This is hands down the best spot for incredible views of Pittsburgh and to get those sweet, sweet Instagram shots. And please tell me what other beautiful skyline has not one, not two, but THREE rivers!?
Also, you can also ride a funicular up this steep viewpoint. There are two, built in the late 1800s, and are still functioning today! To read more about accessing the Monongahela or Duquesne Incline you can find more info on the official site here
2. Drink a Beer in a Church
Where: Church Brew Works (3525 Liberty Avenue)
Yes! For those beer (and foodie) enthusiasts this is a stop you should not miss. Church Brew Works is a church that has been transformed into a brewery and restaurant. What is magical about this place is their painstaking dedication to preserving as much of the original church as possible. They reconstructed pews for seating, the bar was made from planks salvaged from the pews, and the original stained glass windows surround the room. Also important to note is that the food is so delicious. Here you can try some dishes that are special to Pittsburgh’s history (pierogies, pepperoni roll, Pittsburgh-style salad). Bonus points because a lot of their ingredients are locally and sustainably sourced.
3. Explore the Life and Works of Andy Warhol
Where: Andy Warhol Museum (117 Sandusky Street)
I love going to museums and have an appreciation for art, but I was never a self-proclaimed Andy Warhol fan. I found the museum fascinating, not as big as I anticipated, but still a fun day (or date idea!). It was really interesting to see how his life influenced his work, the new techniques he tried, even seeing some of his video work. There are 7 floors of exhibits and they also have temporary exhibits from other artists. Don’t forget to check out some of the interactive exhibits like the silver cloud room (pictured above).
4. See the Most Important T. rex Specimen in the World
Where: Carnegie Museum of Natural History (4000 Forbes Ave)
*Note they are closed on Tuesdays*
The T. rex on display at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History is a holotype. A holotype is a single type specimen upon which the description and name of a new species is based. While there were more complete sets found, this is the original that all research of this species was based and you can see it with your own eyes! Not only that but their entire dinosaurs collection is so impressive with about 75% of the displays being original fossils. While I was there they also had a really impressive exhibit on climate change that I highly recommend to everyone.
5. Eat a Sandwich with Cole Slaw and Fries Inside!
Where: Primanti Bros (46 18th Street)
(original location but there are several more around the city)
Americans definitely have a reputation for making ridiculous food and Primanti Bros, Pittsburgh staple, is no exception. It is only here that I have had coleslaw and french fries put inside my sandwich! It might not be for everyone, but for those with an open mind and sense of adventure this sandwich will change the way you want all of your sandwiches to be. Yes, believe me, I still crave these beauties while living over 4000 miles away.
While writing this article I stumbled upon another which I found to have some really excellent suggestions. I can’t wait to get back to Pittsburgh to try some myself. I also highly suggest checking out Randyland a vibrant and colorful public art space that is a landmark of Pittsburgh!
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And that wraps up my suggestions of things I would suggest for you to add to your Pittsburgh sightseeing agenda! You can easily do all of these in one day, although it will be a lot of walking through museums. If you know of any other unique things you can only do in Pittsburgh pop it down in the comments.