Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Pittsburgh is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and is the county seat of Allegheny County. As of 2017, a population of 305,704 lives within the city limits, making it the 63rd-largest city in the U.S. The metropolitan population of 2,353,045 is the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia, the second-largest in Pennsylvania (behind Philadelphia), and the 26th-largest in the U.S.

Located at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers, Pittsburgh is known both as "the Steel City" for its more than 300 steel-related businesses and as the "City of Bridges" for its 446 bridges. The city features 30 skyscrapers, two inclined railways, a pre-revolutionary fortification and the Point State Park at the confluence of the rivers. The city developed as a vital link of the Atlantic coast and Midwest, as the mineral-rich Allegheny Mountains made the area coveted by the French and British empires, Virginians, Whiskey Rebels, and Civil War raiders.

Popular Landmarks

'BURGH BITS AND BITES FOOD TOUR - Connecting people to communities through food. ‘Burgh Bits and Bites Food Tour is a food tasting adventure and historic walking tour of Pittsburgh neighborhoods.  Enjoy a historic narrative of the area along with a sampling of cuisine from some of Pittsburgh's best small local businesses and eateries.  Tours available in the Strip District-Pittsburgh's historic market district, Bloomfield/Little Italy, Lawrenceville, Brookline, Northside, South Side and Allentown.  Whether you are visiting from out of town or a native of the Pittsburgh area, our goal is to make your tour an enriching, educational, and most of all - a delightful, tasty adventure!

CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY - Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of artifacts, objects, and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Carnegie Museum of Natural History generates new scientific knowledge, advances science literacy, and inspires visitors of all ages to become passionate about science, nature, and world cultures.

DUQUESNE INCLINE - Enjoy a spectacular panorama of Pittsburgh and its three rivers. Ride to the incline's Observation Deck in the 140-year-old Incline car to see what USA Today Weekend Magazine calls one of the "10 most beautiful views in America". Historical exhibits in the waiting room entertain between rides.GAT

EWAY CLIPPER FLEET - We live in a beautiful city and there’s no better way to see her than aboard a Gateway Clipper Riverboat. Let us take you on a tour and show you Pittsburgh from a new point of view. See how high the fountain blasts in the air, the fan’s excitement at PNC Park and Heinz Field, kids playing on the North Shore water steps and gasp when you see how close we are to the bottom of the bridges. Come on down to the river on a dining or sightseeing cruise and make a memory out on the water! We are located on the southern shores of the Monongahela River in Historic Station Square. Visit our website for all our latest cruise information and great online only special offers!

PENNSYLVANIA TROLLEY MUSEUM - Take a ride into the past at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum! Imagine a Museum where visitors are actually encouraged to touch the exhibits and ride in them too! We are a lot more than a trolley ride; our museum guides will put the trolley in its historical context, and explain what life was like 50-100 years ago. Admission includes 4-mile scenic trolley rides, exhibits, guided tour, theater, museum store and picnic area.

PHIPPS CONSERVATORY AND BOTANICAL GARDENS - Explore the beauty and wonders of nature at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, encompassing 15 acres including a 14-room glasshouse and 23 distinct gardens. Experience industry-leading sustainable architecture and green practices, stunning seasonal flower shows, exclusive commissioned exhibits, renowned orchid and bonsai collections and more. Opened in 1893, the historic landmark is just a few miles from downtown Pittsburgh in Schenley Park.  

Best Places to Eat

Butcher and the Rye - At Butcher and the Rye, details carefully come together to create a unique experience that pays homage to the rustic Americana. Designed by Richard DeShantz, the space is carefully curated to complement the menu and is approached as a layering of different textures and colors.

Richard DeShantz is the chef and owner of Butcher and the Rye, in the Cultural District of Pittsburgh, PA. The two-story restaurant is a destination for its extensive whiskey collection and creative menu, which offers contemporary riffs on rustic American dishes.

Butcher and the Rye is the first Pittsburgh bar to be nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Bar Program since the category was created in 2012.

Big Burrito Group - With 6 uniquely styled restaurants (Casbah, Eleven, Kaya, Mad Mex, Soba, and Umi) under their belts, it seems like Tom and Bill can do no wrong. These guys do it all – from Asian to Mexican, Caribbean to Mediterranean, their restaurants provide both locally sourced ingredients as well as specialty fish flown in from across the world. The Big Burrito Group is a lesson in diversity that brings the utmost quality to the Pittsburgh food scene.

Bar Marco - If you haven’t heard of Jamilka, then head over to Bar Marco and experience some of her innovative cuisine. Originally from Puerto Rico, she started creating delicious meals with her mother at a young age. She moved to Pittsburgh 8 years ago for school and fell in love with the city, like many of us do. In an interview with Jamilka she says, "I love how friendly and laid back the city is... it's so easy to live here and there's always something to do."

Cure - Imagine an urban, neighborhood restaurant with a small menu focused on cooking seasonal, local food. Now imagine the chef of this restaurant is a skilled animal butcher who is dedicated to supporting ethical farming practices, humane animal husbandry, sustainability and traditional cooking techniques -- you have just envisioned Justin Severino, chef at Cure. A self-proclaimed "reformed vegetarian", Justin is on the forefront of the farm fresh food movement in Pittsburgh.

Morcilla - Morcilla brings Spanish cuisine to the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, just blocks from Chef Severino’s urban Mediterranean restaurant, Cure. The family-style menu fosters a convivial environment with a focus on traditional pintxos, while Severino’s signature charcuterie program takes on a Spanish accent.