While it may not be as popular as some other famous U.S. cities for tourists, Pittsburgh is actually one of the top cities in the country. The so-called ‘City of Steel’ has been consistently ranked as the most livable city in the U.S., as well as a top world destination by the likes of Forbes, The Economist, and National Geographic. As a leader in both industrial and environmental design, it’s little wonder that Pittsburgh is flourishing, particularly downtown. Tourists will find no lack of entertainment and surprises in the downtown area, since even a simple stroll from their hotel suite can lead to some of Pittsburgh’s best local attractions. Here’s what tourists have to look forward to while exploring downtown Pittsburgh.
Visit Market Square
If you’re looking for something to eat or drink, there’s no better destination in the downtown area than Market Square. This area is home to several outdoor cafés, Mexican eateries and Pittsburgh’s oldest bar and restaurant, plus plenty of boutique stores. Market at Fifth Avenue is also a major historical section of this city, and visitors have the chance to admire many of the city’s architecturally significant historic structures, dating from the 1870s to 1930s.
Andy Warhol Museum
As the birthplace of prominent American artist Andy Warhol, Pittsburgh is the proud home of the Andy Warhol Museum, one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. The museum is located along the Allegheny waterfront and features over 4,000 works by the prolific pop-art icon, including paintings, drawing, print, photographs, films, and videos, as well as a massive collection of “time-capsules” that Warhol laid aside of his day-to-day dealings.
Point State Park
Take a stroll through Point State Park and visit see the remains of two of the oldest structures in Pittsburgh, Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne. This 36 acre park, aside from being a wonderful downtown recreational area to Pittsburgh residents, is the venue for many festivals and cultural events throughout the year. Make sure to check out the 150-foot fountain at the tip of the point and drop into the Fort Pitt Museum to learn about the French and Indian War, in which Pittsburgh became a major battlefield.
Walking Tour of Historic Downtown
While staying in a downtown Pittsburgh hotel suite, there’s no better time to take yourself to a self-guided walking tour of the major historic sites. Downtown Pittsburgh is home to various 19th century architecture, heirlooms of the city’s relationship with business tycoons, from the Carnegies to the Mellons and Heinz families. Prominent buildings you’ll want to visit include the U.S. Steel Tower, the first Lutheran Church, the Federal Courthouse, the Frick Building, and the Midtown Towers amongst many others. Check out Grant Street and Mellon Square and the various bridges in the downtown area as well—a total of 446 bridges, more than any other city in the world.
Check Out the Cultural District
Pittsburgh’s downtown cultural district, situated along the Allegheny River, hosts a number of exhibitions, events, and programs throughout the year. The streets of the cultural district are lined with dozens of restaurants that can certainly slake your hunger after enjoying yourself with what this place has to offer. As for theaters, Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh Public Theater, and Benedum Center for the Performing Arts are just a few of the locations. Lastly, aside from the numerous cultural events, the district also offers a lively night scene that can surely cater to your entertainment needs.