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Pittsburgh Travel Guide
Get Your Bearings in PittsburghWhere to Stay
Filled with diverse neighborhoods that are all a pleasure to explore, Pittsburgh scores points with sports fans, culture seekers, and families for the close proximity of sports venues on the North Side & North Shore. Across the Allegheny River from downtown, the North Shore and North Side house many Pittsburgh attractions such as the Carnegie Science Center, Heinz Field and PNC Park, the National Aviary, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and the Andy Warhol Museum. Those who prefer to be more central to downtown should explore the hotel options in Pittsburgh's Downtown area or Strip District.
Avoid: Driving around during rush hour; Pittsburgh city roads are confusing to navigate.
What to Eat
Pittsburgh's diverse populationmake this city a diner's dream! The Strip District is lined with truly special finds, from restaurants owned by famed chefs like Italian spot Lidia's to Primanti Bros., the famous former "truck stop" that serves the most classic American sandwiches that are a full meal. But no trip to Pittsburgh is complete without a trip to Mount Washington and the Monterey Bay Fish Grotto where the food and views can't be beat.
Take It or Leave It: Take a ride on the restored incline cars up the side of Mt. Washington, enjoy a date at the Monterey Bay Fish Grotto and ride back down after dark.
Be Sure to Sample: Primanti Bros. sandwich in the Strip District, pierogis.
Things to See
Pittsburgh is jam packed with attractions for any type of tourist. The sports fan will have a ball watching any of Pittsburgh's home teams play and will be surrounded by die-hard sports fans. While ladies who may prefer to skip the game will enjoy North Side & North Shore attractions like Carnegie Science Center and the Andy Warhol Museum. Families will fall for this area as well because it's home to the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.
Hot Tips: Plan ahead when looking to score tickets to sporting events.
Places to Party
Nothing beats Pittsburgh's Strip District for a night out. This funky section of the city is walkable making it easy to try a few places in one night. Hot spots include Prive Ultra Lounge, and Altar Bar where dance floors are plentiful and VIP bottle service is an option for the high roller. And if you love a good dive bar, don't miss The 31st Street Pub because it can't be beat for rock 'n' roll.
Caution: Hot spots get crowded; arrive a little early so you're sure to get in.
Where to Shop
If you're looking to do some shopping in Pittsburgh, be sure to visit downtown and the Strip District. Downtown is a small spot packed with department stores, specialty shops and boutiques. While the Strip District is a vibrant market district filled with eclectic offerings. For a day indoors, pop into one of Pittsburgh's excellent malls where you can shop, eat and be entertained without having to weather the outdoors.
Avoid: Station Square for shopping. There are few actual shops in Station Square.
Best Local Souvenir: Steelers or Penguins gear, Heinz merchandise, Duquesne Incline memorabilia.
Pittsburgh Is Known for...
Five of Pittsburgh's most unique features and characteristics.People
It's impossible to effectively discuss Pittsburgh without giving attention to its famously diverse and down-to-earth population. Every facet of the city's unique present day culture was shaped by the ethnic traditions of countless groups of immigrants from regions like Italy, Britain, Poland, and Lithuania. While the bulk of Pittsburgh's citizens are friendly and welcoming, if you've never experienced the local dialect ("Pittsburghese"), you may find yourself flailing through conversations. For a quick crash course, remember that yinz is plural for "you" (and that people from Pittsburgh are sometimes called Yinzers) and words like "downtown" are often pronounced more like "dahntahn."Museums & Art
Some of Pittsburgh's many museums and art installations are world-class institutions. The Oakland neighborhood is home to a series of Carnegie Museums, foremost among them the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Art. Just around the corner from this, the Frick Art and Historical Center offers unique insight into the history of Pittsburgh's once-booming steel industry. The Andy Warhol Museum, in the Northside district, is a must-see for art-lovers and pop culture junkies alike. It features a boundless...
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