Pittsburgh may be known as Steel City, but this industrial metropolis is reforging its reputation. Warehouses are becoming museums, desolate rec centers are becoming restaurants, and mills are becoming markets. Check out this charming city now, before the secret’s out completely: Pittsburgh has the kind of vibrant arts and culinary scene that appeals to all kinds of travelers.
If you’re trying to decide what to do, in Pittsburgh you’ll find some of the most compelling art exhibits here. Check out the Andy Warhol Museum (the pop culture artist and icon was born here in 1928) that sprawls across seven floors of a refurbished downtown warehouse. Artists-in-residence create room-sized installations at the Mattress Factory, while modern crafters display their works (and sell them) at the Society for Contemporary Craft. If you’re in town on a rainy day, their walk-in studio is a great place to express your creative side, for free.
During football season, get tickets to see a Steelers game at Heinz Field. From April through October, you can enjoy a stadium tour instead: one of the many little-known fun things to do in Pittsburgh.
Want to get a unique perspective on why this city was named one of T+L’s best places to travel in 2016? The views from the top of Mount Washington, best reached by the Duquesne Incline, should make the choice crystal clear. Take a historic wooden cable car, more than a century old (but recently restored), to get impressive cityscape views you won’t soon forget.
Pittsburgh has a reputation for turning out impressive pizza. You can find Roman-style pies at Pizza Taglio (get one topped with chili-infused honey and soppressata) and a classic Neapolitan version at Il Pizzaiolo. But the true hometown food to seek out on a Pittsburgh tour is a signature French fry, tomato, and coleslaw-topped sandwich from the Primanti Brothers. Head to their original location on The Strip, a narrow section of the city known for being culturally diverse, home to everything from ethnic grocers to fish markets and local artisans.
No matter what’s on the agenda for your Pittsburgh trip, make sure to check out at least one of the four Carnegie Museums in the city. Our favorite? The Carnegie Science Center, which is home to a planetarium, an exploration station, a robotics experience, and a naval submarine.