Looking for a new destination to visit this weekend (or a future weekend)? Look no further than my 48 Hour Guide to Visiting Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Known as, “The Steel City”, Pittsburgh is home to some of America’s favorite brands and teams. Founded by General John Forbes in 1758, Pittsburgh has grown into the city of bridges (there’s over 446 of them) and one of the most livable cities in the world according to The Economist.
Fun Fact: Did you know the original pronunciation of Pittsburgh was PITS-be-re just like how you pronounce the city of Edinburgh in Scotland? It was a misprint in the city charter that led the name to be produced “wrong”.
Here’s the Ultimate 48-Hour Guide To Visiting Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
How to Get Here
Pittsburgh is located in Western Pennsylvania, close to West Virginia and Ohio.
Pittsburgh is serviced by Pittsburgh International Airport which is located about 30 minutes from Downtown Pittsburgh. If you are looking for cheap flights, this airport serves Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, and Spirit Airlines.
By Car or Bus
If you are driving northwest on Interstate 376, get your camera ready once you enter Fort Pitt Tunnel. As you enter the tunnel you are shaded by rolling hills, but upon exiting you are greeted with the Pittsburgh skyline almost as a rising of a curtain at a show.
Where To Stay
Pittsburgh has it all– from small boutique hotels to massive chains, there’s a place for everyone.
Personally, I love staying in Airbnb’s when visiting new cities so I can enjoy the comforts of home. I love being able to make my own breakfast and feel like I’m a local for just a short amount of time.
In fact, you can try Airbnb for $40 off!
Looking for something different?
- Fairmont Pittsburgh – This upscale hotel caters to your every need, plus it’s located right in the heart of downtown.
- Westin Convention Center– Visiting for business? This hotel has all the amenities you might need–including free Wifi
- Ace Hotel – Trendy and well-designed, this hotel is a refurbished YMCA building in the East Liberty neighborhood.
Where To Eat
As a city built on immigration (mainly European immigrants from the early 1900’s) you can bet it’s food scene is out of this world.
Looking for a fun food filled afternoon? Visit the famous Strip District, home of some of the best food in the city.
- Wholey’s – Founded in 1912, this fish market and grocery store is a Pittsburgh tradition.
- Bar Marco – Go for a fun and intimate weekend brunch. You can thank me later.
What To See
It’s hard to jam pack everything into a weekend, but it’s just an excuse to come back again.
Visit the Mattress Factory Museum
No, it’s not a place to lay on beds. This contemporary art museum is home to some of the most unusual and beautiful pieces from around the world. Make sure to check out Yayoi Kusama’s infinity mirror room.
See Falling Waters
Take a look at one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous houses: Fallingwaters. This home is only an hour away from Downtown Pittsburgh and advanced tickets are crucial.
Opened in 1899, this family-fun park is one of the two amusement parks on the National Historic Landmark registry. Make sure to ride the Jack Rabbit, one of the oldest roller coasters in the world.
Honor the Flight 93 Memorial
60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh lies the crash site of Flight 93. This memorial center honors the 40 victims and heros of the flight who ultimately fought to keep the plane from reaching Washington D.C.. Each passenger’s name is engraved into the wall.
Ride the Duquesne Incline
Take a ride on one of Pittsburgh’s most famous attractions. Start from the bottom to get a full view of downtown Pittsburgh.
Watch a Game
Pittsburgh is home to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and of course, the Pittsburgh Pirates. Take in a game at one of the stadiums!
Visit the Cathedral of Learning
As the centerpiece of the University of Pittsburgh, this 42-story building is home to 40 floors of educational classrooms and 30 different nationality rooms. Take a look at the view from the 36th floor.
Want to find out more? Check out my videos about my trip to Pittsburgh: