I have been to Pittsburgh many many times. While I was in college I only lived about an hour outside, so my best friends and I would go often. It is probably my favorite city, next to NYC of course. I even considered (am still considering) relocating there “when I grow up”. I have seen a lot of Pittsburgh, but I am obviously not an expert, and I bet some locals would scoff at this list. However, these are just some of my favorite things to do, see and places to go when I’m in Pittsburgh. Some are free, some are not, some are extremely touristy, while others are super random. At the very least, I hope you take inspiration from this list. Even if you don’t visit any of these places, please please pleaseeee share with me your favorite Pittsburgh spots!
Mount Washington Outlook
The view from Mt. Washington is actually said to be one of the best views in America. I love going at night because everything is lit up, but if you go during the daytime you won’t be disappointed, I promise. Best of all, it’s free.
Primanti Bros.- Strip District
There are multiple locations, but for your first time I think you have to go to the original one in the strip district. There probably isn’t much for me to eat there since I started following a vegetarian lifestyle, but lucky for you I went there when I did eat meat and I recommend the Pittsburgher. With all the fixins. Plus hot sauce.
There really aren’t many words to describe this place. Randy is an artist, and his house is his gallery. Check out the pictures, this place is definitely worth a stop. Make a donation, have a nice photoshoot, and enjoy his art. Plus, it’s free!
Canton Ave — Steepest hill in America
Okay, so this one is random. But it is definitely off the beaten path, and is a quirky place to stop. It is the steepest hill in the Contiguous United States. So if you have time, why not stop just to say you did! [That’s the only reason we went]
Conflict Kitchen is a really cool place to grab something to eat. They change their menu quite frequently and what they serve is based on countries that the US is currently in conflict with. It is a great way to try foods from other cultures and to learn about some of the places we are conflicting with at that moment. The current focus is on the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.
The Mattress Factory
If you’re into museums, this is a must visit. An old mattress factory turned contemporary art museum? Um, yes. The exhibits are unique and change pretty frequently. The cost isn’t too bad either, and you get a discount if you’re a student!
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Lions and tigers and bears, Oh my! The Pittsburgh zoo has so many different types of animals from zebras, to bears, to the wonderful aquarium! In my opinions, this is a great stop for everyone of all ages.
Steelers, Pirates, Penguins! I’ve been to two steelers games and two pirates games. They were both amazing. Pittsburgh fans are die-hard though, so you kinda got to get with em or get out. It really doesn’t matter what sport you prefer, just go out, have a beer and enjoy the game!
Milkshake Factory- Southside
- They have chocolates, and truffles and all types of candy. However, the winner here is all their decadent milkshake creations. Or you can choose from their many flavors of ice cream and create your own! Totally worth all the calories, a normal old shake will never taste the same to you again, trust me!
BONUS: After (or before) you stop at The Milkshake Factory, take a wander on Carson St. theres tons of shops, restaurants and bars. I’m sure you’ll find things to keep you busy all day!
There you have it, there are some of my favorite places to go when I’m visiting Pittsburgh! I hope you enjoyed, and got some inspiration to start planning your trip! Talk to you guys lataaa!