Maybe you’re one of those people who spends as much time deciding what to do as actually doing whatever it is you eventually decide. Put those days in the past. We Pittsburghers have so many amazing places in Pittsburgh to visit that, sure, you might have trouble deciding where to start. Here are some amazing places to put at the top of your list.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
A leisurely stroll through Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens guarantees a relaxing morning or afternoon of gazing at unique art, plants, and flowers. The conservatory also features regular events and classes.
2. Mount Washington
Arguably, Mount Washington promises the absolute best view of downtown Pittsburgh. Simply slip up the mountain on the Duquesne or the Monongahela Incline for amazing views of Pittsburgh's shimmering skyline.
3. Heinz Field
One of the first things you see when you come out of the Fort Pitt Tunnels is Heinz Field just on the horizon. Even if you're not a football fan (and let's face it, who in Pittsburgh isn't?), definitely plan to visit Heinz Field, preferably during the football season, just to experience the electric atmosphere, the spectacular views from the stadium, and the camaraderie of cheering for the Steelers.
4. PNC Park
Soak in spectacular panoramic views of Pittsburgh, both day and night, from PNC Park. And, of course, you just can't beat the excitement of sitting in the stands, cheering on the Buccos.
5. The Carnegie Museums
Banish boredom with a trip to one of Pittsburgh's amazing Carnegie Museums – the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Art, the Science Center, or the Andy Warhol Museum. Become a Carnegie Museum member and receive free unlimited visits to each of the four museums for one year.
6. The Cathedral of Learning
Zip up to the 34th floor and into the unisex bathroom of the Cathedral of Learning for unspoiled views of the Oakland neighborhood. Be sure to also stop by the Nationalities Rooms to embrace the different cultures that make up our beautiful city.
7. The Allegheny Observatory
Get an unobstructed view of the nighttime sky from the Allegheny Observatory, a private research laboratory that offers tours once a week from April through the end of October. The two hour tour culminates with a look at the nighttime sky through the astronomer's telescopes.
8. Frick Art & Historical Center
Spend a day at the Frick Art & Historical Center. Sprawled out over five acres, the Frick Art Museum and the Car & Carriage Museum offer free admission while a tour of Clayton, Henry Frick Clay's one-time home, requires a general admission fee for non-members.
9. The Duquesne & Monongahela Inclines
The Duquesne Incline tends to get the most accolades from Pittsburghers and tourists. But, the Monongahela Incline deserves the same praise, especially since its the oldest incline that has continuously operated in the United States since 1870. Both offer beautiful views of downtown Pittsburgh.
10. Ohiopyle State Park
Okay, so technically, Ohiopyle State Park isn't in Pittsburgh and requires at least an hour drive. But, with it's natural water slides and waterfalls, it's one of those amazing places near the city you have to visit – at least once.
11. Bicycle Heaven
Bicycle Heaven, a museum and shop, is arguably one of Pittsburgh's most unique museums and an absolutely amazing place to visit. Dubbed the world's largest bicycle museum, Bicycle Heaven welcomes visitors to view its vast collection of bicycles and bicycle-related items.
One person can truly have a huge impact on a community and Randyland is proof of that. Nearly two decades ago, artist Randy Gilson purchased a dilapidated house and turned it into an artistic masterpiece in the Mexican War Streets District on the North Side. Randyland welcomes visitors daily from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
These, of course, are just some of the amazing places to visit in Pittsburgh and the surrounding suburbs. Want to spend the day outside of the city? Visit
this charming town for a magical day out.