Beauty lurks in every corner of Pittsburgh – from high atop Mount Washington to along the Three Rivers.We’re surrounded by both natural and man made beauty, which many of us fail to really look at because life is just too busy. Next time you have an afternoon free, go downtown and visit some of the 20 most beautiful places in Pittsburgh.
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. PPG Place
PPG Place is truly one of Pittsburgh's masterpieces. Pittsburghers often eat lunch on the square during the summer. PPG Place transforms into a winter wonderland every November with the emergence of the ice skating rink and the towering Christmas tree.
2. West End Overlook
The West End Overlook promises a stunning view of downtown Pittsburgh. The park also holds regular events, including Cinema in the Park every summer.
3. The Cathedral of Learning
Perhaps the most recognized building in the area, the Cathedral of Learning offers beauty both inside and out. Head to the 36th floor for an amazing view of Oakland and beyond.
4. Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland
Carnegie Music Hall in Homestead hosts a plethora of entertainment events: from concerts to filming of RuPaul's Drag Race, you'll find something to fit just about everyone's tastes.
5. First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh
First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh welcomes visitors to tour its beautiful interior. Guides lead visitors on tours every Sunday morning after the last church service. The church dates back to 1787.
6. PNC Park
Stroll around PNC Park before the Buccos game starts or between innings for unparalleled panoramic views of the city. Make sure to take a peak both before the game and after, especially if you'll get both daytime and nighttime views, which are equally amazing.
7. Heinz Chapel
Heinz Memorial Chapel provides a beautiful backdrop for weddings, baptisms, and memorials. The non-denominational chapel hosts events and features a gift shop for visitors.
8. Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University is perhaps one of Pittsburgh's best known universities. The sprawling campus spans 143 acres and has over 6,000 undergraduate students.
9. Calvary Episcopal Church
Calvary Episcopal Church on Shady Avenue in Pittsburgh welcomes all community members to worship in its stunning church. The church holds regular events and activities.
10. Schenley Park
Schenley Park lies across 456 acres in Oakland. The historic park, which dates back to 1889, offers a wealth of activities for outdoor enthusiasts, including biking and hiking trails, a swimming pool, volleyball courts, golfing, and a skating rink. Kids will also enjoy the park's playgrounds.
11. Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Travel back millions of years in an afternoon at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, which features exhibits on dinosaurs, fossils, gems, mammals, and insects.
12. Station Square
Enjoy a delicious meal, go shopping, or watch the water fountains dance to popular music at Station Square. Station Square is also the launching pad for Just Ducky Tours and for the Gateway Clipper Fleet.
13. Gateway Center
In the heart of downtown Pittsburgh sits Gateway Center, a vast complex of five towering buildings that house countless businesses.
14. Heinz Hall
Certainly one of the top theaters in the Cultural District, Heinz Hall often hosts the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, popular musicians, and comedians.
15. The PNC Carousel in Oakland
The PNC Carousel adds charming character to Oakland. Board the traditional merry-go-round from April 16 to October 16 annually.
16. The Fountain at Point State Park
Nothing is quite as beautiful as the fountain, the focal point of Point State Park, lit up at night. The state park is popular with hikers, bikers, and boaters.
17. The Duquesne Incline
Climbing the side of Mount Washington in a cable car aboard the Duquesne Incline is just Pittsburgh tradition. A ride up or down the incline offers spectacular views of the Pittsburgh skyline.
18. The Bridge of Sighs
The Bridge of Sighs in Pittsburgh copies the bridge of the same name in Venice. The Bridge of Sighs in Pittsburgh, however, used to be the path that defendants took from the Allegheny Courthouse to their cells at the Allegheny County Jail.
19. Union Station Rotunda
A Pittsburgh landmark since 1903, Union Station downtown is on Grant Street and Liberty Avenue.
20. Heinz Field
The home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field is one of the first things drivers see when they emerge from the Fort Pitt Tunnels. Heinz Field also hosts concerts and Pittsburgh Panther football games.
Pittsburgh promises pure beauty just about everywhere you look. But, even beyond our city’s borders, you can find unspeakable beauty throughout Pennsylvania. Take a moment to
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