As 2016 inches closer to its final page, there’s no better time to think about the new year than now. Add some excitement to your 2017 by putting the 14 best places to go in Pittsburgh on your bucket list.
1. The Grand Concourse – 100 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Experience the grand elegance of the early 20th century when you dine at The Grand Concourse, a former railroad station turned seafood restaurant. Famous for its Sunday brunch, the Grand Concourse offers sweeping views of the Pittsburgh skyline and an eclectic menu.
2. Moraine State Park – 225 Pleasant Valley Road, Portersville, PA 16051
The perfect playground all year around, Moraine State Park beckons outdoor enthusiasts with its many seasonal activities, including ice skating, ice boating, ice fishing, and hiking in the winter and hiking, swimming, and boating in the summer.
Spend a delightful day in the charming town of Mars where you'll run into native (Pennsylvanian) Martians and, well, Martians from outer space. Stop at the shining UFO that sits in the middle of town then visit the The Mars Area History & Landmarks Society and the Springfield Grille.
4. Altius Pittsburgh – 1230 Grandview Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15211
Drink in the spellbinding views of the Pittsburgh skyline from high above at Altius Pittsburgh on Mount Washington. The cozy restaurant, led by Head Chef Jessica Bauer, earned a spot on Open Table's Diner's Choices in 2016.
5. Hope Haven Sanctuary – 2506 Wexford Bayne Road, Sewickley, PA 15143
Discover hope after heartbreak when you visit Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary, a safe haven for previously abused and neglected for farm animals. Volunteer for a day or simply join a tour on one of the scheduled visitor days.
6. Historic Summit Inn – 101 Skyline Drive, Farmington, PA 15437
Escape for a tranquil weekend getaway at the Historic Summit Inn, which features a full menu of amenities, including an indoor pool, a charming treehouse, an on-site restaurant, and a golf course.
7. Rossi's Pop-Up Market – 200 Loews Drive, North Versailles, PA 15137
Spend a leisurely Saturday or Sunday browsing Rossi's Pop-Up Market, a sprawling indoor and outdoor flea market. The indoor market is open all year around while the outdoor stands are open each March through November.
8. Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop – 2124 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Take a sweet trip down Memory Lane when you visit Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop where you'll find today's hottest candies surrounded by yesterday's favorites, including marshmallow cones, candy apples, and homemade fudge.
9. Buttermilk Falls Natural Area – 570 Valley Brook Road, New Florence, PA 15944
Trek to Buttermilk Falls Natural Area, where you'll discover the sheer natural beauty of a waterfall. Visit when the water rushes in the summer or grab a glimpse in the winter when the water has frozen.
10. St. Anthony's Chapel – 1704 Harpster Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Uncover the rich history of Christianity when you visit St. Anthony's Chapel, which holds the distinction of having the second largest collection of Christian relics, with more that 5,000, in the world. (The Vatican has the largest collection.)
11. Kiski Junction Railroad – 130 Railroad Street, Schenley, PA 15682
Climb aboard the Kiski Junction Railroad for a scenic tour of the Western Pennsylvania countryside – from Schenley to Johnetta. The train winds past the Allegheny River, providing a unique experience during the summer months.
12. Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve – 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Stroll through a natural paradise – among birds, frogs, and butterflies – at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve. The sprawling outdoor oasis features hiking trials and a picturesque pond.
13. Oram's Donut Shop – 1406 7th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Add some sweetness to your new year with a stop at Oram's Donut Shop. The popular donuts come in an array of scrumptious flavors, including blueberry cake, vanilla cake, maple iced cake, and sugar.
14. The Original Oyster House – 20 Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
The Original Oyster House has been a Pittsburgh tradition for 144 years. Serving scrumptious seafood, the Market Square restaurant welcomes guests for lunch and dinner daily.