Choosing a vacation destination could prove a bit challenging. After all, the United States offers so many charming and welcoming cities. But, Pittsburgh might very well be the best vacation city in America. With its assortment of restaurants, museums, and outdoor activities, the city promises something for everyone, including:
1. Jaw dropping views
Pittsburgh showcases jaw dropping views just about everywhere you go: High atop Mount Washington, emerging from the Fort Pitt Tunnel, and from the seats at PNC Park. Visitors to Pittsburgh will certainly leave with an appreciation for the natural and man made beauty of the city.
2. Scrumptious restaurants
Foodies love Pittsburgh. The city's eclectic assortment of restaurants appeals to just about every taste - carnivores, vegetarians, vegans, and those on special diets. If you like to dine at a table with a view, try Altius on Mount Washington. For a hearty meal, opt for Meat and Potatoes. And, for Italian, head to Bloomfield, Pittsburgh's Little Italy.
3. Delectable bakeries
Polish off a scrumptious meal anywhere in the Burgh with an equally delicious dessert. PIttsburgh lays claim to some pretty amazing bakeries and ice cream parlors, including Oakmont Bakery, Grandview Bakery & Sweet Shop, Millie's Homemade Ice Cream, and Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor.
4. Eclectic museums
Spend an inspiring day at one of Pittsburgh's many museums. Explore the genius of Andy Warhol at the Andy Warhol Museum. Watch a robot play hoops at the Carnegie Science Center. Or, discover the inspirational life and career of a Pittsburgh hero at the Roberto Clemente Museum.
5. The Three Rivers
The Allegheny, Ohio, and Monongahela Rivers offer both stunning natural beauty and plenty to do. Cruise up and down the river on the Gateway Clipper Fleet. Explore the rivers on a kayak. Or, take to the rivers and to the streets of Pittsburgh aboard a Just Ducky tour.
6. Thrilling amusement parks
Roller coast enthusiasts will want to ride Kennywood's epic coasters, including the Jack Rabbit, the Thunderbolt, and the Racer. For an old-fashioned amusement park adventure, head to Idlewild Park & Soak Zone in Ligonier. And, to keep cool on a hot summer day, journey to Sandcastle Water Park.
7. Electrifying sporting events
Pittsburgh's a die hard sports town which also makes it an awesome vacation spot. Depending on in what season you visit, you'll want to catch a Pirates, a Penguins, or a Steelers game. Nothing quite beats the energy and excitement of attending a sporting event in the Burgh.
8. Vibrant neighborhoods
Journey beyond downtown and explore the city's charming neighborhoods. Visit Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, or any one of the many neighborhoods near the city.
9. Friendly locals
You won't find a city friendlier than Pittsburgh. Whether you're lost or just want advice on where to go next, you'll quickly discover that Pittsburghers are ready to help.
10. Charming hotels
At the end of each day, visitors to the Burgh can check into one of the cozy, charming hotels in the city. The Priory Hotel, pictured above, offers a fairy tale setting. Check into the Inn on the Mexican War Streets for an enchanting experience. Or, stay at the Renaissance Pittsburgh for breathtaking views of the North Shore.