Pittsburgh: The Steel City Awaits

When visiting the “Steel City” of Pittsburgh, be sure to visit the city’s top attractions:

Mount Washington- Sitting across the Monongahela River from downtown Pittsburgh is the Mount Washington neighborhood, which is most famous for its panoramic and scenic overlooks of the city of Pittsburgh. Three of the best places to enjoy these panoramic views from are the Grandview Overlook, Points of View Park, and the Upper Incline Overlook, all of which are located on Pittsburgh’s Grandview Avenue. The bridges that cross the Monongahela River from Downtown Pittsburgh turn into tunnels that go underneath the Mount Washington neighborhood, so you’ll either need to detour through surrounding neighborhoods to get there, or take the famous Duquesne Incline or the Monongahela Incline from the riverfront, both of which provide beautiful views as you ascend to Grandview Avenue.

Strip District- Covering just half a square mile near downtown Pittsburgh on the southern shore of the Allegheny River is the city’s famous Strip District. With its proximity to the Allegheny River, the Strip District was once the economic center of Pittsburgh with its famous early tenants being industrial giants like US Steel, ALCOA, Heinz Company, and Westinghouse. Although technological innovation has stripped the district of many of its industrial tenants, it still maintains it’s historic look and feel with several buildings that date back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Today the district is home to many antique shops, boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. The most famous restaurant in the district by far is Primanti Brothers, a sandwich shop with a cult following that has been featured on TV shows like Man vs Food and Food Paradise.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens- Set on fifteen acres in Pittsburgh’s east end is the city’s famous Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Complete with its fourteen rooms and Victorian greenhouse architecture, the facility houses a multitude of beautiful floral and plant exhibits including the Japanese Courtyard Garden, Tropical Forest Conservatory, Rooftop Edible Garden, the Orchid Room, and the Desert Room among many others. For those that love nature and gardening, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a must-see attraction.