I recently got the opportunity to visit my cousin in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My niece, Kayla, and I spent a very enjoyable weekend exploring the city. A person visiting Pittsburgh for the first time might only go to the obvious tourist traps but, since we had an in with my cousin, we got to see and experience the city like real Pittsburghers. Here are the top 10 awesome things to do in Pittsburgh:
1. Roberto Clemente Bridge – 6th Street Bridge. This bridge got an award for the most beautiful steel bridge in 1928. It is one of three identical bridges over the Allegheny River. We walked over to PNC Park and back while enjoying the sunset over Mount Washington.
2. Duquesne Incline – the Beautiful skyline of Pittsburgh especially at night. This activity is a cash only ($2.50/trip) ride to the top of Mount Washington. There is an ATM at the ticket booth if you need it. Park at the bottom. Awesome views from the top! We even saw a Proposal happen while we were taking pictures of the city skyline.
3. Primanti – Great sandwiches! Every sandwich comes with fries, coleslaw, & tomato on top of your choice of sandwich. They deliver it wrapped in paper and it is definitely a two-handed meal. I had a sweet sausage sandwich and it was fantastic! Primanti’s is a Pittsburgh local gem that everyone should stop and have a meal there when you visit this city.
4. The Strip District – This is definitely the most touristy place I visited. Kayla and I both picked up the traditional Pittsburgh t-shirts. We browsed through the Antique shop, Grandpa’s candy store, and the Costume Shop. The costume shop is also where you can rent (movie quality) costumes. This would be awesome for Halloween!
5. Peace, Love, & Little Donuts – This was the tiniest shop on the Strip. You go in one door and out the side alley. If you are down there and smell the donuts go quickly because they are hot and delicious! We tried the Maple Bacon Sugar, M&M, and Cookies & Cream Donuts. My favorite was the Cookies & Cream Donut…Yum!
7. Love Locks – Walking distance from Phipps Conservatory is a fence on a bridge that is covered with love locks. A love lock is a padlock which sweethearts lock to a bridge to symbolize their love. They are quite a sight to see. Very colorful!
Penguin exhibit was neat (inside & outside). You can even get up close and personal with them at the Penguin Encounter ($40). Plus, the highlight was the Penguin painting my niece bought. If you come early on special days you can even pick a penguin & colors and watch them paint your picture.
9. Bicycle Heaven – hard to find but, worth the visit. Tons of history and blasts from the past. Very impressive collection (two floors). Definitely, remember to give them donations to keep this museum in business! See if you can find your childhood bike in here.
10. Save the best for last…Randyland – Very colorful! We met the owner and he is super friendly. His big thing is to show the world what you can do even without an art background. Kayla bought a t-shirt and Randy told her “Welcome to the club! People will come up to you when you wear the shirt and talk about Randyland.” Funny thing was the first day she wore it, they did!
What is your favorite thing to do in Pittsburgh?