10 Things to Do in Pittsburgh

Updated July 21, 2020.

It’s Faraway Friday! This week, we’re not going too far–just over to Pittsburgh, where my sweet husband grew up. We go out there two to three times each year, but I realized I have very little on the blog about Pittsburgh! So to make up for that deficit, here are 10 things you should do if every you find yourself in the ‘Burgh!

10. Eat a Primanti Brothers Sandwich

This is the thing to have in Pittsburgh, and it’s a monster of a sandwich! You’ll find deli meats, coleslaw, French fries, and more piled on. If you’re not a big eater, you might want to plan on sharing.

Primanti Brothers Sandwich

9. Marvel at the Bridges

If you’re going to be in the City of Bridges, you should take advantage of them! Because Pittsburgh is located at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which originate the Ohio River, it has to be connected by bridges. How many? They say 446! Many are this Aztec Gold color to go with Pittsburgh’s sports teams–all of which boast black and gold for their team colors!

16th Street Bridge

8. Eat Pastries!

Pittsburgh has some of the best bakeries, so don’t miss them! Cookies, macarons, turnovers, croissants, they have it all! All you have to do is look around and follow your nose!

Baked goodies

7. Tour the Frick

Henry Clay Frick was a steel magnate and art collector, and his house is really something special. This home will wow you with the grandeur of an industrialist’s life in the Gilded Age!

The Frick

6. Eat and Shop in the Strip District

This is the place to go for authentic foods of any ethnicity that has claimed Pittsburgh as its home. Here you’ll find open-air markets, restaurants, cafes, authentic pierogis, and more!

Fresh Polish pierogis, anyone?

5. Get the Right Vantage Point

One of my favorite things about Pittsburgh is its place in early American history. Fort Pitt has been around since the French and Indian War. Up on Mount Washington, overlooking “The Point” is a statue of Seneca leader Guyasuta and George Washington having a discussion in 1770. It just so happens to be located at one of the best lookout points on Mount Washington.

“Points of View” Bronze Statue

4. Visit the Fort Pitt Block House

The Fort Pitt Block House is the only remaining of four block houses from the French and Indian War-era Fort Pitt (hence the name, Pittsburgh–both named for William Pitt!). If you’re a history lover like me, you do not want to miss the small but amazing historic site.

Fort Pitt Block House, Photo Credit Phyllis Barber

3. Explore Point State Park

While you’re checking out the Block House, don’t forget about the rest of Point State Park! The fountain is beautiful, and there is a small history museum there as well. Take in the views of the water and of Mount Washington to the south!

The Point: Point State Park

2. Take an Incline to Mount Washington

You have two options: the Duquesne Incline and the Monongahela Incline. Both will get you there, and both will give you stunning views! Once up on Mount Washington, you can walk around the beautiful neighborhoods, eat at amazing restaurants, and take in sweeping views of the Steel City!

Up we go!

1. Visit Mr. Rogers

I don’t know about you, but I never missed an episode of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood when I was growing up! And I never knew he was from Pittsburgh until Steve took me to Pittsburgh for the first time when we were still dating. Stop by to say hello while you’re in town!

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood!
Did you love the Mr. Rogers Movie?
Check out Movie Moments in Pittsburgh!

I hope this inspires you to visit Pittsburgh for yourself! Which of these things on my list will you knock out first? Check out my United States Page for more!

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