When in Pittsburgh… And You’re Not on a College Tour

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, also known as “The Steel City” and more recently “The City of Champions” is filled with everything from unique neighborhoods to tasty restaurants. As for the geographic aspect, three rivers flow through the city: the Ohio, the Alleghany, and the Monongahela. Where there are rivers, there are bridges and there are over 400 throughout the city – the most in one city throughout the United States. This unique aspect highlights the industrialization of the city along with showing off the beautiful waterfront. Because Pittsburgh is home to three professional sports teams, a sporting event can be found to attend year round.  Whether you’re visiting for one day or five days, there’s always something to do.


1.Pre Game Dinner | 4:30 p.m. 

Less than a mile away from the PPG (Pittsburgh Plate Glass) Paints Arena, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins, is Market Square: a social and cultural spot where you can find almost anything to eat all within walking distances of each other. All of the restaurants surround the square so when you stand in the middle, you can see all of your options. You can find anything from Cajun to Italian to standard American food. This area was formerly known as “Diamond Market” which is where the name of the Diamond Market Bar and Grill comes from. However, the rather recent, City Works is a great place to eat before a Pittsburgh sporting event if you’re looking for some classic American food.

2. Let’s Go Pens | 7:00 

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Going to a Pittsburgh sporting event is a must when in the city and it’s hard to miss one between hockey, baseball and football offerings covering each season. A Friday night is well spent sitting in the black and gold seats of PPG Paints Arena watching the Penguins in action. The energy in the atmosphere at the arena is ecstatic when the back to back 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Stanley Cup Champions take the ice. “Let’s go Pens” fills the arena as the puck drops and doesn’t stop until the clock hits 0:00!

3. Late Night Snack | 10:30 p.m.  

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A short walk from the PPG Paints Arena is the Milkshake Factory where visitors can find the perfect treat on Fifth Avenue.  The menu isn’t strictly milkshakes as it also includes sundaes and gourmet milkshakes. They turn the basic chocolate and vanilla into salted caramel and brownie fudge. The bright lights of the “factory” add to the happy atmosphere as visitors consume their shakes and socialize with friends. This is a popular hot spot for college students after a long day of classes but welcomes anyone!


4.Breakfast in the Strip | 9:00 a.m. 

The Strip District is a popular neighborhood located outside the city in a suburb on the Alleghany River. This neighborhood filled with shops and restaurants stretches from 11th Street to 33rd Street. After you work up an appetite from walking the streets browsing through the different shops, Pamela’s Diner will fill your stomach with either breakfast or lunch. Make sure you save room for a little dessert just around the corner at Peace, Love and Little Donuts for a sweet treat before you depart the Strip District.

5. A Dive into History | 12:00 p.m. 

A short distance from the Strip District lies the Heinz History Center on Smallman Street. Discover 250 years of Pittsburgh history through exhibits in Pennsylvania’s largest museum. Six floors of exhibits allow for the public to engage with key parts of history of this steel city. Exhibits include “City of Champions,” “Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation,” and “Eyes of Pittsburgh.” This museum can interest all age groups and is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. For me, I love the Pittsburgh sports exhibits throughout the museum and the history of the different teams.

6. A Quick Bite to Eat in the North Shore | 2:30 p.m.

Just on the other side of the Alleghany River falls another unique neighborhood, the North Shore.  The historic and sports-centered neighborhood includes PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. After digesting all the information from the History Museum, it’s time to digest a delicious burger and milkshake at Burgatory. They’re known for their tasty burgers whether you’re creating your own or ordering a specialty one off the menu, however, they have other options too. Don’t forget to try a homemade milkshake before you leave!

7. A Taste of Art | 4:00 p.m. 

Engage with Pittsburgh’s own Andy Warhol’s art at the Andy Warhol Museum, which holds the largest collection of his art and archives in the world. The seven-story museum is filled with his art that allows viewers to explore his story. This museum is located on the North Shore and is across The Andy Warhol Bridge from downtown Pittsburgh. On top of the 900 paintings, about 100 sculptures and nearly 2,000 works on paper, the museum features about 60 films that express Warhol and his work, too. “If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There’s nothing behind it,” said Warhol.

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8. A Stroll Through Point State Park | 6:00 p.m. 

Point State Park is located at Pittsburgh’s “Golden Triangle” where the three rivers meet. 36 acres of land allows for visitors to take a nice walk or bike ride along the river. This historical landmark includes pieces of history dating back to the French and Indian War from over 200 years ago. While walking along the waterfront path, take in the different views of the city, the beautiful landscape, and the history of the city all at the same time.

9. A Trip to the Station| 7:30 

Following a nice stroll through the park, it’s time for dinner in Station Square, one of Pittsburgh’s most popular tourist attractions. Located along the Monongahela River, Station Square is the place to be with a mixture of 14 dining options and entertainment. Dining options include food from the traditional Hard Rock Cafe to the famous Joe’s Crab Shack. Visitors can also take the touristy route by taking a boat tour on the Gateway Clipper Fleet or a Segway tour of the city. This area has it all covered whether you’re ready to eat or just want to do a little more sightseeing.

10. Ride up the Mountain | 9:30 p.m. 

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See Pittsburgh in a different light as you overlook the city skyline at night on a trip up the Duquesne Incline. Ride up Mount Washington to the incline’s observation deck to get a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and its three rivers. The 140-year-old incline makes trips up and down Mount Washington from sunrise to sunset so visitors can observe the view at any time of the day. The USA Today Weekly Magazine describes this attraction as, “one of the 10 most beautiful views in America,” so it’s a sight you don’t want to miss.