Pittsburgh is the second largest city in Pennsylvania (behind Philadelphia) and the seat of Allegheny County. Nestled in the Western part of the state, the city is lies at the convergence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers, hence its nickname Three Rivers City. Pittsburgh was home to industrialist Andrew Carnegie’s U.S. Steel Corporation and is also noted as the home to jazz musicians Art Blakey and George Benson, 60’s pop art icon Andy Warhol, Carnegie and financier Andrew Mellon, as well as television personality Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers Neighborhood.
Pittsburgh is host to many attractions, points of interest and athletic venues for you to enjoy during a visit to this Western Pennsylvania gem. From PNC Park and home to major league baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League and Heinz Field home to NFL Pittsburgh Steelers to the Andy Warhol Museum and Carnegie Museum of Art, you can find plenty of activities enjoy when planning a visit and downtown stay in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Points of Interest
The City of Pittsburgh has seen a resurgence of sorts in the past several years, particularly in its downtown area. When visiting the city you want to make sure to visit the following points of interest: the Cultural District, Market Square and the Point. You can get a bird’s eye of these sections from the Duquesne Incline, a functioning set of past century cable cars that allow you to see the city from on high. The incline is located in the Duquesne Heights and Mount Washington neighborhood just over the Monongahela River and due west of downtown via the Fort Pitt Bridge.
Pittsburgh’s Market Square is at the center of the city’s reinvented downtown space. Open to programming on a year-round basis, the square offers a mix of old and new, from new eateries for the culinary aficionados to the centuries old Oyster House, first opened in 1871. You will find concerts and other gatherings along with one of the area’s finest farmer’s market all within Market Square.
The tip of the city’s golden triangle is home to the 36 acre Point State Park. Located where the three rivers meet. the Point is easily accessible and has available trails for hiking, biking and boating. Fort Pitt museum is located at the Point to give you a historic perspective of this area, which served as an outpost during the French-Indian Wars during colonial times.
You may also travel via the TPlus to the Wood Street station and walk into downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. It is where you can satisfy your tastes for music, be it the world-class Pittsburgh Symphony and Opera, art, theater and live music.
Culture and Sports in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh’s meteoric rise (and eventual fall and rebirth) due to industry has been mirrored by its sports teams and cultural offerings. Pittsburgh is home to the Steelers (NFL), Pirates (MLB) and Penguins (NHL), each of whom have been multiple champions in their respective sports. In one of the greatest plays in all of sports, running back Franco Harris of the eventual 1972 champion Steelers caught a deflected pass at his shoelaces and raced 40 yards for the winning score in a 13-7 triumph over rival Oakland. The catch, which took place in historic Three Rivers Stadium, has been termed the “Immaculate Reception”
Artist Andy Warhol (born Andrew Warhola in Pittsburgh in 1928) studied commercial art at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute where he graduated in with a B.S. in Fine Arts in 1949 and would go on to lead, along with artists Roy Lichtenstein and Jasper Johns, the pop art movement of the 1960s. The work of Warhol and the influences of his life in Pittsburgh can be found at the Andy Warhol Museum, located in downtown and part of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.
Getting Around Downtown Pittsburgh
When in Downtown Pittsburgh, here are some things you may want to consider to do as part of your stay. Many of the activities and events that are planned in Pittsburgh year round can be reached through use of the city’s 26 mile TPlus light rail system that connects downtown to other points of the city. Riders can use the system between downtown stations of First Avenue, Steel Plaza, Wood Street and Gateway for free, which makes this mode of transportation perfect for discovering downtown.
If the weather is right, downtown Pittsburgh is one of the most walkable cities in the country, and the Golden Triangle Bike Rental along with the city’s network of trails and protected bike lanes make it easier than ever to explore the city on two wheels.
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