Red incline car in middle of tracks on Mt. Washington

A vacation in Pittsburgh could just be one of the most exciting trips you ever take. In fact, the city was once again named one of Travel + Leisure’s Best Places to Travel in the new year. This beautiful, historic town is filled with must-see attractions and exciting things to do. Both locals and tourists can visit a broad assortment of museums, historical sites, and scenic areas. The neighborhoods all across town are bustling with interesting people, fun shops and incredible works of architecture.

Once you have chosen one of the great hotels in Pittsburgh, you’ll want to explore the city as soon as you can. Even if you only have a little money to spend while you’re in town, you won’t be bored. You can find plenty of things to do that are free or very inexpensive. You can even take advantage of downtown Pittsburgh hotel specials to start saving right away. You might even discover that a trip to the Steel City is more affordable than a weekend’s worth of activities in your own town!

Exploring the Sights

While the city may be famous for its plethora of bridges, nothing quite tops the view of the city skyline from Mt. Washington’s West End Overlook. For $5 or less round trip, you can ride one of Pittsburgh’s historic Inclines up the slopes of Mount Washington for one of the most beautiful sights in the entire country.

Below the rolling hills of Mount Washington, Point State Park provides city dwellers and travelers alike with plenty of opportunities to relax and explore, all for free! Located at the tip of Pittsburgh’s ‘Golden Triangle,’ Point State Park is downtown’s urban oasis – serving as a central gathering spot that is always brimming with activity and excitement.

Experience the Culture

If you’re looking for a large sampling of Pittsburgh culture in a small package, rent a bike or take a short walk from your downtown Pittsburgh hotel and stop by the city’s constantly lively Strip District. The ½ square mile district just outside of downtown Pittsburgh is a people watcher’s paradise, bursting at the seams with food, fun, and endless Pittsburgh fanfare. No matter if you’re looking for old-world markets or a sampling of the city’s promising future, you’ll find your fill in the city’s Strip District.

With fifteen blocks of fun, entertainment and a new adventure around every corner, South Side is another one of those uniquely Pittsburgh neighborhoods where you can do almost anything – whether it’s getting a new tattoo from one of the best shops in town or raising a glass at your new favorite bar. Along East Carson Street, you’re sure to pass by some of the most city’s most colorful characters.

While Pittsburgh’s many diverse neighborhoods have plenty to offer on their own, art lovers can rejoice in the fact that art is on display all throughout the city. Free gallery crawls take place monthly in the Bloomfield and Garfield neighborhoods with Unblurred, and The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust hosts a quarterly showcase of all the art and entertainment going on in the downtown’s Cultural District.

The Quirks and Perks of Pittsburgh

It’s no secret that Pittsburgh is quickly becoming a hipster-haven, even outranking Brooklyn according to some recent transplants. And there is good reasoning for their claims. To put it simply, the city has quite its own share of quirks and perks.

One of the most undeniable quirks of the city comes with its “most colorful landmark” in the courtyard of Randyland. Located in the Mexican War Streets districts of the city’s Northside, Randyland is an ongoing public art display that may just be best described as indescribable. The whimsical looking home and courtyard are free to all, giving visitors a pleasant escape from the norm.

No matter what time of year you plan your visit, you can always count on something to spark your excitement with the city’s annual events. Whether you’re slurping soup during the Southside Soup Content, being Irish for a day in the 2nd largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the world, or partaking in Pittsburgh’s popular Pierogi Fest, there’s always something to do at little or no cost to you in the Steel City.

If you’re trying to make the most out of your savings while still staying in the heart of all the action, check out the specials and packages from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown. Our Cultural District suites offer you convenient access to all of the city’s top attractions, and our friendly and caring staff make sure you’re comfortable and content every step of the way. Discover all that there is to see and do in the city without breaking the bank and book your downtown Pittsburgh accommodations today!