Over the past decade, no city has undergone a complete transformation quite like the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Once heralded as the steel industry capital of America, Pittsburgh has reinvented itself as one of the nation’s leading centers of culture, education and innovation.
With its eclectic blend of big city atmosphere and a small town feel, Pittsburgh draws thousands of visitors each year to discover just what it is that makes the city one of America’s most livable and sought after destinations.
Pittsburgh’s Urban Transformation
Flashback to a mere 30 years ago, the city of Pittsburgh was facing an economic decline of monstrous proportions. The steel industry that provided the backbone for the city was collapsing under the pressures of foreign competition and unemployment in the area reached an all-time high.
Rather than fall victim to the rust belt collapse, Pittsburghers tried and true did what they do best, they persevered. Over the past few decades, the city and its citizens emerged from the ashes of the steel industry’s collapse to reinvent Pittsburgh as a center for culture, technology, innovation and education.
Despite battling back from all these hardships and earning some of the nation’s most sought after recognitions along the way, the city continues to assert itself as a leader and constantly strives to build a better community for its residents and tourists alike. Take a trip to the famed Steel City and discover for yourself what has the country’s top travel organizations raving about the city of Pittsburgh.
The Must-See Attractions
No matter what your reason for travel may be, you are sure to find an attraction perfectly suited to your interests in Pittsburgh. Whether you prefer the normal tourist attractions or are in search of something a little bit out of the ordinary, Pittsburgh is the perfect destination for you.
- Museums, Arts & Entertainment
When many people think of the city of Pittsburgh, a name that is quickly associated with the city is Andrew Carnegie. While mostly known for his involvement in Pittsburgh’s steel industry, Carnegie also left a mark on the city with his philanthropic work, the most famous of which being the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Visitors to the city can choose from four unique experiences, from diving head first into history to exploring art from across the world and famed Pittsburgher Andy Warhol, to interacting and learning about the world surrounding us through science, the Carnegie Museums are truly a must for tourists of all ages.
If live performances are more to your liking, the city’s ever-vibrant Cultural District is truly a must visit, playing host to over 1,500 performances each year.
Gain some valuable perspective on Western Pennsylvania’s role in history and pop culture with a trip to the Senator John Heinz History Center. With three floors to explore, the Center is home to over 250 years of historical trinkets from Pittsburgh’s past. Of course, don’t forget to visit the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum in the Center to relive the city’s proudest athletic achievements.
Speaking of sports, athletes young and old will love taking in one of Pittsburgh’s prized sports teams as they battle against the best athletes from around the globe. Whether you’re enjoying the spectacular view at PNC Park or watching the next superstars of the NBA battle it out at the Peterson Events Center, Pittsburgh is a sport fanatics dream come true with a variety of sports team to cheer on.
If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, Pittsburgh is the perfect city for you. With its mix of parks, trails and unique nature attractions, you won’t want to spend a minute indoors during your trip. Immerse yourself in a tropical paradise even on the cloudiest of days with a trip to Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Home to over a dozen exhibits and a countless amount of plants from across the world, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is truly a must.
If hearing the call of the wild is more to your liking, you’ll be quick to fall in love with the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Home to over 4,000 animals across 77 acres of land, the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium allows you to get up close and personal with our furry (and not so furry) friends. For those of us who would prefer to fly, Pittsburgh’s National Aviary is home to over 500 birds who fly freely through the Aviary’s larger than life exhibits.
It is often said that one of the true joys of traveling comes with the chance to immerse yourself in something different. That being said, Pittsburgh offers quite a bit of attractions that are truly one-of-a-kind. For starters, take a trip up one of nation’s oldest cable car inclines and reward yourself with a simply breathtaking view of the city while you’re at it by hopping aboard the Duquesne Incline.
Without a doubt, Pittsburgh’s most famed foods are the French fry, Cole slaw and tomato topped Primanti Bros. sandwiches. However, there is much more to Pittsburgh foods than simply putting fries on top of it and calling it a day. In recent years, the city has become a hotspot for culinary creations of all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re enjoying the street-inspired food from Tako or the carefully crafted dishes from Cure, Pittsburgh has truly become a food lover’s dream come true.
Without a doubt, one of the best parts of the city is that its constantly changing and evolving into something more new and exciting. Discover the excitement of the Steel City for yourself by booking your downtown Pittsburgh accommodations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown. Redefining luxury like no other, the suites of the DoubleTree Pittsburgh Downtown place their guests in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh’s eclectic atmosphere and merely moments away from the area’s top attractions and must-see destinations. Discover just what makes native Pittsburghers so proud of their city and book your downtown Pittsburgh accommodations today!