Should You Visit Pittsburgh?

Is Pittsburgh worth visiting?

Yes, Pittsburgh is definitely worth visiting for numerous reasons. Its a city that everyone should see, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.

Whether you're a traveling as a family or on a weekend getaway, this city has a lot to offer. Any local will tell you what makes it special is the spectacular museums and terrific nightlife.

Pittsburgh is a city in western Pennsylvania that has working class roots. It sits at the junction of 3 rivers and it is filled with museums and fascinating activities. While many travelers overlook this city, those who take the time to explore will enjoy an authentic and genuine experience.

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5 Reasons to Visit Pittsburgh

1. Museums

The museums range from science and nature focused, like the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden, to quirky and artsy, like the Mattress Factory. The Warhol Museum is dedicated to the works of Andy Warhol and it's not to be missed. Also worth a visit is the Heinz History Center, Randyland, and the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History.

2. Nightlife

There's an active music and dance scene in town. For the best bars and clubs, head to the Strip and South Side and for live entertainment and casinos check out the North Shore.

3. Food

The city is known for its working class roots, and the food is hearty and filling, which is great for those on a budget. Popular local dishes include pierogis, deli sandwiches, Pittsburgh salads (complete with French fries), and hotcakes.

4. Shopping

You'll find local fashion boutiques and shopping centers in the city's downtown. Other great shopping neighborhoods include Shadyside, Station Square, and Fifth Avenue Place.

5. Authenticity

Pittsburgh has an authentic vibe where you can experience local culture, cuisine, and activities without the large tourist crowds of other popular destinations.

Things to Consider Before Visiting Pittsburgh

Not As Family-Friendly
While there are some family activities, it's not as child-friendly as other destinations.

Getting Around
The area is not very walkable, and public transit is not great here, so it might be difficult to get around without arranging your own transportation.

The Cost
Depending on your budget, schedule, and travel style, Pittsburgh might be an expensive destination for you. You can find out the travel costs for Pittsburgh here or see if Pittsburgh is expensive here.


What is Pittsburgh most famous for?

Pittsburgh is most famous for its many bridges, its steel industry, and being the home of "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood". People visit this impressive city for its great museums and nightlife. Also, it's known for food and shopping. It is often described as industrial, authentic, and under-rated.

What is the most famous sight in Pittsburgh?

The most popular sight in Pittsburgh is Mount Washington. You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Pittsburgh on our travel costs page.

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for Mount Washington and other attractions here.

How touristy is Pittsburgh? Is it a popular city to visit?

Pittsburgh is an off-the-beaten-path city that many travelers overlook. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)

    • New! Bikes & Brews Tour: $89
    • Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Game Ticket at PNC Park: $38
    • Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures Tour: $59
    • Pittsburgh Ghosts Steel City Haunted Tour: $24
    • Bike the Burgh Tour: $59
    • Best of the Burgh Walking Tour of Pittsburgh: $33
    • Whiskey Walking Tour: $40
    • Essential Pittsburgh Experience - The One Tour to Take: $75

    How long should I spend in Pittsburgh?

    The ideal length of time for a trip to Pittsburgh is two to three days. Since Pittsburgh has activities such as museums and nightlife, many visit for up to three days.

    If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Pittsburgh? and Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Pittsburgh?.