Each city I have visited contains its own beauty and so does Pittsburgh. I have yet to explore all of its beauty, but below are some of Pittsburgh attractions that I have discovered and would visit again. Pittsburgh’s skyline is stunning, the city’s cultural and artistic offerings are excellent, and its natural landmarks such as mountain and water create a visually provocative cityscape. The three destinations I have chosen below could be experienced even if you only had one day and evening in Pittsburgh.
Andy Warhol Museum:
The Andy Warhol Museum is one of the four distinctive Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, and is one of my favorites. It is a fun and educational way to start your day in Pittsburgh. It is more than a museum, and my favorite place to visit in Pittsburgh. Visitors are engaged into a creative interaction with the art and life of Andy Warhol. There is always something newly going on at the museum with special exhibitions, programs and events. The permanent collection is stunning as well. You can stay all day at the museum exploring the many floors and exhibits, visiting the Andy Warhol café and store, watching films in the theatre, and participating in workshops. My favorite program at the museum is the Weekend Factory fashioned after Andy Warhol’s studio, the Silver Factory. The Weekend Factory is an art studio created for visitors to explore the art techniques of Andy Warhol. You may take home what you create and the fee is included within your museum admission.
The view from Mount Washington is spectacular at night. It features a sweeping panorama of downtown Pittsburgh and over a dozen bridges below, undulating in twinkling lights. The stunning nighttime view from Mount Washington offers a panoramic vision of Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle – a set of landmark skyscrapers traced along the city skyline, as well as a view to many fine restaurants of Pittsburgh. Another unique triangle landmark of Pittsburgh is where the Three Rivers nestle together: The Ohio River, Allegheny River and Monongahela River converge into Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers. It is a unique natural monument considering the convergence of three rivers anywhere around the world is an uncommon occurrence. Be sure to visit the two Mount Washington Inclines: the Duquesne Incline and the Mon Incline, both built in the 1870’s and preserving much of their historical integrity. It is a fun way to glimpse into Pittsburgh’s past, and a breathtaking look at its present. Mount Washington has been ranked the second most beautiful place in America by USA Weekend’s 2003 Annual Travel Report. Duquesne Incline has been ranked various times as one of America’s most romantic places.
To complete a spectacular evening visit Station Square, located near the Inclines in downtown Pittsburgh, for a sumptuous late night dinner and more stunning sights and flavors. The colorful lighting, music and central water fountain make this one of the most beautiful places to visit. Moreover, the central water fountain, where the colored lights are choreographed to the music, is a gorgeous place to relax and unwind after a long day of sightseeing. Plus, there is an aura of vitality at Station Square being one of Pittsburgh’s favorite places to dine, dance and party. If there is time, take one of the water tours of the Three Rivers, or simply dance the night away at one of the lively venues. There is an array of activities to explore at Station Square, from shopping to train rides, or a Just Ducky Water Adventure Tour to a romantic horse and carriage ride. The sky’s the limit along Pittsburgh’s beautiful skyline.