Pittsburgh gets its name from General John Forbes who, in 1758, named the outpost after a British statesman named William Pitt.
Sitting on the banks of the Ohio, Allegheny (pronounced Al-i-gey-nee), and Monongahela (muh-non-guh-hee-luh) Rivers, Pittsburgh has been nicknamed the City of Bridges, due to its over 450 bridges that span these rivers and the many tributaries surrounding the city. The city is also known for being the center of the steel industry in the United States from the late 1800’s through the mid 1900’s.
Of note, Pittsburgh is one of only a few American cities to have an “H” at the end of the “burg” in the name. The city is also home to four (4) professional sports teams: American football (the Steelers, pronounced “Stillers” by locals), baseball (the Pirates or Bucs/Buccos), hockey (Penguins or Pens) and football (Riverhounds or Hounds) .
How to Get Here
First, transportation is just like most any other American city. You can travel by car, plane, bus, train, subway, or taxi to, from, and around the city. Most visitors arrive in Pittsburgh via the Pittsburgh International Airport, however Greyhound Bus Service, Megabus , and Amtrak options are available, too.
Once you have arrived into Pittsburgh, there is a variety of public transportation options (bus and subway via the Port Authority of Allegheny County) as well as several taxi options (Yellow Cab and Classy Cab), to name a couple, that are also affordable. Depending on how far you are looking to travel in/outside of downtown Pittsburgh, a car rental may also be more economical, but you will need to keep parking costs in mind, which vary throughout the city. Downtown parking can run between $10-30 USD on weekdays while only $5-15 on weekends. Also of note, during concerts, sporting events and other special occasions, event rates may be in effect and be significantly higher!
Places to Visit
While there are simply thousands of things to see and do throughout the city and entire Western Pennsylvania area, we’ve handpicked the following list of things that needs to be on a visitor’s “Must See/Do” List. Below, you’ll find a brief synopsis of each experience and links to websites that provide more details, including directions, prices, and more.
- Primanti Bros - This sandwich (“sammich” to Pittsburghers) shop is a Pittsburgh tradition that has received worldwide notoriety for famously putting french fries and coleslaw directly on the sammich. Combine that with the caricatures of local celebrities and sports heroes and you have a true Pittsburgh experience that no visitor should miss out on.
- Tours of our Professional Sports Stadiums
- Heinz Field - Opened in August 2001, it is home to our Pittsburgh Steelers, a professional American football team that plays in the National Football League (NFL). Tour the stadium of the ONLY 6-time Super Bowl Champions in the NFL, see the Vince Lomardi trophies proudly on display in the FEdEx Great Hall, the Steelers 'Walk of Fame' and smell the freshly mown grass of championships.
- PNC Park - Home to our 5-time Major League Baseball champion “Buccos”, the stadium opened in Spring 2001 to rave reviews and can even boast being voted "Best Ballpark in America" by ESPN and TripAdvisor, thanks to the AMAZING views of the Pittsburgh city skyline along with the variety of ballpark amenities. While the team was not as great as the views were for the first 10+ years that the doors were open, the Pirates have recently become a force in Major League Baseball and the views from your seat are fast becoming the second best part of going to a game there.
- Consol Energy Center - Opened in 2010, Consol Energy Center is the only LEED Gold Certified sports facility in all of North America. It is home to our 3-time NHL champion Penguins in state-of-the-art fashion and also hosts hundreds of other sporting events, concerts, and entertainment programs throughout the year.
- The Duquesne and Monongahela Inclines - These furnicular railways provide easy access to the top of Mount Washington on Pittsburgh's South Side and allow visitors to grab an amazing and picturesque view of downtown Pittsburgh.
- Andy Warhol Museum - This collection of several thousand items (paintings, sculptures, letters, films, video, etc.) that cover the entire life of Andy Warhol. Art lovers, pop culture fans, and even the general population will enjoy a trip through this museum.
- Toonseum - One of only three (3) museums in the entire United States devoted specifically to cartoon art, this non-profit museum features over 100 pieces of comic and cartoon art in a quiant boutique size museum.
- Fort Pitt Blockhouse - Built in 1764, it is the oldest continuously existent structure in all of Western PA. It was used as a reinforcement of the defences for Fort Pitt, which existed as an outpost and trading hub in the early-mid 1700’s for hunters and early settlers of the West. It exists now as a part of Point State Park in the “Golden Triangle” that is formed were the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers come together to form the Ohio River.
- Carnegie Science CenterThis complex on Pittsburgh's North Shore is located next to Heinz Field (Home of the "Stillers) and boasts four (4) floors of interactive and “hands on” science exhibits. The complex also includes an Omnimax movie theatre, the Buhl Planetarium, the Highmark SportsWorks, and the USS Requin, the US Navy’s first Radar Picket submarine from the World War II era that performed several defense and scientific missions throughout it's military career.
- Heinz History Center - An affiliate institution of the Smithsonian Institution that is located in the historic “Strip District” of Pittsburgh, the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania’s Senator John Heinz History Center provides an educational and inspiring look into the past history of Western Pennsylvania, while also trying to maintain sense of the present and how our history can impact the future of our area.