Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania may not be the obvious choice for a mini break, but this former mining city actually has a lot to offer. The “City of Bridges” – so named for the 466 bridges that connect up the region – is a charming, cultural hub in really picturesque surroundings, so it’s the ideal destination for a quick getaway.

Stay

Befitting the city’s new, progressive status, the Fairmont Pittsburgh is a fabulously cosmopolitan place to rest your head during your stay. It’s situated in the Golden Triangle, making it just walking distance away from major cultural hotspots and the best restaurants and bars.

See and Do

The birthplace of cultural icon Andy Warhol, naturally a trip to Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum is a must. You’ll find lots of his famous works here and you may even learn a thing a two about his life that you didn’t know before.

Nearby, you can see his legacy in action at The Mattress Factory. This contemporary art museum shows just how far art has come since Warhol’s day, with exhibits covering everything from the sublime to the absurd.

Pittsburgh's manufacturing heritage lives on in its resident football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Football fans will no doubt want to pay a visit to the iconic Heinz Field Stadium and maybe even catch a game or two. The Steelers are one of the most successful teams in the National Football League and, according to specialist sites like Oddschecker, are actually some of the favourites to win the AFC North Division this year. As their fight song says “Here we go!”

One of the biggest draws of the city is its three rivers – the Allegheny, Ohio and Monongahela – which regularly attract adrenaline junkies by the hundreds as they kayak their way across them. If watersports aren’t your thing, you can still get your nature fix by paying The National Aviary a visit. This is currently the only independent, non-profit, indoor sanctuary in America dedicated to our avian friends and preserving their natural habitats. You’ll be able to see bald eagles, penguins, snowy owls and even flamingos here and know that your entrance fee is going to an important cause.

Eat and Drink 

They take food very seriously in Pittsburgh and there’s a lot of choice available, so you’ll find something no matter how fussy an eater you or your companions are! Since you’ll only be in town for a short amount of time, we’ll keep our recommendations simple.

Pamela’s, located in the Strip District is a must for breakfast. Nothing tastes yummier in the morning than a stack of sweet pancakes and the ones served here are particularly delicious. Barack Obama himself loved them so much that he invited the cafe’s owners to the White House for Memorial Day celebrations.

For dinner, the Federal Gallery’s got you covered; in fact you could eat here for your entire stay and not taste the same dish twice. This food hall and beer garden is super modern and super convenient, and with four food stalls you can get everything from Poutine to Korean fried chicken. The city is big on craft beers too and there are plenty to be found here.

Finally, Pittsburgh is one of the friendliest places in the States so when you’re out and about try chatting with the locals for the inside scoop.

 

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