If you have the chance to travel to Pittsburgh, PA, take it and use our Pittsburgh travel guide to help you see the best of what the city has to offer. We spent 48 hours in the city at the start of this week and I fell head over heels in love with it. I know we moved to Charleston less than a year ago but I’m tempted to pack everything up and move again. Pittsburgh is calling my name so hard right now.
Our intention when booking the trip was to see the dog-friendly side of the city with our pups in tow but despite it being the first day of spring, the weather decided to be extremely uncooperative. There were icy roads and heavy snow which made the outdoor conditions unsuitable for our little boys so they stayed at the hotel instead. Lucky for us, Drury Plaza Hotel is extremely welcoming to furry friends! While they stayed in the room we decided to pack as much as we could into our 48 hours in Pittsburgh. There was no way to see everything on our list but we did accomplish a lot. If you are only in the city for a weekend, our travel guide is here to help you identify the top must-see attractions (and a few places to scope out the authentic flavor of the area).
Pittsburgh Travel Guide
See the best of the city, no matter the season!
Downtown Walking Tour
When we travel we love to soak up the real flavor of the city. Everywhere we’ve been has had a unique vibe and Pittsburgh has personality in abundance! Download a free one-hour walking tour from Robert Morris University and immerse yourself in the culture and history of the city.
You’ll learn about the fierce rivalry between two tycoons that defined an era, the history of many of the downtown buildings, and be regaled with tales of the area’s frontier past. The tour is available in 10 languages and is absolutely worth an hour of your time.
Station Square is the most popular tourist district in Pittsburgh and it’s easy to see why.
It has over 20 restaurants to choose from plus there is a huge variety of tours including segway tours, Just Ducky tours, and cable car rides with amazing views of the city. From mid-May through mid-November the district has a Waltzing Waters Liquid Fireworks show which I’m dying to see so we’re planning a trip back during the summer to make it happen.
Amazing Books & Records and Jerry’s Records
Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh was one of our favorite streets because there were so many great locally-owned places to stop in and check out. Brandon is a huge music fan and a former DJ so of course, we had to check out the music scene while we were there.
We stopped into Amazing Books & Records on Liberty St first then he referred us to Jerry’s Records in Squirrel Hill because it was named one of Rolling Stone’s best record stores. If you’re into music or are a collector, both shops are must-sees!
Fort Pitt Museum
The only building remaining from Fort Pitt is the Fort Pitt Block House which was built in 1764. Admission is only $7 for adults and it offers a glimpse into the history of the area. If you’re an American history buff like I am, the Fort Pitt Block House and Museum is an attraction you don’t want to miss.
It’s a rather small space so it doesn’t take much time but it’s definitely worth stopping in to see while you’re there.
If you like tacos (and who doesn’t?) then Condado Tacos is a MUST. It was the first place recommended to us when we arrived in the city and it was delicious. It’s a small place and the tables fit tight but the food is worth it. All of the tacos are custom made per your order ticket so you can order your tacos exactly as you see fit.
If you’re vegetarian, like my husband, they have veggie options as well. He ordered a salad bowl with black beans and a word of warning – the bowls are small so either order two or add a taco. You’ll be glad you did. Oh, and the margaritas are a must! It’s within walking distance of everything downtown but if your hotel is too far away just call an Uber.
Sarris Candies is actually located in a little suburb of Pittsburgh called Canonsburg but visiting their shop is worth the drive. When we checked into the Drury Plaza Hotel they had a box of Sarris Candies chocolates waiting to welcome us to the city. I took a nibble of the first one and knew we had to find the shop to see what else they had. I bought a box of peanut brittle while I was there because it’s one of my favorite treats and I couldn’t resist.
Sarris Candies has a wide variety of products including sugar-free and gluten-free options. If you want to indulge in a sweet treat while you’re in Pittsburgh, definitely check them out.
We desperately wanted to visit the Carnegie Museum of Natural History but it was closed when we were there. We also didn’t have time to see the Andy Warhol Museum but it’s on the list for our return visit. We are thinking our next trip will be dedicated to arts & history then, in the fall, we need to do a sports trip to see the Steelers and Penguins! I’ll be sure to share a themed Pittsburgh travel guide after each trip.
What do you think of our Pittsburgh travel guide? What should we see next time?