What To Do In Downtown Pittsburgh
What to do in downtown Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is one of the cities along the rust belt that is part of the regions rich steel-making history. The city has evolved and manage to move on from the industry and today it is a city worth visiting at least once in your life.
These are just some of the fun places worth seeing on a trip to Steel City.
Andy Warhol Museum
Andy Warhol is originally from Pittsburgh and the works of art that he created and the exhibits he was in the process of making are on display at the Andy Warhol Museum. It is the largest museum dedicated to one artist with seven floors of creations from when he was young until he was a pop culture icon.
The Strip District is a neighborhood in downtown Pittsburgh and though it may be half a mile long it is full of wonderful restaurants, shops, and markets.
If you haven't had the chance to have a Primanti Brothers then head over there to enjoy one of their signatures sandwiches. The local chain is known for its sandwiches that have coleslaw and french fries layered in with a hefty serving of deli meat.
Pamela's Diner is a great brunch destination. They are known for crepe-style pancakes and boy are they good - it is thin, the edges are crispy, and it is as big as a dinner plate!
Heinz History Center
One of the fun things to do within the Strip District is visit the Heinz History Center which focuses on the contributions of Western Pennsylvania. It is housed in a former ice factory and has several exhibits that feature the polio vaccine even the Big Mac. Fans of the children's show Mister Rogers Neighborhood will feel nostalgic looking at the sets, puppets, and other artifacts from the beloved show. And anyone who has had a pickle or ketchup with their fries will be intrigued by the Heinz exhibit which is all about the condiments that are household names.
Just outside downtown Pittsburgh
"Steel City" isn't just a random nickname for Pittsburgh. It is based on their steel producing past and how many families, including the Carnegies, became rich because of the steel factories that were prevalent in the area during the 1800s.
One of the last remaining pre World War II blast furnaces still stands in Pittsburgh. The Rivers of Steel: Carrie Blast Furnaces National Historic Landmark has tours that show the beginnings of the industry until the time the furnace closed in 1982. There is still some metal bits scattered around the premises and the ruins are now canvases for street art.