Once a gritty city of steel mills and smokestacks, Pittsburgh has completely transformed. Today, the 'burgh is one of America's most livable cities, with hilly neighborhoods, a beautified waterfront and leafy parks. Heaps of university students ensure cutting-edge culture, an eclectic dining scene and buzzing nightlife.
Start exploring at riverfront Point State Park, with fine views of the city. Delve into the past at the Heinz History Center and the Fort Pitt Museum. Then cross the river to the North Side to visit the amazing Andy Warhol Museum. The prolific pop artist was born in Pittsburgh (and is buried here too). Also on the North Side are the National Aviary and the restored row houses of the Mexican War Streets. If it's baseball season, catch a Pirates game at PNC Park.
In Oakland, check out mummies and dinosaur bones at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and admire rare orchids in the Phipps Conservatory. Don’t miss the Southside, with its Victorian-lined streets, colorful boutiques and lively restaurants and bars.