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This city is built of tough stuff (mostly steel and sports), but it’s really an underrated gem when it comes to culture and fun. Pittsburgh is home to scenic views, vast riverfront trails and greenspaces, 90 neighborhoods, and even cool downtown architecture, all adding up to a town ready to “steel” your heart.
After you’ve scored one of the best Pittsburgh hotel deals, crack the hard exterior of the city and get to the good stuff. Because spending a last-minute getaway here is anything but the Pitts-burgh.
Steeling a Glance at Pittsburgh
Beyond Pittsburgh-er: Being the birthplace of both the Big Mac and Heinz Ketchup means the ‘Burgh has a lot to live up to when it comes to food. And it does, so you better come hungry. Step one to the Pittsburgh cuisine scene: Put French fries on anything, ala the selection of world-famous Primanti’s sandwiches. A close second is that pierogies are king here and trying the Polish delight at Pierogies Plus is a must. Prantl’s Bakery is another highly sought-after tradition when hitting up Pittsburgh, with its Burnt Almond Torte earning the title of “Best Cake in America” several times over. Another spot high on the list of have-to-eats is Mineo’s Pizza House, dishing out the best slices in the neighborhood for well over 50 years. After you’ve tried all the best the 412 has to offer, meander back to your Pittsburgh hotel near Heinz Field to slip into your finest sweats for a well-deserved rest.
Party Like a Yinzer: Pittsburgh locals (also called Yinzers) love to have a good time. And there are ample ways to do so here, starting with the breweries around town. The best spots to sip and sample craft beers include The Church Brew Works (an actual former parish) and Penn Brewery. If you prefer the harder stuff, Wigle Whiskey Distillery serves up artisanal spirits, and is the first distillery in town since Prohibition. Or taste the sweeter side at Arsenal Cider House, offering mulled ciders in the winter and slushie ciders in the heat of the summer. Prefer eclectic and divey? Bar 11 specializes in dare wheels, glitter bombs, and Flaming Dr. Pepper Shots—the exact level of fun you’d expect from the home of the Ferris wheel.
Weird Non-Science Museums: Sure, you can visit most larger cities and see a host of museums, but this town has a bevy of not-your-run-of-the-steel-mill museums sure to keep you entertained. First and most famously, there’s the Andy Warhol Museum, one of the largest single-artist museums, devoted to the ‘Burgh’s most artistic resident. Things get more off the wall at Bicycle Heaven, the world’s biggest bike museum and shop, and even more so at Randyland, the colorful home of a local artist who uses vibrant paint and recycled art to provide a creative streetscape for the neighborhood. Talk about curb appeal. And the Mattress Factory has nothing to do with sleep—this museum is all local art installations, including interactive circus equipment. Bring in the clowns!
Outside Voices: Pittsburgh is sometimes called “The City of Bridges,” which is apt because this city is swimming in rivers and other ways to experience the great outdoors. The views from Mount Washington are breathtaking, there are miles upon miles of riverwalks, and the greenspace surrounding the city is bountiful. A weirder outdoor oddity is the steepest street in the country—Canton Avenue is so steep there are annual bike races that include tumbling cyclists. Continuing with the theme of great heights, there are a couple of funiculars around town, where you can ride a cable car to the top of an incline for, you guessed it, more incredible views. After you’ve seen Steel City from all angles, roll on back to your downtown Pittsburgh hotel for some R&R, no steep ascents required.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pittsburgh
What are the best places to stay in Pittsburgh?
When you’re looking for the best hotel deals in Pittsburgh, the first thing to figure out is where you want to stay. If you’re off on a family adventure, you may want to be close to attractions and consider hotels near Pittsburgh Zoo. A lot of visitors like to stay centrally located and opt for hotels downtown Pittsburgh like Pittsburgh Plaza Hotel, which is close to Carnegie and Mount Washington, or Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, right in the heart of the city. And you can stay somewhere incredible for less than you think. When you book Pittsburgh hotel deals with Hotwire Hot Rates, you get way more than you expected for less.
What is the average cost of a hotel room in Pittsburgh?
Going on a quick getaway to Pittsburgh doesn’t have to cost you all of your pierogie cash. You also don’t just have to grab any cheap hotels in Pittsburgh to save big. You can book last-minute hotels in Pittsburgh and save a bunch of money when you book through Hotwire Hot Rates. In fact, the longer you wait to book a Hot Rate Hotel, the bigger the savings get. You can save an average of 60% versus booking a listed rate two weeks earlier. So, when you want hotel deals Pittsburgh, PA-style and you don’t want to blow the bank, book from an inventory of unreserved rooms with Hot Rates and you can get 4-star hotels at 2-star prices, even if you wait until the last minute.
What are the best Pittsburgh hotels near Pittsburgh International Airport?
When you want convenience for your trip, staying at Pittsburgh airport hotels is the way to go. Many of the Pittsburgh International Airport hotels, like Pittsburgh Airport Marriott, have the amenities you want, like complementary airport shuttles. Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport is even connected to the airport, so traveling couldn’t be easier. Or you can really get the most for your money when you book a room through Hotwire Hot Rates. You won’t know the name of the hotel until after you book, but the savings will soar.
Is it safe to travel to Pittsburgh during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis?
With recent COVID-19 closures and reopenings, you may be questioning is it safe to travel to Pittsburgh right now. When you want to book a last-minute trip to Pittsburgh, make sure to check the most up-to-date information on safety measures, closures, and guidance on traveling during Coronavirus.
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