What To Know If You’re Planning a Trip To Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a Pennsylvania city that tends to go a bit under the radar in terms of travel destinations, but there’s a lot to see and do if you know where to look.

Maybe you’re planning on renting an RV in Pittsburgh and enjoying the area that way, as an example, and below are some tips to help you get started as you plan your trip.

Timing

If you’re not from the area, you may not realize how brutally cold it can get in winter, so if you’re planning a trip aim for summer or fall.

It’s a beautiful city in the fall as the foliage starts to change, and there are rolling hills that surround the area, so those look idyllic in fall as well.

Plus, it’s still warm enough out in the fall for the most part that you can do things like going to a baseball game, or biking.

Along with the incredibly cold winters, you may also want to avoid spring as well because it tends to still be pretty chilly as well as rainy.

Museums

Pittsburgh has some famous museums that are worth visiting.

One of the favorites is the Andy Warhol Museum. When you visit this one, you’ll start out seeing some of the first drawings of Warhol as well as his commercial illustrations, and then move through the pieces that represent his career.

Also in Pittsburgh are the Carnegie Museums including The Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

The Phipps Conservatory also finds its home in Pittsburgh, and here you can walk through the glass greenhouses with carefully and meticulously designed and maintained gardens.

National Parks

If you love the outdoors, the urban areas of Pittsburgh are perfect for biking or walking, but the city also has nearby National Parks that you could consider visiting, especially if you’re traveling by RV.

The Friendship Hill National Historic Site is located in Point Marion, and it offers sweeping views of the Monongahela River. Every year this is the site where FestiFall is held as well, with crafts, activities, and food all in celebration of the life of politician Albert Gallatin.

Another option is Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site.

Shadyside Neighborhood

Finally, if you want to stay within the city and see something more that’s hipper and trendier you should think about going to the Shadyside neighborhood, at the east end of Pittsburgh.

Here you’ll find high-end local and national boutiques and shops, as well as mainstays like Pamela’s Diner, which has been serving up breakfast to the area since 1980.

The diner’s owners even made breakfast for then-Presidential Candidate Barack Obama and Michelle Obama in 2009.

The neighborhood also has nice examples of historic architecture and the Jam on Walnut is a popular concert series held in the summer. You can shop galleries and vintage stores as well as national retailers while you’re in the neighborhood.

Whether you love the outdoors or big city style, Pittsburgh has something for everyone if you’re planning a trip to the city.

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