Pittsburgh is a great city to visit. In addition to football and ice hockey there is plenty to see and enjoy. I’ve listed the more popular recommendations that Steeler Nation have offered and added some from my own experiences.
The opportunity to see all the attractions obviously depends on where you are staying, how long you are staying and your mobility. Hotels downtown are expensive, but the bonus is that most “tourist” places to visit are within walking distance with the option of taking the T (free downtown) to Station Square (fee required on the T) and the Incline.
A great way of walking around the home of the Steelers, including their locker room, is to take a Heinz Field Tour. They operate between April and the end of October, but please check the web site for details and dates.
While visiting for a tour or a game, don’t forget the Immaculate Reception commemoratory. Check out my photo of the two stadiums side by side and you can appreciate where the catch that left it’s mark on football took place.
The Kennywood theme park, north of the city, is worth visiting especially as they have opened their Steelers Country that includes the Steel Curtain roller coast this summer.
If time is tight, but you want to see as much of the city as possible, try a tour with Segway Pittsburgh.
If it’s art and museums that you are interested in, then there are several choices that can be walked to if staying downtown.
Heinz History Center – please check their web site for the latest exhibitions, but there is a section devoted to Western Pennsylvania Sports.
Fort Pitt Museum – within walking distance of downtown or from the Gateway metro station.
The Strip District for Steelers/Penguins souvenirs while the Primanti Bros situated there is apparently the first one opened. Pittsburghers rave about Primantis, but it’s an individual choice, so don’t lay the blame at my door if you are disappointed.
Night life and pubs:
Carson Street on the South Side includes Pipers where you can watch English Premier League games live.
These bars have been recommended for beer:
Eating is a personal choice so it depends what you are looking for, but some that I have visited.
Five Guys the burger restaurant that everyone raves about.
With a car
The choices open up if you are able to travel, but again it depends on what your interests are. For me, the Steel Industry is important because of the huge part it played in establishing Pittsburgh as an industrial centre that led to a football team being founded.
Rivers of Steel provides the opportunity of reliving the steel industry and also the labour discord with the owners.
Dikta’s restaraunt can be also on the agenda with a car if you want a good steak.
For shopping malls, it depends which one is nearest to where you are staying.
Here are some worth visiting:
The Mall at Robinson is the one that your editor used the most as it was close our hotel near the airport. Because of data protection, you cannot view their web site without using a VPN, but here’s what Wikipedia say.
There’s a Macys and Dicks in the mall and one interesting sports shop for Steelers fans and always worth a visit is TotalSports.
Chantel Hatherall suggests Ross Park Mall, north of the city.
Monroeville Mall. Macys and a Dicks Sports shop are the main attractions. This is where the Dawn of the Dead was filmed and there is a plaque commemorating the event, but it is well hidden. No one in the shops who we asked knew where it was, but I asked the obvious person in the end – security. It’s where the movie theater is now and hidden on the way to the offices just before the north exit on the left as you go out.
Tanger Outlets for shopping.
If you are really feeling adventurous, a trip north on I79 to the Grove City Outlets is worth taking.
After a SNUK friend (Lauren) recommended using Uber, I joined before I left the UK and couldn’t believe how easy it was to use in Pittsburgh – and it’s cheaper. After an international flight, there’s nothing worse than hanging around waiting for a cab, but it arrived within five minutes and of course you can monitor it’s arrival on your phone. And NO, I don’t get commission. Just passing on a travel tip.
If you feel you have some tips to make other fans’ visits enjoyable, please email me your suggestions – Gordon Dedman.
Please check out my Steelers must see places of interest page.
Chantel who is from Monroeville updated me about the Mall there so thanks for that.