Visiting Pittsburgh

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.

Heinz Field

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.

Tourism

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.

Be sure to check our Steel Curtain page for more information and www.kennywood.com throughout the year for all the latest news and opening times.

Museums

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.

The Mattress Factory

Andy Warhol Museum

Cathedral of Learning

Fort Pitt Museum – within walking distance of downtown or from the Gateway metro station.

Shopping

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.

Hometowne Sports in Station Square. A very big sports store and worth a visit and while you are there – the Duquesne Incline to view the city and Heinz Field from Mount Washington.

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:

http://www.fatheadspittsburgh.com/

http://www.theurbantap.com/

Restaurants

Eating is a personal choice so it depends what you are looking for, but some that I have visited.

Eleven if you fancy good food and when we ate there Franco Harris was also enjoying a meal. Menu.

Five Guys the burger restaurant that everyone raves about.

Primanti Bros, that every other person raves about and here’s their menu.

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.

Car and Carriage Museum which is part of the Frick Museum.

Dikta’s restaraunt can be also on the agenda with a car if you want a good steak.

Shopping Malls

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.

Travel hints:

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 out my Steelers must see places of interest page.

Chantel who is from Mornroeville updated me about the Mall there so thanks for that.