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Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 2020: Top 3 Tourist Sites

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Pittsburgh -- America's Most Underrated City


Livable Pittsburgh

  • In January 2018 National Geographic named Pittsburgh: One of the Best Cities in the United States. The magazine announces travel surprises in 30 smaller cities.
  • Harper's Bazaar named Pittsburgh #4 on it's List of 17 Best Places to Travel in 2017. The magazine named Pittsburgh America's Most Underrated City.
  • Visiting Pittsburgh, PA affords the urban tourist many exciting and fun-filled opportunities. 3.9 million people visit Pittsburgh annually. The Places Rated Almanac has rated Pittsburgh in the top five Most Livable Cities in the 1983, 1985, 1989, 2007, 2012 editions.
  • Pittsburgh was rated the country’s Most Secure Large Metropolitan Area for 2011 in the Eighth Annual Farmers Insurance Study.
  • Pittsburgh has been named Number 1 on's list of America's Top 10 Best Downtowns of 2015!
  • The Metropolis Magazine lists Pittsburgh as one of the World's Most Livable Cities! It was cited for its Preservation.

Pittsburgh, PA

Three Best Tourist Sites

Pittsburgh is not the "Smoky City" of yesterday.

Visit these three best tourist sites and decide for yourself!

My Three Best Tourist Sites are:

1. The Point

2. Mount Washington

3. The Carnegie Science Center

Pittsburgh Quiz

Pittsburgh Skyline

Pittsburgh, PA - Skyline - West End Overlook

Pittsburgh, PA - Skyline - West End Overlook

Point State Park Fountain -- Pittsburgh, PA

Point State Park Pittsburgh, PA

July 4 at Point State Park

July 4, 2014 at Point State Park

July 4, 2014 at Point State Park

The Point - Point State Park

Point State Park is a Pennsylvania state park situated on 36 acres. Located at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, they merge to form the Ohio River. The fountain at The Point sits right at the tip of Pittsburgh’s “Golden Triangle.”

The site was once a busy industrial area, but had deteriorated by the 1940s and the state park development was authorized in 1945. The park and fountain were completed and dedicated in 1974. This fountain comes from a 54-foot-deep well that draws its water from an underground glacial stream (sometimes referred to as Pittsburgh's "fourth river").

In April 2009, the fountain was shut off when it underwent a $9.6 million renovation. This is part of a $35 million complete restoration of Point State Park. The Point State Park Fountain re-opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 pm on Friday, June 7, 2013. The River City Brass Band played as Gov. Tom Corbett flipped the switch for the renovated fountain and sent a 150-foot-high geyser of water into the air. A zero-edge pool of water and a granite seating area surrounds the fountain. LED lighting gives amazing clarity to the water. There was a free evening of fun, entertainment and dazzling lights on the water.

More Accolades

On Wednesday, October 1 2014 the American Planning Association honored the Point State Park as one of its 10 Great Public Spaces for 2014.

The vice chairman of the Southwest section of the Pennsylvania Planning Association, William McLain, said the park was chosen as because it is a prime example of “character, quality and planning that is mindful of design.”

An Outline of Fort Duquesne

 Outline Fort Duquesne - Point State Park

Outline Fort Duquesne - Point State Park

Two Museums at Point State Park

Two Museums are located within the park memorializing Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne which had been built on this site. The Fort Pitt Museum (the oldest existing building in Pittsburgh) focuses on the French and Indian War. The frontier period of local history is commemorated in the museum and contains numerous displays and exhibits. The Fort Pitt Blockhouse was built by Colonel Henry Bouquet in 1764 and is the oldest architectural landmark in Western Pennsylvania.

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The Fort Pitt Blockhouse

The Fort Pitt Blockhouse celebrated its 250th Anniversary on Sat, Aug 9, 2014 – Sun, Aug 10, 2014. Colonial re-enactors showed visitors how the Fort Pitt Blockhouse was built. A blacksmith was on hand to demonstrate 18th century techniques. There were musket demonstrations and the Fort Pitt Museum fired its reproduction 18th Century cannon on both days.

There was also a 250th Anniversary gala celebration held on September 11, 2014, at the Wyndham Grand Hotel – Downtown Pittsburgh.

Hiking, Boating and Biking Trails

The Three Rivers Heritage Trail (TRHT) is a pedestrian trail and greenway system in the Pittsburgh area. It covers 37 miles along both sides of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers.

Three Rivers Water Trail is a series of boat launching points on the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers. These launching points assists non-powered boaters in exploring the Three Rivers and the City of Pittsburgh.

The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) rail trail offers 141 miles of hiking and biking between Cumberland, MD and Point State Park, in Pittsburgh. The trail offers a continuous trail experience, 325 miles long, to Washington, DC.

Three Rivers Arts Festival 2019

The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival

Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 16, 2019

The 10 day Festival is free and open to the public from 12 – 8 pm.

JUNE 7-16, 2019

The Festival is located in Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Point State Park, the Cultural District, and Gateway Center. Artists will display their work and musicians will perform at venues set up throughout Downtown Pittsburgh. The festival includes 10 days of free music and art.

The Sunshine Artist Magazine ranked the festival among the top 50 shows in the United States.

Over 400,000 festival goers fill downtown Pittsburgh over the course of the event.

Three Rivers Arts Festival -- Festival Venue

Market Square - Downtown Pittsburgh Three Rivers Arts Festival

Market Square - Downtown Pittsburgh Three Rivers Arts Festival

EQT Celebrate America July 4, 2019 Pittsburgh, PA

July 4th 2019 at The Point Pittsburgh PA

Pittsburgh's official 4th of July celebration!

Starts at 12 Noon and Fireworks at 9:30 PM.

Food & Drink -- Entertainment -- Fireworks

EQT Three Rivers Regatta

The banner above the footbridge in Point State Park.

The banner above the footbridge in Point State Park.

EQT Three Rivers Regatta August 3-5 Pittsburgh, PA

The 42nd Annual EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta

This year's event will be held Friday August 3rd, Saturday August 4th and Sunday August 5th, 2019.

3 Fun-Filled Days!

Over 600,000 have converged on Pittsburgh during the course of this event in past years.

View from Mount Washington

Mount Washington

58th Annual Comcast Light Up Night Celebration

Comcast Light Up Night® 2018 took place on Friday, November 16 by Hosted by Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership celebrates the official Holiday Season with free concerts entertainment, activities, music, and across the Golden Triangle.

Pittsburgh Fireworks


Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2020

Highmark First Night Pittsburgh, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is Pittsburgh’s arts-focused New Year’s Eve celebration.

The six-hour celebration extends throughout the downtown’s 14-block Cultural District . Events can be found in the city's theaters, galleries, and unique spaces and on city streets on outdoor performance stages.

The celebration includes live music, dance, theater, visual arts, comedy, magic, kids’ activities, and parade along with two Zambelli Fireworks displays at 6 pm and midnight.

Pittsburgh's Celebration will come to a climatic completion with the Countdown to Midnight and raising of the Future of Pittsburgh Ball.

  • General Admission Button $10 each (Kids 5 and under FREE)
  • First Night Friend VIP Experience $40 each (includes provide priority access to seating, parking, a private lounge, and more!)

Mount Washington - Pittsburgh

Mt Washington - Pittsburgh - September 18, 2010

Mt Washington - Pittsburgh - September 18, 2010

Mount Washington

One can appreciate an astounding view of the Pittsburgh skyline from the outlook on Grandview Avenue on Mount Washington. On May 18th, 2003 USA Weekend rated this nighttime view as the second most beautiful vista in America and the best urban vista.

In 1876, the area was named Mount Washington. A year later, the view of the City of Pittsburgh was first drawn from there. Most photos of the Pittsburgh skyline are shot from Mount Washington. The elevation and overlooking the river valley and Downtown Pittsburgh below lend itself to its photogenic quality.

There are many restauarants that are favorite destinations on Mount Washington, not just for visitors but enjoyed by many Pittsburghers. Two of note are the Georgetown Inn and the LeMont Restaurant. Both afford amazing views of the city.

One can access Mount Washington by using two inclines.

  • Duquesne Incline
  • Monongahela Incline

View Of Pittsburgh from Duquesne Incline

The Point From The Incline

Duquesne Incline

Pittsburghers take every relative and friend who visits to the Duquesne Incline. This attraction opened in1877 and was restored in 1963. From Grandview Avenue, you can access the station house and the museum. Open 365 days a year, you purchase souvenirs of its history and visit an observation deck to enjoy the the city view. Or you can ride from below on West Carson Street where you can experience the city from a unique perspective as you rise to Mount Washington.

Duquesne Incline

By Doug Kerr  [CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

By Doug Kerr [CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons


Funicular: a cable railroad, especially one on a mountainside, in which ascending and descending cars are counterbalanced.

Funicular: a cable railroad, especially one on a mountainside, in which ascending and descending cars are counterbalanced.

Duquesne Incline

Photo by Roger Wollstadt - Duquesne Incline

Photo by Roger Wollstadt - Duquesne Incline

Monongahela Incline

Monongahela Incline

The Monongahela Incline, was built in 1870 and is another way to visit Mount Washington. Found at the furthest end and can also be accessed from Carson Street. It is the oldest continuously operating cable railway in the USA. This and the Duquesne Incline are the only surviving inclines from the original 17 passenger-carrying inclines built in Pittsburgh from the late 1880's. The lower access point is located near the Smithfield Street Bridge across the street from the Station Square shopping complex.

Monongahela Incline from the Bottom

Station Square

Station Square is shopping and entertainment venue that has been developed on the former site of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad (P&LE). The converted train station boasts, restaurants, shopping, hotels, entertainment venues, and river sight-seeing tours. The Station Square website declares that it has a "state-of-the-art Fountain at Bessemer Court with its Waltzing Waters Liquid Fireworks Show of hundreds of multi-colored water jets all choreographed to music and soaring up to 40 feet in the air."

Station Square

Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Science Center

The Carnegie Science Center is tremendous tourist destination. Located on Pittsburgh's North Shore it has an amazing assortment of attractions. It has four floors of exhibits, many of them interactive. The Rangos Omnimax Theater, a four-story, state-of-the-art IMAX dome theater shows several science or nature related movies several time daily.It is one of only 50 theaters of its kind in North America. One of the exhibits is a real Cold War-era submarine, USS Requin. Many schools participate in educational programs throughout the week.

The Buhl Planetarium explores the universe on a high definition full dome experience. Amazing live shows explain difficult science principles in entertaining ways. there is also a Miniature Railroad Village that displays many of Pittsburgh historic landmarks.

Young and old will be delighted with this incredible entertainment and educational experience.

Open from 10 am to 5 pm Sunday through Friday, and from 10 am to 7 pm on Saturdays.

Carnegie Science Center

Miniature Railroad Village at The Carnegie Science Center

Miniature Railroad Village  - July 23 2011

Miniature Railroad Village - July 23 2011

Three Best Tourist Sites to Visit in Pittsburgh, PA

My Three Best Tourist Sites to Visit or Places to Go in Pittsburgh, PA

1. The Point

2. Mount Washington

3. The Carnegie Science Center

Each place offers a unique and exciting viewpoint to appreciate what the City of Pittsburgh has to offer the interested visitor. There are many other interesting places of interest to excite the visitor and every Pittsburgher, but these are three of the best. If you have ever visited these venues, please let me know how you enjoyed your visit.

© 2013 ajwrites57

A Long

© 2013 AJ Long


Liz Westwood from UK on July 17, 2018:

This is packed with useful information and great illustrations.

AJ Long (author) from Pennsylvania on July 30, 2013:

LailaK, Oakland is a great place to live but you have to like the University atmosphere. I love it there. Next time you go, check out the Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning. Also, visit Heinz Chapel, right next to the Cathedral. Of course the Museums are there, too. Have him take you to Primanti Brothers for a Pittsburgh sandwich. So much to see, so little time! :O)

LailaK from Atlanta, Georgia on July 30, 2013:

He lives right next to the University of Pittsburgh. It's really nice over there :)

AJ Long (author) from Pennsylvania on July 29, 2013:

Great! Let me know when you visit! What part of town does your brother live in?

LailaK from Atlanta, Georgia on July 29, 2013:

Yes! Oh myyy the running path is GORGEOUS! I will definitely be earning to conquer Mt Washington!

AJ Long (author) from Pennsylvania on July 29, 2013:

Oh my gosh! So cool! Pittsburgh has so many wonderful places! There is a bike/running path all along the river @ the Point! And you have to ride the Incline to Mt Washington @ night! Thanks for reading and commenting LailaK!

LailaK from Atlanta, Georgia on July 29, 2013:

My brother lives in Pittsburgh and when I went for a visit, I didn't know what to do other than going for a long run in the city. Next time I visit him, I will definitely check these places out! Thanks a lot for this informative hub :)

AJ Long (author) from Pennsylvania on March 21, 2013:

PaoloJpm glad you like the city of Pittsburgh! Yes, the Philippines is quite amazing! I don't think I'll be coming anytime soon--its been many years since I've been there.

John Paolo Magdaluyo from Philippine on March 21, 2013:

of course I will, but that would be, maybe 2 years from now, since I am currently studying. Oh, you've been? hope you would come back here soon, if you will, let me know too. There are lot of cool places here as well. But I'm really interested with yours too.

AJ Long (author) from Pennsylvania on March 20, 2013:

PaoloJpm --Thanks for reading and commenting! Pittsburgh is a great place. Not as beautiful as the Philippines but a great place nonetheless! If you ever visit, let me know when. (I've been to the Philippines several times.) Thanks again :o)

John Paolo Magdaluyo from Philippine on March 20, 2013:

Outstanding views! looking forward to visit those places.

AJ Long (author) from Pennsylvania on February 22, 2013:

Yes, you are right, Paul. I plan on writing a few more Hubs about Pittsburgh and the Consol Energy Center will be one of the places I write about. I'll probably do one on Heinz Field, PNC Park and Consol Energy Center. I'm working on one about the Pittsburgh music scene. I wrote one on the Civic Arena (aka Mellon Arena). Thanks for stoppping by. (Got to watch the Pens win tonight on TV. If you ever come to Pittsburgh, we'll have to watch a game together.) (Myrtle Beach, SC was one of my favorite vacation spots.) Cheers! :o)

Paul Maplesden from Asheville, NC on February 22, 2013:

I've never been to Pittsburgh (I live in the UK and any time we have in the US is divided between North and South Caroline (where my in-laws are)) but I can't help thinking there's a significant one missing here AJ... Where is the Consol Energy Center? Surely the best view of Pittsburgh is that of the Black and Gold? ;)

In all seriousness, I do hope to go to Pittsburgh at some point, and this has some great tips on places to visit. Thanks for putting it together.

Let's Go Pens!

AJ Long (author) from Pennsylvania on February 20, 2013:

I haven't gone to Mt Washingotn for awhile, but the first warm spring day we get here in Pittsburgh, I'm going to go! Yes, many scenes of Pittsburgh are poster or postcard perfect! thanks for stopping by! :o)

Theresa Ventu from Los Angeles, California on February 20, 2013:

Very nice picture, the skyline at night. Looks poster perfect! The ice cream house down the road is one of the best too :0)

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