Favorite Spots to Take Visitors

July 13, 2011 6:00 AM

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(Photo Credit: Steven Adams/Getty Images)

(Photo Credit: Steven Adams/Getty Images)

Every Pittsburgher knows it already! We live in an amazing city! With a rich history, beautiful views, overwhelming loyalty to our black and gold sports teams and much more – there is so much to be proud of in Pittsburgh. We have plenty to show off to visitors and newcomers! So, our staff at KDKA offered these great suggestions:
2332637 Favorite Spots to Take Visitors

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Grandview Avenue On Mt. Washington

Pittsburgh, PA 15211

Several KDKA staffers raved about the gorgeous view from Grandview Avenue on Mount Washington. One said: “There is no better place for first-time visitors to become truly captivated by the city we’re lucky enough to call home than by stepping onto the overlooks on Mt. Washington. The view lets visitors appreciate the skyline – from the Gothic-inspired glass spires of PPG Place to the convergence of the Three Rivers. No matter how many times you see it, it never gets old.” In 2003, USA Today’s Weekend magazine named the nighttime view “the second most beautiful view in America.”

Strip District & Senator John Heinz History Center

1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 454-6000

Walk through historic Pittsburgh in the Strip District and Heinz History Center! A staff member at KDKA says: “After a trip to the observation decks on Mt. Washington, we love taking people from out of town to the Heinz History Center. It’s a great way to wind up an afternoon after wandering through the Strip District. It’s uniquely Pittsburgh, and the Sports Museum shows why Pittsburgh is the best sports town in America!” Another staffer said it’ll make any visitor “wish they had something like that where they live!”

The Clemente Museum

3339 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15201
(412) 621-1268

One KDKA staffer called the Roberto Clemente Museum at the historic Engine House 25 in Lawrenceville an “incredible” place to take visitors to Pittsburgh. “Most people haven’t even heard of it, but it’s impressive enough that several New York Yankees visited in uniform between batting practice and the game just to catch a glimpse!” The museum claims to feature “the world’s largest exhibited collection of baseball artifacts, works of art, literature, photographs, memorabilia” and more “dedicated to preserving the legacy of ‘The Great One.'”

PNC Park

115 Federal Street or P.O. Box 7000
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15212
(412) 321-BUCS or (800) BUY-BUCS

At least one KDKA staffer thinks the view of the city from PNC Park is tops. “My favorite seat is behind home plate way up high just under the press box. You get the most beautiful view of the city… on a warm night with a summer sunset – heaven!” Another loved how affordable the games are: “great food and fun to watch… even if the Pirates lose!”

South Side

Pittsburgh, Pa. 15203

Young, hip, eclectic… going to the South Side is just a Pittsburgh thing to do! Several KDKA staffers recommend taking visitors to this neighborhood and stopping at the “variety of shops, restaurants and bars” along East Carson Street. Other staffers recommended restaurants including Fatheads for their great “beer selection” and The Library for their great Happy Hour and movie-like atmosphere. “The walls are lined with bookshelves and the menu is situated in the front covers of some of your favorite classics. The books tend to spark interesting conversation, too!”

Station Square

125 West Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(800) 859-8959

Food, entertainment, shopping, clubs, bars… Station Square has it all. At least one KDKA staffer recommended this complex to take visitors. According to Station Square’s website, the Pittsburgh hot spot “reigns as Pittsburgh’s premiere destination to dine, unwind, shop and play: always offering something new and fun to do for everyone.”

The Incline to Mt. Washington

Duquesne Incline
1197 West Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

One of the most distinct ways to show off Pittsburgh is with a ride on The Incline! KDKA staffers say it is “a Pittsburgh-only experience” and “a ride up and down the incline always impresses people!” According to their website: “the Duquesne Incline was rescued and restored by a group of local residents in 1963 and still delights residents and visitors with its original, elegant, wooden cable cars.”

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

One Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 622-6914

One KDKA staffer raves about the beauty of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Their mission, according to their website is “to inspire and educate visitors with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and worldwide biodiversity through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse.”

Through the Ft. Pitt Tunnel

Pittsburgh, PA 15211

There’s no better way to experience Pittsburgh for the first time than coming through the Fort Pitt Tunnel. “The view of the city as you come through the tunnel is one of the best around,” says one KDKA staffer!

Sandcastle Waterpark

1000 Sandcastle Drive
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15120
(412) 462-6666

Newcomers to the ‘Burgh can dive right in at Sandcastle! There are water slides for the thrill seekers, a lazy river for the more laid back and pools for anyone else in between. It’s especially great for any young visitors. One KDKA staffer raves: “We have a lot of kids in our family. They all love the water park. Their parents love the drink menu at the bar!”

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  • Katie

    The Station Square shops should be bulldozed. There’s nothing worthwihle in there, and it’s always empty.

  • Joe

    Primanti’s ??????

  • kristy

    seriously? station square and the incline? station square has nothing going for it, and the incline view’s great as long as you look straight ahead and not down on the hillside where all of the litter is. i must admit, i’m a born and bred pittsburgher, and i’m NOT impressed with this city – mainly due to the filth and trash.

  • Nick

    Don’t know how you can not be a fan of the City’s skyline. Pittsburgh is unique in that “downtown” is confined by 3 rivers, and therefore the skyline is well defined. The planners kept that in mind when tapering the hight of the buildings down to the point (tall in the back, short in the front) so that you can see all the buildings. And to have the point be a fountain with a nice green park behind it. Just picture perfect. Two gold bridges on either side, and the architecture is beautiful on most buildings (PPG, 5th Ave, Mellon). Only complaint is the commercialism. UPMC, Mellon, Highmark, Gates etc… what a horriffic sin to take what was the 5th avenue building, which had the most unique top on it, beautifully lit and fit in perfect… to shut the lights down, slap Highmark across it, and light it up neon blue. Thats akin to chopping the castle top off PPG and painting the mirrored glass black. Then to take the old top of Mellon which used to remind me of a face, and slap a Mellon logo on it. Why has the City not passed ordinances limiting advertising to perserve this skyline? Wait I know… money?

  • bruceUSA

    Pittsburgh is a great city until you run into those that would put it down every chance they get. If you don’t like the burgh keep it to yourself cause we’re starting to get a bad rap of Pittsburgher’s are always so negative! Keep it to yourself—–shuuch!!

  • Shaila

    The strip district is one of my favorite places to be on a Saturday morning in Pittsburgh.

  • Danielle

    Seriously have you been to New York? the whole city is dirty, I think Pittsburgh is a beautiful city!!

  • Kordell

    I always take guests to the Schenley Park Oval

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