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Pittsburgh has frequently been chosen among the top cities to live in. There are great education opportunities, job growth and a low cost of living. Not only is Pittsburgh a great place to live, but it is a beautiful city to visit. Pittsburgh’s rivers, bridges and mountains make for a beautiful backdrop for your holiday vacation. If you are planning a visit to Pittsburgh over the holiday weekend, here are just a few attractions for you to enjoy before and after your big Thanksgiving dinner.
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VisitPittsburgh is the best place to start if you are planning a visit to the city. You can start planning your trip and get maps of the city, as well as welcome center locations. The site also lists special events and attractions in the city. Find out all about Pittsburgh’s best hotels and resorts, places to eat, tours to take and shows to see. Let VisitPittsburgh show you why Pittsburgh was named one of the “best places in the world to visit” in 2015 by Conde Nast Traveler.

Gateway Clipper Fleet

Take a breathtaking tour of Pittsburgh’s three rivers on a Gateway Clipper cruise. These fun riverboats cruise the rivers, offering afternoon and evening cruises that are fun for everyone. If you are looking for a great place to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, the Gateway Clipper has a Thanksgiving dinner cruise which includes a specially prepared dinner of all of your holiday favorites, plus a beautiful tour of the city.

Carnegie Museum Of Art And Natural History

Two museums for the price of one. The Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History offers you the most comprehensive art museum in the city plus the Museum of Natural History for one admission. See the world-famous dinosaur exhibit or walk through one of the ever-changing popular limited time exhibits. Those who love history, geology, animals and art of all sorts will find something to marvel at in these museums. Currently on display through January is their “Animal Secrets” exhibit, exploring the hidden worlds of nature, a perfect chance for kids to learn more about the lives of their favorite animals. It’s a sure way to spend the day that will engage and entertain the entire family.

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Andy Warhol Museum

If you are fan of pop culture and art, you will love the contemporary and edgy art of Andy Warhol. A native of Pittsburgh, Andy Warhol became a world-renowned artist and a major influencer of modern art and culture. Come and visit the largest single artist museum in the country and meet the man behind the famous artwork. Join a gallery talk and find out about Andy Warhol’s life and works.

Kennywood Park

Don’t let the fact that it’s nearly winter deter you from going to one of the best amusement parks in the country. Kennywood will have select rides open starting Thanksgiving weekend during its Holiday Lights celebration. See this quaint and historic park decked out in its holiday finest. Bundle up and bring the whole family to enjoy famous potato patch fries, ride some rides, play some games and enjoy the lights.

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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at