A great airport welcomes groups to this Western Pennsylvania city, which is full of culture, both quirky (the Andy Warhol Museum) and classic (the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre). The dining scene here is worth the trip, as well, as the area often ends up on top foodie-city lists.DAY 1 Exploration and Excitement
In downtown, the sprawling Carnegie Science Center
puts a Bill Nye spin on what you'd expect, like an interactive robotics experience, and what you wouldn't expect, like a miniature railroad village. A giant cinema shows special features and the planetarium lets visitors dance under the stars. 2:00 P.M.
Stop by the Cathedral of Learning
, a towering 535-foot Gothic Revival church that also happens to house the University of Pittsburgh's history and philosophy departments - making it the second-tallest university building in the world. Talk about higher learning! 5:00 P.M.
By now, you're probably ready for some great Pittsburgh fare and a drink. Check out the Church Brew Works
, stationed in a former 20th-century church, for some authentic house-made brews and homemade pierogis. DAY 2
History and Hills11:00 A.M.
Visit the Heinz History Center
for exhibits on everything from local culture to space expeditions. You'll also find the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum here, with memorabilia from the area's top teams, and history lessons on Pittsburgh's best athletes over the last century. 5:00 P.M.
Don't miss one of the city's top attractions, and undeniably one of the finest views in all of Pittsburgh, accessed via the Duquesne Incline
's ride up the 400-foot hill in a classic (as in dating from 1877) cable car. Get your tickets early and plan an evening excursion for an incredible sunset experience. If you've worked up an appetite, one of the city's best restaurants, Butcher and the Rye
, is just a quick trip back over the bridge. The eatery is known for its extensive whiskey collection and "rustic American" fare.
Art and Fashion11:00 A.M.
Blow your mind at the museum of one of Pittsburgh's most famous native sons. The Andy Warhol Museum
features a vast collection of the eclectic artist's work, including his drawings, paintings, book covers and sculptures, along with plenty of history on the mysterious man and his impact on art and culture. The facility also houses all of his works in video - some 4,000 tapes. 1:00 P.M.
Take a stroll through the charming Strip District,
where you can dip into independent boutiques, gourmet grocers and some of Pittsburgh's most iconic restaurants. Stop at Primanti Brothers
for one of their famous, and outrageously stacked, sandwiches, like the colossal fish and cheese. 7:00 P.M.
End your trip with a show at one of the renowned theaters in town. Enjoy a classic performance at the Pittsburgh Opera
, a ballet at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
or one of the many touring events at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts.