Pittsburgh is a mid-size city in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Its steep hills, broad rivers, and friendly people make it an ideal travel destination on the East Coast. Nicknamed “Steel City”, Pittsburgh was one of the largest steel producing cities in the 19th century. Since then, the city has transformed its warehouses into modern and charming art galleries, shops, and cafes. Also, Pittsburgh is home to many prestigious universities and world renowned museums, it can be overwhelming on a first visit.
One of the best ways to navigate Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods is with a rental car. Visit Pittsburgh’s flat North and South Sides as well as the sprawling slopes of the East and West Ends.
Pittsburgh’s landscape is diverse with hills, rivers, and valleys, and its architecture is a mix of both old and new. The Steel City has 445 bridges, which is more than Venice has, and many of them cross the three rivers Allegheny, Ohio, and Monongahela Pittsburgh is also a huge sports town with three major sports leagues, including the Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL team), the Pirates (MLB team), and the Penguins (NHL team).
With thirty-one museums, including Carnegie Museum of Art boasting classical and contemporary fine art and The National Aviary for exotic birds, there is a lot to be learned and explored in the city. Do not miss the Andy Warhol Museum, which is unique to Pittsburgh. This seven-story museum is one of the largest single-artist museums and it celebrates the famous pop artist’s life and work with his colorful prints and artworks.
Feeling hungry? Try a pierogi, a popular Polish stuffed dumpling. Many restaurants serve this dish, but don’t forget to try one at a food truck for a unique twist. Other Pittsburgh dishes to try include stuffed cabbage, city chicken, and chipped ham.
For panoramic views over the city, head over to Dunquesne Incline and ride a century-old trolley up to Mount Washington. Visit during the day or at night to enjoy the tranquil scenery and phenomenal skyline. From Mount Washington, you can also see where Pittsburgh’s three rivers collide and there is even a small museum with fun facts about Pittsburgh’s history. Another way to see the landscape is to be had on the water. Go on a kayaking tour or take a sightseeing river cruise.
If you are looking to spend the day outdoors, Pittsburgh is conveniently located near several beaches and parks. Hop into your rental car and drive about an hour to Seven Springs Mountain Resort for a fun day of ziplining over deep valleys. You can also spend the day in the wilderness boating, rock climbing, or biking at Ohiopyle State Park.
Renting a car with Orbitz makes getting around Pittsburgh worry-free as soon as your plane has landed at Pittsburgh Airport. Our low rates and wide selection of rental car classes include compact cars and SUVs, so you have the freedom to choose whatever car suits your personal travel style best.