The monks who lived here when it was a Benedictine monastery never had it this good. A European-style boutique hotel with subtle elegance, The Priory garners rave reviews for its personal service and the charm of individually appointed rooms and suites brimming with antiques.
The Waffle Shop
It might sound like a breakfast place, but this popular spot is equal parts restaurant, lounge, and work of art. Patrons have the unique experience of participating in a live-streaming improvisational talk show while enjoying their food. Only open on weekends, the menu is especially suited to brunch and late-night enjoyment. They also operate the adjacent Conflict Kitchen which offers cheap and exotic take-out daily.
The Andy Warhol Museum
The Warhol is one of the attractions that helped earn Pittsburgh its place on the cultural map since it opened in 1994. There are over 900 paintings, and thousands of other works in its collection which spans the entire career of this famously colourful pioneer of the Pop Art movement. Admission tickets are slightly expensive, but well worth it.
D’s Six Pax & Dogz
If variety is the spice of life, then you’ll be well seasoned here. Even the owners admit that their selection of over 1,000 beers is extreme, but it sure makes it fun to choose. Their hot dogs, which are served alongside other irresistible finger food, are also considered the best in the city. Can you argue with this cheap but very cheerful combination?
It’s a bit out of the way — about an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh — but well worth a day trip. There are lots of opportunities for sightseeing as you wind your way through the scenic countryside. Book tickets for a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece Fallingwater, check out the Big Mac Museum, or lose yourself in nature’s splendour on one of the many hiking and cycling trails.
Pittsburgh acquired many nicknames over the centuries — "The City of Bridges" because it spans three rivers has more bridges than Venice, "Iron City" and "Steel City" reflect its industrial heritage, "Ketchuptown" celebrates it as the home of H.J. Heinz Company. These days you're more likely to hear Pittsburgh called "The City of Champions" for its support of athletic excellence, or "America's Most Livable City" as decreed by Forbes among others.
Forget about steel. "The Burgh" shaken has off the Rust Belt label and transformed itself into an art and culture mecca and a hotbed of innovation and excellence. Pittsburgh flights will take you to a city with an enormous range of attractions including more museums and galleries than you could reasonably see in a lifetime, sports teams of every stripe (black and gold stripes, naturally), and history galore. And all this is surrounded by gorgeous Pennsylvania countryside.
More than a dozen airlines serve Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) including US Airways, Southwest, American Airlines, Continental, and Air Canada among others.
There's a steady supply of flights to Pittsburgh all year, but it is advisable to book summer trips well in advance as flights get booked up with passengers heading to the many festivals held during July, August, and September. Pittsburgh is also a popular destination for large conferences and events throughout the year which can affect the availability of cheap flights.
Pittsburgh has four seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. There is much to see and do at all times of year, but summer is when tourism is at its peak and there is a constant stream of all kinds of festivals and events happening from June until the end of September. May-July is the rainiest period, but that doesn't seem to deter anyone. Summer temperatures typically range between 15-30°C.
Shoulder season is an ideal to book tickets for those who wish to avoid the crowds. Things aren't as busy from late April until mid-June. Autumn is a wonderful time to book flights to Pittsburgh since the fall colour in Pennsylvania is spectacular and there are still lots of activities to enjoy. Just be sure to pack some extra layers of clothing in spring and fall as the weather is more variable throughout the day. Temperatures in spring and fall tend to be in the 10-20°C range, while in winter it hovers within a few degrees of freezing. Pittsburgh has such a wealth of attractions that it truly is a year-round destination.
When flying into Pittsburgh, you will land at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). The airport has a single terminal, which has won numerous awards for its efficient design that minimizes aircraft movements and is, more importantly, very user-friendly for travellers. All Pittsburgh flights arrive and depart from gates clustered at one end of the building, and there are convenient moving sidewalks to help visitors get around.
From there you will have five options for getting into the city:
Public Transportation: The most economical mode of transport is the 28X Airport Flyer bus which costs about $3 per ticket and stops at several "T" stations en route to the city centre before reaching its final stop in Oakland. It is approximately a 30-minute ride from the airport to downtown Pittsburgh. Note that you must have exact change to pay your fare on the bus. Children and persons with disabilities are eligible for discount fares, while senior citizens ride free.
Hotel Shuttle: If you are staying at a hotel while in Pittsburgh, they may provide a complimentary shuttle transportation to and from the airport. This applies particularly when staying at a hotel near the airport. It's worth checking when booking accommodations whether your hotel offers this amenity.
Taxi: Taxis are easy to find at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), right outside the landside portion of the terminal. The average fare from the airport to downtown Pittsburgh is approximately $40 CAD, and takes about 20 minutes.
City Shuttle: Shuttle service is available through SuperShuttle and can be booked in advance online, by phone, or through their mobile phone app. Once your flight lands and you have collected your baggage, proceed to the SuperShuttle counter near Door 4.
Car Rental: Renting a car is easy to do at Pittsburgh International Airport. Counters for all of the major car rental companies, including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, and Hertz are available on-site and are located in the baggage claim area of the landside section of the terminal.