Pittsburgh

Scenic and historic metropolis tucked amongst rolling hills

Welcome to Pittsburgh

What was once a sleepy steel town is now a vibrant and bustling cultural and entertainment mecca surrounded by natural beauty, lush parks, and scenic riverside trails. Pittsburgh is home to 15,000 acres of public parks and green spaces and more than 13 state parks surround the region. 

 

There’s no shortage of stunning, world-class architecture throughout Pittsburgh’s 90 charming neighborhoods, which all boast their own unique history, personality, and lifestyle shaped by the rich history of the city. There’s plenty to discover in each neighborhood—from the hip and trendy hotspots to cozy cafés, museums, and art galleries.

 

The city is a huge player in the arts, with more than 32 museums, 30 concert venues, and 19 public libraries gifted by steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Pittsburgh also has a robust nonprofit and philanthropy scene, bolstered by generous residents and their donations. Home to a 14-block Cultural District, downtown Pittsburgh boasts an array of shops, restaurants, theaters, art galleries, and outdoor parks and plazas. 

What to Love

  • An abundance of upscale and casual shopping and dining options 
  • 90 unique neighborhoods reminiscent of the city’s rich history
  • A friendly and welcoming atmosphere 
  • 15,000 acres of public parks and green spaces and 400 miles of trails

Local Lifestyle

Residents and visitors alike flock to Pittsburgh to experience the city’s abundance of culture, friendliness, and history. Though it’s a major city, it still retains a down-to-earth vibe and exudes small-town charm. Residents love the city’s year-round community events and often unwind by biking along the region’s 400 miles of trails or wandering through the lush botanic gardens.

 

Many young professionals, families, and entrepreneurs call Pittsburgh home due to its cutting-edge fields like artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, energy, life science and health, manufacturing, and robotics.

 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The winding streets of Pittsburgh are filled with an array of attractions and amenities. The city is home to an amazing culinary and shopping scene, which offers everything from casual eateries, fine dining destinations, upscale shops, funky boutiques, neighborhood watering holes, vibrant nightlife, and craft breweries. 

 

Morcilla features family-style Spanish cuisine in a convivial environment, while Pusadee’s Garden serves authentic Thai cuisine on a charming garden patio. For amazing potatoes and hotcakes, don’t miss Pamela’s Diner, which has been a Pittsburgh tradition for the past 50 years.

 

The Bloomfield Farmers’ Market is open throughout the summer and winter and features locally grown, produced, and created items, including cheese, meat, coffee, baked goods, hydroponic lettuce, and more. More local goods, eclectic shops, and fresh food abound at the historic Strip District. Stroll along this one-half square mile to shop international grocers, produce stands, meat and fish markets, and sidewalk vendors as the aromas of fresh-roasted coffee and freshly baked bread waftinh from the wide array of cafés and bakeries. A trip to the Strip District isn’t complete until you visit Primanti’s. This beloved Pittsburgh institution was founded in the Strip District in 1933 and serves handcrafted sandwiches piled high with house-made coleslaw and fresh-cut fries. Celebrate Pittsburgh’s Italian heritage at the annual Little Italy Days, which features Italian-themed entertainment and food.

 

Craft beer connoisseur? Pittsburgh is home to over 40 craft breweries, including Trace Brewing, Strange Roots Experimental Ales, Hop Farm Brewing, and Brew Gentlemen—to name just a few! 

Things to Do

In Pittsburgh, there’s no shortage of cultural attractions and community events. Locals and visitors alike pack the streets of downtown Pittsburgh for the annual Light Up Night. Among the festivities at this event are fireworks, holiday shopping, a tree-lighting ceremony, and live entertainment. Other popular annual events include the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival, St. Patrick's Day Parade, and more.

 

The Carnegie Museums in Pittsburgh showcase everything from art and history to science and Andy Warhol’s creations. 

 

Treat the family to an exciting day of adventure at Kennywood Park, which boasts seven roller coasters, two children's areas, and unique attractions.

Schools

Pittsburgh is home to several highly acclaimed colleges and universities, including Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, and Chatham University. Public school students are served by the Pittsburgh Public Schools district. Top public and private educational opportunities in the Pittsburgh area include:

 

  • Franklin Elementary School, K-5
  • Shady Side Academy, (private) PK-12
  • Winchester Thurston School, (private) K-12 
  • Obama Academy, 6-12
  • Marshall Middle School, 6-8
  • North Allegheny High School, 9-12
  • Fox Chapel Area High School, 9-12
 

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