Pittsburgh may be the second largest city in Pennsylvania, but it is first in fun and excitement. The “Steel City” was long known for its industrial prowess and is equally known today for its cultural landmarks. From the fine arts to professional sports, and from international culture to local cuisine, there are countless things to do and see in Pittsburgh for the active adult. Here are five especially worthwhile experiences which will make your trip to the City of Champions even more special.
The Andy Warhol Museum
Andy Warhol may be best associated with the New York art scene of the late 20th century, but his hometown of Pittsburgh has the largest collection in the world of his works. Occupying seven stories of a vintage 1911 building on the North Shore, The Andy Warhol Museum allows its visitors to both bask in what made Warhol unique, and celebrate other artists who influenced and have been influenced by the pop art movement.
Frick Art & Historical Center
Situated on the 5.5-acre estate of industrialist Henry Clay Frick in Point Breeze, the Frick Art & Historical Center is home to many unique attractions. The Car & Carriage Museum includes many antique vehicles including a 1909 Stanley Steamer and a 1914 Rolls Royce, while the Greenhouse features various varieties of flowers and other plants. The main collection has the works of some of the greatest painters of all time, including Peter Paul Rubens and Claude Monet. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, and most museums and permanent collections, except for tours of the Frick mansion which are free.
Every major city has their unique cuisine, and Pittsburgh is no exception. For over 85 years, Primanti Brothers’ unique combination of meats, vegetables, and fixings on Italian bread on their signature sandwich has conquered the hunger of Pittsburgh’s citizens. There are sixteen different Primanti Bros. locations within city limits, and numerous other franchises scattered across the eastern United States, but the flagship location in the Strip District is the best place to get one of their signature sandwiches, especially if you’re up really early or really late. Those who have never heard of this place will be pleasantly surprised to see where their french fries end up on their plate.
Roberto Clemente Museum
Roberto Clemente’s name is synonymous with both Pittsburgh baseball and humanitarianism. The Roberto Clemente Museum, which is open by appointment, focuses on the many facets of one of the greatest baseball players of all time, with a unique collection of personal photos and mementos celebrating Clemente’s life and legacy.
Cathedral Of Learning
Built between 1926 and 1937, the University of Pittsburgh campus is home to the world’s second-tallest university building, the Cathedral of Learning. While the 42-story skyscraper’s sheer presence and Gothic Revival architecture would be reason enough to visit, the numerous Nationality Rooms on the first and third floors showcase the diverse heritage of the various ethnicities that populate Allegheny County. Wesley W. Posvar Hall, built on and incorporating the site of Forbes Field, is also on the Pitt campus, featuring an 1896-vintage Langley Aerodrome flying machine in addition to the original leftfield wall and home plate of the former home to the Pittsburgh Pirates.