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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is truly a comeback city. Once known as the home of blue-collar factories and suffocating air pollution, the Steel City today is a beautiful city and a hotbed of cutting-edge health care and computing technology. Pittsburgh consistently appears on “most livable cities” lists due to its low housing costs, solid job market, and cultural hotspots.
Among the can’t-miss attractions in Pittsburgh is the Andy Warhol Museum, one of the largest museums in the world dedicated to a single artist. The seven-story facility features paintings, drawings, installations, and videos from the famous pop artist, plus rotating exhibitions from guest artists and even occasional live rock concerts.
Don’t miss the view from Mt. Washington, which USA Today once ranked as the second-most impressive viewpoint in America, behind only the Grand Canyon. From up here, you can see the entire city and its dozens of bridges.
Finally, Pittsburgh offers a number of outdoor activities, many along its vibrant riverfront property. Hiking and biking trails are plentiful, and visitors can rent kayaks to paddle on the city’s famous three rivers. Seeing the city from down on the river on a warm summer day is one of the best ways to experience Pittsburgh.
Thinking of visiting the Steel City? These are some of the top hotels in Pittsburgh worth considering.
Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport
If you’re flying into Pittsburgh, the Hyatt Regency at Pittsburgh International Airport should be on your list of possible lodging options. With a 24-hour gym, a 24-hour business center, and shuttle service to nearby businesses, this hotel was designed with the business traveler in mind. The Hyatt Regency welcomes pets with a $100 flat fee for up to six days.
Omni William Penn Hotel
The upscale Omni William Penn Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown. The Omni is a short walk to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the Theatre District, and the Consol Energy Center, where the NHL’s Penguins play their home games. Opened in 1916, the massive Omni William Penn boasts nearly 600 guest rooms and multiple restaurants.
Shadyside Inn All Suites Hotel
Located near the spot where three vibrant neighborhoods – Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, and Oakland – converge, the Shadyside Inn All Suites Hotel offers lots of amenities. Parking, laundry, shuttle service, wifi, and bike rental are all free for guests. Each suite even features a stocked, full-sized kitchen!
Sunnyledge Boutique Hotel and Tea Room
Back in 1886, what is now the Sunnyledge Boutique Hotel and Tea Room was a private residence, owned by the man who founded Shadyside Hospital. These days, the property features eight personalized rooms and suites that range from $189 to $275 per night. During the evening, check out the fine wines and spirits at the hotel’s upscale martini bar.
Sports fans visiting Pittsburgh may want to stay at the Priory Hotel, a 42-room boutique property on the city’s North Shore. From the Priory, it’s a one-mile scenic walk along the river to PNC Park and Heinz Field, the homes of the Pirates and Steelers, respectively. The Priory provides elegant furnishings, free parking, and complimentary wifi.