Admiring Pittsburgh skyline is the first thing to do when visiting this friendly city in Pennsylvania.
This beautiful skyline makes the city’s reputation: Each building features an original architecture which tells a story: the UPMC Tower, which is the highest tower of Pittsburgh, or the Three PNC Plaza, which is the most recent. The visitor is transported by the incredible variety of styles. The most modern towers, (for example the PPG Tower with its splendid neo-Gothic style and entirely covered with glass) are next to the buildings built at the beginning of the 20th century (Frick Building, The Carlyle Building).
Then, let us discover the awesome Pittsburgh skyline in this post of our Travel Blog Heulys.
1. From the airport, first view on the Pittsburgh skyline
From the airport, the shortest access to the city’s center is Fort Pitt Tunnel which crosses Mount Washington, on the southwest of the city. The tunnel entrance is ordinary, but after a few seconds drive, at the exit, you are suddenly dazzled by the breathtaking beauty of the city.
But you are on a “2 fast lanes” and can’t stop the car to take a picture or just admire the view …
There remains 4 more spots…
2. On top of Mount Washington
Mount Washington, overlooking the south bank of the Monongahela River is THE SPOT that offers a comprehensive view of the Pittsburgh skyline overlooking the 3 rivers. It is simply awesome!
How do you get there? At the foot of Mount Washington, at Station Square, take the Duquesne Incline. This restored red cable car gives access to the best scenic views. This is the first thing to do for any visitor arriving in the City.
Hey, what a view!
3. On a cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet
Do not keep your feet on the ground! Another exciting way to discover the beauty of Pittsburgh skyline is to take a cruise aboard the Gateway Clipper Fleet. It will take you sailing on the three rivers of Pittsburgh. Over the sailing, first on the Monongahela River, then on the Allegheny River and finally on the Ohio, a captain will comment the city’s history and will deliver many anecdotes.
4. Watching the Bucks play at PNC Park
Finally, combine the pleasure of attending a baseball game and having a 3-D view on the city skyline. PNC Park is the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. This team is a top ranked baseball league in the United States. In 2016, the Bucks (nickname given to the Pirates team) placed 2nd in the Central Division of the National League.
Located on the banks of the Allegheny River, this magnificent “ballpark” allows fans to enjoy an incredible scenic view of the skyline. In addition, due to the game schedules, it is a wonderful place to watch the sun set behind the city. It is so beautiful!
We are fun of the Pirates. Or is it an excuse to admire Pittsburgh!
5. On a walk along the “Three Rivers Heritage Trails”
The “Three Rivers Heritage Trail” is a hiking trail which, as its name suggests, runs along the two banks of each of the three rivers. It is a nice way to gaze at your own pace the city’s beauty and access to its different neighborhoods and attractions.
The path on the north shore of the Ohio River will let you see the PNC Park, the Warhol Museum, the Rivers Casino and the Carnegie Science Center. Continuing to Point State Park, you can stroll to the cultural district of the city.
One of the most enjoyable ways to see the banks of the three rivers is strolling and cycling. Bikes tours are organized around State Point Park. You may prefer to discover the”trail” on foot, on skates … There’s something for everyone!
Hiking is available to all. The total length of the trail is less than 25 miles.
Rent a bicycle and discover!
The beautiful Pittsburgh skyline is really worth a visit of the friendly city of Pittsburgh!