Far from overrated, these Pittsburgh tourist spots have stood the test of time.
136-160 Grandview Avenue
Hitch a ride on the Duquesne Incline from Station Square to Mt. Washington and take in stellar views of the Downtown Pittsburgh skyline atop this 450-foot-high hill. Along Grandview Avenue are observation decks that are notorious selfie spots where you can take souvenir photos with the Golden Triangle and attractions like PNC Park and Acrisure Stadium as your backdrops.
Gus & Yiayia’s
Allegheny Commons Park
It’s not officially summer in Pittsburgh until you make a stop at Gus & Yiayia’s iceball cart in the city’s North Side. Originally established in 1917, the bright-orange food cart serves flavorful ice balls, carved on the spot from a large ice block, as well as peanuts and popcorn.
4800 Kennywood Boulevard, West Mifflin
Whether you’re a fan of roller coasters, carnival games, or fairground-style food, this amusement park has a bit of something for everyone. Try the park’s iconic fresh-cut Potato Patch french fries.
Saint Anthony Chapel
1704 Harpster Street
This unassuming building nestled in Troy Hill is home to a not-so-secret treasure: “the Greatest Collection of Relics Outside of the Vatican,” according to Smithsonian Magazine.
Point State Park
This state park, more commonly known as The Point, sits on 36 acres at the tip of Downtown. It’s here that the city’s famous three rivers—the Allegheny, the Monongahela, and the Ohio—meet, allowing for spectacular views and a convergence of cyclists, riverboats, and pedestrians enjoying the iconic Point State Park fountain.
1501 Arch Street
This North Side attraction is an explosion of color. Pittsburgh artist Randy Gilson transformed the exterior of his home and its attached courtyard into a colorful outdoor museum, where tourists can be spotted in droves photographing his eclectic collection of found items and upcycled artwork.
Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold
3759 McCreary’s Ridge Road, Moundsville, WV
Delight out-of-town guests with a trip an hour-and-a-half south of Pittsburgh to search for gold. Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold is an attraction that has to be seen to be believed. Founded and run by Hare Krishnas, this religious tourist attraction features gorgeous architecture and beautiful grounds, and was named “one of the 30 most beautiful places to visit in the USA” by Business Insider.
Story by Lisa Cunningham
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