Pittsburgh is one of the most important cities in Pennsylvania and since I’ve lived in the state for two years, in one of my weekend getaway I visited the city and the Fallingwater.
I found Pittsburgh a very interesting city and I loved the vibe I got while I was there. Art seems to be very important for them and the skyline, with its skyscrapers, really remind you the golden years of steel. Very impressive. You feel quite safe both downtown and in the neighborhood areas, in fact, in 2015, Pittsburgh was listed among the eleven most livable cities in the world and as the first- or second-most livable city in the United States in 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
Unfortunately, America’s 1980s deindustrialization laid off area blue-collar workers and thousands of downtown white-collar workers when the longtime Pittsburgh-based world headquarters moved out and you can imagine how crowded and animated this city must have been just by taking a walk downtown.
The Fallingwater is located a little bit outside Pittsburgh and it is a house build by Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect, over a waterfall. He designed the house for his clients, the Kaufmann family (they were from Pittsburgh) and instantly became famous. Today it is a National Historic Landmark.
FALLINGWATER – 1491 Mill Run Road, Mill Run, PA 15464
I was very excited to visit the house, but honestly I was a little bit disappointed. It has a really nice big garden and I liked the idea and the spirit of the house. However I believe that the house is better in pictures than in person. The colors are not so vibrant and inside it is sort of small, especially the bedrooms, with low ceilings.
Because the house is located on a waterfall it suffered of water drop and there were cracks here and there. Personally I thought it was better kept especially due to the price of the ticket.
RANDYLAND – 1501 Arch Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
It is Randy’s home. A Pittsburgh’s artist. It is an amazing place. The garden is full of colors and art pieces and you can take lots of pictures. We also met Randy and it was really nice get to know him. If you want you can create some art pieces yourself to contribute decorate the garden already amazing. It gave me a sense of joy being there.
TRUNDLE MANOR – 7724 Juniata St. Pittsburgh, PA 15218
You have to book your visit in advance because the family is living there. It is like visiting the Addams family’s house. This couple loves horror, gothic and everything that is creepy and they are artists themselves. The Lady welcomed my friend and I and toured us around the house. She explained us everything about the most interesting pieces that were shown and if we had any curiosity we just had to ask. I really like it.
ROBERTO CLEMENTE BRIDGE – 6th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
ANDY WARHOL BRIDGE – 7th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
ALLEGHENY LANDING PARK – 12 Federal St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
It is a nice little park along the river. We enjoyed taking a walk there, look at the statues and the skyline.
PNC PARK STADIUM – 115 Federal St 15212 Pittsburgh (PA)
We took a couple of hours walk downtown through the skyscrapers . We stopped in some cute bars for a coffee, looked at stores and just enjoyed being surrounded by these particular buildings.
GETAWAY CENTER – 625 Stanwix St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
POINT STATE PARK – 601 Commonwealth Pl Bldg A – 15222 Pittsburgh (PA)
FORT PITT BLOCKHOUSE – 601 Commonwealth Pl Bldg C – 15222 Pittsburgh (PA)
Point State park is the nicest and most famous park in Pittsburgh. It is very particular due to its location, at the confluence of three rivers and it is very well kept. You can still see were Fort Pitt once was located.
However the part I loved the most was the blockhouse. When I was there a ranger explained my friend and I everything about that place. Originally was constructed to help defend Fort Pitt from American Indian attacks, then turned into a trading post and after was converted into a single family dwelling. Last but not least became a multi-family tenement with a family living on the second floor. Today, after being renovated, the fort is owned by the Fort Pitt Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
CATHEDRAL OF LEARNING – 4200 5th Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
We walked around many different buildings while visiting the university, but the best one was the cathedral of learning. It is basically the most inspiring building in the whole campus and you can take a tour, with an audio guide, through its famous international rooms. Each room has design, decorations, objects, furniture, etc specific of the country it represents.
MONONGAHELA INCLINE – 5 Grandview Ave – 15211 Pittsburgh (PA)
MOUNT WASHINGTON – 26 Southern Ave # 1 – 15211 Pittsburgh (PA)
From Mount Washington you have the best view of Pittsburgh. You have to go and it is also fun reach the top with the historical incline.
STATION SQUARE – 100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 1900 Pittsburgh, PA, 15219
WHERE WE ATE
According to a friend of mine that grew up in Pittsburgh, this is one of the best chains in west PA.
We stopped at the restaurant in Oakland for lunch and we got a very humongous sandwich. The service was fast and the food was pretty good. I can say that at the end of the meal I was stuffed.
WHERE WE SLEPT
This AirBnB is located a little bit outside Pittsburgh in a very nice neighborhood were a lot of new houses are getting build. The apt was modern, clean and well kept. The room was for two people and the bed was very comfy. The hosts also let us use the kitchen.