What do you do when you’ve got 48 hours in Pittsburgh to spare? Steel City, as it’s known, is a haven for visitors who crave outdoor adventures as well as good food and great brews. Time your visit during the summer months and take advantage of the city parks and the numerous outdoor events and activities. Just bring some comfortable shoes if you plan on walking since the city is full of hills.
48 Hours in Pittsburgh: History, Parks and Brews
A Little Bit of History and Grand Views
Start your 48 hours in Pittsburgh visit by taking the Duquesne Incline located on the South Shore. The $2.75 cash ride up this century-old cable car provides visitors with the best views of the city, including the iconic view of downtown. Make sure to stop by the gift shop for unique souvenirs. The money made from merchandise sales helps preserve this national treasure.
Duquesne Heights and the American Revolution
After exploring a bit of the Duquesne Heights and capturing that photo of Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle at the Grandview Overlook, head towards Point State Park. Named after the geographical point where Pittsburgh’s three rivers meet, it is also where you will find Fort Pitt Museum, a historically significant spot where you can learn about the city’s birthplace. The museum is a recreation of a citadel the English built during the 18th century. It played major roles in several key points in American history including the Revolution, the Whiskey Rebellion and the French and Indian Wars.
Pitts-burgher and Allegheny Riverfront Park
All that walking will certainly work up an appetite so head over to Primanti Bros. downtown and for a light lunch. This Pittsburgh original might be a chain but its beloved by locals for their signature sandwiches. Get the Pitts-burgher with a side of pop. Afterwards, walk off the calories and head towards the Allegheny Riverfront Park for a leisurely stroll. You’ll have great views of some of the city’s most recognizable structures. From there, you can head back to your hotel, take a power nap or simply refresh and rejuvenate for the fun evening to come.
Begin your night with a dinner at an authentic gaucho dinner at Gaucho Parilla Argentina. The restaurant offers small plates of wood-fired meats that are great for sharing. Individual order prices start at $9, with most items at $10-$15 each. Cap your first full day at East End Brewing Co., considered by locals as one of the best places to for a pint in the city. Try their Thunderhop IPA or any of their seasonal drafts.