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A Weekend in Pittsburgh

My fiancé and I have been working hard to cross off new states on our bucket list. The great thing about living in the East coast is that it is pretty easy to drive to many new states! We decided for our anniversary we would hit the road to Pittsburgh to see what big city life in Pennsylvania is all about.




 


Where to Stay


Omni William Penn Hotel


One of the things I love about Pittsburgh is that it is such a walkable city. Even though it's pretty large, it was never tough for us to get from point A to point B. We stayed at the Omni William Penn Hotel, which is a stunning hotel with a 1920's feel and is located in the heart of downtown. Plus, there were SO many coffee shops, restaurants and other businesses right down the street, so it really felt like a perfect location. Not to mention the rooms are stunning as well!




 


Where to Eat


Primanti Bros


Every blog I researched before our trip told me I had to come here... And you know why? Because it is seriously SO GOOD! I learned quickly that Pittsburgh is a foodie's paradise, especially when it comes to sandwiches. Their signature item is their Pittsburgher sandwich, which is basically a cheese steak with fries in it... and yes, it IS as good as it sounds! We also tried their Terror Tots, a great option if the idea of loaded tots with sriracha sound good!


The Pittsburgher



Terror Tots



 


Pamela's Diner


This is a fantastic spot for brunch! Pamela's is such a popular spot in Pittsburgh and they have a few different locations throughout the city. Even though it stays busy, don't let the long line fool you! It was easy for us to be able to put our name down, and we didn't have to wait too long for a Sunday morning.


They've got all your classic diner foods here, but you have to try the hotcakes...They're amazing!!


TIP: They are cash only, so make sure to have some on you!



 


Monterey Bay Fish Grotto


If you're looking for more of a fine dining experience, Monterey Bay is a perfect choice! We cam here for our anniversary, and it was absolutely lovely. What really drove me to come here was the view - WOW! - This restaurant sits on top of a hill and has large windows, so you have a stunning view of the city.


As for our meal, it was absolutely fantastic seafood! You NEED to get the crab fried rice! Overall, it's a great meal accompanied by a wonderful view, so there's no reason not to come here.




 


What To Do


Monongahela/Duquesne Incline


One thing that you will immediately notice upon arriving into Pittsburgh is that this city is full of hills! The downtown district lays right in the middle, so there are many places you can head up to in order to see some awesome views. What's the best form of transportation for that? The Inclines!! There are two that run up to Mt. Washington, the Monongahela and the Duquesne. They are both essentially the same ride, just on different sides of the hill.


It cost a small fee to ride up, but it's a ton of fun! Not to mention, you get some pretty cool views of downtown. It's also interesting to see these inclines as a daily way to commute by locals.


Photo from Unsplash.com



 


National Aviary


Are you a big fan of birds? If so, you will love this place! This is one of the coolest aviaries that I have been to, and it's amazing how many different species of birds that they have here. From owls to penguins to toucans, there's a lot to check out here. There's even a conservatory where birds fly freely around... it's a neat experience!


We completely stumbled upon this place by accident but were majorly impressed with it!




 


Randyland


Honestly, no matter what you're into, you need to check out Randyland. It's basically a giant art space filled with the most unique and quirky stuff you can find! It sits in a small backyard of a building, and I dubbed it as a mini 'Alice in Wonderland beach.'


This is the perfect place to get in some photos ops, get inspired, or just chill! It's completely free to explore, so you have no reason to skip it ;)





 


Andy Warhol Museum


Okay, I'll be the first to admit that art museums can be a hit or miss for me, but this museum is seriously so cool. I personally find that Andy Warhol had a very interesting art style and life, so there is a lot to check out here...in fact, there are 7 floors! You'll get to see everything from his photography, videography, and some really neat facts about his career.


After you're done, they've also got a really cute cafe and gift shop that you can check out. You can even take home a copy of one of his famous pieces!





 


Pittsburgh is a great spot to come visit no matter what you're into... There truly is something for everyone here! I can assure you that you'll come home with memories of at least one unique experience and a great meal!



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ABOUT ME

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Hey there, I'm Shelby! Traveling has been one of my biggest passions in life, and so I'm here to share all of my great finds, tips and advice that I discover along the way. When I'm not on a plane, you can find me in Kentucky with my husband and fur child, Zoe (My adorable kitty!) 

I have always loved to write, and after many attempts at blogging again, I find myself here and inspired to share the world. My husband and I both work a typical 9 to 5, but make it a priority to plan as many trips as possible each year. I want to show others that it is totally possible to live a travel-filled life full time or on the side!

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoy!

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