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If you have just one day to experience Pittsburgh, choose a downtown hotel (we recommend the lavish and upscale Fairmont Pittsburgh or the old-money opulence of the Omni William Penn), and enjoy an early-morning stroll along the Strip District’s Penn Avenue, where fruit vendors, food carts and street musicians can be found, especially during weekends. Fuel up with a hearty breakfast at Pamela’s Diner before expending some mental energy at the Heinz History Center, a fantastic Smithson-affiliated museum that artfully tells the story of Western Pennsylvania, and of the many people who’ve made it what it is today.
Next, walk across the Seventh Street Bridge to the North Shore, where a westward stroll along the Riverfront Trail will take you past many of the North Side’s top attractions, including PNC Park and Heinz Field, home of Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers, respectively. Other attractions located on or near the Riverfront Trail include the Andy Warhol Museum (where his films and his famous Campbell’s Soup Cans can be seen); the fantastic and kid-friendly science museum known as the Carnegie Science Center, where nearly all the exhibits are hands-on; and the new Rivers Casino, where the siren song of one-armed bandits can be heard around the clock. You’ll also notice something of an outdoor sculpture garden as you wind your way up the Ohio River; look for the mammoth bronze statue of Mister Rodgers, and climb atop it for a unique view of downtown.
Finally, cross the Fort Duquesne Bridge to downtown’s Point State Park, where the city’s iconic fountain awaits. And if you’re up for one last adventure, cross the Smithfield Street Bridge on foot and explore the shops, restaurants and nightclubs of Station Square. Afterwards, ride the Monongahela Incline to Mount Washington, where lookout platforms along Grandview Avenue offer jaw-dropping views of the city below.