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Two Days in Pittsburgh

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Welcome to Pittsburgh that promises a wide assortment of attractions for visitors from all walks of life. For family on vacation, you may want to head to Pittsburgh zoo & aquarium or head to many interactive museums. Leisure travelers can hit the North Shore attractions and unwind in Strip District. Pittsburgh has something eclectic stacked away for sports fan in PNC Park and Heinz Field. Surrounded by sports aficionados and watching any of Pittsburgh's home teams play in these stadiums with superb views can make you fall in love with the game even if you're not a fan. In your 2 days stop over in Pittsburgh, explore the city's top museums, universities, vibrant neighborhoods, food scene, shopping options and nightlife.

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Day 1 Pittsburgh Itinerary!

Breakfast at 8:00 AM

An all time favorite for locals and students, drop by Bruegger’s Bagels (3714 Forbes Ave) for a kick start to your morning. Fuel yourself up with bagels and ham, egg and cheese goodness they offer. Another good breakfast joint is P&G’s Pamela’s Diner (5527 Walnut St) that will surprise you with bold flavors of their pancakes, corn beef hash and that dollop of whipped cream will satiate your taste buds completely.

Edutainment Time in the University of Pittsburgh at 9:00 AM

First up is a visit to the University of Pittsburgh which is a 132-acre campus campus, garbed by multiple historic buildings and Cathedral of Learning. Stroll around the huge campus and explore the university life and stop by the Cathedral of Learning - a 535 feet tall Gothic revival cathedral. The Cathedral's 26 Nationality Rooms attract visitors with its awesome exhibits of artifacts and furnishings depicting the tradition and culture of several ethnicity. If you want to dig deeper, you can participate in the university tour.

Address: 4200 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-6000
Website: www.pitt.edu
Tour Hours: Mon to Sat from 9am-2:30pm; Sunday from 11am-2:30pm

Interactive Exhibitions in Carnegie Science Center at 10:30 AM

Head to the North Shore area of downtown Pittsburgh to reach Carnegie Science Center. Here, you'll come across various exhibits covering varied topics. Take your time to explore the planetarium, a venue dedicated to sports, a naval submarine, get acquainted with robots, exploration station with exhibitions of weather and electricity and much more. Adults and children can gain lots of information - grasp your chance to learn about energy via kiosk game show, zero gravity experience. The center is not all about education, there are heaps of entertainment in-stored for you - laser shows, IMAX theater and beyond.

Address: 1 Allegheny Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Website: www.carnegiesciencecenter.org

Be an Art Critic at Carnegie Museum of Art at 12:00 PM

When you're done exploring science, take your time to marvel modern art at Carnegie Museum of Art, which was started by Andrew Carnegie. Be an critic and scrutinize the video and photography displays, architectural models and sculpture collections. The head turner is the magnificent marble hall of sculpture that was constructed based on the Parthenon. After art scene, head to Carnegie Museum of Natural History, which showcases exhibits of earth science, wildlife and anthropology. You do not need to pay any extra admission cost as it is already included in the museum of art's admission.

Address: 440 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh- 15213
Phone: (412) 622-3131
Website: www.cmoa.org
Hours: Tuesday to Wednesday, Friday to Saturday 10am-5pm; Thursday 10am-8pm; Sunday Noon-5pm

Lunch Break at 1:30 PM

Its lunch time and you'll come across many great eateries as you come out of Carnegie Museum of Art. One good option is to stop at Union Grill (413 S Craig St) and splurge into its delicious grills and burger - A great way to enjoy traditional American favorites. Or else for a Middle Eastern flavors, step in Ali Baba Restaurant (404 S Craig St). From the warmth of the spices, to the great services to the seriously delicious food - the place is just amazing.

Spend Some Time Shopping at 2:30 PM

Pittsburgh offers a wide range of shopping options for you. From Ellsworth Avenue to South Side - explore and shop. The assortment of shops, art galleries and eateries in Ellsworth Avenue (Ellsworth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232) will keep you well amused and occupied. Look around and you will definitely find something unique and exciting. When it comes to South Side (E Carson Street, Pittsburgh), a fun shopping spree with amusing sightseeing is guaranteed. From specialty store like cigar stores, music shops, spas and many restaurants - shop till you drop here.


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Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at 4:00 PM

Just next to Carnegie Mellon University's campus is the Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens that is one of the most happening hang out areas in the town for university undergrads. This stunning facility also serves as a much sought for wedding venue. What to expect here? Check out the collection of green rooms, housing specific plant type, tropical forests and butterfly gardens, Joshua tree and orchid plant, bonsai and various flower collections. There is a play area for children to let loose and you will be occupied with many interesting activities it offers.

Address: 1 Shenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-622-6914
Website: www.phipps.conservatory.org

Happy Hour Paddle at 5:30 PM

You got to take your adventure to outdoor activities. Gear up for urban boating or happy hour kayaking down the Allegheny River. This is a fun loaded activity where you can socialize with the friendly Pittsburghers and as you row down the river, you can watch the scenic skyline, PNC Park and Heinz Field. Refreshments are served to fuel you up at near PNC.

Address: Roberto Clemente Bridge, Pittsburgh, PA
Phone: 412-969-9090
Hours: May to October 5:45pm-7pm

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If you're a biking ot hiking enthusiasts, you must definitely venture into The Great Allegheny Passage - a 150 mile long trail that offers breathtaking views and a plenty of activities.

Address: 100 Art Rooney Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Phone: 888-282-2453

Strip District at 7:00 PM

A stop at Strip District is a must when you're in Pittsburgh. Day or night, this neighborhood has something exciting going on to kepp entertained. You can get to grasp imported food and fresh produce in the day time, while night time takes a whole new form with cool dance and party scenes.

Address: Strip District, Pittsburgh, PA
Phone: 412-201-4774
Website: www.neighborsinthestrip.com

Dinner at 9:00 PM

There is no derth of good restaurants in Strip District. You can enjoy a great meal at Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille (2106 Penn Ave). They offer amazing seafood meals and also enjoy few drinks in its cocktail or sushi bars. If you love Italian cuisine, opt to dine at Lidia’s (1400 Smallman St). Among the many delicious food it serves, some noteworthy items include Grilled fennel sausage with gnocchi, ravioli stuffed, Grilled salmon fillet, and Filet of beef tenderloin Montasio cheese crisp

Dance and Music at 10:30 PM

Let your exciting day unfold in this fantastic house of music, fun and delish drinks. 31st Street Pub is located in in the Strip District of Pittsburgh - one of the city's most happening neighborhoods. Let go all inhibitions and rock along with the bands playing heavy metal, loud, hip cutting-edge music. They also offer great range of drinks for you to sip in while rocking hard.

Address: 3101 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Phone: 412-391-8334
Hours: Wed-Thu from 3pm to 9pm; Fri-Sat from 3pm to 2am

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Day 2 Pittsburgh Itinerary!

Breakfast at 8:00 AM

Start your day with a tall glass of fresh juice or perhaps some delish smoothies served from the juice bars of Umbrella Cafe (951 Liberty Avd). This place offers plenty of vegan or vegetarian options, so vegans need not look any further than this spot when you're in Pittsburgh. Meat lovers also have their options open in Deluca’s Diner (2015 Penn Ave), which is one of the best place to indulge in 'greasy spoon' - steaming hot pancakes, Seafood Benedict, Apple cinnamon bun pancake sundae, chocolate chip banana hotcakes and more.

A Different Museum Experience - Heinz History Center at 9:00 AM

Start your second day exploration of the City of Pittsburgh at Heinz History Center that will take your museum experience to a whole new level. This museum not just offer historical artifacts but along with the exhibits from the French & Indian War, you will also find the Western Pennsylvania Sports exhibit. The museum honors the city's love for baseball and football and its legacies. The place offers a good chance to know about Pittsburgh to a greater extent.

Address: 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: 412-454-6000
Website: www.heinzhistorycenter.org

Spectacular City View Point - Duquesne Incline at 10:30 AM

Hop on the century old cable car ride the Duquesne Incline up to Mount Washington to see the most breathtaking view of the city. This observatory point is quite famous as it lays above the meeting point of three rivers and on a clear day, the view will totally mesmerize you. If you love photography, this is the ideal location to grasp the beauty of the city. You can visit the incline anywhere between 5:30 a.m. to 12:45 a.m. from Monday through Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 12:45 a.m. on Sundays.

Address: 1197 West Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone Number: 412.381.1665
Website
: www.duquesneincline.org

Visit the Pop-Art Museum-Andy Warhol Museum at 12:00 AM

Head to Sandusky Street that will lead you to Andy Warhol Museum. The museum is quite appealing with its interesting and educational displays of pop art spread on 7 floors. It beautifully narrates the life of Warhols through its exhibits. Among the many colorful displays, you can spot originals like the Elvis Presley painting and the Brillo Boxes sculpture. Visit the website for more information about the museum.

Address: 117 Sandusky Street, Pittsburgh - 15212, PA
Phone: (412)237.8300
Website: www.warhol.org

Lunch Break at 1:30 PM

After a trip to Andy Warhol Museum, you can take a lunch break at Soho (203 Federal St), that dishes out sophisticated cuisines like Asian mix salad with shrimps, calamari with peppers, shrimp fettuccine and more. Or else you can stop by Meat & Potatoes (649 Penn Ave) for really delicious steaks and other delights.

A Masterpiece by Frank Lloyd Wright - Fallingwater at 2:30 PM

Ever imagined living in a house hemmed over an actual waterfall. Like a fairy tale home, in a far away fantasy land, there is this multi-level structure of concrete, stone and glass. There are different tour types available to let you explore this wonderful home. If you don't have much time in hand, opt for a regular 45 minutes tour, or else you can participate in a two hour in-depth tour. Tours for children are also available with certain age limitations. Kids younger than 6 years are not allowed and are taken care by the Child Care Center. It is recommended to make all tour bookings in advance. For details on operational hours and admission fees, visit its official website below.

Address: 1491 Mill Run Road, Mill Run, PA 15464
Phone: 724-329-8501
Website: www.wpconline.org

Zoo Time-Fun Time - Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium at 4:30 PM

Spend some fun time with your family in Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium. If you have children, this is a must go. With over 400 different animal species found here, visitors are really impressed by the huge number and variety of animals housed by the zoo. You can take your younger kids to Kids Kingdom and let them get up close and pet the animals. Stroll around and visit the different habitats of the animals. African Savanna for lions, elephants and giraffes; Asian Forest for red pandas, tigers and snow leopards; PPG Aquarium to see sharks, penguins and colorful fish and Water's Edge is where you'll find sea otters and polar bears.

Address: 7340 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Website: www.pittsburghzoo.org

Wave Pools or Waterslides - Sandcastle Waterpark at at 6:30 PM

Bbeat the heat and the stress with a dip in one of the several pools in Sancastle Waterpark. You can just laze in the hot tubs or sway with the waves in the wave pools or ride the water slides. After enough splashing in the water pools, hit the Formula One Raceway prepare for some rubber-burning action. After go carting, head to boardwalk to grab a bite from various food stalls set up as beach style booths.

Address: 1000 Sandcastle Drive, Homestead, PA 15120
Phone: 412-462-6666
Website: www.sandcastlewaterpark.com

Dinner at 8:30 PM

For a fulfilling end of your Pittsburgh trip, sit yourself down at The Carlton (BNY Mellon Center, Pittsburgh) and relish a great meal. Start with appetizers like Lobster & Crab Gnocchi, BBQ shrimp and for the main course, you can choose from its long dinner menu - Lamb Chops, Mahi Mahi, Veal Scallopine and lots more.


Night Scene at 10:00 PM

What better way than to end your day with a belly laugh at Funny Bone Comedy Club - a place featuring performances by both regional and nationally renowned comedians, like Jay Leno, Robin Williams, Elaine Boosler and Billy Crystal. Enjoy a nightcap while laughing out loud.

Address: 101 Radisson Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Phone: 412-281-3130
Hours: Tue-Sat 7:30pm-Close



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