It’s no secret, Pittsburgh is beautiful. With its increasingly iconic skyline and scenic infrastructure, the Pittsburgh skyline is a sight for sore eyes. One of the best parts of the ‘Burgh is that there really isn’t a bad spot to take it all in! Here are some of our favorite locations to get a good look at the Steel City in all its glory.
Mt. Washington/Grandview Overlook
This one is an absolute classic. Whether you’re a lifelong Yinzer or passing through town, making the trek up to Mt. Washington and taking in the view is a must. Heck, it’s a rite of passage if you’re a local! We’d wager that a number of our Pittsburgh-native readers have a prom picture our two taken at the Grandview Overlook, but we couldn’t resist including the tried and true classic on our list of killer views.
Whether you’re taking the Duquesne Incline to visit the museum of Pittsburgh History housed in the upper station, or you’re riding the Monongahela Incline from Station Square to Mount Washington, the view is certainly something to behold. If you’ve got the $5 for a round trip, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better way to take in the view while traveling back in time with this classic mode of public transportation.
The view from Station Square’s Highmark Stadium is quite possibly one of the most underrated in all the city. Seated along the Monongahela River, any seat in the stadium will give you a gorgeous view of the city and the iconic Fort Pitt Bridge.
Another oldie but a goodie, PNC Park offers what is quite possibly the best view of the ‘Burgh. Situated amidst Pittsburgh’s North Shore, the outfield of PNC Park opens up to a grand view of the city, the river and the Roberto Clemente Bridge. This might be a well-traveled destination for locals, but there’s a reason PNC Park is still at the top of its class when it comes to the best ball parks in America nearly two decades after it’s inaugural season!
Point State Park
The Fountain. The View. The Park. This location speaks for itself (but photographer Kyle Majerick certainly nails the aesthetics).
West End Overlook
Similar to Mt. Washington, the West End Overlook provides a broad look at the city of Pittsburgh. However, one could argue that this view might perhaps be the grandest in the entire ‘Burgh! Drinking in the view of the city from Elliott Overlook Park, you can almost see every inch of the city. There simply is nothing else like it!
Fort Pitt Bridge/Tunnel
Featured prominently in both the novel and the film adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, this Pittsburgh staple gives commuters an explosive view of the city. The orange glow of the tunnel lights gives way to the city skyline in a way that is better experienced than described. If you’re driving into the city from the Pittsburgh International Airport for the first time, this route provides one hell of an introduction to the Steel City.
With a dedicated walking path branching from the Science Center to some of the best food and entertainment the city has to offer, you could do a lot worse taking in the city from the North Shore. The view of the city is stellar, the food is good, and the Pirates, Steelers, Stage AE and Rivers Casino are all within walking distance. The North Shore is an awesome spot to chill out and experience a smorgasbord of Pittsburgh culture.
The David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Whether you’re attending Piratefest, the Home and Garden Show or hanging out with the furries at Anthrocon, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center offers a low-key view of the North Shore area. If you’ve got the time, take a stroll through the Convention Center Riverfront Plaza which guides you to the river walk for one of the more tranquil and secluded views of the Clemente, Warhol and Rachel Carson Bridges.
If you’re feeling a little bougie and want to partake in some of the finest dining the ‘Burgh has to offer, you won’t find a better view to pair with it than at Altius. Located on Mt. Washington, this elevated dining establishment offers a view of Pittsburgh that’s so picturesque you’ll swear it’s straight out of a movie. If you plan on making reservations, we’d suggest you try to do so on a fireworks night at PNC Park. You won’t find a better spot to experience those Zambelli fireworks!