Pittsburgh is a city of many neighborhoods and communities. Whether you're new to Pittsburgh or have lived here all your life, it is unlikely that you've explored them all. You can begin to explore your way around the 'Burgh with a brief guide to the highlights of each neighborhood.
Downtown Pittsburgh is small and walkable, yet packed with plenty of opportunities for living, working, shopping, and playing. Whatever you want to do in downtown Pittsburgh, you'll find it here.
While downtown, be sure to hit Point State Park. It's a nice place for a walk, has beautiful views, and an impressive fountain.
While it might sound like a red-light district, the Strip District is actually a flat strip of land along the Allegheny River's south shore, just east of downtown. It is known for its wholesale markets, restaurants, night clubs, and funky shops.
Up the river, the Lawrenceville neighborhood continues the eclectic, funky feel with art galleries and even more unique shops.
While you're in the area, stop by the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh History Center. It's a nice seven-story museum with rotating exhibits. Lawrenceville is home to the Allegheny Cemetery, one of the oldest in the city and it is a step back in time during a casual stroll.
North Side and North Shore
Just across the Allegheny River from Downtown Pittsburgh lies the areas of North Side and North Shore. Once Allegheny City, it was annexed by Pittsburgh in 1906.
Today the North Shore and North Side are home to many famous Pittsburgh attractions. These include the Carnegie Science Center, Heinz Field and PNC Park, the National Aviary, and the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. This is also where you'll find the Andy Warhol Museum and another great art venue called the Mattress Factory.
This area is a densely packed residential area full of a variety of different neighborhoods as well. These include Manchester and Allegheny East as well as the Heinz Lofts in North Shore. In North Side, you have neighborhoods like Marshall-Shadeland and Brighton Heights.
South Side and Station Square
The South Side lies just across the Monongahela River from downtown Pittsburgh. It includes the residential communities of the South Side Slopes and the shopping and commercial district of South Side Flats.
You will find many opportunities for shopping, entertainment, and nightlife at Station Square. If you're looking for some outdoor recreation, head over to Southside Riverfront Park.
Lauded by USA Today as one of the most beautiful places in America, the neighborhood of Mt. Washington overlooks the downtown Pittsburgh skyline.
The highlights of Mt. Washington are the breathtaking views and there are a number of overlooks available to gaze from. To get to the top, you'll want to take either the Mon or Duquesne Incline, the area's famous cable cars.
Mt. Washington is known for its many restaurants (with a view, of course) and shops. A number of people also find it to be a nice place to live.
East of downtown Pittsburgh lies a large collection of city neighborhoods. This includes the popular Squirrel Hill with its many ethnic restaurants and trendy boutiques.
Here is where you'll find most of the city's college communities, including the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Shadyside is a popular residential neighborhood for many CMU students and faculty and has a village-like feel.
One of the best-known neighborhoods in the area is Oakland. It is a mix of commercial and residential areas and home to many college faculty and students as well.
Oakland is also the cultural hub of Pittsburgh. It is home to the Carnegie Library and Museums of Art and Natural History as well as the famous Carnegie Music Hall.
Pittsburgh is surrounded by a number of suburbs. Many are primarily residential communities, though there are plenty of businesses in each. You will find a variety of places to shop, dine, and have fun while driving through any suburb.
On the east side of Pittsburgh is the suburb of Penn Hills and the City of Monroeville. To the north, you will find places like Fox Chapel, Wexford, and Cranberry. It is also home to Hartwood Acres, once a country estate and today a great county park with many activities.
Suburbs to the south of downtown include Dormont, Mount Lebanon, Peters Township, and Upper St. Clair. Off to the west, you will come across Carnegie, Greentree, Moon, and more. This is also the location of the Pittsburgh International Airport as well as Raccoon Creek State Park.