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Short visit to Pittsburgh

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Short visit to Pittsburgh

My daughter and I will be visiting Point Park University this weekend. We are staying at the Omni Penn and won't have a car. She is interested in art, so I plan to take her to the Warhol museum, but other than that, I am looking for suggestions for dining, shopping, sightseeing etc. within walking distance or public transportation. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!

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1. Re: Short visit to Pittsburgh

Point Park Univ is about 4 or 5 blocks from your hotel. Point Park is also about 2 blocks from the Smithfield Street bridge. If you walk across this bridge, you will be at Station Square. There is indoor shopping and several restaurants there. Station Square is a converted train station that has some historical artifacts/exhibits there also. Across the street from Station Square is the Mon incline. You can take it up to Mount Washington for a great view of the city. Make sure you come back down the same one (since there's two) or you will have quite a walk to get back to Station Square.

There are several nice restaurants downtown also. My favorite is Palomino's in Gateway Center (behind subway bldg). If there's several shows going on in the cultural district, you may have trouble getting seated unless you go earlier than 6 or later than 8.

Hope you enjoy your stay here.

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2. Re: Short visit to Pittsburgh

Thanks for the quick response!

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3. Re: Short visit to Pittsburgh

The Mattress Factory is a very funky art museum on the North Side, within walking distance of the Warhol if you don't object to a walk and if you're used to a bit of urban decay. This is definitely one of Pittsburgh's more avant garde art venues:


The Pittsburgh Symphony is performing this weekend in Heinz Hall (yes, the ketchup) which is a nicely restored old hall. And the symphony is wonderful. Pittsburgh has cultural institutions way better than you'd expect, remnants of the glory days of big money and a bigger population than we now have. Here is the program for this weekend's performance:


Here is a list of other cultural events downtown this weekend:


There have been many discussions of restaurants in this forum, so search for info. about the types of places available.

I hope you and your daughter enjoy your visit.

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And when you're in station square, take an incline ride up mount washignton to look out over the city - it's quite a site.

There are nice restaurants on Mt. Washington as well -- I think Tin Angel is the best with a vew, although some people like Monterey Bay Fish Grotto and the Lamont.

If the weather is nice, I'd recommend driving to the Oakland/Shadyside/Squirrel Hill area to visit the college hub of the town. Park in the lot a Forbes and Bigelow and you're walking distance to the Carnegie Museum, Phipps Conservatory, Pitt's gothic Cathedral of Learning and Heinz Chapel, Carnegie Mellon University, and some cute shops on North Craig Street.

Drive down Fifth to shop in Shadyside.....


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