1. Ride the Duquesne Incline up to Mount Washington Observatory for $2.50 and enjoy the views of Downtown Pittsburgh, Heinz Field, and PNC Park.
2. Explore all three buildings that make up the Mattress Factory – Museum of Contemporary Art.
3. Visit The Andy Warhol Museum. For those who don’t know who Andy Warhol is, like myself beforehand, he was one of the leading figures of the pop art movement and was infamous for his rebellious interpretations defending the oppression of homosexuality as well as his taxidermy on a variety of animals.
4. Have a night out in Southside drinking up and down East Carson Street. Don’t forget to get beer to go while keeping in mind the open container law is in full effect in Pittburgh, with that being said ordering a six-pack to take home from the bar is completely okay and so satisfying for whatever wonderful reason.
5. Be inspired by Randyland in Northside Allegheny. Strolling here on a whim because of its outstanding reviews and free admission, Randy, the owner who actually turned the outside and backyard of his home into a unique art display, was one of the genuinely kind and inspiring individuals I’ve ever met. Despite living off of small-time serving wages Randy simply possessed that rare aura that is contagious to be around. Easily one of the top experiences of my trip.
6. Take a selfie with the birds in the National Avery.
7. Explore the many floors of the Heinz History Center covering a variety of exhibits from the history of Heinz ketchup to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
8. Take a stroll in the Allegheny parks and see the autumn leaves changing colors.
9. Explore the city. Heinz Field, despite the Steelers not having the most stellar season, and PNC Park come highly recommended. The city is big and elevated but the neighborhoods themselves are plenty walkable, so take an Uber to one and explore from within The Bluff (Uptown), Downtown Pittsburgh, Northside Allegheny, Southside Carson, and Mount Washington.