Since I had never been to Pittsburgh before this trip, I contacted the tourist board about what there is to do in town. While our trip was short, we packed a lot into a couple days and had a great time.
The downtown area of Pittsburgh was mostly businesses, and the regular 9-5 places you would find in any core of any major city. While the South Side was bustling with people, small niche stores, mom and pop businesses and the streets were packed. We later found out that it was the night before the college classes started so the streets were more full than usual.
Our first night in town we drove around, and actually got lost on the top of Mount Washington. We found our way back down after a while, but it was definitely a different experience than driving around Detroit!
One of the things that the tourist board (as well as a couple friends) said we must do if we're in Pittsburgh is the Duquesne Incline. It is one of two left (there were originally 17 in the area). The incline was originally used to carry coal from the mountain top and down into the city when it was built in 1877.
We actually went back for a second trip in the evening and were able to get a beautiful view of the city lit up at night.
Another great part about the incline? It's affordable! Adults are only $5 round trip, kids (6-11) are only $2.50 round trip and if your child is under 5 they're free!
There is also an observation deck where you can go out and enjoy panoramic views of downtown Pittsburgh. Trust me, you wont want to miss the views!
We had a great time on the incline - and it's a great price for the experience. It is one of last remaining inclines in the nation, and an experience everyone should have at least once!