With world-class museums, stunning views, and an upstart restaurant scene, Pittsburgh is steel-ing the spotlight.

"I knew Pittsburgh was cool before you did! They were doing farm-to-table before it was a thing." -Rach

Federal Galley

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Credit: Photography by Taylor Blocksom

At this food hall–beer garden hybrid, you can get Detroit-style pizza from Michigan & Trumbull, vegetarian fare from Supper, Pan-Mexican–inspired dishes from El Lugar, and juicy burgers from Provision PGH. Or enjoy a fancy cocktail at the full-service bar, which was a bank vault in a previous life. 

The Andy Warhol Museum

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Dedicated to the collected works of the city's native son, this North Shore museum houses the Campbell's Soup can paintings and silk-screen portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. Warhol's short film Fifteen Minutes Eternal runs on a loop on the ground floor. And don't forget to snap a selfie on a copy of the artist's famous red couch. 

Primanti Bros.

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No trip to Pittsburgh would be complete without a stop at the original home of this local mainstay, where french fries and coleslaw are stuffed right into sammies like roast beef and oven-roasted turkey. 

The National Aviary

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Watch eagles in flight, goof around with penguins, and soar like a bird in a full-body flight simulator at the country's only nonprofit indoor aviary.

Duquesne Incline

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To appreciate the beauty of Pittsburgh's Three Rivers—the Monongahela, the Allegheny, and the Ohio—hop aboard the Duquesne Incline car at West Carson Street and ride it up Mount Washington to Grandview Avenue. 

Ace Hotel Pittsburgh

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Located inside a rehabilitated YMCA, this East Liberty hotel mixes original details—marble staircase, ornate ceilings—with signature Ace quirkiness, like claw-foot bathtubs and retro record players.