Today, let’s travel to Mount Washington in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. One of the most visited spots in- and must-see when traveling to Pittsburgh is atop Mount Washington. Grandview Avenue offers picturesque views of the beautiful Pittsburgh skyline! You go there just to see the beautiful city, catch your breath, and take stunning photos. But of course, there are more to catch while you’re there. But first, let me show you what views I’m talking about. Below are photos taken atop Mount Washington Pittsburgh.
There are a number of different vantage points to view the Pittsburgh skyline from the Grandview Avenue. But the Thomas J. Gallagher overlook and Paul F. Jones overlook offer a closer look at the City of Steel.
Below you’ll see the Carnegie Science Center next to the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Heinz Field.
Across you’ll see the Point State Park Fountain located in the Pittsburgh triangle, also known as the Golden Triangle. It is where you’ll see the confluence of the rivers Allegheny (in the north) and Monongahela (in the south) which forms the Ohio River (from the point of the triangle towards the west).
Next is the PNC Ball Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
And then, there’s the city center… which includes the U.S. Steel Tower, more popularly called as the Steel Building. It’s the tallest skyscraper in Pittsburgh. It’s the one with the UPMC sign/logo.
Now, you may have noticed a great number of bridges. The ‘Burgh is also known as the City of Bridges. Why? Can you guess how many bridges are there in the City of Pittsburgh?
At the time of writing, the total count was 446, Pittsburgh is the city with the most bridges in the US. I know that it has also taken the world record previously, surpassing Venice, Italy. But not sure if Pittsburgh still holds the record up to now.
You may have noticed another thing about the ‘Burgh’s bridges. Most of them (except for some above) are painted in yellow. Well, it’s not actually yellow but Aztec gold – because most of those bridges connect to or are near the Golden Triangle. Pittsburgh’s flag is Aztec gold (yellow) and black. The Steelers and Pirates’ teams colors are also yellow and black. They are pretty consistent through out.
You know the song by Wiz Khalifa, “Black and Yellow“? He is from Pittsburgh and dedicated that song to his home city! If you watch the music video for Black and Yellow, you’ll see some of Pittsburgh’s popular spots. Okay, I feel like taking a music break. Sing with me?
Okay, let’s get back to Mount Washington!
When you get to Grandview Avenue, there’s metered parking on the street. That’s the only thing you’ll be spending on when you visit Mount Washington Pittsburgh, except on certain hours/days like the weekends, when parking is free. And of course, you’ll be spending when you want to eat in this area too.
There is a Restaurant Row in the neighborhood which features stunning views of the city while you wine and dine. You’ll find a lot of fine dining restaurants here to complement the luxe view. Be prepared to spend some $$$.
We love Altius, the food, the cocktails, and it’s breath-taking views. But for more affordable dining options, you can head over to Shiloh street (walking distance) for some local tasty eats. We recommend Shiloh Grill, Redbeards for all you can eat wings on Wednesdays, Grandview Bakery for the sweet tooth, and Packs & Dogs for hotdogs, cheese fries, and a wide selection of beers.
Now along Grandview Avenue is where you’ll also find The Saint Mary of the Mount Church. It’s a Catholic Church with the most beautiful view of the city. It’s a popular wedding destination too. We usually witness one whenever we visit.
A few buildings away, you’ll find the Carnegie Library (over 100 years old) which is a Historic Landmark of the city. There is a Haunted Pittsburgh Incline Ghost Tour that features this library as one of its stops. Let’s just say I wouldn’t dare go in there at night. Hahaha!
There are also two Incline stations in the area where you can ride cable-powered inclines to go up and down Mount Washington with amazing Pittsburgh views. The closest in this area, next to Altius Restaurant is the Duquesne Incline. For about $5 USD (round trip), you can ride the incline to go up and down Mount Washington. It’s similar to the tram at Victoria Peak in Hong Kong but slower and, if I remember correctly, shorter. The other incline is the Monongahela Incline. It’s closer to the Station Square entertainment area.
That’s it for today’s visit, folks. Remember to visit Mount Washington if you’re ever in the City of Pittsburgh. It’s a must-see for locals and tourists alike.