Written by Justin Mewse
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a vibrant city with something to offer visitors year-round. From its diverse cultural scene and rich history to its beautiful parks, thriving sports culture, and unique culinary offerings, Pittsburgh is a destination that can be enjoyed in every season. Whether you’re exploring the city’s museums and landmarks, taking in panoramic views from Mount Washington, indulging in local cuisine, or enjoying outdoor activities in its parks and rivers, there’s always something to see and do in Pittsburgh, no matter the time of year.
Visiting in the Spring
Visiting Pittsburgh in the spring is a delightful experience with temperatures ranging from 10-20°C. Some popular options include visiting Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to witness the blooming flowers, exploring the city’s numerous parks such as Schenley Park and Point State Park for outdoor recreation, biking or strolling along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, and taking in the scenic views of the city from Mount Washington. Additionally, Pittsburgh hosts various spring events and festivals, including arts and music festivals, food truck rallies, and outdoor markets, providing ample opportunities for cultural enrichment and entertainment.
Visiting in the Summer
During the summer, Pittsburgh experiences warm and humid weather, with temperatures typically ranging from 20-30°C. Summer in Pittsburgh is a vibrant season with a variety of activities to enjoy. Some popular options include exploring the city’s many parks and riverfronts, attending outdoor concerts and festivals, visiting the PPG Aquarium, taking a scenic river cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet, enjoying water activities like kayaking or paddleboarding on the three rivers, and indulging in the city’s diverse culinary scene with outdoor dining options. Pittsburgh’s summer also offers opportunities for sports enthusiasts to catch a baseball game at PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, or enjoy recreational sports like hiking, biking, and golfing in the surrounding area.
If you’re feeling ultra-adventurous, take a day trip along part of The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) that begins at Point State Park and leads you to Cumberland in Maryland. The GAP then connects up to the C&O Canal Towpath that leads all the way to Washington D.C.
Visiting in the Autumn
Fall in Pittsburgh sees temperatures between 10-20°C and is known for its stunning foliage as the leaves change colour, creating a picturesque landscape. There are plenty of activities to enjoy during this time of year, including visiting the city’s parks such as Frick Park and Highland Park to take in the autumn scenery, indulging in fall-themed treats at local bakeries and cafes, exploring the many pumpkin patches and apple orchards in the surrounding area, attending harvest festivals and farmers’ markets, and enjoying seasonal events such as Oktoberfest celebrations and Halloween festivities.
Visiting in the Winter
Pittsburgh experiences cold weather in the winter with temperatures typically ranging from -2 to 8°C. Winter in Pittsburgh can be chilly with occasional snowfall, creating a cosy atmosphere and offering a unique range of activities to enjoy. Some popular options include ice-skating at the city’s outdoor rinks, such as PPG Place’s MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink, taking in the festive holiday lights and decorations around the city, attending winter-themed events and festivals, visiting the Wintergarden at PPG Place with its dazzling holiday displays, and enjoying indoor attractions such as museums, galleries, and theatres. Additionally, Pittsburgh’s proximity to the nearby Laurel Highlands provides opportunities for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding at resorts such as Seven Springs and Hidden Valley.
While the venue features exhibitions and performances year-round, escape the cold and head to the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. Named after the Pulitzer-prize winning playwright and Pittsburgh native, August Wilson, the AWAACC is a multi-purpose venue including art galleries, a performance theater, an education centre sharing the rich culture of the African diaspora.
Spend Time in Pittsburgh With These Recommended Tour Itineraries
8-Day East Coast Cities & Amish Country
Explore the best of Pennsylvania’s cities – Pittsburgh, Gettysburg, Lancaster and Philadelphia and the surrounding landscapes on this road trip.
Why we love this trip…
Stay in 4 hotels including the boutique Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty
Check out the innovative secret drinking clubs introduced during Prohibition days
Immerse yourself in Pittsburgh’s cool theatre scene
Learn about The Battle of Gettysburg
Have an authentic Amish experience in Lancaster
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Price includes 7 nights accommodation, car hire picked up after Pittsburgh stay and flights into Pittsburgh and return from Philadelphia
4-Day Only In The ‘Burgh
Welcome to Pittsburgh – the city of bridges, champions, and many firsts! This sample itinerary showcases a variety of popular “only in the ‘Burgh” experiences.
Why we love this trip idea…
Take a ride on of the Duquesne Incline
Fill your belly at Pamela’s – voted ‘Best Breakfast in Pittsburgh’
Delight in a visit to the Heinz History Center
Grab a traditional “sammich” at Primanti Bros.
Explore the river on a kayak or head out to nearby Butler County for a jeep tour
** View the Largest Collection of Warhol’s Iconic Artworks at the Andy Warhol Museum **
Price includes 3 nights accommodation at The Even Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown and return flights
6-Day Explore Pittsburgh
Explore Pittsburgh in a flexible yet comprehensive way with a stay at DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Downtown.
Why we love this trip…
Learn about the city’s art, history, and architecture with the Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour
Take the guided Pittsburgh Bike & Brewery Tour around the city’s historic districts
Tick off a mix of lesser-known sights and iconic attractions on a ghost tour
Visit Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Spend an evening at the riverfront entertainment complex at Station Square
** Discover Pittsburgh Your Way **
Prices From £1,835pp
Price includes 5 nights accommodation at DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Downtown, Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour, Bike & Brewery Tour, Ghost Tour, return flights with British Airways
5-Day Pittsburgh Break
Spend 4 nights staying at the fabulous boutique Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty and experience the best of the ‘Steel City’.
Why we love this trip…
Visit the Carnegie Museums
Enjoy panoramic views of Pittsburgh’s skyline from the top of Mount Washington
Stroll through the bustling streets of the Strip District for art galleries and street murals
Catch a game at PNC Park or Heinz Field
See the exotic plants and serene Japanese garden at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
** Beautifully-Restored Hotel Break **
Prices From £912pp
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