Pittsburgh bucket list: Here are 11 things yinz must do

11 things to do in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Whether you’ve lived here your whole life or you’re brand new to Pittsburgh, here are 11 things you need to do in the city.

The Duquesne Incline, one of the few remaining inclines in the country, takes you to the top of Mount Washington – where you get the best view of the Pittsburgh skyline.

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According to its website, it was voted one of the top 10 sites in the world for viewing a cityspace by USA Today.

PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 08: A passenger car travels down the Duquesne Incline on September 8, 2008 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. . (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 08: A passenger car travels down the Duquesne Incline on September 8, 2008 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. . (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


One of the first things a longtime Pittsburgher will tell you to do is to get a sandwich from Primanti Bros.

Primanti Bros. is famous for its sandwiches, which have french fries, coleslaw, melted cheese, tomato slices, and your meat of choice between two slices of Italian bread.

<p>Primanti Bros. offers legendary sandwiches in Pittsburgh.</p>

Primanti Bros. offers legendary sandwiches in Pittsburgh.


The Nationality Rooms, which are in the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning, were designed to represent the culture of various ethnic groups that settled in Allegheny County and are supported by these cultural groups and government, according to the school’s website.

Tours are offered year-round. They are also used as classrooms for university students.

Turkish Nationality Room - Nationality Rooms at the Cathedral of Learning
Turkish Nationality Room - Nationality Rooms at the Cathedral of Learning (University of Pittsburgh/University of Pittsburgh)


If you want to view the city in a creative way, you can take a cruise with the Gateway Clipper Fleet.

You can choose from sightseeing cruises, dining cruises, over 21 cruises and more.

Empress, another ship of the Gateway Clipper Fleet.
Empress, another ship of the Gateway Clipper Fleet.


There’s a lot of reasons why we go to Kennywood Park in the summer: the Phantom’s Revenge, the Thunderbolt, the Jack Rabbit -- but for a lot of people, it’s the park’s famous Potato Patch fries.


Ice skating in the heat of downtown Pittsburgh at “The Rink” at PPG place is something you don’t want to miss out on.

The rink is 67% larger than the Rockefeller Center ice rink, according to its website.

PPG Place, downtown Pittsburgh
PPG Place, downtown Pittsburgh


Cheer on the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins

To feel like a true yinzer, you’re definitely going to want to cheer on one of the three Pittsburgh sports teams!

If you’re heading to Heinz Field, make sure to bring a Terrible Towel with you!


One of the best places to spend your time relaxing in Pittsburgh is at the fountain at Point State Park.

The fountain is located where the Three Rivers meet.

<p>Downtown Pittsburgh skyline aerial view with Fort Duquesne (including a fountain), Point State Park, I-279, Allegheny River (left).</p> <p>Source: Pittsburgh Business Times</p>

Downtown Pittsburgh skyline aerial view with Fort Duquesne (including a fountain), Point State Park, I-279, Allegheny River (left).

Source: Pittsburgh Business Times


Go shopping in the Strip District

The Strip District, also known as just the Strip, is a must-go-to spot.

This area in Pittsburgh is full of a bunch of things to do including grabbing breakfast at Pamela’s, getting new Steelers gear from Yinzers, browsing cheeses at Pennsylvania Macaroni Company and buying some fresh seafood from Wholey’s.

Business owners and city leaders are trying to come up with a solution to the parking problem in the Strip District.
Business owners and city leaders are trying to come up with a solution to the parking problem in the Strip District.


Penn Brewery is one of the earliest pioneers in the American craft movement, according to its website.

They began brewing craft beer back in 1986.


Tucked in the Mexican War Streets on Pittsburgh’s North Side, a burst of color surprises visitors.

Gilson created Randyland, his home and an unconventional art museum.

<p>Randyland is one of Pittsburgh&#39;s most colorful landmarks. Photo credit: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Randyland.jpg" target="_blank">Popscreenshot/Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p>

Randyland is one of Pittsburgh's most colorful landmarks. Photo credit: Popscreenshot/Wikimedia Commons.