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Steel Away to Pittsburgh for a look at Industrial Heritage

Founded on March 18, 1816, the City of Pittsburgh is celebrating its 201st birthday. The city forged its history at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers. In the early 1800s, the city garnered a reputation for its dramatic industrial development, boasting glass factories, breweries, iron mills and a steam engine factory. Enter Andrew Carnegie, who would help build the formidable American steel trade. Carnegie recognized the pollution of his billion-dollar enterprise and compensated by sharing his financial generosity. Carnegie helped establish libraries, institutions of higher learning, art museums and concert halls. The rivers that once birthed Pittsburgh are now like moving highways, transforming its identify and landing itself on National Geographic Traveler's list of the world's must-see places to visit. With its industrial past long concluded, this western PA city has reclaimed its natural assets, celebrated the artistic and cultural donations of Carnegie and other benefactors, and repurposed its industrial past. The rivers once polluted by mills and factories now mark a region driven by technology, science/health-care innovation and higher education. Pittsburghers now enjoy the perks of urban living amid a dramatic, reclaimed landscape as well as a rich arts and cultural tradition that bespeaks a much larger city. 

The city is home to:

  • The Mattress Factory located in the Mexican War Streets historic district, a former industrial building is now home to a museum of contemporary art.
  • The Andy Warhol Museum that houses an extensive collection of the often-controversial pop art pioneer.
  • Primanti Brothers - a restaurant known for its sandwiches that include French fries on them.
  • Inclines that are still operational - the Duquesne Incline and Monongahela Incline
  • Station Square a complex of refurbished historic railway buildings now offers entertainment, specialty shops and iconic restaurants.
  • Bridges - more than 440 with 30 bridges crossing the three rivers.
  • The Point where the three rivers meet. 
  • Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Three major sports teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • The Gateway Clipper that offers riverboat cruises around the waterways, natural resources, and vibrant communities that made Pittsburgh - a.k.a. the "Gateway to the West" - such an ideal industrial hub.

This is only a small sample of what Pittsburgh and the surrounding area has to offer. Visit www.visitpittsburgh.com for more information on things to do. Plan a stay at a nearby Bed & Breakfast. 

PA Inns Nearby

Stay at One of These Great Inns

The Parador Inn

Pittsburgh
Parador Inn
A Caribbean-style Bed and Breakfast

The Parador Bed and Breakfast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania offers an excellent choice for accommodations other than the boring box hotels.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 1.5mi

Mansion at Maple Heights

Pittsburgh
Mansion at Maple Heights
The Grandeur of 1903 is Reborn

A turn of the century English Manor home welcomes you to Pittsburgh’s Shadyside.

Average Rate: 
$200 - $299
Distance: 4mi

The Mellor House Bed & Breakfast

Pittsburgh
The Mellor House
Queen Anne style Victorian B&B near Pittsburgh

Our Victorian home was built in 1891 constructed in the Queen Anne style characterized by a steeply pitched roof, fluted chimneys and ornamental woodwork.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 6.2mi

Oak Noggin Bed & Breakfast, LLC

Jefferson Hills
Oak Noggin
A Charming Log Home near Pittsburgh

The logs of our reconstructed log cabin date back two centuries.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 9.4mi

Armstrong Farms Bed and Breakfast

Saxonburg
Armstrong Farms
Award winning country B&B in unspoiled setting

Armstrong Farms is a 7th generation Pennsylvania Century Farm built in 1816 specializing in weddings.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 22.4mi

Robertshaw Country House

Greensburg
Robertshaw House
Colonial Revival Style House with Great Attention to Detail

Built in 1931, The Robertshaw Country House is an exquisite example of a Colonial Revival style house with great attention to detail and fine craftsmanship.  Amidst the natural beauty of the gr

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 25.7mi

Chapel Valley Estate Bed & Breakfast

Ellwood City
Chapel Valley
An unforgettable stay in an unforgettable setting…

Experience the charm of a rural Western Pennsylvania farmhouse completely remodeled in 2003.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 30.2mi

Montgomery Mansion Bed & Breakfast

Claysville
Montgomery Mansion Bed & Breakfast
Elegant, ornate & historic Victorian Bed and Breakfast p

Beautifully restored 1870's Victorian Mansion located 35 minutes southwest of Pittsburgh and minutes from Wheeling, West Virginia.

Average Rate: 
$100 - $199
Distance: 30.5mi