Visit Pittsburgh 2022-03-01T17:54:16-04:00

Visit Pittsburgh for the NEC

Explore What Pittsburgh Has to Offer

Biking along Allegheny River

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Have some free time during NEC? Want to extend your stay and explore the city? Check out what Pittsburgh has to offer and learn about additional attractions, restaurants and shopping opportunities.

As authentic as it is awesome, the strength of Pittsburgh lies in the friendliness of its people and the beauty of its landscape. Add award-winning chefs, eclectic art galleries, one-of-a-kind venues and world-class attractions all conveniently located within walking distance of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, and you’ll find that Pittsburgh makes for one of the most ideal meeting destinations in the country.

From its contemporary architectural build, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center was the first Platinum LEED-certified convention center in the United States. On the cutting edge of design, this innovative structure connects the urban city to the waterfront overlooking the Allegheny River. A cascading waterfall and walkway lead to 24 miles of riverfront trails and access to river cruises aboard the Gateway Clipper. The architecturally stunning building symbolizes this region’s commitment to sustainable development and environmental awareness.

A safe, walkable Downtown, through the Cultural District, allows delegates plenty of free-time options. Pittsburgh is packed with possibilities and boasts 200+ restaurants within easy walking distance of the SGMP’s conference hotel the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown. Nightlife features walkable hot spots in Market Square, as well as the North Shore, just a short walk across one of the three sister bridges. Pittsburgh’s rolling hills, shimmering rivers and stunning skyline will delight meeting planners and attendees alike.

Downtown Pittsburgh and Points of Interest

Duquesne Incline

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Whether you’re an outdoor adventurer, sports fan or night owl, Pittsburgh has it all. Explore the area before or after the NEC – Pittsburgh has numerous parks, live music, sports, waterways, museums and more. To see the best view in town, ride the Duquesne Incline to Mount Washington and enjoy the historical museum at the top.

While spending time in Pittsburgh, it’s hard to miss that famous skyline view. A ride on the historic Monongahela and Duquesne Inclines is a great way to experience the cityscape on a budget. Pose for photos at the top of Mt. Washington, then enjoy a bite to eat at one of the restaurants with great city views. Wander the Strip District, a neighborhood that is authentic Pittsburgh with its repurposed warehouses and factories – now start-ups and tech offices. Or, take a ’Burgh Bits & Bites food tour to sample cuisines from around the world, all sourced by locally-owned businesses.

The Senator John Heinz History Center, a Smithsonian affiliate, is devoted to the history and heritage of Western Pennsylvania. With exhibits, events and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, this attraction’s interactive environment appeals to visitors of all ages. The History Center also operates the iconic Fort Pitt Museum at Point State Park. Several other world-class museums set Pittsburgh apart.

The Carnegie Museum of Art houses an outstanding collection of contemporary pieces that include film and video, plus American art from the late 19th century, decorative works, sculpture and more. The attached Carnegie Museum of Natural History, often called the “Home of the Dinosaurs,” has North America’s third-largest collection of fossil vertebrates. The August Wilson African American Culture Center is a home for visual and performing arts, storytelling, and exchange around African American culture and the African Diaspora. The Andy Warhol Museum tells the story of the pop artist born in Pittsburgh, with seven floors of gallery and exhibition space. The National Aviary is the nation’s only indoor bird zoo, with more than 150 species on display.

Experience Pittsburgh on the water aboard the Gateway Clipper fleet. Its paddle and open-air riverboats sail daily. Take a dining cruise or a sightseeing tour for an overview of the city that highlights significant architecture, landmarks and the stunning skyline.

There’s no doubt about it, Pittsburgh is a sports town. Explore PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Heinz Field, where enthusiastic fans wave Terrible Towels in support of the Pittsburgh Steelers or PPG Paints Arena, home of the five-time Stanley Cup Champions, Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pittsburgh also is known for its dynamic arts and entertainment scene. The Cultural District encompasses 14-squareblocks Downtown with nine world-class theaters, art installations and numerous galleries. In the heart of Downtown, Market Square is a gathering place for locals and a hub for old and new restaurants, as well as free outdoor happenings such as concerts, markets and events.

Check out the Pittsburgh Event Calendar for more things to do during your time in the area.

Nearby Restaurants & Eateries

A foodie town, you’ll find many chef-driven during your stay in Pittsburgh, including the hotel’s 3 Rivers Restaurant and Lounge. Check nearby out the Prantl’s Bakery, Eddie Merlot’s, The Yard, and Bae Bae’s Kitchen. Even more options abound around the city’s Market Square.

View all of the local restaurants,craft breweries, bars, distilleries, wineries and more, and be sure to check out their health protocols on dining.

Health Information and Additional Resources

Pittsburgh Global Health and Safety Guidelines are available for your information.