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Visitor Guides to Pittsburgh

See also: Walking Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Neighborhoods

Guide Books

City-Smart Guidebook: Pittsburgh.
F159.P63 C48x 1999
In 1999, a national travel series finally came out with a book on Pittsburgh. Written by Doina Locke and published by John Muir Publications.
Fifield, Barringer
Seeing Pittsburgh
F159.P63 F54 1996
A collection of walking and driving architectural tours written and photographed by two non-Pittsburghers. A great way to explore the city! From the University of Pittsburgh Press.
Fineberg, Louis
3 Rivers on 2 Wheels
"An Explorer's Guide to Urban Pittsburgh"
PENNA q GV1045.5.P42 P57 2002x
A compilation of 10 self-guided bicycle tours offering intimate encounters with Pittsburgh¹s most diverse neighborhoods and eclectic architecture, 3 Rivers on 2 Wheels encourages and advises visitors and residents to explore the city¹s storied past and celebrated transformation by bicycle. Written by Louis , a Pittsburgh resident who leads bike tours for the Berkeley, California-based adventure travel company Backroads. (May 2002)
Insider's Guide to Pittsburgh
F159.P63 I57 2008 4th ed.
Published by Globe Pequot Press, this book is geared to new residents.
Moon Handbooks: Pittsburgh
F159.P63 M66x 2011 2nd ed.
Pittsburgh is beginning to go mainstream. This Moon handbook is written by Dan Eldridge, a Pittsburgher since the early 1990s.
Pilecki, Michelle
Quick Escapes Pittsburgh: 25 Weekend Getaways from the Steel City
F159.P63 P55 2001
This Quick Escape guide details 26 diverse minivacations within driving distance of Pittsburgh from New York's Finger Lakes to West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest. Great for Pittsburghers!
Pittsburgh for Kids: A Guidebook and Directory for Grownups and Kids
j F159.P63 P64 1999x
Compiled and edited by Karrol Bachman and the McEwan Open School. This is the 1999 version of a classic guidebook for families with kids in the Pittsburgh region.
Rich/Poor Man's Guide to Pittsburgh
TX907.3.P42 P584x 10th ed.
The 10th edition of this classic guide to Pittsburgh restaurants and food by Dorothy Miller. Also contains 10 terrific day trips. Order online from Know Where to Go Pittsburgh. They also offer a Pittsburgh Walking Map.
Reid, Brian K.
The Guide to Living in Pittsburgh: A Narrative for New Pittsburghers
F159.P63 R4 2000x
The 9th Edition (2000) of a guide book published by the graduate student organization of the School of Computer Science of Carnegie Mellon University.
Routes to Roots
F159.P63 R68 2004x
Produced by the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, this Driving Guide is organized into five driving routes named for the region's famous rivers--the Ohio, Beaver, Monongahela, Youghiogheny, Allegheny and Kiskiminetas. Routes to Roots begins each of the driving routes with an introduction telling the area's history and describing its unique character. Other features include maps, points of interest, local festivals and events, community profiles, itineraries, and useful information such as addresses, hours, admission, and telephone numbers. This book is available for purchase online from the Rivers of Steel website.
Toker, Franklin
Pittsburgh: A New Portrait
F159.P64 T65 2009
Franklin Toker has updated his Pittsburgh: An Urban Portrait. Read the Wall Street Journal review A City At the Summit.
Where the Locals Eat: Pittsburgh: The 100 Best Restaurants
PENNA TX907.3.P42 P594 2008x
Whether you are a local, a tourist, or passionate foodie, this comprehensive guide provides the ultimate culinary snapshot of the steel city, from German and Italian to the finest steak houses, sushi bars and New American hot spots.
Whirlwind Walk: Architecture and Urban Spaces in Downtown Pittsburgh
PENNA F159.P63 W55 2011x
Updated and expanded, Whirlwind Walk is the first fully-illustrated comprehensive walking tour guidebook to many of the principal buildings and public spaces in downtown Pittsburgh. Published by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation.


Rick Sebak and WQED have produced wonderful TV programs about Pittsburgh and its neighborhoods in their Pittsburgh History Series. All of those videos are available in the library.

Sebak, Rick
Downtown Pittsburgh
1992 documentary focusing on the buildings, history and people of downtown Pittsburgh, the Golden Triangle.
Sebak, Rick
The Mon, the Al & the O

This 1993 documentary looks at Pittsburgh's three rivers: the Monongahela, the Allegheny, and the Ohio. Features stories from the rivers' past and visits with individuals whose work is on or along the rivers.
Sebak, Rick
North Side Story
(DVD) F159.P66 N675 2005x
A 1997 tour of Pittsburgh's historic North Side, formerly the city of Allegheny. Some of the places included are: the Mexican War Streets, Allegheny West, Manchester, Fineview, and Spring Garden neighborhoods; National Aviary; H.J. Heinz Plant; Andy Warhol Museum; Mattress Factory; Three Rivers Stadium; Pittsburgh Children's Museum; Allegheny Branch of the Carnegie Library; Penn Brewery; and Allegheny Observatory.
Sebak, Rick
Something About Oakland
(DVD) F159.P66 O357 2007x
This video from 2000 features: Schenley Park, Phipps Conservatory, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Forbes Field and several local shops and restaurants.
Sebak, Rick
South Side
(DVD) F159.P66 S6776 2006x
This 1998 documentary tours the Pittsburgh, Pa. neighborhood and features Carson Street, designated a "Great American Main Street." Provides interviews with current residents and store owners, and describes the area's history, including its former steel mills and glass works.
Sebak, Rick
The Strip Show
(DVD) F159.P66 S777 2004x
Come along on a fascinating tour of Pittsburgh's colorful and delicious Strip District. Go shopping on Saturday morning, check out good spots for breakfast, meet many of the merchants, taste lots of ethnic specialties, and reveal some of the forgotten history of this neighborhood.

Pittsburgh Websites

    At this website from the Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau one can book hotels, theaters, and restaurants.
  • City of Pittsburgh
    The official municipal website provides a portal for residents and visitors.
  • The CollegeCity
    Created in collaboration with Pittsburgh Council for Higher Education (PCHE) and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, CollegeCity shows you the advantages of attending college in a culture-rich region such as Pittsburgh, with multiple industries and a myriad of internship opportunities that enrich the college experience and better prepare a student for life beyond college.
  • Imagine Pittsburgh
    Imagine what you can do here! One of the safest cities and a top adventure town.
  • Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
    The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust website will give you the latest information on what cultural events are happening downtown.
  • Pittsburgh Magazine
    The website has sections on: Eat & Drink, Culture, Shopping, Health, Travel, Sports, Business & Education, Home & Garden, and Weddings.
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Travel Videos
    Discover what western Pennsylvania has to offer through travel videos – brought to you by a partnership between and Discover Pittsburgh Country.
  • Pop City
    PopCity covers the city neighborhoods of Downtown, East Liberty, Friendship & Penn Avenue Arts District, Lawrenceville, North Side, Oakland, Shadyside, South Side, Squirrel Hill, and The Strip District.
  • WQED: It's Pittsburgh
    Rick Sebak has a new weekly show called "It's Pittsburgh and a lot of other stuff" airing Wednesdays at 7:30pm.
  • Pittsburgh
    Area guide run by local Pittsburgh residents offers attractions, events calendar, pictures, links, and travel info, plus coverage of surrounding Pennsylvania counties.
  • Burgh Bits & Bites Food & Walking Tours
    Take a tour of the Strip District, a fantastic food destination.
  • Living Pittsburgh
    Whether you're a college student strapped for cash or a family trying to make ends meet, a new retiree or a young professional trying to save for the future, will help you get more bang for your buck in the 'Burgh!


  • Huffington Post: Why Pittsburgh Is A Hidden Travel Gem
    "There's no place quite like Pittsburgh, an implausible and affable place of distinct and likeable neighborhoods, littered across a series of steep Southwestern Pennsylvania hills and secluded hollows, perched on cliffs and huddled down by its famed three rivers." George Hobica in this March 1, 2012 article lists eight great reasons to visit Pittsburgh.
  • New York Times: Pittsburgh
    • 36 Hours in Pittsburgh
      "PITTSBURGH has undergone a striking renaissance from a down-and-out smokestack to a gleaming cultural oasis. But old stereotypes die hard, and Pittsburgh probably doesn’t make many people’s short list for a cosmopolitan getaway. Too bad, because this city of 89 distinct neighborhoods is a cool and — dare I say, hip—city. There are great restaurants, excellent shopping, breakthrough galleries and prestigious museums. The convergence of three rivers and surrounding green hills also make it a surprisingly pretty urban setting." This is a July 6, 2008 article from the New York Times by Jeff Schlegel.
  • Washington Post: With my iPhone alone, I'm apped to travel
    Travel with Ross Arbes to Pittsburgh using only an iPhone for guidance. (May 16, 2010)

National Websites