Best places to view the Pittsburgh skyline

“The City of Bridges” skyline frequently ranks right up there amongst the best in the US. With 446 bridges, the city claims the title of “Bridge Capital of the World.” Many of these stunning architectural wonders can be enjoyed at various overlooks and 3 can even be walked across! Pittsburgh is also known as the City of 3 Rivers. The Allegheny and the Monongahela join the Ohio River at historic Point State Park. “The City of Steel” easily ranks as one of the country’s most impressive cityscapes. Fortunately, there are plenty of free overlooks to view the incredible Pittsburgh skyline.

Tourists and locals alike have been making their way up the historic Duquesne Incline to take in the enchanting city scape for decades. Fortunately, there is more than one way to take in the mesmerizing Pittsburgh skyline. Below are 5 great destinations for anyone who love a great skyline.

West End overlook

Beautiful city views at the West End Overlook Park in Pittsburgh

Although this small park in the Elliott neighborhood does not offer many amenities, the view is fabulous and the vibe is tranquil. Be sure to visit on a cloudy day as it is near impossible to take a great photo on a sunny day. From here, you can enjoy a picture-perfect view of the 3 rivers and the iconic Point State Park fountain. Views are fabulous both day and night, so plan a trip both times to take advantage of the stunning, yet drastically different cityscape. The highlight of this park is the absence of heavy tourist traffic.

  • Address: Marlow St, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
  • Note: Parking is free along the street.
  • What to do nearby: Explore the quirky Bicycle Heaven, “the world’s largest bicycle museum & shop.”

Duquesne Incline at Mt. Washington

Pittsburgh skyline views at night via The Duquesne Incline

Since being restored in 1963 (the cable car ride originally opened in 1877), the Duquesne Incline has been a favorite of both locals and tourists. From the top of 400 foot Mt. Washington, you will enjoy a panoramic view of the stadiums, the famous Fort Pitt bridge, and downtown skyscrapers. Although you could drive up the road to Mt. Washington, it’s a lot more fun to take the cable car (at least once!). Views are stunning anytime, but even more magical at night! Do take the opportunity to ride one of the few remaining inclines in the country! Bonus – at the top there is a small history museum & gift shop.

  • Address: 1197 W Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  • Note: Cash (exact fare) only – $2.50 each way. Parking is $5 for 2 hrs.
  • What to do nearby: Enjoy a night of dining and entertainment at Station Square. This popular tourist destination is home to a number of popular chains i.e. Hard Rock Cafe and Buca di Beppo.

North Shore Riverfront Park

Gorgeous views of the Pittsburgh skyline via the Northshore Riverfront Park bike trail

This small park on the banks of the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers is located across from downtown Pittsburgh, so the views are quiet spectacular. The best way to take in the scenery is via a ride on the paved bike trail (it’s mostly flat and goes on for about 10 miles). Asides grand views of the city, there are several notable tourists sites along the route. From a Mr. Rodgers memorial, to a WWII Memorial, to Heinz Stadium and PNC Park, there is a bit of something for everyone along this trail, whether your interest lies in history, sports, or entertainment. Note – The Water Steps is a beautiful art display along the route.

  • Address: 9 Mazeroski Way. Pittsburgh, PA 15233
  • Parking is metered. Free on Sundays.
  • What to do nearby: Explore The Carnegie Science Center.

Allegheny Landing Park

Great views of the Pittsburgh skyline via Alleghany Landing Park

While this tiny park is not worth going out of your way for, it’s a great add on activity if you are already in the area. The park is located between the Roberto Clemente and Andy Warhol Bridges. In addition to the Rachel Carson bridge, these 3 gold painted, nearly identical bridges are referred to as the “Three Sisters.” Amenities at this park include a boat launch and a few dining tables. Grab a coffee from a nearby local roaster and enjoy the pretty scenery. Also, there are a few art sculptures to enjoy. As a plus, you can easily walk across the Andy Warhol bridge (the views are magnificent!) and visit other nearby sites of interest.

What to do nearby: Check out The Andy Warhol museum, one of the largest single-artist museum destinations.

Grandview Overlook

Fall foliage at Grandview overlook in Pittsburgh, PA

Grandview is located atop Mt. Washington near the 2 inclines. This overlook is much more popular than West End, and thus, the vibe is not quite as peaceful. However, there is more to do in the area including various restaurants offering great food and even better views of the city. The views are pretty both day and night. It costs nothing to visit so be sure to take advantage of this free sightseeing hotspot both day and night. If you are looking for a budget friendly alternative to the Incline, Grandview is the perfect choice.

What to do nearby: Take a quick drive over to the Cultural District. This section of downtown is home to a number of restaurants, coffeehouses, and theaters.