This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh, located in western Pennsylvania near the border of Ohio, is intersected by two rivers with more than four hundred bridges connecting parts of the city, which is why it’s sometimes known as the “City of Bridges.” Pittsburgh is spread out over a large area divided into five main districts -- Downtown, the North Side, the South Side, the West End, and the East End. The best view of the city is from a cable car ride up the side of Mount Washington, which overlooks the city from the South Side.
Hostels in Pittsburgh are located in the East End and are usually pretty relaxed and are good places to get a restful night’s sleep. There are several museums and parks in the East End and neighboring Downtown area to check out. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History houses the largest collection of dinosaur skeletons in the world. The Andy Warhol Museum is just on the other side of the Downtown area across the Andy Warhol Bridge, which spans the Allegheny River. The largest parks in the East End are Schenley Park, Frick Park, and Highland Park. The scenic, nineteenth-century Allegheny Cemetery lies to the north.
At night the city’s pubs are filled with hordes of college students who attend the many universities located throughout Pittsburgh. Shadyside is an interesting neighborhood in the East End frequented by Carnegie Mellon students. Downtown, the Cultural District (which is in front of the Andy Warhol Bridge) and Market Square are the main hubs for clubs and lounges.