Having never been to Pittsburgh before, we were instantly amazed at how beautiful, both architecturally and naturally, the city is. From towering bridges to green, rolling hills, Pittsburgh is a photographers (and Instagrammers) dream.
While it truly was hard to narrow down our list to only ten spots, we’ve compiled our ten favorite “most Instagrammable spots” in the “Burgh”!
10. MILLIE’S ICE CREAM
I mean, who doesn’t love to ‘gram’ a sweet treat?! Millie’s is a made-from-scratch, small-batch, all natural ice cream shop that’s as cute and Instagrammable as it is delicious. Just make sure to snap the picture before the ice cream melts!
9. PRIMANTI BROTHERS
Known for their signature sandwiches filled with grilled meat, melted cheese, coleslaw, tomatoes and french fries, the Primanti Brothers is #foodiegoals! With multiple locations throughout the city, you have ample chances to get the shot (and eat it, too)!
8. MARKET SQUARE
Located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, Market Square is a hub for locals and tourists alike with many restaurants, bars, and shops. The towering, symmetrical reflective buildings glisten in the daylight, making it a picture-perfect photo opp. (If the weather is warm, we dare you to jump in the fountain!)
One of Pittsburgh’s most celebrated and beloved artists, Randy Gilson, opens his Randyland courtyard (nearly everyday between 10:00am and 7:00pm) for visitors to explore and photograph his creative, eccentric, and ever changing public art displays. It’s colorful and random and quintessential for your “Instagram Flow”. ;)
6. THE ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM
Not only is The Andy Warhol Museum absolutely fascinating (you’ll want to devote at least a couple of hours to explore), but it’s also extremely instagrammable. While you’re not allowed to use a flash, you’re more than welcome to take pictures… and you’ll be tempted to snap a pic (or two) in front of every wall.
5. POINT STATE PARK
This National Historic Landmark and park has absolutely stunning views of the city and the surrounding rivers. Point State Park is one of the most iconic places in downtown Pittsburgh, and it’s easy to see why. Snap a pic by the famous fountain, and stay for the sunset. It’s magical!
4. MATTRESS FACTORY
A contemporary art museum with whimsical, eccentric, and progressive art installations, there isn’t a room in The Mattress Factory that isn’t Instagrammable. Two of our favorite exhibitions for taking pictures are the Repetitive Vision Room and the Infinity Dots Mirrored Room, both by the celebrated artist Yayoi Kosama.
3. THE PENNSYLVANIAN (UNION STATION)
Originally constructed in 1900 for use as Pittsburgh’s Union Station, The Pennsylvanian is now one of the city’s most sought-after wedding destinations, and rightfully so. Its handcrafted, dome-shaped rotunda is as awe-inspiring in person as it is in photos.
2. THE BRIDGES
You can’t visit Pittsburgh without snapping a photo on a bridge (or two, or three!), because after all, there are 446 of them, and it is the “City of Bridges”! Some of the most iconic bridges are the Roberto Clemente Bridge, the Andy Warhol Bridge, and the Rachel Carson Bridge, known collectively as the Three Sisters, and happen to be the only trio of identical bridges in the US! Also not to be missed are the Fort Pitt Bridge, Smithfield Street Bridge, the Hot Metal Bridge, and the 16th Street Bridge. But no matter what bridge you choose, you’re bound to get an epic photo!
1. DUQUESNE INCLINE
Number one on our list is the 140-year-old Duquesne Incline, named by USA Today as one of the “10 Most Beautiful Views in America”! Take a ride on the picturesque funicular, then enjoy the extraordinary views of downtown Pittsburgh from their breathtaking overlook. It’s what we like to call, “Instagram gold”!
Did we miss any spots? Let us know if you have any favorite “Instagrammable” places in Pittsburgh that we should check out next time!