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Pittsburgh Trip in August

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Pittsburgh Trip in August

In our pursuit to see all the Major League Ballparks in our lifetime, a good friend of mine and I will be in Pittsburgh the 1st weekend in August for a Pirates game and hopefully getting to see some of the city.

Our tenative itinerary gets us there sometime early evening on Saturday and see the game on Sunday afternoon, leaving sometime Monday for points west (towards Cincinnati where we'll see a game on that Wedneday).

First off, can anyone recommend a decently priced hotel in the area (no more than $100 per night)? It looks like Pittsburgh is easy enough to get around so price is more of a factor than distance.

Would also be looking for things to do on Sunday after the game and perhaps Monday morning before we head west.

We're both in our 40s and are not bar people but love to see historic places (that St. Anthony's chapel looks interesting) and I personally like weekend fests as well as walking around both city and rural settings.

Thanks!!!

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1. Re: Pittsburgh Trip in August

For hotels, you will be hard pressed to find a hotel using traditional means (travel agents or hotel websites) for less than $100, especially on a Sunday night. Maybe in the airport area, since you are heading west on Monday. But, there have been many reports and I have a couple personal positive experiences with opaque bidding websites (Priceline,Hotwire). There are 3 helpful websites that guide you through this option, identified in this old post. In general, you can get a 4* downtown for around $100-$120/night, which is a good deal, if available.

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My advice is to find a location you could live with an make a reservation that can be cancelled the day of arrival - for example, airport location - and then consider bidding as we get closer to August.

Donegal;PA
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2. Re: Pittsburgh Trip in August

You might enjoy the Strip District in Pittsburgh on Sunday morning before the game. It is an eclectic mix of ethnic food stores, shops, restaurants, street vendors etc. Saturday mornings are the prime time here but Sunday mornings are starting to catch on.

visitpittsburgh.com/essentials/…

The inclines in Pittsburgh are local history so you definitely want to catch a ride on either the Monongahela or Duquesne incline.

Check out Duquesne inlcine here http://www.duquesneincline.org/

and Monongahela Incline on the Station Square site.http://www.stationsquare.com/

The view of the city from one of the observation decks on the top of Mt. Washington is one of the best you will ever have of any city!

The Carnegie Museums are always a good option. http://www.carnegiemuseums.org/

The Heinz History Center may also be of interest to you. You can also check out the Fort Pitt Museum here.

http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/

A $100 per night hotel downtown does not exist but the suggestion by bk is right on. Your two options for under $100 a night will either be 10-15 miles away from the city or booking through through Hotwire, Priceline, etc. You can usually get pretty good deals and you know the general location (range of miles away) and rating.

Edited: 8:55 pm, April 12, 2013
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3. Re: Pittsburgh Trip in August

I laughed out loud when I read "Pittsburgh looks easy to get around." As a transplant to the area who fell in love with this region, I guarantee you- Pittsburgh roads are a maze- bring your GPS. The downtown area is built on a triangle instead of a square, mountains, rivers, bridges and tunnels where one wrong turn will lead you way out of your way. I've found my way around Boston easier than some neighborhoods in Pittsburgh.

If you do go for that $100 hotel out by the airport (10 miles away), you could easily end up in stop and go traffic on the parkway 45 minutes away from the ballpark because of backups at the tunnel.

My personal recommendation is to bite the bullet and get a hotel downtown, on the north shore or in the strip. You'll be happier in the end with a more convenient hotel.

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4. Re: Pittsburgh Trip in August

If you want to visit St Anthony's Chapel upon arrival on Saturday (it is only open till 4:00pm), there is an historic restaurant very nearby on Troy Hill, the "Penn Brewery," on Vinial St in Deutschtown. They have live music on weekends, a working Brewery featuring the local, award winning favorite beer "Penn Pilsner", and authentic German cooking.

Another good place on Saturday nights is Southside and the Southside Works areas. Roughly from S. 12th - S. 28th Sts, mostly along E Carson St, are literally dozens of restaurants and bars, with a Monongahela Riverfront Park (easily accessed at S. 18th St and from behind the "Hofbrahaus" (fun) at the Southside Works Town Square) featuring part of the 3Rivers Heritage Trail system for biking and hiking. You'll find FREE live contemporary music at the stage and fountain in the Town Square here on Saturday evenings in the Summer. There is also a muti-screen Cinema in the Square, and a Bike Rental Kiosk. "Emiliano's" (Mexican) and the "DoubleWide Grill" (PubGrub) are both good, casual, inexpensive places to eat on E. Carson St. If you are staying Downtown, this is about a 25-30 min walk, so you might prefer to drive to Southside (or take the 51C Carrick Bus). Plenty of parking in garages at Southside Works (28th & Water St our preferred lot). Rates @$5.00 for dinner on Saturday.

Sunday Morning the "Shiloh Grill," on Mt Washington, has a fun Brunch, and is very highly rated for its locally produced foods and local crowd as well. This place is on Shiloh St, just across from the Upper Monongahela Incline Station on Grandview Ave. There are benches all along Grandview where you can sit and take in the view of the City before Brunch. Then ride the Incline back down to Station Square, and take the Water Taxi over to the Northshore for the Pirates Game at PNC Park.

Plenty of restaurants all around the Stadiums after the Game, if you are looking for Dinner. I recommend the "Wheelhouse Cafe" at the RiversCasino, which offers patio dining right on the riverside; or you might try "Grille 36" (Jerome Bettis' place), on Northshore Dr. If you feel like taking a short walk, you could stroll out the Northshore Trail, along the Allegheny River, to historic Washington's Landing (@20 min walk), where you will find another nice local's spot, "Redfin Blue," at the Marina. Here they serve reasonably priced, casual meals on their outdoor patio, right above the river, as you watch the boats go by below. Often they have live music in the evening, too. Washington's Landing is a park just beyond the Marina. so you can actually walk aorund the whole thing if you want to, then return to the Northshore Trail.

Enjoy your visit to Pittsburgh! Let us know if you have any other questions about your trip.

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5. Re: Pittsburgh Trip in August

If you go for cheap, stay north (Cranberry area) or west (Robinson/airport). Though in heavy traffic there is no "easy" way into the city, it's a little better from I-279 in the north and I-376 from the west, not to mention that there are more accessible side roads (GPS is helpful) in those areas. There's a Red Roof Inn in Robinson on Steubenville Pike (PA-60) that never runs more than about $80 a night. There's also a Comfort Inn, Econolodge, Motel 6 and Travelodge in the Crafton area at the I-79/PA-60 interchange. Farther north in Cranberry is a Motel 6, Super 8, Comfort Inn and Red Roof Inn, plus some larger hotels that may run a little cheaper than similar hotels closer to town.

Columbia, Maryland
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6. Re: Pittsburgh Trip in August

There is a Holiday Inn Express in Bridgeville for about $121. Its off of I79 south about 20 minutes from Pittsburgh. You should have no traffic problems on the days you are there. It will also position you well for your continued trip toward Cincinnati.

Toronto, Canada
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7. Re: Pittsburgh Trip in August

I had some luck in Cranberry township, it's a nice quick drive to downtown.....I paid about $80 with taxes a few years ago...

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8. Re: Pittsburgh Trip in August

I have to disagree with posts #6 and #7. I would not in any way consider commutes all the way from Bridgeville or Cranberry "easy". In game day traffic and considering for the time it takes to find a parking spot- it could easily be an hour commute for Bridgeville and 45 min for Cranberry during congested game day traffic conditions. To a naive visitor they will only see it's 15 miles out and the time quoted by Google Maps and think they will be okay;however 15 miles around bridges, tunnels and the million stop lights on the north shore make it a whole new ball game.

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9. Re: Pittsburgh Trip in August

Several different comments above. I'll offer my perspective. If I were not staying downtown, I'd personally select the airport area and not Cranberry. On a weekend such as when the OP is visiting, traffic can be congested, but not anything like a weekday rush hour commute. Another option is the Best Western Parkway Center which offers reasonable rates and a free shuttle downtown - BUT, I'd still pay the few bucks, bid, and pay for parking.

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10. Re: Pittsburgh Trip in August

When I last visited Pittsburgh to see the Steelers, we ended up biting the bullet and staying at the nearby Hyatt. It's right inbetween Heinz Field where the Steelers play and PNC Park. Pittsburgh was not an easy city to navigate...my GPS kept losing signals in the downtown area. All the best in your quest to see all of the Major League ballparks. How many do you still have to visit?

Edited: 8:36 pm, April 21, 2013
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