About Nick E
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Oct. 2013
50-64 year old male
I am a professional travel writer and have always preferred independent budget travel, making use of public transport and discovering the local way of life wherever I go. I have been to nearly fifty countries but my "holy triangle" is my native London, Greece and India. I lived in Athens for almost a decade and still visit Greece regularly. I was also based in Pittsburgh for nine years and return to that most underrated city when I get a chance. My total time spent in ever-fascinating India is now over four years and it is always a joy to return. I still cover large parts of Greece, India and the USA for the Rough Guides and occasionally get to go on a busman's holiday to somewhere new.
Historic Sites, Parks, State Parks
Nature & Wildlife Areas, Zoos
Natural History Museums
Gardens, Historic Sites
Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
At the tip of the downtown area, where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio, you'll find Point State Park. This is a great place to orientate yourself, with views of the city's skyscrapers, bridges, sports stadiums, and Mount Washington to soak in. The pleasant green park also contains the 1764 Fort Pitt Brickhouse.
Perhaps Pittsburgh's most famous son — even though he rather disowned the city — Andy Warhol has been honored with what claims to be the largest museum dedicated to a single artist in the world. The six floors of imaginative pop art here will certainly inspire you!
This cutting edge science museum is particularly appealing to kids, featuring loads of interactive exhibits guaranteed to hold their attention. There are also regular shows held at the huge OMNIMAX theater on site.
The National Aviary is a wonderful airy place to visit for anybody with even the slightest interest in ornithology. The vast number of species on display here are divided into areas by biosphere, such as cloud forest, grasslands, wetlands, and tropical rainforest.
Dedicated to the memory of one of the local Heinz food clan who died in a plane crash, this is the best place to get a grasp of Pittsburgh's history. Special attention is paid to immigration and the rich mixture of ethnic groups who helped build the city's industrial reputation.
Originally endowed by steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, this museum has a superb range of exhibits on the natural world, with a particular emphasis on dinosaur remains and geology; including some priceless gems.
Housed in the same stunning neoclassical building as the Museum of Natural History, there is a wealth of art on display here, from Impressionist and post-Impressionist works to creations by modern local and regional American artists.
Set in the extensive leafy surroundings of Schenley Park, the elegant glass and iron structures that make up the Phipps Conservatory contain a huge collection of flora. These are divided into 17 distinct botanical biospheres.
One of the most unique university buildings in the world, this Gothic Revival behemoth towers above Oakland and is visible for miles around. You can take a tour of the 26 distinctive Nationality Rooms showcased here, and ascend the tower for splendid panoramic views.
Tucked down below the massive Cathedral of Learning, the Heinz Memorial Chapel is a favorite venue for weddings (where money is no object) and is famed for its exquisite stained glass windows, which depict various religious, literary, and political luminaries.
This ultra cool modern art center is a showcase for cutting edge creative arts across a variety of media, from cartoons through photography to film-making. There are constantly revolving exhibitions, as well as frequent classes and workshops.
The best part of this cultural complex, tucked in residential East Pittsburgh, is the Frick Art Museum, founded by the same person as its more famous sister gallery in New York City. Despite it being less well known, there is a treasure of art to explore within its walls, especially its collection of European works from the 15th to 19th centuries.
Shadyside is one of the trendiest areas in Pittsburgh for its selection of quirky shops and eateries. While the traditional central strip along Walnut Street still has plenty to offer, those 'in the know' now frequent the places along nearby Ellsworth Avenue.
Located out in the rustic environs of Highland Park, Pittsburgh Zoo houses a wide range of animals, including a rare komodo dragon, and has successfully bred a couple of elephants. The aquarium is also home to a host of fish and other aquatic creatures.
Over the years, South Side has undoubtedly become the most buzzing part of town for nightlife, and so it makes the perfect place to spend a night trying some of the cuisine on offer and checking out a few of the lively bars.