The Steel City provides families with an unexpectedly delightful Midwestern getaway. While you maybe haven’t considered Pittsburgh for your next weekend jaunt or a short spring break trip, this city has plenty to offer adults and children alike, making it a worthwhile contender on your travel bucket list.
History and Learning
With more than 250 years of fascinating history, Pittsburgh puts it all on display, welcoming visitors with an array of impressive museums and historic sites.
There are four Carnegie museums in Pittsburgh — the Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center and the Andy Warhol Museum. The latter is likely the most unique out of the group, with the largest collection of Warhol art and archives in the world across seven floors. Explore, touch, interact and create at this world-class museum suitable for all ages.
The Fort Ligonier Museum displays Pittsburgh’s long history and its role in the Seven Years’ War with a new exhibit on the 1758 battle of Loyalhanna.
If you’re short on time, ride the 140-year-old Duquesne Incline car, for not only a historic experience as you learn about this transportation mode’s former life, but also gorgeous views of the Pittsburgh skyline and three rivers.
Of course, there’s no shortage of sports and similar activities in Pittsburgh. PNC Park has been called one of the best baseball stadiums in America for its picturesque views and overall experience. The Pittsburgh Pirates provide a perfect summer’s evening out with the family. Then, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins boast passionate fan bases, so be sure to buy your tickets as soon as you know you’ll be in town for an evening of football or hockey you’ll not soon forget.
Pittsburgh is extremely walkable, and you’ll find you can easily get just about anywhere on foot. Take advantage of the area’s accessibility and enjoy the many outdoor adventures waiting both in the city center and on its outskirts. Point State Park is just a quick walk from downtown and gives you great views of the skyline and river, as well as the sporting arenas with little effort. This is also where the Great Allegheny Passage begins, a 150-mile trail stretching all the way to Maryland and then to Washington, D.C. While you probably don’t want to go quite that far, you can enjoy the many area trails and hiking, as well as the bicycle rentals available throughout the city.
Family travels don’t necessarily need to be in theme parks or resorts with massive kids’ clubs. In fact, more upscale properties across the world cater to both adults and kids, and wellbeing brand Sensei joins the growing trend of family wellness travel. Sensei’s Wellness Science team, led by Dr. Vishal Patel, emphasizes the importance of family travels and exposing young travelers to wellness pursuits. Developing healthy habits at a young age can have long-lasting effects on an individual’s life, and bonding via family trips alleviates some of the main drivers of loneliness and isolation.
Five Tips to Help Minimize Potential Travel Problems
While the United States offers a plethora of bike-friendly destinations, a recent study by personal injury law firm Bader Scott found some counties across the country are far more dangerous than others. Family travelers might be surprised to find many lie in popular vacation states.
Ever dreamed of being a mermaid? Well, your dreams could come true on your next family trip. With March 29 National Mermaid Day, these two resorts offer experiences for guests of all ages to enjoy.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Make Best Western your hotel of choice during spring family travels for a sweet reward. This spring, BWH Hotels offers members of its Best Western Rewards loyalty program the opportunity to earn a free night stay.