Hotel at a Glance: Home2 Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh/McCandless
This stylish hotel is only a short drive from downtown Pittsburgh's attractions, which include the Carnegie Museums, art galleries, and colonial-era landmarks. Somehow, it still manages to feel like a home away from home. Inside, suites are decked out in bold crimson and canary hues, and each has a full kitchen equipped with Energy Star appliances. Other eco-friendly initiatives include an indoor saline pool. The outdoor patio is a good place to chill at night in front of the fire pit, or to cook out on the barbecue grills.
- Breakfast of champions: The hotel's complimentary breakfast, served from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday–Friday and 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday–Sunday, includes signature sandwiches, make-your-own Belgian waffles, baked goods, and cereal.
- Take a dip: The hotel has a heated indoor saline pool.
- New spin on exercise: At the onsite Spin2 Cycle Center, you can work out on a stationary bike or treadmill while doing free laundry.
- Cultural attractions nearby: The Andy Warhol Museum features thousands of pop-art paintings, sculptures, and photos by the Pittsburgh native, including his iconic Marilyn Monroe portrait.
- Bridge the gap: Check out Pittsburgh's hundreds of bridges, which span the Allegheny, Ohio, and Monongahela Rivers.
- Eat like a local: Fill up on fresh prosciutto and French-fry-topped sandwiches in the Strip District, or homemade schnitzel, pretzels, and potato pancakes in Deutschtown.
- Shop 'til you drop: About 2 miles away, Ross Park Mall has more than 150 shops, including Nordstrom, Tiffany, and Louis Vuitton.
- Game time: Downtown, baseball fans can cheer on the Pirates at PNC Park, while hockey enthusiasts will enjoy a Penguins game at Consol Energy Center. Both arenas are about 10 miles from the hotel.
Downtown Pittsburgh: History and Culture in the Golden Triangle
Downtown Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers. Known as the Golden Triangle, this wedge of waterfront real estate is where the city's cultural, financial, and historic districts converge. Take a stroll through the area or navigate the more than 20 miles of bike trails to discover art galleries, historic buildings, and shiny skyscrapers home to corporate powerhouses such as United States Steel and PNC bank.
For a quick survey of the Steel City's nearly 250-year history, you can go on a walking tour from the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. Expert guides will fill you in on Pittsburgh's architecture and will reenact Gen. Washington's famous victory break dance at forts constructed during the American Revolution.
A short cab ride brings you to the city's Oakland neighborhood, where you'll find art and history museums as well as the Phipps Conservatory. This elaborate, Victorian-style greenhouse showcases 17 botanical gardens, both in the steel-and-glass structure and on the grounds surrounding it.
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