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2019 Hotel & Travel Information

Westin Convention Center
1000 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Room rate: $179
Hotel cut-off date: June 28, 2019


Westin Convention Center
Westin Convention Center

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Pittsburgh Airport

Pittsburgh is within 500 miles of more than half the U.S. population and less than a 90-minute flight from 50% of North America’s population. With more than eight million passengers annually, Pittsburgh International Airport gets people to Pittsburgh and Pittsburghers where they need to go, offering more than 50 domestic and international destinations on 13 commercial carriers and more than 170 daily flights.

Airport Transportation

Transportation Network companies Uber and Lyft are now authorized to pick up and drop off passengers at Pittsburgh International Airport. These popular ride-share services are accessed through smartphone or tablet apps.

By Taxi:
One-way fare between Pittsburgh
International Airport and Downtown is about $40. Upon arrival at the airport,
proceed to the landside terminal, lower level, exit through the "commercial"
doors and head toward the taxi stand area on the curb where cabs are waiting.

By Shuttle:
One-way fare between the airport and Downtown is about $27. Reservations can be made online at supershuttle.com or call 800-258-3826. After claiming luggage, proceed to the SuperShuttle customer service counter located on the baggage claim level by the rental car area near Door 4.

By Bus:
Port Authority Transit 28X Airport Flyer
The fare between the airport and Downtown is $2.75 each way. (Note: Exact change is required.) Passengers are responsible for handling their bags when getting on and off the vehicle. Tipping the bus driver is not permitted.

Things To Do

Pittsburgh has been named one of the best places in the world to visit, over and over again. There are so many ways to tour and sightsee around the city of Pittsburgh. You can take a tour by bike, trolley, boat, bus or Segway, or go old fashioned and explore on your own two feet. Learn about the culture of Pittsburgh though food, shopping, and exploring the 90+ neighborhoods that make up our city. If you're a sports fan, you will love the City of Champions. Pittsburgh is home to three professional teams (the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates) as well as numerous NCAA® Division I and II sports teams, and you will never find more devoted fans than Pittsburghers!

Instagram-Worthy Spots:

In Pittsburgh, there is no shortage of scenic backdrops for you to enjoy. No matter where you are in the city, there are Instagram-worthy pictures to grab. Here are the top places to Instagram when you're in the Burgh.

Fort Pitt Tunnel View
When you're approaching Pittsburgh from the South, you'll want to go through the Fort Pitt tunnel. Why? The view on the other side. When you exit the tunnel, you'll see one of the best views of the skyline. Why is this shot so Instagram-worthy? This view has been featured on the big screen in the movie Perks of Being a Wallflower!

Market Square
Find the unlimited Insta-worthy spots in and around Market Square in Downtown Pittsburgh. This location is filled with restaurants, coffee shops, art, and scenic architecture to fill your feed. The square is decorated with hanging lights and has pretty backdrops no matter which way you point your phone. We recommend picking up a local coffee to feature in your snap.

Schenley Park
Even in the winter, Schenley Park is full of artsy shots. Flagstaff Hill sits right across from Phipps Conservatory giving you the perfect long distance view of the skyline and Oakland's famous Cathedral of Learning. There are also trails that run through the park with creeks, train tracks, and tunnels that make the perfect photo opportunities.

Mount Washington Overlooks
The best view of Pittsburgh is just up Mt. Washington. You'll get a clear shot of the skyline, the point, North Shore, and of course the three rivers. There is no better place to see the city of bridges from up on the overlooks. You can find multiple overlooks around Mt. Washington but our favorite view is from the one on Grand View Ave.

*Bonus tip: Take the Duquesne Incline up from Station Square to get pictures on the way up the mount.

Strip District
Pittsburgh history runs up and down Penn Ave through the Strip District. There are so many Instagram-worthy shots to grab, it will be hard to pick just one. We love the historic architecture of the local merchants that have been a part of Pittsburgh for years. Snap a picture of the local food, shops, and street vendors to have a true Pittsburgher's feed.

PGH Museums
On a rainy Pittsburgh day, you may find yourself in one of Pittsburgh's many museums (a perfect spot for an Instagram photoshoot). The infamous Andy Warhol red velvet couch is one of our favorite photo ops. It wouldn't be a trip to the Warhol without striking this popular pose. A few of our other favorite places to grab a photo are: The Mattress FactoryHeinz History Center, and the Carnegie Science Center.

*Bonus tip: Be sure to check out the micro-museum located in the North Side called Randyland. This small but vibrant walk-through courtyard has an eclectic charm to brighten up your album.

Only in Pittsburgh

If you find yourself with some free time between sessions here are some cool things to do and new ways to explore Pittsburgh.

The Must-Do List

Ways to get a Taste of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh can be downright wacky and weird. Here's a few places to check out if you like offbeat destinations!

Gravity Hill
Located in McCandless Township right outside of Pittsburgh, there is a mysterious road that defies gravity. When you get to the top of Kummer Road, put your car in neutral and prepare to get spooked. Instead of your car rolling backward down the hill, your car will start to move forward up the hill!

Western Penitentiary
An old state correctional facility sits at the end of one of Pittsburgh's many bike trails. You enter the trail from the North Shore, and if you make it all the way to the end, you'll find yourself upon the abandoned penitentiary. The facility was in use up to a couple of years ago before it eventually closed its doors. This building looks like it belongs in a horror film with the old guard towers and sharp pronged fences.

Trundle Manor
An attraction for the curious is in Pittsburgh's Swissvale neighborhood. Trundle Manor is a walk-through museum of the creepy and crawly. Schedule a tour to see the vast collection of creepy dolls, taxidermy animals, and much more. This manor was featured on MTV, and the owners are excited to welcome you into their home.

St. Anthony's Chapel
Did you know that Pittsburgh is home to the second largest collection of relics just behind the Vatican itself? St. Anthony's chapel may look like an average church from the outside, but when you enter, you will be in the presence of over 5,000 holy relics. Whether you are a believer or not, the collection and history behind it are breathtaking.


Pittsburgh is continually getting recognized for a fantastic food scene. Recently, BBC Good Food named Pittsburgh one of the top 10 destinations for foodies, the only U.S. city to make the list. And, Restaurant Hospitality named Pittsburgh the Food City of the Year for 2019!

In Pittsburgh you'll find everything from James Beard-nominated chefs and restaurants to the inventive Smallman Galley, where you'll enjoy delectable bites from aspiring chefs. Choose from casual family spots, upscale and romantic eateries, late-night bites or convenient take-out.

Download the nowait app for free and get information on the wait times at your favorite restaurants. You can "get in line" virtually from anywhere and you'll receive a notification when your table is ready.

Uptown or Downtown, high-brow or low, plus everything in between, Pittsburgh is simply delicious. Start planning your culinary adventure now! 

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