Within walking distance to CMU
- Carnegie Museums (around the corner) - Especially check out the dinosaurs, the hall of minerals (much better than it sounds) and the 1:1 scale models of famous buildings in the hall of architecture (nothing was too good for Andrew's plebians).
- Phipps Conservatory (across the lawn) - Award-winning rain forest exhibit. Runs on a power cell, which is why the G20 visited. Do it with lunch---nice, sunny cafe and sidewalk dining.
- Schenley Park (next door) - Lots of wooded trails. Visitor center has a nice cafe with canyon view patio. Nice for lunch.
- Pittsburgh Pirates are away during the conference.
- Gateway clipper "steamboat" tours - Open evenings. Kitschy alternative to Pirates game for brain-dead revelry after long conference sessions.
- Point State Park and Fort Pitt Museum - This was a focal point in the French-Indian war. The museum is much better than they manage to show on their web page.
- Duquesne Incline and famous view of the Golden Triangle from Mount Washington. One of America's best urban views. Really! Restaurants with views on top. E.g., Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
- Strip district - Wacky, wonderful several blocks of real Pittsburgh. Lively on Saturday, dead on Sunday! There you will find the huge Heinz Pittsburgh History Center
- South side/Carson Street - Long entertainment street with atmospheric red-brick buildings anchored by Station Square downtown and South Side Works in Homestead
- Squirrel Hill - Lots of non-chain restaurants. Short bus ride or half-hour walk from campus.
Large-scale Beer and Schmoozing Needs
- Church Brew Works - Exactly what it sounds like. Spectacularly unique. Recommended!
- South Side Works Hofbrauhaus - Actually licensed by Munich Hofbrauhaus. Review
- Sharp Edge Beer Emporium
Day Trips in Southwestern Pennsylvania
- Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater House
- Frank Lloyd Wright's Kentuck Knob House
- World-class whitewater rafting
- Bring your bike - rail lines have been converted to miles of bike trails