Pittsburgh International Airport [ http://www.flypittsburgh.com/ ]
Airlines that serve the Pittsburgh International Airport include: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, British Airways, Condor, Delta Air Lines, Frontier, JetBlue, Regional Sky, Southwest, Southern Airways Express, Spirit, United Airlines, and WOW.
Pittsburgh International Airport offers a variety of car rental providers including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Payless. With rental counters on the Baggage Claim level of the Landside Terminal, it is just a short walk to pick up a rental car at the airport’s covered garage.
Other Ground Transportation Options
Uber, Lyft, and ZTrip pickup locations service the airport are outside of Baggage Claim Door #4. The Port Authority also offers bus service on Route 28X – Airport Flyer to Downtown & Oakland that Boards at Pittsburgh International Airport Lower Level (Door 6). PDF Schedule (28X)
Arnold Palmer Regional Airport [ https://www.latrobe-regional-airport.com ]
Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, located approximately a 1-hour drive from the conference venue, is a small airport which often offers great deals on flights and rental cars.
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown offers valet parking on a first-come-first-served basis and starts at $35 per night with unlimited in and out privileges. Valet parking for oversize vehicles is $45 per night.
Affordable self-parking rates can be found throughout the city, reserved, and paid for in advance using smart phone applications like Parking Panda, GoMobile Pittsburgh, and Parkopedia. ParkPGH [ http://www.parkpgh.org/ ] offers real-time parking information including current rates and availability for all city garages. The Pittsburgh Parking Authority [ http://www.pittsburghparking.com/ ] also offers all of the information you need to get parked safely and legally. Note that payment for much of the city parking is by debit/credit card only. Metered street-parking is free on Sundays.
Getting Around the City Once You are Here
Ride sharing and taxi services such as Lyft and Uber are well-established within Pittsburgh city limits and cabs, such as Yellow Cab and ZTrip, can also be hailed downtown. Public transportation is offered by the Port Authority of Allegheny County, Website: http://www.portauthority.org/paac/, and includes buses, inclines and a subway system (a.k.a the “T”). Walking and biking are also very easy throughout the city but note that the Google Maps application on smart phones often has difficulty downtown.
“T” Light Rail Transit/Subway
Within Downtown Pittsburgh, Port Authority operates a free-fare T zone. The zone includes the following stations: First Avenue Station, Steel Plaza, Wood Street Station and Gateway; North Side Station and Allegheny Station. The Gateway Station is a short walk from the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown. Trains headed to North Side will take you to the football and baseball stadiums, the Rivers Casino and the area offers a broad selection of restaurants and bars. Trains headed to Wood Street will take you to the hockey arena and other downtown destinations.
Things to do in Pittsburgh
Once a center for heavy industry, Pittsburgh has grown into a beautiful, green city known for education, healthcare and technology. This vibrant city continues to amaze visitors with its neighborhood charm, unique and walkable terrain, rich history and diverse offerings.
Need some ideas for your visit? We offer this list of ‘not to be missed’ adventures:
Take in the full scope of Pittsburgh from our highest natural vantage point. Take a ride on the historic Duquesne or Monongahela Incline and experience what USA Today Weekend Magazine calls one of the “10 most beautiful views in America.”
Point State Park
The location where the three rivers of Pittsburgh come together, this historic state park sits on 36 acres and is the top of Pittsburgh’s “Golden Trip.”
Sports Parks – PNC Park, Heinz Field, PPG Paints Arena
Home to the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins, Pittsburgh boasts beautiful new sports venues that are heralded as some of the best in the nation.
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
A collection of four dynamic, distinctive museums including Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center and The Warhol.
Cathedral of Learning
This centerpiece of the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus in the Oakland neighborhood is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Senator John Heinz History Center
Pennsylvania’s largest history museum and a proud affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
The Strip District
A bustling historic market district located northeast of downtown Pittsburgh.
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
A hands-on interactive children’s museum located in Pittsburgh’s Northside neighborhood.
Heinz Memorial Chapel
A main attraction located on the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus in Oakland. This nondenominational chapel was given to the University of the H.J. Heinz family.
Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
A public garden and Victorian greenhouse set in Schenley Park that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
One of only six major zoo and aquarium combinations in the United States.