Stark County is uniquely positioned such that big Ohio cities such as Cleveland and Columbus are easily accessible; so it’s almost unfair that it also is close to fun spots in neighboring states, such as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Pittsburgh is just a two-hour trip from Canton, which is tolerable even for those who find road trips a little daunting.
With 11 distinct neighborhoods in the Pittsburgh region, you’re able to cater a weekend to your taste and company. Visits to some of the neighborhoods are short and sweet, others command a full day. For example, the South Side is well-known for its nightlife, while the North Side holds many of the big museums and large attractions, some of which mandate close to a full day.
Planning a trip to Iron City is super easy, but here’s an agenda that will take you for a tour around the cultural oasis.
The Mattress Factory is a funky art gallery tucked in a quiet, residential neighborhood. Named after its original purpose, the understated exterior leads to an incredibly surprising interior: The art within is super conceptual, but nonetheless a great conversation engine. The fantastical museum is spread among three buildings, all holding multiple rooms of installations, ever-changing and always interesting.
North Shore: 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh
If you’re a fellow Canton Food Tours fanatic, you’ll devour the Burgh Bits & Bites food tour in Pittsburgh. Five neighborhoods participate in the tour, but for the most diverse sampling, try the Brookline tour. For $39, tour the area for two hours with samplings of food on a fun, fact-filled guided walk.
Bloomfield: Tour starts at 620 Brookline Blvd., Pittsburgh
Dive into Pittsburgh’s most intellectual neighborhood, Oakland. Universities, research institutions and gardens stretch across this slice of Pittsburgh, making this destination perfect for those looking to learn a little about art and history. Visit both Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History for one price, at the same location. If time allows afterward, tour the 42-story Gothic Revival skyscraper—the Cathedral of Learning on the Pittsburgh University Campus.
Oakland: 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh
Carson Street is wildly eclectic, meshing all sorts of businesses such as waffle shops, quirky-themed eateries, tattoo parlors, coffee shops and upscale restaurants. Carson Street is most known for its winding stretch of bars, but the underestimated culinary portfolio is pretty outstanding. Eat well at Ibiza Tapas & Wine Bar or Mallorca; both have exceptional service, divine fare and fantastic patios. If you’re looking for a more casual spot, grab a burger and craft beer at Winghart’s Southside.
Southside: East Carson Street
If you have a free weekend, you certainly should consider embarking on a quick trip to our eastern neighbor. Solidify the trip by marking your calendar for one of these big Pittsburgh events.
Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week: April 24-May 3
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix: July 5-19
Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race: August 7-9