A steady stream of visitors pass through Pittsburgh in the spring, summer, and fall, and room rates spike during holidays and special events. Penguins and Steelers games (fall) draw crowds who fill downtown hotels. Be sure to find accommodations well in advance if you’re coming for a game. Ditto that for graduation months in May and June (Pittsburgh is home to 33 institutions of higher education).
Summers can be hot and humid, with temperatures typically hitting the 80s and low 90s; the heat reaches a maximum in July. Fall and spring are pleasant times to visit—the perfect seasons for bike riding and park picnics.
The chill doesn’t start settling in until the beginning of November. In the winter, snow can fall heavily, making roads tricky to navigate—but there are some modest ski resorts a short drive from the city. Hotels and attractions are steeply discounted from January through March, the official low season.