McKeesport is located 8 miles south of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is the only city to consistently rank in Rand McNally's most livable American cities. Downtown Pittsburgh is a glittering collection of skyscrapers in a dramatic setting: two rivers, the Allegheny and the Monongahela, flow together to form the Ohio River between steep hills. The Downtown contains not only the headquarters of international companies such as Westinghouse and US-X, but also the Cultural District. There, beautifully restored theaters provide homes for a world-class symphony, a nationally renowned ballet company, and a major regional theater company.
Across the river from Downtown are a new baseball stadium, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, PNC Park, a new football stadium for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field, and the Carnegie Science Center, a museum of science and technology. Pittsburgh also is the home to many Universities: The University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Carlow, Chatham, Point Park College, Robert Morris College, and The Community College of Allegheny County. The museums include the Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Andy Warhol Museum, the “Mattress Factory", art museum which features cutting edge modern art, and many others. Pittsburgh also has a Zoo, an Aviary, a Conservatory and Botanical Garden, theaters and music venues and many parks. Since Pittsburgh is a major city, it has restaurants and shops. The East Carson Street shopping area, on the South Side of the city is particularly close to McKeesport. It has many art galleries, restaurants and upscale shops, as well as a waterfront park and entertainment complex - The South Side Works. Closer to UPMC McKeesport, along the Monongahela River, sits The Waterfront, a complex of shopping, restaurants, hotels, movie theater, and IMPROV comedy club.