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With something for everyone, “yinz” are sure to have a great time in the ‘burgh.Here’s a mere sampling of what the city has to offer:
Pittsburgh’s renewal and rebirth can be traced directly to its storied past. Since its humble beginnings as a trading post and later the “Steel Capital of the World,” a diverse mix of people came here to live, work, learn and thrive. Today, there are plenty of opportunities to dig into the city’s past and explore the culture and heritage of the region.Highlights to consider are the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, Sen. John Heinz History Center, Frick Art & Historical Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and largest sports history museum in Pa.
The home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins and Pirates, this is a town with allegiance to the black and gold! PNC Park, home of the (baseball) Pirates that opened in spring 2001, is an intimate, classic-style ballpark that embraces the progressiveness of Pittsburgh while saluting the spirit of early ballpark originals. Its prime location along the shore of the Allegheny River takes advantage of scenic vistas of the downtown skyline and riverfront, creating an exciting and dramatic urban sports venue. Stay tuned for the (not-yet-released) 2014 schedule!
The Cultural District is home to downtown’s dynamic art and entertainment scene. The 14-square blocks developed by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust boasts seven theaters, nestled among eclectic art galleries, great places to eat, lots of shopping and several parklets featuring major art installations. Every year, the Cultural District offers some 2,300 performances and attracts nearly two million patrons.
Pittsburgh is a feast for the eyes, with visual arts at every turn. The Andy Warhol Museum boasts a collection that chronicles the Pittsburgh native’s rise to pop art stardom. Fascinating art installations in a variety of media from around the world are on display at the Mattress Factory. If you’re into comic and cartoon art, don’t miss the ToonSeum. At the Pittsburgh Glass Center, you can see modern glass-making in action. Additional downtown galleries to enhance your experience include Wood Street Galleries, SPACE, 943 Gallery and the 707 and 709 Galleries.
You’ll be staying in downtown Pittsburgh where you’ll find specialty shops and centers, including Three PNC, PPG Place, Shops of Oxford Centre and Fifth Avenue Place Arcade Shops, to name a few. Also, with shops, restaurants and nightlife, the Strip District is arguably one of Pittsburgh’s most fascinating places to visit and one you won’t want to miss. For even deeper savings, visit the outlets in the nearby countryside. Whatever your preference, there is no tax on shoes or clothing in Pennsylvania, so if shopping’s your thing this is a chance to do it in style and get more for your money.
Restaurants and Nightlife
From upscale to family-style, Pittsburgh offers great food! While there are too many restaurants to mention, it would be irresponsible not to note Primanti Bros. for a traditional bite of the ‘burgh. If after-dark action is what you’re after, rest up ‘cause Pittsburgh is alive with hipster hangouts, dining and dancing, great jazz and live music, casino action, coffee drinking, cocktail sipping and more.
Most of the credit for the content of this article goes to the Pittsburgh 2013 Official Visitors Guide. For more information, go to VisitPittsburgh.com. Special note: “Yinz” is local slang – we’ll reveal more special words to make you comfortable and fit right in with the locals – they will be featured in additional articles, so stay tuned.
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