City was the prompt for BootsnAll’s 30 Days if Indie Travel. So here’s my home city. Despite the fact that Pittsburgh hasn’t produced the majority of the country’s steel in decades, people still have the idea that it’s dirty and smoky like the illustrations of the Gilded Age industrial city in a history book.
Newsflash: It’s Actually Pretty There
Pittsburgh is a unique melting pot of different cultures, it has a gorgeous skyline, they have their own distinct accent, and it is becoming a food and art scene. National Geographic Traveler named it a top destination for 2012. They have pubic transportation, museums, and a relatively low cost compared to other large cities. Take the incline (funicular) to the top of Mount Washington to view the city and the three rivers (this is where the Ohio River starts). Name another American city with a funicular. Yeah, I got nothing either.
Andy Warhol was from Pittsburgh, and the Warhol Museum is based in an old mattress factory building near Heinz Field and PNC Park. Across the Allegheny River is the Heinz History Center where you can learn about the history of Pittsburgh from the 18th century to today. They cover everything from the French-Indian War to the history of sports in the city to the different cultures that call Pittsburgh home.
Just a few blocks from the Heinz History Center is the Strip District. Some of the best food shops and restaurants are located here. Anything from Polish pierogies to Italian cheese to Asian daikon can be found in the shops scattered around. The original Primanti Bros. restaurant is down here as well. Pronounced per-manny with a silent-ish t, it’s the home of the best sandwich in the world. Thick Italian bread filled with cheese steak or kielbasa or whatever you choose, slaw in Italian dressing, and french fries. The original on-the-go meal for truckers.
There are tons of other places to check out, this is just scratching the surface. There’s the Museum of Natural History (with archaeology and an art museum attached) in Oakland, the Science Center, the Point, Frank Llyod Wright’s Fallingwater 2 hours away, and many more things to do. So go visit Pittsburgh!!
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