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Pittsburgh: "Best of the World 2012!"

Pittsburgh Named Among the Best Places in the World to Visit in 2012

National Geographic Traveler recognizes Pittsburgh's transformation

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh: "Best of the World 2012!"

YES, Pittsburgh! Four times named "America's Most Livable City," Pittsburgh has just been named among the 20 great places in the world to experience in 2012 by National Geographic Traveler.

In the article, National Geographic Traveler states: "Its mourning for its industrial past long concluded, this western Pennsylvania city changed jobs and reclaimed its major assets: a natural setting that rivals Lisbon and San Francisco, a wealth of fine art and architecture, and a quirky sense of humor."

For those who have visited, it may not come as a surprise...and, for those who haven't...now is the time to see for yourself!

The city boasts an arts and culture scene that rivals major U.S. cities. With urban kayaking and 22 miles of riverfront trails, amazing outdoor adventure can be found within city limits. An astonishing number of exciting new restaurants are opening throughout city neighborhoods. And, music ranging from the renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Grammy award-winning jazz at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild is world class.

"To be among 20 destinations worldwide selected for this ‘Best Of' list is incredibly exciting. Those of us who live here know that the city's amazing amenities combine to create a tremendously desirable place to live and visit," said Joe McGrath, president and CEO of VisitPittsburgh, the official tourism promotion agency for the Pittsburgh region. The only other U.S. destination to be featured on the "Best of the World 2012" list is Sonoma, Calif. Others on the list include London, Oman and Costa Brava, Spain.

"For Pittsburgh to be included among the world's most outstanding destinations speaks volumes about the city's journey over the last 30 years," said McGrath. In fact, in its "Pittsburgh: Extreme Metropolitan Makeover" story, the magazine notes: "Three rivers. One reinvented city. On all counts, the Steel City's transformation over the past quarter century qualifies as revolutionary."

To see the full article, go to http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/best-trips-2012/.

As the official tourism promotion agency for Allegheny County, VisitPittsburgh is dedicated to generating convention, trade show and leisure travel business for the Pittsburgh region.