There are so many reasons to love Pittsburgh, here are seven!
It's February, and love is in the air in the Steel City as Valentine's Day nears. Whether or not you have a special someone, there's always a reason or two to stop, smell the roses, and fall a little bit more in love with the city of Pittsburgh. Here are a few of my own favorite things about the 'Burgh that make me fall for my hometown over and over again.
Pittsburghers are second to none. Locals' heart for their city, their sports teams, and the community is unlike anywhere else. After living in other cities, when I moved back to Pittsburgh, it took me by surprise how friendly and kind people are to one another. People smile at you in Pittsburgh and ask how your day is, just because. They'll strike up a conversation with you in line at a grocery store, or become a friend after sitting next to you at a Pirates game. People are happy in Pittsburgh, and their spirit and energy is contagious.
From my time living in the craft beer capital of the country in Colorado, I feel qualified to say I'm able to recognize some good beer when I come across it. Pittsburgh’s beer scene is one that I'm incredibly proud of to recognize from my hometown. A few breweries that have a special place in my heart include Penn Brewery, 11th Hour, and East End Brewing.
Kennywood is a place that holds decades of memories for me; from years of high school Fright Nights with friends, to annual family and corporate picnics. Kennywood is a Pittsburgh staple and one that's hard to put into words until you experience it for yourself. Most importantly, no matter who you're with or what the occasion, Potato Patch fries are always a must.
For those who haven't lived outside Pittsburgh, this one may not hit home as hard as it does for those who know what it's like on the other side. So, take it from those of us who know, being able to live in a place with all the luxuries that the Steel City offer is one to celebrate every day. And it's not just me, ask Forbes. Forbes has named Pittsburgh as one of the most livable cities in the nation.
The Comeback City
Years ago, it wasn't uncommon for visitors to only associate Pittsburgh with its industrial history as a steel town. But today, with a variety of diverse industries blossoming, Pittsburgh has extended its reputation to mean more than just steel mills. Pittsburgh's renaissance has earned the city a spot on Forbes' Ten American Comeback Cities and the title of 5th most resilient city in the world by Grosvenor Research of London. It’s an exciting time to be in Pittsburgh!
With Pittsburgh's iconic yellow bridges weaving between streets of modern and historic architecture, the Pittsburgh skyline is a sight that never gets old. Whether it's your first or thousandth time seeing the skyline when you drive into the city from the Fort Pitt tunnel, it's a view that's unbeatable and truly unlike any other.
Kim is a Pittsburgh native with a serious travel bug who loves music, running, and exploring all the Burgh has to offer. Follow her adventures across the country and around the globe on Twitter and Instagram at @fromtheroadimon or check out her website!