Welcome to Pittsburgh! What do you want to do first? Not sure yet? Well what about plans for tomorrow? …Well you still have time to decide… Where are you staying? You haven't booked a hotel yet?!?!
Condé Nast Traveler took a road trip to Pittsburgh to check out why the Steel City is a game-changing destination.
A once familiar image of steel mills, Pittsburgh reinvented itself into 90 diverse and charming neighborhoods filled with trendy restaurants, modern art galleries and interesting museums. One of the city's most unique neighborhoods is Mount Washington, nestled on the top of a steep hill overlooking the skyline. The iconic Duquesne and Monongahela inclines, the oldest continually running funiculars in the world, take locals and tourists up to see one of "America's Most Stunning Views," as named by USA Today.
Pittsburgh was recently named the best food city in the nation by Zagat. Ranging from local favorites such as the authentic Primanti Bros. sandwich, filled with French fries and coleslaw, to the legendary Prantl's Burnt Almond Torte, called "The Greatest Cake America Has Ever Made", by The Huffington Post. There are more than 50 restaurants in Pittsburgh's Cultural District, offering a wide variety of options to satisfy every palate.
Located at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, which form the Ohio River, Pittsburgh is known as the "City of Bridges" and has 445 of them, 10 of which are located Downtown. Every bridge classification can be found, and some are even named after local icons such as Roberto Clemente, Andy Warhol and Rachel Carson. Pittsburgh's 10th Street Bridge, connecting the city's South Side to Downtown, was the original model for the Golden Gate Bridge and still operates today.
Pittsburgh has invested extensive money in updating and implementing sidewalks, bike lanes and a public bike sharing program to make traveling throughout the neighborhoods a breeze. Throughout this process, Pittsburgh has even gotten crafty in its sustainable initiative by allowing local artists to design the bike racks throughout Downtown.