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Why fly to Pittsburgh?
Pittsburgh is home to a whopping 446 bridges which connect every nook and cranny together. This number has also placed it in the record books for the most number of bridges in a city.
Steel city sits on the Ohio river and Mt. Washington looks down over the city of skyscrapers and old historic buildings.
The city is home to some of the oldest and most beautiful architecture in all of the United States. You can take a walking tour of the city, arranged by the local historical society, and learn all about the old homes and mansions and little shops that have been repurposed but still hold their bygone era charm.
You can find dishes from all four corners of the world in Pittsburgh from the gyros that are devoured by locals in the burgh to Vietnamese subs found on a street cart that residents will direct you to. However it is Primanti Bros., a local restaurant chain, that has become a Pittsburgh tradition. Their humongous sandwiches all come layered with cheese coleslaw and fries, and underneath that mountain you can choose anything from sirloin to pastrami. The restaurant's food creations have also been featured on the Food Network.
To get an awesome view of the whole city, hike up Mt. Washington and if you can do it during the evening you will see the skyscrapers sitting in a gorgeous orange hue as the sun goes down and then Pittsburgh will become a city of twinkling little lights.
Rainy springs, hot summers and snowy winters is the Pittsburgh weather picture. Temperatures in the spring are generally in the low teens. Moving into summer, the numbers climb into pina colada weather with temperatures in low 30s in July and August. The winter months require that you replace that pina colada with hot chocolate as average daytime temperatures in the winter months are hover around the -5 to 0 mark. Pittsburgh receives plenty of snow with the largest portion of it arriving in January.
When to fly to Pittsburgh
The summer months are a popular time to travel into the city as schools in the country go on break and travel season begins. The warm temperatures are perfect for taking walking tours to scope out the building architecture and public art which makes summer an ideal time to visit the city and that also means flight ticket prices tend to be higher during this time.
The heavy snow in the winter months tends to discourage visitors from traveling to the city, which means flight ticket prices drop. You can book yourself a flight between January and well into April at good rates.
Getting into Pittsburgh
Your gateway into Pittsburgh opens up at the Pittsburgh International Airport, which is located approximately half an hour outside of the city. Public transportation is limited from the airport, you can use the public bus however they run every half hour. You can grab a taxi from outside of the terminal instead or you may want to rent a car if you plan on hitting some of the sites outside of the city center like Mt. Washington.
Getting around Pittsburgh
The city has a great system for traveling the heart of the city center and fantastically enough it is FREE. The subway system, which is called the T, is free within the Golden Triangle where a number of the touristy sites are located. You can get out to the services using the rail but that won't be free. Additionally, the city has an extensive bus service and a funicular line that will get you up Mt.Washington.
- Visit the Society for Contemporary Craft for a chance to create your own souvenirs. The centers offers great craft workshops and also has a shop on site where you can purchase local handmade crafts.
- Head out for a morning walk through the trail in Emerald View Park, it's a great way to enjoy the other side of steel city.
- Visit the Frick Art Museum to view some great anthropological exhibits. If you head there at noon you may be able to catch their lunch time speakers' series.
- Pittsburgh has some fantastic public art, more than most cities in the US. Head to Katz Plaza and have a seat on eyeball benches or visit Mellon Square for some fantastic sculptures.
- Visit the Pittsburgh Glass Center. It may sound like a windshield repair shop but it actually houses some gorgeous glass art displays as well as engaging exhibits.
- Visit the Allegheny Observatory for some scientific discovery. A visit to the observatory is great if you're traveling with children as they will get some science while on holiday. A guide will show you around the historic building and then it is time to telescope your heart out and search the skies for things you cannot see with the naked eye.
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