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Five Things To Do In Pittsburgh

Downtown Pittsburgh from PNC Park

Downtown Pittsburgh from PNC Park

There are a lot of things to do in Pittsburgh. A surprising number of things, actually. I didn’t figure Pittsburgh had much going on, so I was pleasantly caught off guard. Are you thinking on going? You should. Why? Because of these five things to do in Pittsburgh…

The lunch line is beginning to form at Primanti Brother's

The lunch line is beginning to form at Primanti Brother’s

5. Shop The Strip

You can shop anywhere, right? Yep. Any city of size has some good stores. But not all of them have fun shopping districts like The Strip. Only a block south of the Allegheny River, The Strip stretches on two streets for eight blocks. Or ten. It all depends on how you want to count things. No matter how you do it, though, do it on The Strip. There are a lot of fun kitschy shops, outdoor markets, great restaurants – like the Primanti Brothers – and fun bars, like The Beerhive, which serve up good drinks in a great atmosphere.

Grabbing a couple at the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium

Grabbing a couple at the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium

4. Bar Hop Downtown

Speaking of bars, Pittsburgh has bunches of good ones. Why? Because, as one bartender told me, there’s nothing else to do in Pittsburgh but drink. As this list shows, that’s not entirely true, but it’s a good enough reason for me to grab another pint. I had fun drinking at several local beer halls, most notably The Church Brew Works. It wasn’t my favorite, though. Nope. Not by a long shot. If I had to pick just one place, I’d suggest stopping in at the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium. They have a fantastic selection of Belgian beers – my choice beverage – and some of the tastiest appetizers I’ve ever munched on. Seriously. Get the chicken nuggets – I refused to call them boneless wings, since they’re truthfully nuggets for adults – as they’re sure to impress. Om, nom, nom…

Riding the Duquesne Incline

Riding the Duquesne Incline

3. Ride the Duquesne Incline

Along the lines – or rails, as the case may be – of impressive, be sure to check out the Duquesne Incline. My friend and I wrote it off as something 80-year-old travelers would do. In truth, it’s one of the must-see stops while in town. Literally. The views from atop the incline, a short rail ride to the top of a hill overlooking downtown Pittsburgh and the Three Rivers, are absolutely fantastic. Even on a cloudy day the view was impressive. Click on the panoramic below to see for yourself.

A Pittsburgh panoramic from atop the Duquesne Incline

A Pittsburgh panoramic from atop the Duquesne Incline

2. Play in Point State Park

Prominently visible from atop the Duquesne Incline is Point State Park. If you have time for only one thing to see during the day, make it the park. It’s a beautiful area to get out and play in with its wide open spaces. And don’t forget the great history, which dates all the way back to George Washington. Yep. The man himself was in the park before it was a park. Every last detail of his presence, as well as the curiously important nature Pittsburgh played in the founding and survival of the United States, is on display in the Ft. Pitt Museum and Blockhouse.

The beautiful view from PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates

The beautiful view from PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates

1. Take in a Game

Pittsburgh has a great history and a slew of things to do – many of which, like all of the museums, I wasn’t able to get to on my visit – but it is first and foremost a sports town. It’s true. And I never even gave it a single thought until I showed up to see a sporting event for myself, college hockey’s Frozen Four, since I always hear about Boston or New York winning another championship. But take a minute and think about it. Think about how many Super Bowls the Steelers have won, or Stanley Cups the Penguins have taken home recently. Yeah, sure, the Pirates are nothing to write home about, but where they play most certainly is; PNC Park is the most beautiful baseball stadium I’ve ever visited. And for someone who isn’t a huge baseball fan, I’ve oddly enough been to more than my fair share of the cathedrals. It’s worth a trip all its own; if not for the game, then at least for the beautiful park, stunning views, and lovely all-you-can-eat ticket section.

"P" is for Pittsburgh. And Pirates. And Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

“P” is for Pittsburgh. And Pirates. And Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

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