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When in Pittsburgh...

Updated on April 18, 2017

While every area has its own style, the vibe of Pittsburgh stands out among any other area in the nation and not just because, "Yinz guys, are sippin' pop and eating hoagies with french fries on it." There's just something about the residents that's welcoming and truly makes visitors want to keep returning. The area also has so much to do and see that tourists don't ever get bored.

1. The Sports
We can't think of any other city in America that takes sports as seriously as Pixburgh. It's not known as "Steeler Nation" and "Sixburgh" for nothing. The sports enthusiasts in this city–and even in other places because the Steelers are celebrated everywhere–are more dedicated to their team than anywhere else in the United States. Because of the passion residents have for the "black and gold," the stadium was rebuilt in 2011 bigger and better and renamed Heinz Field. Located on the North Shore, this field holds 65,500 (and tickets go quickly), so we advise purchasing far in advance. Be prepared for football fans decked out in black and gold as Pittsburgh native Wiz Khalifa's anthem, "Black and Yellow" rings throughout the city. Football isn't the only sport to enjoy in the city either; also located on the North Shore is the Pittsburgh Pirates' field, PNC Park. It was renovated in April of 2001 and still has that classic baseball field atmosphere. Not to mention, it's a double-decker stadium, so at most, you'll only be seated 88 feet away from the action. When talking about sports in "Steel City," you can't forget the Penguins. Although the PPG Paints Arena hosts many concerts and other special events, during hockey season, residents know it's the place to go to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins play. Once known as the Consol Energy Center, this downtown destination offers spectacular views, 800 HD televisions for viewing the game and enough concession stands that missing the game due to standing in long lines isn't much of an issue if you want a beer or fries.

2. The Food
The city is an emulsification of ethnic foods because of the blend of cultures in the city. You'll find locations for Polish, Italian and German foods scattered throughout the city and surrounding area. One of the major dishes here is pierogies. Get them served covered in butter or stuffed with sauerkraut. It may not be Philly, but it's not hard to find Philly cheesesteak hoagies. Residents know where the hot spot is, especially come Lenten. Robert Wholey's, better known to the locals as simply Wholey's, is the place to find fish hoagies and seafood galore. It's located in the Strip District and has earned its reputation as THE location for seafood since its beginnings in 1912. Primanti Brothers in the official home to sandwiches loaded with all the works including french fries. If you're looking for a more fine dining experience, head to Altius in Mount Washington. The meals have a hefty price tag, but it's worth it when you're presented with a plate of oysters, duck or pork cooked and seasoned to perfection. The views of the Pittsburgh skyline from Altius are unparalleled in comparison to any other restaurant in the region.

3. The Views
While Pittsburghers get to wake up to the breathing view of the skyline every day, and those who are too far away to see it from their window can visit whenever they want, tourists from all around flock to Pittsburgh just for the views. We recommend seeing the skyline when the sun sets. And although the site is amazing from the North Shore, getting to see it from Mount Washington puts the skyline in a completely different perspective. USA Today ranked the view from Mount Washington as one of America's Top 10 Most Stunning Views.


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