"PITTSBURGH--Cultural, Sports Crazy, Riverside City" Top 5 Page for this destination Pittsburgh by VeronicaG

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July 2009 I've added 2 new Things to Do Tips--Gallery Crawl and the John Heinz History Center.

We're proud of the Pittsburgh Steelers' victory at the Super Bowl this year. Then... the Pittsburgh Penguins won the 2009 Stanley Cup...lots to be proud of here! CONGRATULATIONS PITTSBURGH!!

I grew up thinking that every city had a world class museum, a baseball team to cheer on and a symphony orchestra. It wasn't until I went to college that I discovered I had lived a charmed life--not everyone had the advantage of this much culture and opportunity at their doorstep.

Pittsburgh is a city embraced by three rivers: The Ohio, the Allegheny and the Monongahela which flood their banks from time to time. It is the second largest city in Pennsylvania, located in the Southwestern part of the state, having a population almost 370,000.

Three names largely connected with Pittsburgh are Carnegie, Mellon and Heinz.

Andrew Carnegie came to Allegheny, Pennsylvania in 1848 and eventually developed the iron and steel industry here. He was a philanthropist who donated many public establishments to communities throughout the world, chief among them libraries.

Richard King Mellon was an important figure in the financial and industrial sectors of Pittsburgh and chairman of Mellon Bank. He created a foundation in 1947 dedicated to providing grants in the public interest to those people living in Pennsylvania.

The Heinz family, guardians of the famed ketchup company by that name and The John Heinz History Center--which is dedicated to the memory of the former Pennsylvania Senator.


Pittsburgh was established in 1758. Lewis and Clark began their epic journey across the country on August 31, 1803 from Pittsburgh. They traveled up the Ohio River and chronicled their three year history-making exploration down the Missouri River and beyond.


Pittsburgh is proud of having more bridges than Venice, Italy....and at last count Allegheny County is said to have over 1700 bridges. FYI: The oldest bridge in Pittsburgh is The Smithfield Bridge, 1881.


Pittsburgh is often referred to as The Steel City, a nickname given for once being the center of the American steel industry. In recent times the city has given the Japanese a run for their money in robotics--thanks to the accomplishments of Carnegie Mellon University.


A huge network of hospitals in the Allegheny County area combine to create the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. It is one of the top ten medical schools and one of the world's top organ transplant facility.


Most people know Pittsburgh for its sports teams--The Pittsburgh Steelers football team, The Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team, The Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team, The Riverhounds professional soccer team and Pittsburgh Xplosion, a new basketball team. This is a sports-crazed city and it has stadiums all over the place to prove it! Sports fervor is undeniable--how else to explain "the terrible towel" which cheering fans swing wildly over their heads in support of their home team in the expectation of a BIG WIN!


"Pittsburgh was rated "Most Liveable" city three times in the PLACES RATED ALMANAC. The annual award is based on three characteristics: safety, cleanliness and affordability.


Always a model for supporting culture and the arts, Pittsburgh has many institutions dedicated to that pursuit. All of this is awaiting the visitor who wants to uncover the wealth of treasures Pittsburgh has to offer.

**For more information see: www.pittsburgh.net


Southwest Pennsylvania is a hotbed of Steelermania! The Pittsburgh Steelers rule in this area, so its not surprising to find that brainwashing begins early in this city!

The terrible towel is a thing to be used wisely--when working its magic all things are possible!

UPDATE: (2009) Congratulations Pittsburgh Steelers--headed to the Super Bowl once again!! My husband and I will be cheering for the Steelers at a Super Bowl party in Texas, while our Pittsburgh contingent will be glued to their tv's here.

Our son and his friends (new converts to the game) will be viewing the game from Santiago, Chile. They'll be dining on Roethlis-burgers, waving their terrible towels and listening to vintage STEELER FIGHT SONGS during this event. GO STEELERS!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Cultural; friendly; sport-enthusiasts heaven; academic excellence
  • Cons:Shortsightness on ideas for economic growth
  • In a nutshell:A city that offers much, asks little and is a wonderful place to visit!
  • Last visit to Pittsburgh: Dec 2009
  • Intro Updated Feb 28, 2010
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  • riorich55's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2011 at 1:24 AM

    We may be coming to Pittsburgh for a family reunion this summer, if so I'll be back to check out your pages more thoroughly.

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2009 at 1:42 AM

    Ahhh, Veronica - Fantastic! Great memories growing up here - Yul Brenner in King & I - spent much time recently w/best friend from High School. Love Pittsburgh! Ciao, Carol

  • Bunsch's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    I didn't know this was your home town! Hoping to visit sometime in the next year for a VT rendezvous.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Yes, the Steelers have done a great job, but the Cardinals are starting to look good too, hehehe...That fountain in Pointe State Park looks very similar to the one we have in Fountain Hills, AZ...I have not visited Pittsburgh yet but I will...Norman :)

  • Apr 12, 2009 at 5:23 PM

    Thanks for a trip down memory lane. I graduated from Pitt in 83. Only been back a couple times. Great city! Paul

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Just viewed your many restaurant tips = now I feel hungry but it is time for bed :) I may be dreaming of yummy food all night!

  • junecorlett's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2009 at 6:18 AM

    Great mansions. Also colourful murals, eye-catching.

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2009 at 8:44 PM

    You need to update your Heinz Field tip to say 6 time superbowl champ Steelers, I'll bet you had fun watching the game on Sunday!!! Gotta love a place that has smiley face cookies :-)

  • Jan 8, 2009 at 6:55 AM

    Full of information - Great page!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    5-star recebt tips! Thorough, interesting, informative, fun, and useful. Lots of pride seeps through your tips, and that is a good thing...I love positive! Great educational institutions. I need to visit soon.

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