Monday, September 3, 2012

You Really Should (Visit Pittsburgh)

One of my many vices is compulsively searching travel websites.  A recent post on (which used to be, but MS and NBC have apparently divorced, at least online) was taken from  Titled, "9 places you haven't visited, but should", the article by Elissa Leibowitz Poma, listed countries (Zambia, Oman, Singapore, South Korea, Colombia and Armenia), a state park (Valley of Fire) in Nevada and two cities, Chan Chan, Peru and Pittsburgh, PA (no I am not kidding).   
I am truly unlikely to be visiting any of the aforementioned sites soon, except for the one where I make my home, Pittsburgh.
The article, like many of these travel briefs that appear in magazines and websites, provides just a few sentences on each of the nine recommendations.  And for Pittsburgh, after reminding the reader that it is no longer gritty and smoky, thanks to the demise of the steel industry, she highlights the Warhol Museum, Phipps Conservatory and the "historical funicular called the Monongahela Incline".
So, what are the other sites I would add to her list?   On a long trip back from a weekend wedding we attended in Charleston, West Virginia I came up with the following "9 places you should visit in Pittsburgh, if you haven't":

  1. The Maxo Vanka murals at St. Nicholas Croatian Church in Millvale.
  2. PNC Park for a Skyblast after a Pirate Game.
  3. The Nationality Rooms at the Cathedral of Learning.
  4. Wild Rosemary Restaurant.
  5. Pamelas, preferably in Millvale.
  6. The city view from the West End Bridge.
  7. The fountain at Point State Park.
  8. The parking lots before a home Steeler game for an introduction to 'Steeler Nation'.
  9. The River Walk from the Convention Center, across the Seventh Street Bridge and along the river past both PNC Park and Heinz Field.
What's on your list of best places in the 'Burgh?  


  1. The Strip District leading into Lawrenceville: 16-62 Design Zone. The Westend Overlook. Mt. Washington...

  2. I'll check out 16-62 Design Zone. What is it?

    1. It is additional shops that start at the 16th street bridge and continue to the 62nd street bridge! look for flags on the store fronts.