An important country seat for the Allegheny County, Pittsburg is the second largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia. The e city has population of over 2,659,937, which makes it the 20th-largest in the U.S. Also called as ‘the Steel City’ or ‘the City of Bridges’, Pittsburgh is an important global industry center and ranks among the largest U.S. cities. Situated on the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers the city is located at an elevation of 220 meters above sea level and encompasses 13,840 km2 of land. While the Forbes gave the city the title of America's Most Livable City by Places Rated Almanac, Pittsburgh was named a top world destination by The Economist as National Geographic and Today. Many law firms, technology companies and software giants have their headquarters in Pittsburg. English is the official language.
The city is currently served by two airports - Pittsburgh International Airport and Arnold Palmer Regional Airport and all flights for Pittsburg land at either of the airport. Pittsburgh International Airport is the major one among the two and is located at a distance of 30 km from the city. Currently 15 airlines operate flights to and from the Pittsburgh International Airport. Pittsburgh experiences humid continental climate which is characterized by cold winters, moderate summer and short spells of spring and fall season. Winters in Pittsburgh are very cold and often snowy while during the summer the average temperature reaches 32 °C. July is the warmest and January is the coldest month of the year. The month from June to October and March to May are the best time to plan a visit to Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Three Rivers Pridefest in June, Trinity Greek Festival in September, Pittsburgh International Children's Festival and Pittsburgh Folk Festival in May and New Year are the most celebrates festivals in Pittsburgh.
A perfect amalgam of the old and new, Pittsburgh is a wonderful tourist destination. Phipps Conservatory is an old botanical garden featuring 13-room Victorian glasshouse, a butterfly and bird garden, a color wheel garden and a sensory garden. Carnegie Museum of Art is a perfect stopover for the art aficionados as this museum houses extensive collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings from over past two centuries along with various sculptures and decorative art. Carnegie Science Center is another popular attraction where tourists can sight 250 hands-on displays dealing with science and technology.
Andy Warhol Museum which highlights the work of Andy Warhol, who was the city's most famous artist and American Pop Art pioneer, is also a huge draw. When in Pittsburgh, do not miss visiting the Frick Art and Historical Center, which is a complex of museums and historical buildings. Duquesne Incline is a functional and working museum. It uses two original 1877 cable cars that take tourists to the top from where scenic views of the city can be enjoyed. A small museum showcasing the history of the incline is also located on the top. Strip District one of the city's main tourist centers offering great opportunities for dining and shopping. Schenley Park, Frick Park, Highland Park, Riverview Park and Grand View Scenic Byway Park are the largest city parks in Pittsburg.
Eating and Shopping
The traditional food that you can enjoy in Pittsburg is reflective of the various cultures that prosper here. Cabbage Roll, Chipped Ham, City Chicken, Clark Bar, Halušky, Italian sausage, Kielbasa, Klondike bar, Clark Bar, Dozen Bake Shop, Pierogi and Sarris Candies are among the local food tourists should not miss here. Cure, Root 174, The Commoner, Penn Ave Fish Company, Eleven, Primanti Brothers sandwiches, Eleven, Mike & Tony's on Pittsburgh's Southside, Eveready Noodles, Tessaro's in Bloomfield and Bloomfield Bridge Tavern are the major places in Pittsburg to enjoy a satisfying meal. The city is extremely famous for its night life as well. Krista's Cantina, Club Zoo, Squirrel Hill Cafe, Club Cafe, Shadow Lounge, Altar Bar, Uncle Jimmy's, Church Brew Works, Funny Bone Comedy Club and 31st Street Pub are the most happening night clubs in Pittsburgh.
To ensure that you enjoy a splendid shopping experience, Pittsburgh has something for every traveller. From huge malls, to small street shops, from international boutiques to local offerings, everything is available. Shadyside or brand shopping, Station Square (hub for Shopping, dining, and entertainment), Strip District (famous for farmers' booths selling fresh produce and imported foods), Century III Mall (multiple retail options), Mall at Robinson (brand shopping), Ross Park Mall (best mall), South Hills Village (Bethel Park mall having a mix of entertainment, shops and food joints), 5th Avenue Place (upscale shopping destination), (street shopping) and Ellsworth Avenue (a great place to shop, eat, and play) are the tope shopping places and hangouts in Pittsburgh.
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