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Top things to do in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh has many times been named one of the best places in the world to visit. We invite you to come and find out why! Step back into the past at one of the region's history museums. Whether your passion is visual or performing arts (or both!) you will be overwhelmed by the choices in theaters, galleries, public art installations and the museum dedicated to the Prince of Pop, The Andy Warhol Museum. And, Pittsburgh is home to three professional, and numerous collegiate, sports teams.

With a little help from our friends at VisitPittsburgh, we've come up with several top reasons to visit Pittsburgh for this year's Annual Symposium.


Pittsburgh is not only defined by its skyline and its sports teams, but by its vibrant neighborhoods. With 90 charming and unique neighborhoods, Pittsburgh guarantees the perfect place for you to shop, dine, hang out and explore. From the hip and trendy to quiet and secluded, the perfect neighborhood(s) are waiting for you to discover. You'll also love the culture and the friendly feel Pittsburgh's neighborhoods have to offer. The rich history of the city has shaped these neighborhoods into their own distinct personalities.

Just east of Downtown, you'll find a variety of food and eclectic shops in the market spot known as the Strip District. Visit the trendy and artsy neighborhood of Lawrenceville, take a cookie tour or an artists' studio tour. Shop 'til you drop in the upscale Shadyside area. Oakland offers an intellectual and cultural outlet at its many universities and museums. Discover the gritty and entrepreneurial East Liberty. Explore the diverse food and shopping that family-friendly Squirrel Hill offers. You want gelato, prosciutto, cannoli? Bloomfield, called "Pittsburgh's Little Italy" is the place to shop and eat. Continue east for a day spent shopping in Monroeville, and visit the mall to experience the setting for George Romero's zombie movie, "Dawn of the Dead."

To the south of the city, the South Side is full of exciting nightlife destinations. Just over the bridges from Downtown, the North Shore/North Side area boasts outdoor activities, family fun destinations and sporting events galore. To the west, take a walk along the tree-lined streets of the quaint Sewickley neighborhood. Mt. Washington has the view to beat all views. USA Weekend magazine named it one of the top 10 most beautiful views in the country. In the heart of it all, Downtown gives you your fill of city hustle and bustle, a 14-block Cultural District, public art, extraordinary dining and outdoor parks and plazas. Pittsburgh's neighborhoods are as wonderful and distinctive as its people and they're waiting to welcome you!


However you like to roll, Pittsburgh is sure to have the sightseeing option for you. By land or water, on four wheels or two, walk or Segway, tour and enjoy the sights of the city. Tag along with knowledgeable guides for free architectural walking tours of Downtown or culinary tours of Pittsburgh's unique neighborhoods. Go on a sightseeing trip by trolley, by sternwheeler or by WWII amphibious vehicle! Take a trip back in time and see how the steel industry played a major role in shaping the economy and the culture of Pittsburgh's "Steel Valley." Don't miss the new movie location tour and find out why Pittsburgh is called "Hollywood of the East."

Also, check out the "Pittsburgh Art and Architecture Tour" itineraries, featuring four of Pittsburgh's phenomenal cultural institutions: The Andy Warhol Museum, Mattress Factory, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and House on Kentuck Knob. 


Wrapped in rivers, intertwined with trails and packed with parks, Pittsburgh is full of outdoor adventure. Bike, walk or rollerblade miles of riverfront trails, soaking in fantastic urban views. Bicycle rentals are available along the trail. Guided hikes offer another way to see the city. Pittsburgh boasts a lush and diverse landscape and is filled with endless recreational opportunities for every outdoor enthusiast.


Pittsburgh is the place for sports fans! Come see for yourself why Sporting News magazine awarded Pittsburgh the coveted "Best Sports City" title and why the USA TODAY 10Best Reader's Choice poll named Pittsburgh as one of the winner's of the "Best City for Sports" travel award.

If it's action you want, this city has it covered with the best of football, baseball, hockey and more. Grab your Terrible Towel and visit Heinz field to watch the six-time Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Head to PPG Paints Arena and join in all the excitement when the Penguins take the ice.  The Pirates make a perfect summer night complete as you watch the game from PNC Park, rated by Travel & Leisure as the "best baseball stadium in America!"


The performing arts are always in the spotlight in Pittsburgh! Venture into the heart of Downtown for a 14-square-block collection of art galleries, historic theaters, a free quarterly Gallery Crawl, award-winning dining and so much more. 


Go back in time and experience five billion years of the Earth's history and 250+ years of Pittsburgh's history at such locations as Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Fort Pitt Museum and the Senator John Heinz History Center. From the museum with the world's third largest dinosaur repository to the first shots fired during the French & Indian War, the region's history museums bring the past to life.


Pittsburghers celebrate their ethnic diversity and enjoy a "work hard-play hard" love of good food and drink rooted in that history. Cooking and sharing food with family and friends is a time-honored Pittsburgh tradition. From its early days, Pittsburgh has been a melting pot of ethnic diversity as immigrants came to the area in pursuit of their American dream. Early immigrants from England, Germany, Scotland, Ireland and Wales were soon followed by Italian, Polish, eastern European, African, Swedish, Spanish, Russian and Greek immigrants. More recent immigrants from the Middle East, Ethiopia, Asia, Vietnam, India and Pakistan have also arrived. Seeking comfort in familiar traditions, new residents often moved in to neighborhoods where others, who shared a similar language and culture, had already settled. Soon, the ethnic neighborhoods in Pittsburgh gained definition as churches, synagogues and temples were built, shops were opened and local restaurants offered a taste of their homeland.

The restaurants and cuisine in Pittsburgh have become more sophisticated, easily competitive with cities nationwide. The city's award-winning chefs, new restaurant concepts and suppliers have moved the restaurant scene forward with fresh ingredients from locally grown, locally raised goods. In Pittsburgh, farm-to-table is not just a saying, it's a way of life.


Calling all shopaholics! There's so much shopping in Pittsburgh, you almost won't know where to start. Stay Downtown where it's compact and walkable and get your shop on. Venture into Pittsburgh's unique neighborhoods for an eclectic mix sure to satisfy your shopping fix. High-end fashion can always be found at Ross Park Mall with over 150 retailers including Nordstrom, Macy's, Burberry and more! Looking for a bargain? Grove City Premium Outlets, located just 50 minutes north of Pittsburgh, features more than 130 outlets.                                 








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