On to the good stuff. I've been wanting to do this post for a while and sort of wrap it into a few Travel Tuesday posts to take advantage of how many places we've lived in the past couple of years and share some "insider" tips for those of you who may be making a trip! On the agenda: Pittsburgh, DC, and Charleston!
I know Pittsburgh isn't at the top of everyone's bucket list for a trip, but if you have a free weekend its a great place to visit, especially in the summer! Here is just a rundown of my favorite spots and restaurants you don't want to miss!
The Pirates and Steelers stadiums are on the North Shore, right by the brand new casino if you're into that!
|Such an old photo! And easily the coldest game I've ever been to!|
The Pens arena is also brand new. I haven't been for a game yet but we took a look around inside and its so nice! If you're a hockey fan, definitely put this on your list!
|My goddaughter up close and personal with the tiger!|
Mount Washington and the Pittsburgh Incline
There are a couple different inclines and vantage points to see the city from Mount Washington, but I recommend the Duquesne Incline for the best view of the Three Rivers. The incline takes you from the Station Square area up to Mount Washington for a few bucks and it's worth the ride.
|I had to look in my photo archives for this one, I think I may have taken this with a disposable camera! ha!|
The Strip District is a gritty area of town that functions mostly in the mornings. There are tons of Pittsburgh memorabilia shops, Italian and Greek grocery stores, coffee shops, my favorite biscotti shop (get the bag of broken pieces, its cheap and delicious!), a fish market, and sidewalk vendors.
Make sure to stop at Deluca's for breakfast! The line can be long but its a Pittsburgh staple! Another must if you're heading to Pittsburgh is a stop at Primanti Brothers. You can order basically any sandwich and they will top it with french fries and cole slaw. It's basically impossible to eat without making a mess, but I'll totally judge you hard if you use a fork! (Both Deluca's and Primanti Brothers were on Man v. Food!)
East Carson Street/Southside
Head here for a whole row of bars, live music venues and delicious restaurants. My favorite is Nakama if you like a hibachi grill and sushi. There is another Primanti Brothers here in case you miss the original location in the Strip!
|Engagement pictures downtown! (Photo by Caitlin Thomas Photography)|
|This was in Point State Park, though you can't see the fountain in this one|
Pittsburgh has great museums, including the Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Science Center, Children's Museum, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Mattress Factory (contemportary art), and the Heinz History Center.
Pittsburgh has a subway-type system called the "T" which can connect you around the city and into the suburbs. I believe it's free if you're within the downtown area, but don't quote me on that because it's been a while! There are also a lot of parking garages all over if you bring a car.
I'm sure I forgot some things so I may add to this as time goes on!
Has anyone been to Pittsburgh? I know there are a few of you from the area, would love to hear your favorite spots and restaurants too!