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Headylamar  (Level: 154.6 - Posts: 740)
Thu, 1st Oct '09 10:42 PM


My husband and I are planning a very short trip to Pittsburgh next week. We've never been there. Any of you Pittsburgh folk have suggestions as to what we should see or do while in the area? We will be arriving next Tuesday Oct. 6th in the evening and returning to Michigan Friday the 9th.

Lucimoore  (Level: 193.8 - Posts: 1736)
Thu, 1st Oct '09 11:07 PM

Dang Heady, I thought you were taking Alvandy's suggestion from another thread:

"I think we need to incorporate more sex and less politics"

Oh well, your thread is sure getting a lot of looks.

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Thu, 1st Oct '09 11:31 PM

Get ready to get lost - the roads make no sense - lots of one ways, bridges, tunnels, hills and rivers. I'm a typical Pittsburgher - can't give you directions worth a darn, have no idea what street I'm on and never get lost.
Once you've conquered that it's one of the all time best cities anywhere. The people are incredibly friendly and will help you if you need directions or advice on where to eat.
Ride the incline and catch the view on top of Mount Washington - lots of great places to eat up there. The Strip district has cool places to shop and eat too. The Heinz history museum (at the entrance to the strip) tells you a lot about the history of the area and is fun.
The National Aviary on the North Side is nice if you like birds. The Science center is over there too and is fun if you're interested in that.
Out in Oakland are the main museums and Phipps Conservatory - cool plants and flowers ( and nice and warm not matter what time of the year).
That's the tip of the iceberg - lots of sports and concerts too. Fill us in when you get back.

Alvandy  (Level: 241.6 - Posts: 7717)
Thu, 1st Oct '09 11:52 PM

I've visited Pittsburgh several times and the inclines to Mt. Washington are definitely a treat. Station Square is a riverfront shopping mall and popular tourist attraction. The University of Pittsburgh's "Cathedral of Learning"out in Oakland is really neat to visit.

Slicko covered a lot of great ideas too.
If you happen to rent a car while there, consider a GPS system. I do not like driving in Pittsburgh.

Welcome to Pennsylvania, home of world championship sports teams!!

Headylamar  (Level: 154.6 - Posts: 740)
Fri, 2nd Oct '09 12:03 AM

Thanks Slick!! I don't care what chick says, you're alright!!! We are staying at the Marriott Courtyard Shadyside in the Oakland area. We're arriving a couple of days early, so we can see some of the city and outlying area. We've got tickets to see Cirque du Soleil's Alegria on Thursday evening at the Petersen Events Center. (I am so geeked about this!!)

We really appreciate your suggestions and will most definitely do the incline. Hey! Is there somewhere to eat that says "Pittsburgh"?

Thanks and best regards,

Headylamar  (Level: 154.6 - Posts: 740)
Fri, 2nd Oct '09 12:16 AM

Al. Thanks for that GPS tip! Oh, and by the way, I don't care what Chick says.... You're alright too!


Zeedee  (Level: 235.6 - Posts: 1088)
Fri, 2nd Oct '09 12:34 AM

As the others have said, Pittsburgh is a challenge to drive in. For that reason, I highly recommend taking a tour of the city so that someone else drives and you can just enjoy the view instead of seeking road signs and markers. You can book tours at Station Square.
Ducky tours are fun -- they use amphibious vehicles that maneuver through and streets and right into the rivers!
For a more sedate view of the city from the rivers, take a Gateway Clipper -- a more traditional riverboat cruise.
In addition to the Heinz History Museum, there are the four Carnegie Museums
Kennywood, a traditional old-fashioned amusement park (which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places) has closed for the season, but is open on Friday and Saturday nights in October for a Halloween-themed attraction called Phantom Fright Nights
There are several excellent theaters, and we have a world-class symphony, ballet company, and opera.
I hope you have a wonderful time!

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Fri, 2nd Oct '09 5:50 AM

Nothing is more Pittsburgh than Primanti Brothers sandwiches - they are the best anywhere. The original is in the Strip district. Threre's one out in Oakland not far from you but it will be overrun with students from the Univ. of Pittsburgh. There are others scattered around town - the one on Market Square is great too.

Kaufman  (Level: 269.7 - Posts: 3943)
Fri, 2nd Oct '09 6:10 AM

I think the consumable that most says Pittsburgh is Iron City, no?

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Fri, 2nd Oct '09 8:12 AM

I had a wonderful time there in 1982. Wow, such memories. I think she's married to a plumber now.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2476)
Fri, 2nd Oct '09 9:48 AM

Everything the others said, except if you are going for the Primanti's brothers sandwich, go to the original shop, they are the best there.
And its so true about driving...... anyplace else, if you make 3 right turns, you get back to where you started... not in Pittsburgh!
If you get a chance tour the Pitt Campus, there are so many beautiful buildings including the Cathedral.... and if you go to Soliders and Sailors, you can see the room were parts of Silence of the Lambs was filmed.
It's a great city, I hope you have fun!

Headylamar  (Level: 154.6 - Posts: 740)
Fri, 2nd Oct '09 12:22 PM

Thanks Cindy, Gary, Al, Diane, Martina, Ken and Felix! You've all been so helpful and informative! Felix that was fascinating information... My husband is a retired plumber.....

Thanks again!

Headylamar  (Level: 154.6 - Posts: 740)
Wed, 7th Oct '09 8:27 PM

Pittsburgh: Day 1

What a beautiful city!! We've been here less than 24 hours, but we've been lost twice. One time even our Garmin was lost!
No matter. We are loving this gorgeous lively city! We've been to the Walnut Street shopping area in Shadyside. Checked out all the cool shops on the Strip, the beautiful riverside at Station Square and rode the incline to Mt. Washington for a beer and Hoagie at Redbeard's. More fun tomorrow. Thanks again Pennsylvania People!

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