Perhaps one of the most legendary NFL teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers are back in an all too familiar situation, preparing for Super Bowl XLV. The Steel City, the City of Champions, and the City of Bridges are all identifiable nicknames of Pittsburgh, but what can the traveler come to expect?
Pittsburgh often gets overshadowed by what many may call their bigger brother, Philadelphia. However, Pittsburgh features a metropolis that has a lot to offer for every kind of traveler. As the Steelers over the decades have proved, Pittsburgh is a big sports city for both professional and college sports fans.
Duquesne and the University of Pittsburgh are the two major colleges, while other professional sports teams include MLB's Pittsburgh Pirates and the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins.
Possibly Pittsburgh's most notable feature is its architecture. There are elements of Victorian architecture throughout the city, such as Phipps Conservatory, which is a glass botanical garden house. With its rich history, Pittsburgh features several museums that are worth a visit.
The Andy Warhol Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art are a couple of the most visited museums. Visitors could easily spend an entire day at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, for its dinosaur exhibit alone, but for many other reasons as well, as it ranks as one of the best natural history museums.
Pittsburgh is a true river city and one of the most unique in the U.S. because of the triangular shape of the business district, of which the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers flow down the sides of the city to form the Ohio River.
One of the highlights is Station Square, located on the Monongahela River, and featuring boutique shops, restaurants, hotels, and nightlife. The Amphitheater at Station Square is great on spring and summer evenings when if features live music.
Often overlooked by such popular northeastern destinations like Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia, Pittsburgh has a lot to offer. History, architecture, sports, and arts and culture abound in Steel City, making for a great opportunity for travelers come this spring.