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Book a Flight to Pittsburgh and Drink in a Church

Book a Flight to Pittsburgh and Drink in a Church
December 16
07:00 2015

Surrounded by the wooded hills of the western Appalachian Mountains lies a city rich with history and one-of-a-kind character. Once known for being the poster child for America’s steel mill industry, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is quickly gaining traction for its incredible revitalisation. For years, Pittsburgh struggled with economic turmoil following the collapse of the nation’s steel industry. However, its recent transition back into the spotlight has made more and more people decide to book a flight to Pittsburgh – and for good reasons.

If you’re looking for a fast-paced, crowded, loud city – Pittsburgh isn’t the place. If you’re interested in a quirky, diverse and charming town then book that flight immediately. If you aren’t convinced yet, here are some reasons the Steel City should be on your bucket list.

1. The Skyline

Pittsburgh has been given an overwhelming amount of praise for its skyline. In fact, USA Today once referred to it as one of the best views in the nation. In true Pittsburgh fashion, you can hitch a ride up to the top to take in the sights by riding a mountainside funicular for under $5.

5 Reasons to book a flight to Pittsburgh

2. The Museums

Whether you’d like to take a peek at the city’s most famous artist and American Pop Art pioneer’s work in the Andy Warhol Museum, stroll through the world-famous Carnegie Museum or visit The Frick Art and Historical Center, there will certainly be a museum that will strike a chord with you.

One of the most unique museums the city has to offer is The Mattress Factory, located in Pittsburgh’s eccentric North Side neighborhood. Deceptively named, the museum does not in fact sell bedding of any sorts, but rather serves as a contemporary and interactive art space. One of the most famous permanent installations is titled Infinity Dots by renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusuma.

5 Reasons to book a flight to Pittsburgh3. The Unique Dining Experiences

Tucked away within Pittsburgh’s trendy Oakland neighbourhood lies Conflict Kitchen – a small, roadside take-out diner that only serves customers food from countries in which the United States is currently in conflict. Aimed to serve as a space that expands public engagement and minimises polarising rhetoric, the food comes wrapped in paper featuring interviews of whichever country is currently showcased. So far Conflict Kitchen has served up Iranian, Afghani, Venezuelan, North Korean and Palestinian fayre.

 

If you’d prefer something a bit less controversial, you can head down to the city’s South Side for one of the neighbourhood’s most eclectic eateries: The Zenith. Known as being the city’s “best kept secret,” The Zenith doubles as a one stop shop for vegetarians and vintage fanatics alike. This antique shop is also a tea room which serves up some of the best vegetarian fare the city has to offer. If you’re going on a Sunday, be sure to go hungry for the all-you-can-eat buffet!

4. You Can Drink in a Church

When was the last time you could say you enjoyed a fresh, locally brewed pint within the confines of a restored Roman Catholic church? Have you decided to book a flight to Pittsburgh yet?! Formally known as St. John the Baptist Church in Pittsburgh’s trendy Lawrenceville neighbourhood, Church Brew Works has been serving a hearty menu to pair with its award-winning beers. Cheers, y’all.

5. Free Transportation

One of the best things about this unique city is the fact that the Port Authority of Allegheny County offers free services to customers between the hours of 4 a.m. and 7 p.m. While the Free Fare Zone is limited to the downtown area, it certainly helps cut down the costs for anyone who is trying to see as much of the city as they can – especially the Historic and Cultural Districts. You can also catch a free train ride to some of the museums and two of the city’s largest sports arenas 24/7 using Pittsburgh’s light rail system. If that’s not a deal I don’t know what is!

About Author

Janet Newenham

Janet Newenham

Janet Newenham is a travel blogger from Cork, Ireland who has been travelling the world for over ten years. She writes about her crazy experiences abroad on her award-nominated travel blog 'Journalist On The Run', and also gives tips on how to lead a life full of travel and adventure.

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