The grass is greener, the days are longer, and the colors are on full display. So what better place to visit in Spring than a blue collar, working class destination once known as the Steel City!
From April 16 to 19, I will be visiting Pittsburgh thanks to Visit Pittsburgh.
While I visited Philadelphia years ago, this will be my first visit to Pittsburgh. I’ve talked with a friend who lived outside of Pittsburgh for years as well as travelers Amanda from Dangerous Business and Megan from Megan Starr.
While Pittsburgh will be quite a contrast from winter in Yosemite, I am excited about exploring a side of this city many people haven’t seen.
Since the Steel City days of the 80s, this city has changed a lot. You may not even recognize it now.
A Pittsburgh Renaissance
Over the last couple of decades, Pittsburgh has gone through a number of changes transforming the city from dark, gray, and gloomy to bright, clean, and beautiful.
Since the collapse of the steel industry in the late 70s and early 80s, Pittsburgh has re-defined itself with new buildings, green parks and outdoor activities, and a re-vitalized downtown. Once dirty and polluted, the Three Rivers of Pittsburgh now offer kayak tours and boat rides giving the city a number of outdoor activities to enjoy.
2013 celebrates a sort of Pittsburgh Renaissance. People who haven’t visited Pittsburgh in years may be surprised at the city’s makeover. Numerous people have shared that the drive into Pittsburgh and the skyline views from Duquesne Incline are spectacular.
Jobs are coming back to the city. Heinz Field and PNC Park were built for the Steelers and Pirates. Downtown has been given a facelift and new businesses and industries are thriving. The Steel City has changed her clothes and aged beautifully.
Now you understand why I want to visit Pittsburgh.
My Visit Pittsburgh schedule
So what will I do in Pittsburgh? This press trip is small – there are only 5 of us on this trip so it will be an intimate experience exploring a side of Pittsburgh many people didn’t know existed.
Pittsburgh is a sports town and budding film location. A lot of my time will be spent visiting locations where movies were filmed and enjoying a bit of the sports scene in Pittsburgh.
I am a huge sports and travel fan and believe that sporting events are a great way to meet locals when traveling. There is so much passion and culture in sports that help visitors connect with the heart of the people. That’s one of the big reasons why I started my College Football Travel Tour.
In nearly every city that I visit, I love checking out sports stadiums and attending sporting events. This visit to Pittsburgh won’t be any different. As part of the trip, I hope to get a tour of Heinz Field. On Thursday night, I will be watching the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Atlanta Braves at beautiful PNC Park.
Pittsburgh has been the site of many movies including Flashdance, Inspector Gadget, Jack Reacher, The Dark Knight Rises, and many others. Pittsburgh has become such a popular movie location that the city has its own film office. As the city becomes a movie mecca, it has declared itself the Hollywood of the East.
From Wednesday to Friday, I will be enjoying the views, sampling the food that this city has to offer, exploring scenes from Hollywood, and rooting alongside Pittsburgh’s passionate fans as they cheer on their sports teams.
Sports, movies, and food – not a bad way to spend a few days exploring Pittsburgh.
The Steel City isn’t what it used to be. She’s risen from the ashes to become a shining star and one of the best cities in America.
Leave it to Pittsburgh to turn their renaissance into a Hollywood movie – rather, a Hollywood of the East movie.
Have you experienced the Pittsburgh renaissance? What are your travel tips and recommendations for Pittsburgh?
Follow my Visit Pittsburgh trip on Twitter with the tag #BTApgh and on Facebook. Thanks to Visit Pittsburgh for providing all travel accommodations for this visit. All opinions and reviews of Pittsburgh will be my own.