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Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a city with plenty of personality. With quirky museums, mini mountain top towns, and numerous sports venues, all with the great Ohio River running through the centre, this is a destination that certainly packs a punch. The city’s highest point, Mount Washington, is no ordinary mountain, it’s actually an entire district. While you’ve still got the spectacular views, old fashioned funicular rides up the slopes and plenty of observation spots, there’s also many places to dine or grab a drink or an ice cream while you admire the scenery. Pittsburgh loves its sports, in particular baseball, and while you’re here you should check out its celebrated ballpark, PNC Park. Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, this sprawling ballpark is the perfect place to take part in one of America’s favourite past times.

If you’re after some quiet time, leave the buzz of the city behind at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens where you’ll find hundreds of types of flowers and trees as well as waterfalls and a Monet style lily pond to feast your eyes on. Bring a book and you could easily spend a couple of hours here. The museums in Pittsburgh are not to be missed and our favourite is the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Here you can see dinosaurs, gemstones, Egyptian mummies, extinct mammals and much more, plus there’s plenty of hands on activities for the little ones to enjoy.

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For a taste of Pittsburgh’s quirky side, head to Bicycle Heaven, a sprawling maze of vintage bicycles complete with information on the history, plus some famous bikes from various movies too. We said Pittsburgh loves sports, and you won’t miss the many Steelers fans sporting their memorabilia across the city. This popular NFL football team practices at the Heinz Stadium if you want to watch a game.

For music, check out the schedule at the Consol Energy Center which hosts world-famous pop artists at sell-out concerts as well as, yep you guessed it, more sports! And last but by no means least is the famous Andy Warhol Museum where you can view floors upon floors of incredible art pieces, paintings and interactive installations. A holiday to Pittsburgh is perfect for sporting types, animal lovers and those that just want to relax and take in the sights.

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10 facts about Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh is nicknamed ‘Steel City’ as it was the country’s main steel producer. Some of it went to build the Empire State Building and the Golden Gate Bridge.

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The Mount Washington funiculars follow the Duquesne and Monongahela Inclines which are the world’s oldest continuous inclines.

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Pittsburgh's favourite cuisine is ‘Chipped Ham’ a spicy cold meat which was imported from Italy in the 1930s and has stuck around ever since.

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With 446 bridges, Pittsburgh has more than Venice, and any other city in the world for that matter! Many of them cross the three rivers in the city.

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Phipps Conservatory is one of the eco-friendliest facilities in the world. It produces all of its own energy and has received Platinum certification.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have won the most Super Bowls out of any NFL team – the city is certainly very proud of this fact!

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Bicycle Heaven may be one of Pittsburgh’s lesser known museums but it is one of the world’s largest collections of bicycles.

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The National Aviary is America’s largest aviary and one of the only independent indoor non-profit aviaries in the country.

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The McDonalds Big Mac was invented in Pittsburgh in 1967 – you’ll find plenty of places to test the end product here!

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Pittsburgh has provided the backdrop for many famous films including most recently the Batman sequel, The Dark Knight Rises.

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