Pittsburgh is a city of about 350,000 in Allegheny County, at the center of the Pittsburgh Region in southwestern Pennsylvania; the population of its metropolitan area is about 2.4 million. It is situated at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River. Pittsburgh’s unique terrain has resulted in an unusual city design and a hodge-podge of unique neighborhood “pockets” with diverse ethnic and architectural heritage. Pittsburgh has a rich history and, for its size, an unusual array of cultural treasures, largely thanks to the wealth that was generated when Pittsburgh was a hub of industry.
Not only are its sports teams a mighty force to be reckoned with, but the city has overcome adversity in a big way. Pittsburgh’s affordable standard of living, top-notch health care facilities and cultural attractions combine to make it America’s “Most Livable City.”
Once a center for heavy industry, today Pittsburgh’s skyline has been transformed. Riverfronts are thoughtfully developed, utilized for recreation now more than ever. Businesses look to the environment as an asset, not a challenge. And, best of all, “green” has replaced “smoky” for good.
Pittsburgh is a vibrant, mid-sized city that has the feel of a small town. Its approachability can be seen on the faces of its energetic, hard-working and proud people.
Bike, walk or rollerblade miles of riverfront trails and soak in fantastic urban views. Wrapped in rivers, intertwined with trails and packed with parks, it is a green and outdoor city in close contact with its surrounding countryside. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens opened its Center for Sustainable Landscapes, one of the world’s first certified living buildings, a model of sustainability for architects, scientists, planners and anyone interested in living greener.
In the eyes of many of its visitors, Pittsburgh offers a surprising and unexpected experience, with natural beauty, unique terrain and diverse offerings at every turn. Pittsburgh’s history and blue collar image makes the city and its inhabitants approachable and unpretentious.
Take to the streets of Pittsburgh and explore this vibrant city. There are free, self-guided and guided architectural and public art walking tours of the city’s many neighborhoods.
Make the time to travel to Pittsburgh’s Countryside, eight counties located between 30-60 minutes of downtown Pittsburgh, and offering everything from whitewater rafting to sailing to country festivals to hiking and more. Enjoy the slower pace and beautiful landscape of the countryside.