It might not be a place on your radar , but you might consider Pittsburgh as one of the cities to take a 30 Plus Teams Tour in .
” The Steel City ” was named one of the country’s most . livable cities .
It was named for a politician who never even visited the city , British Prime Minister William Pitt .
It may be called ” The Steel City ” , but you could call it ” The City of Bridges ” , because of all those bridges in and around the city .
All 446 of them .
Three of the bridges are known as ” The Three Sisters ” .
Their official names are the Rachel Carson , the Andy Warhol , and the Roberto Clemente Bridges .
You’ll see them close up if you happen to be driving or walking through Downtown Pittsburgh or the North Shore neighborhood of the city .
Pittsburgh was named as one of the best cities to retire in along with cities in Georgia , Florida , Texas , and Arizona .
It doesn’t take all day to get to the city , either .
Five or six hours from most states , Washington DC , and even Toronto , and it’s Hello To ” Da Burg . ”
You could attempt to visit Pittsburgh ‘ s neighborhood’s , all 90 of them if you’ve got the time to visit . Or you just might want to visit one or two of them .
This city has just as many different restaurants as New York City , and some of them are mentioned in Zagat’s Restaurant Guide .
Bring that appetite with you for all the different foods to eat in Pittsburgh .
What would going to a hockey , baseball , or football game in Pittsburgh be without wearing the colors black and yellow ?
All three of the teams wear these colors and if you happen to be in Downtown Pittsburgh and notice that the top of the Gulf Tower Building is bathed in black and yellow , bet the house on it that the Pirates , Steelers , or the Penguins just won a game .
PNC Park , home of the Pirates , was named as one of the best baseball parks in the country .
Hockey fans of the other 29 teams may disagree , but Penguins fans were named as the best fans in the National Hockey League .
Judging by how loud it can get at the Pittsburgh Paints Arena , and how often the team sells out their games , that just might be the truth .
Many years ago , Pittsburgh was known as ” The Gateway to the West ” , and folks were traveling by horseback to get around the city that eventually became Pittsburgh .
They still are taking horses to get around .
Iron Horses , that is .
Pittsburgh does have a subway , but it’s not 24 hours like the subway in New York City .
Like the subway in Boston , it’s known as ” The T ” .
If you happen to be traveling between Downtown Pittsburgh and the North Shore neighborhood to see the Pirates or the Steelers or even to try your luck at the Rivers Casino , it’s free .
The city offers one surprise after another .
There’s a theater and museum district , which is known as ” The Cultural District ” .
Not only are there theaters here , but museums as well .
One of which is the Senator John Heinz History Center , which is a branch of the Smithsonian .
That’s Heinz , like the ketchup .
That started in Pittsburgh , too .
All 57 varieties .
The building that now houses the center used to be the place where all those Heinz products were made .
Further down the street is the Andy Warhol Museum .
He was also a native of the city and just think , you threw away all those Campbell Soup cans that he made famous .
Want a little adventure ? How about kayaking on one of the Three Rivers and see the skyline of the city close up ?
Not really you say .
So you think San Francisco is the only place where cable cars go up and down all those hills ?
Nope , think again .
This city has two cable cars , but here in Pittsburgh , they’re called Funiculars .
They’re the Duquesne and the Monongahela .
They’ve been running up and down the Mount Washington neighborhood since 1870 and 1877, respectively .
Pittsburgers still take them to work , just like they did so many years ago .
If you want to go where the locals go, visit the Strip District .
No, this area doesn’t have strip clubs , bring your appetite and the family here .
You’ll find ethnic grocery stores , meat and fish markets as well as inexpensive souvenirs .
You won’t be able to visit all 90 neighborhood’s , but one more to visit is the Oakland neighborhood , which is known as ” The Neighborhood of Learning “.
It’s the home of the University of Pittsburgh and the home of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum .
It’s the country’s only military memorial dedicated to men and women in women in all branches of the service .
Pittsburgh is a city full of surprises and if you’re a sports fan , it’s a city that definitely should be a part of your 30 Plus Teams Tour .