This surprising city was named top global destination by travel expert

Steelers country, let’s go!

Pittsburgh, the western Pennsylvania home of steel, sports and sandwiches with fries and coleslaw packed into the bread, is supposed to be a top travel destination, according to a National Geographic writer .

Andrew Nelson’s new “Here Not There” touts the three-river Rust Belt city as a great alternative to fecal-filled San Francisco — a so-called dupe destination not worth the money or hassle, according to Nelson.

The author also boasted that Detroit’s beach scene was comparable to Miami’s and that seeing a play in Cleveland, Ohio, “was on par with Broadway in New York.”

“For those who haven’t yet, Pittsburgh is a revelation: like San Francisco, it’s a mix of cutting-edge tech sectors mixed with some of the most historic and community-driven 19th century neighborhoods that we can find. And of course, hills,” Nelson said, according to KDKA News.

Pittsburgh has been ranked among the best travel destinations for 2024. Loop Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

In addition to the magnificent views of the city’s headlands offered by the Duquesne Incline Cable Car, Pittsburgh is also home to the steepest paved street in the country, Canton Avenue.

After all, who needs the serpentine of Lombard Street when you can defy gravity face to face?

Pittsburgh’s hilly landscape has been praised for making the city more attractive.

Nelson also praised cultural institutions such as the Carnegie Museums and the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden. Pittsburgh also relishes the honor of hosting the second highest-ranked food festival across the states thanks to Picklesburgh.

Although it’s a big dill in the Black and Yellow City, locals may suggest heading to the Italian Markets or many other renowned international markets in the Strip District. The city’s Andy Warhol Museum is also another hit.

“We have worked hard to position Pittsburgh as a travel destination that will surprise and delight visitors, and this designation demonstrates our destination’s ability to do just that,” said Jerad Bachar, president and CEO of the VisitPittsburgh Tourism Council. .

Pittsburgh is striving to become a tourist destination. Universal Images Group via Getty Images

“Nestled in the heart of the East Coast, Pittsburgh is a place where technology meets leisure, where Warhol meets whiskey and where unexpected adventures abound. »

Yet for years, the Steel City has been a destination for sports fans, beyond the six-time Super Bowl champion Steelers. After all, tourism brought in $6.4 billion in 2023, the TV channel reported.

From April to September, baseball fans regularly head to PNC Park Stadium, home of the Roberto Clemente Pirates, to see one of the most popular baseball fields on the riverfront.

PNC Park, home of the Pirates, is a destination for many baseball fans. Sportswire Icon via Getty Images

However, unlike outside the Giants’ home, Oracle Field, in San Francisco, it takes more courage to kayak the Allegheny River and attempt to hit a home run.

Even without the Jaromir Jargr figurines to show for it, die-hard hockey fans can also get their fill of watching the dynamic duo of Stanley Cup winners Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin with the Penguins. They simply haven’t beaten the New York Islanders in a playoff series in over a decade.

Also add Duquesne men’s basketball to that citywide hype after winning the school’s first March Madness game since 1969 last month.

New York Post

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