Travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Episode 259

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Chris Bogdon who talks to us about his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

This former steel capital has undergone a renaissance since its steel business went away and Chris tells us some of the reasons to visit this city at the headwaters of the Ohio River. Pittsburgh boasts both historic Fort Pitt and nearby Fort Necessity where George Washington made a name for himself.

It is the home to many different ethnic neighborhoods which it celebrates with food and festivals and commemorates in an Immigration Museum in the Carnegie Library of the University of Pittsburgh.

The town now hosts students in greater numbers than steelworkers.

It is near Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and a wine region.

Chris also talks about side trips to Bethlehem, PA, and Jim Thorpe, PA.

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Show Notes

Pittsburgh, PA
Fort Pitt Museum
Pittsburgh Museums
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Heinz History Center
Heinz – About Heinz
Frick Art & Historical Center
The Warhol
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Immigration, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Ukrainian
Polish Hill
Ukrainian Church in Pittsburgh
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh Festivals and Attractions
Fort Necessity
Flight 93 National Memorial
Johnstown Flood
The Allegheny Portage Railroad
The Duquesne Incline
Nationality Rooms
Pittsburgh Restaurants
Primanti Bros
Neighbors in the Strip
Pennsylvania Wine and Wineries
Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail
Bethlehem, PA
Bethlehem Musikfest
Jim Thorpe, PA


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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

7 Responses to “Travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Episode 259”



Your blogs arouse my interests in travelling !



As a native of Pennsylvania, I was quite intrigued by the topic of this episode. Surprisingly, I haven’t yet made it to Pittsburgh. Now I have some more places to add to my itinerary. Here are a couple of places that are drawing me to Pittsburgh, but were not highlighted in this (very informative) episode:

The Mattress Factory – Museum of Contemporary Art, including James Turrell’s play on light.

The National Aviary – “America’s Bird Zoo”, featuring 600 species of birds and interactive programs, including some that are geared towards children



It seems SniqueAway is only for those in the US πŸ™



Oh sorry I just saw the small “Not in U.S.?” link

It’s not every obvious, IMO

There should be a country field which auto defaults to “United States” so US users can proceed as usual but non-US users won’t close the window (as I did at first) upon seeing another site which does not seem to cater to non-US residents



Really enjoyed this episode. I’ve been inspired by several of your guests who are locals or grew up in a place, so between our travels we’re now doing a series on our current home (Clearwater/Tampa Bay, FL)–amazing how many treasures you have in your backyard and locals have great info. to share!

I wish I had heard this episode before our trip to Pittsburgh…we try to travel to the various MLB parks around the country and that was our main motivation gong there (combined w/a drive to Niagara on the Lake and then Toronto) but the guest gave several insights that would have made for a better experience (we hit bad days for museums because of July 4th holiday so didn’t get to the Warhol museum which was one of my main goals). We might just have to go back again now!



Missed one of the NPS areas, Friendship Hill.



What’s at Friendship Hill?

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