Hear about travel to Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania as the Amateur Traveler talks to Tom Shaner about his hometown.
Tom says, “There’s an immeasurable amount of things to do here, in the city, outdoor activities, culture, history. There’s been an arts renaissance here since the collapse of the steel industry back in the 70s and 80s. This area was somewhat downtrodden for quite some time. We’ve had a renaissance not only as far as new buildings, but it’s become a technology center. It’s become a healthcare center. It’s a college and university town. There’s a lot going on here.”
Tom starts us downtown in the area where Pittsburgh started by the site of old Fort Pitt at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers, where the Ohio River is formed. There are more places to stay and more things happening at night in the area than just a few years ago. There is a lot that happens at Market Square year-round.
Just north of downtown, you will find both Heinz Field and PNC Park where the Steelers and Pirates play. You will also find museums nearby including a children’s museum and a museum dedicated to home town boy Andy Warhol. There is also a museum dedicated to early photography as well as the National Aviary. There is also a colorful place called Randyland and an art exhibition center in an old mattress factory.
Tom tells of a number of places to eat with Pittsburgh color including a meat and potatoes place named “meat and potatoes”. Hang out in a local restaurant or bar and you will hear about the Steelers and you may hear Pittsburghese.
We learn about some great spots for views of the city like Mount Washington and West End Overlook. You can also tour an old steel mill.
Then we get out of town to see Indian mounds, amusement parks, old forts, the original U.S. oil well, beaches and what may be the oldest archaeological site in the Americas.
You may think you know Pittsburgh but the city has changed, is still changing and is only getting more interesting.
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Travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Episode 259
Meat and Potatoes Restaurant
Original Oyster House
Wingharts Burger & Whiskey Bar
Pittsburgh Dad – YouTube
The Andy Warhol Museum
Max’s Allegheny Tavern
Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History
Mattress Factory (art museum)
Pittsburgh bids farewell to iconic Yia Yia
Johnny Angel’s Ginchy Stuff
West End Overlook
Strip District, Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania Festival Schedule
Three Rivers Arts Festival
Kennywood Amusement Park
Idlewild and SoakZone
Linn Run State Park
Ohiopyle State Park
Laurel Caverns Park
Presque Isle State Park
Pennsylvania oil rush
Oil Creek State Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
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