This city, while sometimes challenging for the directionally challenged like myself, is a great destination to see for history lovers and adventurous travelers alike. These are some of the main things you don’t want to miss when you come here to visit, and also some things to keep an eye out for.
1) Don’t expect to get anywhere quickly on weeknights from 3:30-7:30 P.M. This is commonly referred to as “rush hour” in other cities, but other locations of this size are not comparable. You can expect to be stuck when going through any of the major tunnels in this town during these times for 2-3 hours at least.
2) There are free things that you can do every day in Pittsburgh. For example, many times, the museums around town will have days of the week where you can go for free all day long. Check out this site for more on that:
3) Know that this is a sports town. If someone says, “Let’s go ______ (substitute Pittsburgh sports team here)!” to you, respond back with the same phrase. You will enjoy the city more if you are well-liked.
4) Go to primanti’s. This legendary sandwich shop has been around since 1933 and is well worth the stop.
5) The views are awesome, in the real sense of the word. The best place to check them out has got to be from Mt. Washington, where you can take an incline up and look down upon the whole city by the time you get to the top.
6) Get a copy of Sam McCool’s “New Pittsburghese: How to Speak Like a Pittsburgher”. You can find a copy on Amazon here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/068128188X?pc_redir=1406452329&robot_redir=1 . This is the only way you’ll be able to understand the locals while you’re here visiting.
7) Stay in a hotel near the city, so that you don’t get stuck in traffic more than you have to, and you are close to all of the tourist-worthy attractions in the ‘Burgh.
8) Use your GPS when you’re driving around here. With all of the hills and bridges, it’s a very easy place to get lost in, even if you are a Pittsburgh veteran.
9) If you need groceries, toiletries, or anything of the sort, head to Giant Eagle. They’ve got you covered.
10) Take a Ducky Tour or Gateway Clipper tour of the city, or even a haunted tour, now that it’s getting closer to Halloween. I’ve heard those are great.
No matter what you do in this town, though, I can almost guarantee you won’t walk away hating this town.