100 Things to Do in Pittsburgh Before You Die, 2nd Edition

100 Things to Do in Pittsburgh Before You Die, 2nd Edition

by Rossilynne Culgan


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The story of Pittsburgh's transformation from a smoky steel town to a modern, high-tech city  draws people from around the world to this corner of southwestern Pennsylvania. Pittsburghers are known for their deep pride in the city, and with so much to do and see (and eat!) around here it's no wonder why. 100 Things to Do in Pittsburgh Before You Die features itineraries and tips on what you'll discover in the Steel City. Scale Mount Washington on the Incline, a century-old cable car. Admire the artwork of Pittsburgh native Andy Warhol. Kayak the three rivers. History buff? Travel back in time to the drama of the Whiskey Rebellion, which unfolded right here. Devour a Primanti's sandwich topped with French fries. Maybe even pick up a little Pittsburghese, yinz. As a lifetime resident and a seasoned traveler, author Rossilynne Culgan combines a local's expertise with the spirit of discovery in her hometown. With this book as your guide, you won't miss a thing on your quest to make memories in Pittsburgh.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681062020
Publisher: Reedy press, LLC.
Publication date: 05/01/2019
Series: 100 Things to D+E4:R4o Before You Die
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 396,706
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Rossilynne Skena Culgan is food & culture editor for The Incline (www.TheIncline.com), a Pittsburgh news website. She writes about Pittsburgh's dining scene, nightlife, arts community, history — and everything in between. Before The Incline, Rossilynne worked at Carnegie Science Center, the Tribune-Review, the Valley News Dispatch, and The Daily Collegian at Penn State. When she's not writing, she's at home with her husband Shane trying to win the affection of their sassy calico cat, Cleocatra.

Table of Contents

Preface xii

Acknowledgments xiv

Food and Drink

1 Pile On the Pierogies 2

2 Treat Yourself to a Smiley Cookie at Eat'n Park 3

3 Get the Meat Sweats at Gaucho 4

4 Taste Pittsburgh Pizza 5

5 Cool Down at Gus & Yiayia's 6

6 Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with a Treat at Klavon's 8

7 Indulge in America's "Greatest Cake" at Prantl's 9

8 Eat Pancakes at Pamela's 10

9 Have Dinner with a View at Altius 11

10 Catch Some Fish Fry Fare 12

11 Sample a Sweet Treat from a Pittsburgh Cookie Table 13

12 Try Weird Pickled Foods at Picklesburgh 14

13 Take a Food-Inspired Walking Tour 15

14 Tour Pittsburgh's Burgeoning Craft Beer Scene 16

15 Drink a Beer Inside an Old Church at Church Brew Works 18

16 Dine along the Water at Redfin Blues 19

17 Devour an Iconic Primanti Bros. Sandwich 20

18 Brunch at me Grand Concourse 22

19 Grab a Drink at Jack's 23

20 Study the Whiskey Rebellion While Drinking Wigle Whiskey 24

21 Get the In-Cider Scoop at Threadbare 25

22 Say "Aloha" to Hidden Harbor 26

Music and Entertainment

23 Tap Your Toes at Banjo Night 30

24 Rock Out at Mr. Smalls 31

25 Experience a Show at the Home of a Theater Legend 32

26 Be Captivated at the Ballet 33

27 Treat Your Ears to an Opera 34

28 Experience the Pittsburgh Symphony 35

29 Take In a Show in the Cultural District 36

30 Laugh Out Loud at the Arcade 38

31 Brunch al Fresco with Classical Tunes 39

32 See a Movie at Row House Cinema 40

33 Soak Up the Creative Energy at Unblurred 41

34 Attend Shakespeare in the Parks 42

35 Watch a Movie under the Stars 43

36 Hear the Sounds of Antique Music Machines at the Bayernhof 44

37 Scare Yourself Silly at ScareHouse 46

38 Catch Some Thrills at Kenny wood 47

Sports and Recreation

39 Climb Pittsburgh's Stairs 50

40 Paddle the Three Rivers in a Kayak 51

41 Go Chasing Waterfalls 52

42 S-t-r-e-t-c-h Out at Yoga in the Square 53

43 Ride the GAP Trail 54

44 Bike (or Walk) the Burgh on a Tour 55

45 Get Outside for OpenStreets 56

46 Run (or Watch) the Pittsburgh Marathon 57

47 Explore Point State Park 58

48 Marvel at the Roller Derby 60

49 Glide around an Ice Rink Downtown 61

50 Have a Photoshoot at the Color Park 62

51 Get into the Snow at Seven Springs 63

52 Cheer on the Pirates (and the Pierogies) at PNC Park 64

53 Slide and Play at Blue Slide Park 66

54 Study the Legacy of Pirates Legend Roberto Clemente 68

55 Root for the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena 69

56 Wave a Terrible Towel at Heinz Field 70

57 Support the 'Hounds at Highmark Stadium 71

Culture and History

58 Visit an Overlook That's Not on Mount Washington 74

59 Snap a Photo with the Mister Rogers Statue 75

60 Ride the Inclines to Mount Washington 76

61 Climb the Steepest Street in the Continental U.S 78

62 Discover the Oldest Known Site of Human Habitation in North America 79

63 Explore Andy Warhol's Art 80

64 Travel the World at Pitt's Nationality Rooms 82

65 Admire Art at Carnegie Museum of Art 83

66 Learn Something New at Carnegie Science Center 84

67 Experience Hands-On Play at the Children's Museum 86

68 Go Back in Time at Heinz History Center 88

69 Gawk at Dinosaurs at Carnegie Museum of Natural History 89

70 Discover a Floral Fairytale at Phipps 90

71 Feed a Penguin at the Aviary 92

72 Step Inside a Gilded Age Mansion at the Frick 94

73 Cruise Over to Bicycle Heaven 96

74 Explore Free Art Galleries Downtown 97

75 Step Inside an Architectural Masterpiece at Fallingwater 98

76 Create Something at the ARTHouse 100

77 Walk in the Footsteps of Environmentalist Rachel Carson 101

78 Learn about the Clean Air Movement at the Smog Museum 102

79 Peek into Pittsburgh's Industrial Past at Carrie Furnaces 103

80 Step Back in Time at the Photo Antiquities Museum 104

81 Take a Self-Guided Mural Tour 105

82 See the Murals Called a "Gift to America" 106

83 Get Happy at Randyland 107

84 Pay Tribute to September 11 at the Memorial in Shanksville 108

85 Admire the Regatta's 140-ton Sand Sculpture 109

86 Cruise the Three Rivers on the Gateway Clipper Fleet 110

87 See More Than 5,000 Religious Relics at St. Anthony's 112

88 Amplify the Voices at City of Asylum 113

89 Watch a Parade 114

90 Honor the Memory of Holocaust Victims at Keeping Tabs 116

Shopping and Fashion

91 Shop the Strip 120

92 Outfit Your Home with New Art at Art All Night 122

93 Find Local Arts and Crafts at the Three Rivers Arts Festival 123

94 Pick Up Something Festive at a Christkindlmarkt 124

95 Score Some Antique Treasures at the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer 126

96 Walk Walnut Street in Shadyside 127

97 Explore Butler Street in Lawrenceville 128

98 Treat Yourself at Ross Park Mall 129

99 Stroll Sewickley's Shops 130

100 Fill Your Suitcase at the Airport's Shops 132

Suggested Itineraries 134

Itineraries by Season 138

Index 141

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