In case you didn't hear: Pittsburgh, PA is quickly becoming one of the most popular places to live in the U.S. It may not seem like an obvious choice at first, but when you start considering all the amenities Steel City offers to residents, it makes sense why so many would want to move there. Here are 10 reasons why you might consider joining.
1. You Can Explore Andy's Mind
As the largest U.S. museum dedicated to a single artist, the Andy Warhol Museum sits on Pittsburgh’s North Shore near where Warhol was born and raised. Among the works on display are 900 paintings, 100 sculptures, and 200 of Warhol’s Screen Tests videos, plus several drawings by his mother, Julia Warhola.
2. You Can Spot a Bald Eagle
The north side of Pittsburgh houses the National Aviary, America’s largest aviary and the only one accorded “national” status by the U.S. Congress. The spacious facility has 500 birds representing 150 species from around the world, and visitors can interact with several of the free-flying birds – including hand-feeding some of them.
3. Take Yourself Out to the Ballgame
PNC Park remains one of the most highly regarded baseball stadiums in America, praised for its intimacy and progressive design. The home of the Pittsburgh Pirates graces the shore of the Allegheny River and offers fans a great view of the downtown Pittsburgh skyline and riverfront. The stadium can also be rented for corporate meetings, trade shows and weddings.
4. Get Your Inner-Child On
Located downtown in Allegheny Square, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh has expanded to provide four times more space for kids to play, create and learn. Children of all ages are welcome to enjoy hands-on exhibits with names such as Attic, Backyard, Garage, Makeshop, Nursery, Studio, Theater and Workshop.
5. Beers Galore
The Pittsburgh Brewery Tour transports passengers by private bus to the city's two most well-known breweries – Church Brew Works and Penn Brewery. Both long-time breweries have won numerous national awards, and patrons receive behind-the-scene tours along with beer samples and information on other popular sites in Pittsburgh.
6. Shop Til You Drop, Then Eat
A fashionable shopping and dining destination along South 27th Street is SouthSide Works, with more than 30 stores and a dozen restaurants. Also in the complex are two banks, a dental office, LA Fitness, Double Decker Tours, SouthSide Works Cinema and The Flats @ SouthSide Works apartment complex.
7. Make a Wager or Two
Open 24 hours a day and seven days a week, Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore is next to Heinz Field and features 3,000 slot machines and 100 gaming tables. The casino has five restaurants, four bars and live entertainment shows every Thursday through Sunday. A 1,000-seat outdoor amphitheater accommodates concerts during the summer months.
8. Get Your Fashion On
Paris-style runway shows and the latest in fall fashions highlight the annual Pittsburgh Fashion Week, which occurs over seven days in late September. The event embraces the wide array of fashion retail options in Pittsburgh, highlighting the variety of local boutiques, specialty stores, department stores and off-price shops within the city.
9. Get Schooled
The centerpiece of the University of Pittsburgh's main campus is the Cathedral of Learning, a 42-story Late Gothic Revival structure that is the second-tallest university building in the world. The cathedral, in the city's Oakland neighborhood, contains 2,000 rooms along with a studio theater, food court and a four-story event hall, and visitors are always welcome.
10. See a Show, Any Show
In the city's cultural district, the 2,800-seat Benedum Center for the Performing Arts welcomes a number of arts-based organizations that include Pittsburgh Dance Council, CD Live, Pittsburgh International Children's Theater and First Night Pittsburgh. Also staging performances at the Benedum Center are ensembles such as Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Pittsburgh Opera, and the venue is available for rental to community groups.