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Surprising Pittsburgh-favorite city on my fall road trip!

Pittsburgh was a pleasant surprise for me with its vibrant downtown, excellent museums, enjoyable neighborhoods and appealing scenery; I'm not sure I'd enjoy their winters though

Pittsburgh was a pleasant surprise for me with its vibrant downtown, excellent museums, enjoyable neighborhoods and appealing scenery; I'm not sure I'd enjoy their winters though

One of my favorite stops in Pittsburgh was the National Aviary; it is the country's largest aviary with birds from all over the world such as the Palawan peacock pheasant

One of my favorite stops in Pittsburgh was the National Aviary; it is the country's largest aviary with birds from all over the world such as the Palawan peacock pheasant

Roberto Clemente played 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates and became the first player from either Latin America or the Caribbean to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame

Roberto Clemente played 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates and became the first player from either Latin America or the Caribbean to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame

Originally the headquarters for ALCOA, this 31 story building opened in 1953 and was the first skyscraper with an all-aluminum facade; now, in addition to offices, the tower has 241 apartments

Originally the headquarters for ALCOA, this 31 story building opened in 1953 and was the first skyscraper with an all-aluminum facade; now, in addition to offices, the tower has 241 apartments

From Grandview Point you can see the Alleghany (top) and Monongahela (bottom) Rivers join to form the Ohio (off to the left); Pittsburgh is known both as Steel City for its 300  steel-related businesses and as the City of Bridges for its 446 bridges

From Grandview Point you can see the Alleghany (top) and Monongahela (bottom) Rivers join to form the Ohio (off to the left); Pittsburgh is known both as Steel City for its 300+ steel-related businesses and as the City of Bridges for its 446 bridges

The Tribute to Children monument, opened in 2009, showcases an 11-ft bronze statue of Mister. Rogers sitting down and tying his sneakers, as he did at the beginning of each episode; it's a rather contemporary look for Mister Rogers

The Tribute to Children monument, opened in 2009, showcases an 11-ft bronze statue of Mister. Rogers sitting down and tying his sneakers, as he did at the beginning of each episode; it's a rather contemporary look for Mister Rogers

Randyland is widely regarded as one of America's most colorful public art landmarks; the artist responsible has helped rejuvenate an area neighborhood of Pittsburgh that was blighted

Randyland is widely regarded as one of America's most colorful public art landmarks; the artist responsible has helped rejuvenate an area neighborhood of Pittsburgh that was blighted

This African penguin at the National Aviary spotted a couple of friends and tried his hardest to get closer to them; the aviary has a breeding program for many species and the first two African penguin chicks hatched in February 2012

This African penguin at the National Aviary spotted a couple of friends and tried his hardest to get closer to them; the aviary has a breeding program for many species and the first two African penguin chicks hatched in February 2012

This fountain in Point State Park (where 3 rivers meet) serves as the western terminus for the Great Allegheny Passage which is a 350-mile recreational trail between DC and Pittsburgh

This fountain in Point State Park (where 3 rivers meet) serves as the western terminus for the Great Allegheny Passage which is a 350-mile recreational trail between DC and Pittsburgh

At only 5 ft 2 in wide, the Skinny Building is one of the narrowest commercial buildings in the world; the narrow lot was created in 1903 by a street widening project and the building put up in 1926 to spite the neighbors

At only 5 ft 2 in wide, the Skinny Building is one of the narrowest commercial buildings in the world; the narrow lot was created in 1903 by a street widening project and the building put up in 1926 to spite the neighbors

The Fort Pitt Block House was constructed in 1764 as a redoubt of Fort Pitt, making it the oldest extant structure in Western Pennsylvania

The Fort Pitt Block House was constructed in 1764 as a redoubt of Fort Pitt, making it the oldest extant structure in Western Pennsylvania

Heinz Field, home to the Pittsburgh Steelers, sits where Three Rivers Stadium used to be; attendance for the 68,400 seat stadium has sold out for every Steelers home game, a streak which dates back to 1972

Heinz Field, home to the Pittsburgh Steelers, sits where Three Rivers Stadium used to be; attendance for the 68,400 seat stadium has sold out for every Steelers home game, a streak which dates back to 1972

The Mellon Institute building (1937) is noted for its neo-classical architecture, with its signature monolithic limestone columns (the largest monolithic columns in the world); the upper parts of the columns show how bad air pollution used to be

The Mellon Institute building (1937) is noted for its neo-classical architecture, with its signature monolithic limestone columns (the largest monolithic columns in the world); the upper parts of the columns show how bad air pollution used to be

St. Paul's Cathedral, built in Gothic Revival style and completed in 1905, was inspired by the Cologne Cathedral; Pittsburgh has roughly 300,000 residents while the metro area has 2.3  million

St. Paul's Cathedral, built in Gothic Revival style and completed in 1905, was inspired by the Cologne Cathedral; Pittsburgh has roughly 300,000 residents while the metro area has 2.3+ million

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall is the largest memorial in the United States dedicated solely to honoring all branches of military veterans and service personnel; dedicated in 1910, famous speakers here have included Obama, Mandela and Trump

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall is the largest memorial in the United States dedicated solely to honoring all branches of military veterans and service personnel; dedicated in 1910, famous speakers here have included Obama, Mandela and Trump

Standing 535 ft, the 42-story Late Gothic Revival Cathedral of Learning is the tallest educational building in the Western hemisphere and the centerpiece of the Univ of Pittsburgh campus; it is also the 2nd-tallest gothic-styled building in the world

Standing 535 ft, the 42-story Late Gothic Revival Cathedral of Learning is the tallest educational building in the Western hemisphere and the centerpiece of the Univ of Pittsburgh campus; it is also the 2nd-tallest gothic-styled building in the world

At daybreak on February 2, Punxsutawney Phil awakens from his burrow on Gobbler's Knob (near Pittsburgh), and famously decides if the US is going to have 6 more weeks of winter

At daybreak on February 2, Punxsutawney Phil awakens from his burrow on Gobbler's Knob (near Pittsburgh), and famously decides if the US is going to have 6 more weeks of winter

Students at the Engineering School at Carnegie-Mellon University created several of the first artificial intelligence programs; this campus with 15,000 students is adjacent to the Univ of Pittsburgh campus which has almost twice as many students

Students at the Engineering School at Carnegie-Mellon University created several of the first artificial intelligence programs; this campus with 15,000 students is adjacent to the Univ of Pittsburgh campus which has almost twice as many students

The 1895 Carnegie Library is the main branch of the city system; more than 2500  libraries were built worldwide between 1883 and 1929 with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie

The 1895 Carnegie Library is the main branch of the city system; more than 2500+ libraries were built worldwide between 1883 and 1929 with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie

General George Washington, Noel Le Mire, 1780; Washington volunteered to survey French holdings in the winter of 1753 with his findings helping to ignite the French and Indian War; he's credited with founding Pittsburgh

General George Washington, Noel Le Mire, 1780; Washington volunteered to survey French holdings in the winter of 1753 with his findings helping to ignite the French and Indian War; he's credited with founding Pittsburgh

Meriwether Lewis, William Strickland, 1816; the Lewis and Clark Expedition started from Pittsburgh that established sovereignty over the Louisiana Purchase and helped to strengthen the American concept of manifest destiny

Meriwether Lewis, William Strickland, 1816; the Lewis and Clark Expedition started from Pittsburgh that established sovereignty over the Louisiana Purchase and helped to strengthen the American concept of manifest destiny

Andy Warhol, Hans Namuth, 1981; this Pittsburgh-native's visual exploration of mass marketing and consumerism created a new genre of American art, pop art

Andy Warhol, Hans Namuth, 1981; this Pittsburgh-native's visual exploration of mass marketing and consumerism created a new genre of American art, pop art

When it opened in 1916, the 23-story William Penn Hotel was described as the grandest hotel in the nation; famous guests include Presidents JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Eisenhower and Truman

When it opened in 1916, the 23-story William Penn Hotel was described as the grandest hotel in the nation; famous guests include Presidents JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Eisenhower and Truman

PNC Park is home of the Pittsburgh Pirates; it is considered one of the best ballparks in America because of its location, views of the Pittsburgh skyline and Allegheny River, timeless design, and clear angles of the field from every seat

PNC Park is home of the Pittsburgh Pirates; it is considered one of the best ballparks in America because of its location, views of the Pittsburgh skyline and Allegheny River, timeless design, and clear angles of the field from every seat

The unique Fulton Building (named for steamboat inventor Robert Fulton) was completed in 1906 overlooking the Alleghany River; I didn't stay here as I opted to stay in the suburbs where parking was free

The unique Fulton Building (named for steamboat inventor Robert Fulton) was completed in 1906 overlooking the Alleghany River; I didn't stay here as I opted to stay in the suburbs where parking was free

The entire building is dedicated to everything Andy Warhol; much of the museum is focused on his early years with special exhibits on the women who influenced his art

The entire building is dedicated to everything Andy Warhol; much of the museum is focused on his early years with special exhibits on the women who influenced his art

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown calls Randyland an essential for the Perfect Day in Pittsburgh; I wasn't that impressed since most of the items collected were from dumpster diving

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown calls Randyland an essential for the Perfect Day in Pittsburgh; I wasn't that impressed since most of the items collected were from dumpster diving

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