Destination: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
When we visited: February 2011 and August 2013
Why to go: Pittsburgh is a great destination for anyone who loves sports and culture.
What to see:
We've been to Pittsburgh twice in the last couple of years: two years ago to see a hockey game, and this summer for baseball. Both venues were terrific, but PNC Park gets high grades for a retro-style stadium, great city views, statues honouring team heroes (Roberto Clemente, Bill Mazeroski) and post-game fireworks.
|Roberto Clemente, great ballplayer and humanitarian|
Where to stay:
On each visit, we chose a hotel as close as possible to the sporting venue we were visiting. Cambria Suites are located next to the Consol Energy Center (where the Penguins play), and the Pittsburgh Renaissance is directly over the bridge from PNC Park. They were both excellent choices.
|Breakfast at De Luca's|
Cherries Diner in Market Square and De Luca's in the Strip were awesome choices for a diner breakfast. Il Pizzaiolo, also in Market Square, served great Italian food for dinner. And whether you enjoy it at the ballpark or one of their restaurants, don't miss a sandwich from Primanti Brothers.
|Our final stop, the lovely Phipps Conservatory|