What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Pittsburgh? Maybe it’s the smell of a Sunday meal when you visited your grandparents as a child. Perhaps it’s the sights and sounds of a summer afternoon at Kennywood. Here are 13 things that often come to mind when Pittsburghers and non-Pittsburghers think about Pittsburgh.
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1. The Steelers
Pittsburgh is pretty much synonymous with the Steelers. Pittsburghers are notorious - in a good way - for their undying loyalty to the black and gold.
2. The Pittsburgh Skyline
Anyone who's ever visited Pittsburgh can attest to the breathtaking beauty of the Pittsburgh skyline. Whether you're standing high atop Mount Washington or you're emerging from the Fort Pitt Tunnels, you'll be treated to unforgettable views of the downtown skyline .
3. The Duquesne Incline
Climb aboard the Duquesne Incline for a truly spectacular experience as you watch the city skyline before you debark at the top of Mount Washington. Even better? A trip down the mountain is just as breathtaking.
4. Mister Rogers
It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood...and Pittsburgh has been made that much richer throughout history because of the contributions of Mister Rogers.
Nothing says Pittsburgh quite like a hot plate of fresh pierogies topped with onions and butter, maybe some mushrooms. Pieorgies are one of Pittsburgh's favorite meals. Indulge in a pieorgi meal at one of Pittsburgh's restaurants, from a food truck, or even at PNC Park.
6. Bridges, bridges, and…more bridges
Pittsburgh's rightfully earned the title of the City of Bridges. The city's 446 gorgeous bridges, like the Rachel Carson Bridge pictured above, has earned Pittsburgh distinction as the city with the most bridges in the world, with Venice, Italy, coming in second.
7. Primanti Brothers
Pittsburghers just might agree that you either love Primanti Brothers or you don't. But, most would likely agree that Primanti Brothers - and its famous sandwich topped with fries and coleslaw - serves one of the city's most well known sandwiches.
8. The Three Rivers
One of Pittsburgh's masterpieces, the Three Rivers, provides plenty of natural beauty and excitement. The rivers are a popular spot to go kayaking, boating, and to leisurely meander aboard the Gateway Clipper Fleet.
Winter usually means a fair share of snow in the Pittsburgh area. (We lucked out in 2017.) So, when people think about Pittsburgh, it wouldn't be a surprise if they think of snow.
Even if we've escaped a snowy winter, we sure can look forward to a humid summer. Summer and humidity just go hand-in-hand in the Burgh. And, you know what that means? Plenty of frizzy hair days.
11. The Steep Hills
If you want miles and miles of flat roads, head to the Midwest. You're certainly not going to find the flat roads in one of the hilliest cities in the country. Pittsburgh boasts plenty of steep hills and roads, including the steepest road in the United States: Canton Avenue.
A chipped ham sandwich. Golden french fries. An ice cream cone. Isaly's stores might be little more than a memory but we can still indulge in chipped ham, one of the company's most popular products.
Don't mess with Pittsburgh. Pittsburghers are loyal. Sure,
we can complain about the Burgh but if you're not from here? Pittsburghers won't have it. We're all about loyalty to our city.