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Top Ten Cool Things In and Around Pittsburgh
1. Art Museums and Galleries

  • The Andy Warhol Museum, a one-of-a-kind performance center and gallery devoted to an American pop culture icon.
  • Mattress Factory - A contemporary art museum that commissionis, exhibits, and collects new site-specific installations created by artists in residence. Acclaimed as the best facility for installation art in the United States.

2. Carnegie Science Center

Among the top five science museums in the nation, it features the Robot Hall of Fame, which was created by Carnegie Mellon University in April 2003 to attract attention to the increasing contributions from robots to human society.

3. Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

It ranks as the fourth best zoo in the United States; and the National Aviary, the only bird zoo in the nation.

4. Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center

Operating in association with the Smithsonian Institute since 2000, this center is the largest history museum in Pennsylvania and features the exhibit "Clash of Empires: The British, French & Indian War, 1754-1763" through April 23, 2006 and the permanent Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum spanning 20,000 square feet of exhibit space over two floors.

5. Outdoor Fun

  • Rowing, kayaking, and whitewater rafting along this region's rivers - the Allegheny, the Ohio, the Monongahela, and the Youghiogheny - and creeks, including the Connoquenessing and the Slippery Rock
  • Hundreds of miles of walking, hiking and bike trails along waterfronts and through wooded hillsides

6. Architecture

  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob
  • Henry Hobson Richardson's Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail
  • Philip Johnson's PPG Plaza
  • Harrison & Abramovitz's first aluminum siding skyscraper (formerly Alcoa headquarters)

7. Sports Scene

  • Major League Baseball's All-Star Game will be at PNC Park on July 11, 2006
  • U.S. Open Golf Tournament at Oakmont Country Club from June 14 - 17, 2007
  • Steelers Nation: 880 Steelers Fan Bars across the country; 80 Steelers Clubs around the country; 70 International Steelers Fans Bars; and the largest Steelers banner (10 feet by 51 yards) on PNC Firstside Center

8. Music Scene

Esquire Magazine rated Pittsburgh as the best among "Cities That Rock" in the United States. Other cities on the April 2005 list included Denver, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, New Orleans and San Francisco.

9. Monongahela and Duquesne inclines

They are two of the few remaining funicular railways in the country. Built in the 1870s, these cable cars are working museums that transport visitors and residents to and from Mt. Washington for panoramic views of the city.

10. Kennywood Park

It was named one of the five best theme parks in the nation for its old-fashioned atmosphere and big-league roller coasters by the editors of MSN's CitySearch.


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