Written by crashbowman on 26 Aug, 2006
Okay let's think about this for a second or two. Top two or three players in the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Stumped Honus Wagner, Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, well yes they are all up at the top. Oh, you said Barry…Read More
Okay let's think about this for a second or two. Top two or three players in the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Stumped Honus Wagner, Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, well yes they are all up at the top. Oh, you said Barry Bonds. I'm sorry, but we really don't want to go there right now. Anyway you have gotten me off track already.Anyway our second question was about the greatest Puerto Rican ball player of all time. Well you know already that that name from above is going to be there again. So we've got Roberto Clemente who is the greatest Puerto Rican ball player and one of the greatest players in Pirates history, so let's name a huge yellow bridge after his name, put a monument on the other side of the bridge and have a beautiful baseball stadium set up on a hill on the other side of the bridge. It's kind of like those MasterCard commercials, "priceless". The point I am getting at is that when you arrive at PNC you will walk across the Allegheny River on the Roberto Clemente Bridge which just happens to be Pirate yellow and look at the stadium in the background. While you are doing this you have Jazz musicians playing for tips and once you get to the other side of the bride you have monuments of the Pirate greats, with the first one you see being Mr. Clemente himself. As a baseball fan there is no better way to get your emotions going and you haven't even gotten to the stadium yet. Close
Written by Suzanne715 on 22 Jun, 2005
We drove along winding country roads and through the lush green mountains to the entrance of the PA Turnpike for our 4-hour trek toward Pittsburgh. The turnpike is a scenic drive through a patchwork of farmland, abundant forests, and tunnels carved through the mountains. The…Read More
We drove along winding country roads and through the lush green mountains to the entrance of the PA Turnpike for our 4-hour trek toward Pittsburgh. The turnpike is a scenic drive through a patchwork of farmland, abundant forests, and tunnels carved through the mountains. The rest areas along the way had plenty of food, drinks, and restrooms.
When we arrived at Pittsburgh, we found our way to the Wyndam Garden Hotel, just down the street from the thriving University of Pittsburgh. The hotel lobby was inviting, with warm earth tones and subdued lighting. White peace lilies graced a water fountain in the lobby center. A circle of plush, red-velvet chairs around a glass-covered oak table sat off to the side. Rich shades of plum decorated the comfortable rooms.
After meeting up with our friends from Chicago, Mark and Dave, we played a few rounds of billiards while enjoying some ice-cold beer. It was time to eat dinner before the Pirates vs. the Cubs game at the PNC Ball Park. The hotel offers free limo service within a 3-mile radius, so we took advantage of that to get to the restaurant.
Mark had made reservations at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. The service was impeccable. The steaks here have received the “Best Steak” in Pittsburgh award eight times by Pittsburgh Magazine. Its no wonder since every steak is hand-cut, then cooked to order in a high-temperature broiler that sears in the mouth-watering flavor at a mere 1,800°F. The filet mignons, topped with sautéed onions, were cooked to perfection. Creamy mashed potatoes topped with freshly chopped garlic, zesty Italian salad, succulent browned mushrooms, and warm homemade bread rounded out the meal. We were all too full to even think about dessert.
After finishing dinner, it was off to the game. A taxi dropped us off at the Roberto Clemente Bridge (formerly known as 6th Street), which is closed to traffic during game times. We walked across the river bridge to the stadium. The developers of the stadium say that there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Not only did we have a great view of the game, but we could see past the backfield, where we watched the twinkling lights and candle-lit windows of the paddlewheel boats cruising up and down the peaceful Allegheny River. Bright white and red lights shimmered off the mirrored skyscrapers of the Pittsburgh skyline. Oh, by the way, the game had some great plays, and the Pirates won.
After the game, we stopped for a drink at Aria’s, a quaint little club with a sidewalk café. The café had huge outdoor butane heaters that warmed the crisp night air. After doing some people-watching, we crossed back over the bridge and hailed a taxi for a ride back to the hotel, where we reminisced and laughed for a few more hours before calling it a night.
In the morning, we enjoyed a bountiful breakfast buffet at the hotel of bacon, sausage, potatoes O’Brien, fresh fruit, and golden croissants. The cooks will whip up an omelet, pancakes, French toast, or waffles made to order. After breakfast, we said farewell to our friends, who flew back to Chicago and headed home.
Wyndam Garden Hotel: Wyndam Hotel
Ruth’s Chris Steak House: 412-391-4800 (6PPG Place, Pittsburgh)
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Written by MURMANSK44 on 24 Mar, 2004
Since 1904, Pittsburgh has been the location for over 150 feature films, TV shows and industrial movies. So a trip to the Burgh can also include a tour of famous and not-so-famous movie sites. In the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, the glass towers…Read More
Since 1904, Pittsburgh has been the location for over 150 feature films, TV shows and industrial movies. So a trip to the Burgh can also include a tour of famous and not-so-famous movie sites. In the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, the glass towers of PPG Place served as the scene of the climax for Disney's INSPECTOR GADGET. Only a couple of blocks away is the Allegheny County Jail, H.H. Richardson's classic 19th-century landmark and where Mel Gibson with a little help from Diane Keaton escaped in 1984's MRS. SOFFEL.
A short walk from there is the Mellon Arena, home to the NHL Penguins and where security guard Jean-Claude Van Damme saved the life of the Vice-President in the almost forgettable SUDDEN DEATH. This sports venue with its retractable roof was also the location for 1979's candidate for worst film, THE FISH THAT SAVED PITTSBURGH. Neither the film nor its subject, professional basketball, has been seen here since.
Nowhere in Pittsburgh are you far from its three rivers: the Ohio, the Allegheny and the Monongahela, all of which starred with river cop Bruce Willis in STRIKING DISTANCE.
Visit soon if you want to see sites from the 1987 hit ROBOCOP in which Pittsburgh's empty steel mills stood-in for the industrial wasteland of Detroit. Why the producers couldn't find enough empty mills in Detroit for a hundred movies is beyond me. Nevertheless, many of the sites for the movie have been cleanup and transformed into parks and upscale housing.
In WONDERBOYS the entire city is spotlighted, especially the campus of Carnegie Mellon University and many of the city's 2000 bridges. Also in the same area as CMU is the Carnegie Museum of Natural History where some of the more gruesome murders in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS were filmed.
And no visit to Pittsburgh would be complete without a visit to suburban Monroeville whose shopping mall was the scene for the zombie classic DAWN OF THE DEAD.
Finally, revealing the locations for such films as BLOODSUCKING PHARAOHS IN PITTSBURGH, INNOCENT BLOOD (also known as FRENCH VAMPIRE IN AMERICA) or SANTA CLAWS might be evidence that I actually watched these films. But regardless of your taste in films or favorite genre, a visit to Pittsburgh can also be a fun and inexpensive movie tour.
Written by MURMANSK44 on 02 Apr, 2004
"You can't get there from here," is a phrase often heard by visitors to Pittsburgh. With three major rivers dividing the city, 2000 bridges (many lined with orange construction cones) and streets that are actually steps, most locals are happy just knowing how to get…Read More
"You can't get there from here," is a phrase often heard by visitors to Pittsburgh. With three major rivers dividing the city, 2000 bridges (many lined with orange construction cones) and streets that are actually steps, most locals are happy just knowing how to get back and forth to work.
However, there are ways to see Pittsburgh provided someone else drives. A number of companies run bus and trolley tours and one outfit uses WWII amphibious vehicles to travel both the streets and waterways of the city. But the cheapest and most far-reaching tour is inadvertently run by the Port Authority of Allegheny County on some of its regular commuter bus routes. For $1.75 each way, routes designed to get local riders to and from work and shopping can provide visitors with a multi-stop tour of major sights and scenic residential neighborhoods.
One such route is the 500 Highland Park-Bellevue. It begins or ends in the Highland Park section of the East End. The East End is separated from the West End by downtown and up to three rivers depending on how lost you get. Also, the Northside is separated from the Southside by downtown, two rivers and 200 years of suspicion.
Highland Park is home to the Pittsburgh Zoo. My favorite attraction is the outdoor escalator from the parking lot. As there is little level ground in Pittsburgh this is a chance to ride instead of climb.
From Highland Park the bus travels through the residential neighborhoods of East Liberty and Shadyside and then into Oakland, the home of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. From there, it is on to Soho, where you can get a view of the Southside and then it is into downtown. At this point, I suggest that you spend 75 cents for a transfer which is good for three hours and take a walking tour of downtown. The bus goes through downtown much too fast to see anything of value.
After downtown, the bus crosses the Allegheny River to PNC Park home of Major League Baseball's Pirates. Then you will travel into the Northside, where Civil War era homes are being rehabbed into one of the city's best neighborhoods. After that it's on to Brighton Heights, Bellevue and West View and some great views of the city if you look back. At West View the bus turns around and for another $1.75 you can do the tour in reverse.
Written by MURMANSK44 on 22 Apr, 2004
The Pittsburgh International Airport is 50 miles and 75 miles, respectively, from the borders of Ohio and West Virginia. However, unless your travels take you to exotic and rural destinations, then those states will not be where you are headed. Rather, having arrived…Read More
The Pittsburgh International Airport is 50 miles and 75 miles, respectively, from the borders of Ohio and West Virginia. However, unless your travels take you to exotic and rural destinations, then those states will not be where you are headed. Rather, having arrived at one of America's great airports, your next stop should be downtown Pittsburgh, which is only 16 miles away.
Negotiating those 16 miles can be entertaining and inexpensive. And, given USAirway's near monopoly on flights and high fares to and from Pittsburgh, saving on airport transit almost beats driving to Cleveland to fly on Southwest.
The obsessively frugal traveler should note that walking from the airport to downtown is not an option. Modern expressways are not walker friendly and I-79 West is no exception; no footpaths, narrow berms and the occasional trigger-happy motorist. The roadway can be driven so you could rent a car and chance it. But I-79 West is also the main, well only, western artery to and from Pittsburgh. So, commuter traffic jams are the norm if you are trying to reach downtown in the morning or the airport in the evening. It also does not help that immediately upon leaving downtown you will encounter one of the city's 2000 bridges and then a major tunnel. It is a Pittsburgh phenomenon that local drivers will slow down upon entering a tunnel regardless of the amount of traffic or the speed limit. So expect delays at any time.
So what transportation options are left? Planes, trains or submarines perhaps? I think not. High speed Maglev trains whisking passengers to and from the airport is as much a dream in the "burgh" as the Pirates having a winning season. Air service to downtown? Forget it. Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge is a native of Western Pennsylvania and no one is going to take chances on his watch. Submarines, yes, we have one of WWII vintage docked at the Carnegie Science Center just across the Allegheny River from downtown. Unfortunately, the airport is landlocked and the cost of recommissioning, manning and arming a sub these days is prohibitive even if you can find a good used Soviet model on Ebay.
How then do you get from the airport to downtown. I take a bus. The Port Authority of Allegheny County uses a federal funds to subsidize a bus route from the airport to downtown and on the Oakland section of Pittsburgh which is the home of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. For only $2.50 each way you get the opportunity to stand next to college kids and their luggage headed home for spring break or business travelers trying to compensate for USAirways fares. These small but cozy buses run about every twenty minutes from early morning to about midnight when the last flights arrive at the airport.
Does this beat driving? Sure it does. First, the bus skips the tunnel and most commuter traffic by using a bus only road carved through hills and valleys and backyards at a cost to taxpayers of millions and millions of dollars.
Unfortunately, the busway extends for only a few but crucial miles. For the remainder of the trip you will travel regular streets and highways. But unlike most airport transit, this bus stops at IKEA. Yes, IKEA, Sweden's answer to we need a furniture store that serves funny tasting cranberries. So in addition to sharing a seat with people desperate to make their flights you also get to ride with shoppers and chairs and sofas and beds and lamps. Furniture and luggage and college students and Pittsburgh. This is an experience you can't get in West Virginia.
Written by enizete on 06 Jan, 2001
Punxsutawney Phil is truly known around the world as the world famous groundhog.
A groundhog is an animal which burrows under the earth and in the case of Punxsutawney Phil, comes out of his hiding lookng for its shadow or not for a true reflection of…Read More
Punxsutawney Phil is truly known around the world as the world famous groundhog.
A groundhog is an animal which burrows under the earth and in the case of Punxsutawney Phil, comes out of his hiding lookng for its shadow or not for a true reflection of the remainder just how good or bad winter will be.
It is almost the time of the year for our furry animal to see his true shadows.
On The Second of February starts the enjoyment.
Start your journey of with a side trip to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
Legend decrees that if Phil sees his shadow on February 2nd, six more weeks of winter weather will befall the world. If no shadow is apparent we're in for the delights of an early spring.
At the Punxsutawney chamber of commerce, you can pick up a map and start there. Maybe it will be a trip to Sportsman's Park to arrive at Gobbler's Knob for the opening ceremonies, which start at 7:25 am.
Keep in mind, that no cars may enter Gobbler's Knob and all people most enter via shuttle buses from the town.
The Groundhog club will be providing live entertainment and fireworks. Coffeeshops will open the wee hours of the morning to address the early crowd of visitors.
One thing not to miss is the chain saw carvings done at Barclay Square at ten oclock.
Written by crashbowman on 03 Sep, 2006
One thing to think about when visiting PNC is that there is many things that can be done in conjunction with the trip depending on the length of trip. Our trip was a baseball trip that did not allow for much time, but because of…Read More
One thing to think about when visiting PNC is that there is many things that can be done in conjunction with the trip depending on the length of trip. Our trip was a baseball trip that did not allow for much time, but because of Pittsburgh's proximity to other large cities we were allowed to travel to Cleveland and Cincinnati to enjoy games in a three day span. The same most likely can be accomplished by heading east as well with Philadelphia just on the other side of the state. There is much do do in this area of the country so don't limit yourself to just a game at PNC. If you are a sports fan visiting PNC you might also consider working a trip that involves catching a Steelers game at Heinz Field. Although I have never seen a game there in person it is sure to provide excitement that only a steelers game can and the stadium is beautiful from the outside. One thing that really makes the area neat is that PNC and Heinz Field share a parking lot and are both located on ther other side of the Allegheny River. A special environment for sports fans has definitely been created here. Close
Written by Howdymike on 13 Aug, 2006
Held at the five year old PNC Park, the Home Run Derby along with the All-Star Game were held in Pittsburgh for the first time since 1994. Featuring the biggest hitters in baseballs, eight contestants try to hit as many home runs as they…Read More
Held at the five year old PNC Park, the Home Run Derby along with the All-Star Game were held in Pittsburgh for the first time since 1994. Featuring the biggest hitters in baseballs, eight contestants try to hit as many home runs as they can in each round. There are four from National and four from American, and after the first two rounds the points are totalled and the two best from each league play a third round, and then the winners of each league from that go head-to-head for the final round.The Allegheny River flows 461 feet from home plate, so it was fun to see a couple homers get knocked into it and see a frenzy of kayakers trying to get the ball. The back drop of the city is also always spectacular and having a packed stadium made tha atmosphere that much better.All Home Run Derbies have a fairly extensive pre-game show with singers, performers and promotions, so if you have the chance to get to a Home Run Derby it's fine to get there very early because there will be activities going on. Or you could find the ESPN booth and see if you can't meet a Sports Center news anchor. The pre-game performance for Pittsburgh was whatever band sings "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy."Though every derby is obviously different every time due to locations, if there is derby coming to your city, it's a lot of fun! Tickets may be expensive, but it's certainly not something you see every day. Just plain fun! Close
Written by Howdymike on 12 Aug, 2006
For the 2005 Wings Over Pittsburgh airshow, the Thunderbirds were the main attraction. Each year it is usually either the Thunderbirds or the Blue Angels, and this year it was the former. The Thunderbirds are the demonstration team for the US Air Force…Read More
For the 2005 Wings Over Pittsburgh airshow, the Thunderbirds were the main attraction. Each year it is usually either the Thunderbirds or the Blue Angels, and this year it was the former. The Thunderbirds are the demonstration team for the US Air Force with six F-16s that show the capabilities of the airplanes along with some cool maneuvers. Four of the jets fly together at all times while two fly solo and do head-to-head flybys and other surprise flybys. The show lasts about half an hour including take-off and landing, and it also takes a while for the pilots to actually get into the aircraft and taxi out, as there is a high level discipline and ceremony to the show.The Thunderbirds fly the same show at every airport every time, so no matter where you see them it is the same thing. Being six jet air crafts, it does get quite loud and earplugs are worth taking. It is a lot of fun for the whole family, and they almost always perform at airshows, which means there are other demonstrations and attractions. I like airplanes more than the average person, but anybody would enjoy it. They are usually in Pittsburgh every year or two, as well as major airports across the country every summer--if you are near an airport where a performance is scheduled, check them out. Close
Written by OhlalaCharlene on 14 Jul, 2004
Recently the city began a night bus that does loops through all of the city's hot spots on Fridays and Saturdays. It runs till 3 am and costs $3 for a ride-all-night pass. The city uses the regular daytime buses (which are very nice) and…Read More
Recently the city began a night bus that does loops through all of the city's hot spots on Fridays and Saturdays. It runs till 3 am and costs $3 for a ride-all-night pass. The city uses the regular daytime buses (which are very nice) and loops around every 20 minutes or so. The bus runs through downtown, the Strip District (clubs & bars), Station Square (Hard Rock, restaurants, comedy clubs & a few bars), South Side/ Carson Street (trendy bars, coffee houses & restaurants), Shady Side (upscale cafes and shops) and through the colleges. It's a wonderful idea if you want to drink but don't want to worry about having a driver or taking a taxi.
For more info: http://www.ridegold.com/ride/pgUV.asp