IWCA At-Large Rep Julie Platt is probably a little too excited to show you around her hometown. But can you blame her? Pittsburgh is a fun, friendly, and fascinating city with a rich history and bright future. Let Julie give you a preview tour of the ‘Burgh before you arrive in October!
Go for a walk at Point State Park. The Wyndham Grand’s front door opens to this beautiful downtown park. Walk along the Three Rivers and take a photo by the fountain at the former site of Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne.
Get creative at The Warhol or the Mattress Factory. A quick bus or taxi ride from the Wyndham will take you to the North Side, where you can see some incredible contemporary art. The Warhol’s collection includes recognizable classics and rotating exhibits by new artists while The Mattress Factory is dedicated to cutting-edge installation pieces.
Root for the black and gold at PNC Park, Heinz Field, or the Console Energy Center. Pittsburgh is the city of champions, and our sports teams call these three beautiful venues home. While you’re on the North Side, take in the skyline view from PNC Park.
Visit Mister Rogers. While the Neighborhood of Make-Believe at WQED Studios is closed to the public (except for special events), you can visit the statue of Fred Rogers on the North Shore before you head elsewhere.
Eat a Primanti Bros’ sandwich. Pittsburgh is famous for piling French fries and vinegar-dressed cole slaw inside deli sandwiches—not on the side. Head east from downtown to find the original Primanti’s in the Strip District, Pittsburgh’s historic market district.
Take in the past at the Heinz History Center or the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. On your way to sandwich bliss, stop at the Heinz History Center, which celebrates Western Pennsylvania history, including the Sports Museum that honors the famous Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords Negro League teams. Or, take a bus or taxi to Oakland to see the dinosaurs the Carnegie is famous for, including a massive, complete T. Rex skeleton.
Check out the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. Walk a few short blocks from the Carnegie to get to this immense Gothic cathedral, which is the tallest educational building in the Western hemisphere. Take a tour of the Nationality Rooms, or hang out in the Commons Room and pretend you’re at Hogwarts.
Get back to nature at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, the National Aviary, or Phipps Conservatory. The Zoo and Aquarium, located a bus ride from the Wyndham, are world-class, and the National Aviary on the North Side has hundreds of species of birds. Phipps Conservatory, in Oakland, offers beautiful seasonal exhibits of plants and flowers year-round.
Celebrate Pittsburgh’s zombie heritage. While he wasn’t born in the ‘Burgh, George A. Romero has set virtually all of his classic zombie flicks in and around Pittsburgh. Take an excursion to Evans City to see the cemetery featured in Night of the Living Dead, or drive a few miles to Monroeville Mall for Dawn of the Dead déjà vu. The truly brave can check out the Pittsburgh Zombie Outbreak, an “interactive haunted paintball ride” offering a chance to hunt the undead.
Chill out on the South Side. After a productive day of sessions, walk across the Smithfield Street Bridge to some of the trendy restaurants and bars on East Carson, or take the Duquesne Incline to Mount Washington for another truly amazing view of the city.
Join writing center professionals from around the world in Pittsburgh this fall for #IWCAConf15 as we celebrate #WCrEvolutions!