Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Pittsburgh

Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:29am EDT
 
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By Mark Egan

PITTSBURGH (Reuters Life!) - Once known as America's Steel City, these days Pittsburgh is more famous for its Super Bowl winning "Steelers" football team, its universities, hospitals and its lush, hilly vistas.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge provide hints to help visitors make the most of a short stay in the city where leaders of the Group of 20 rich and developing countries are meeting for a two-day summit.

Friday

7 p.m. - Locals say the No. 1 thing to do in Pittsburgh is go to Mt. Washington for its breathtaking views of the city. Take the Duquesne Incline, whose restored wooden funicular railway cars have operated since 1877 and are often cited as among America's most romantic spots.

7.30 p.m. - Take advantage of your panoramic perch and stop for dinner at The Monterey Bay Fish Grotto. Eat some of the fish flown in from all over America, maybe the Kajiki from Hawaii or the Dayboat Scrod from Boston. Without a reservation you can still eat in the lounge and enjoy the same view.

10 p.m. - Feel like dancing? Head over to Pittsburgh's historic South Side, packed with bars and clubs. Go to the retro Tiki Lounge on East Carson, decked out like a fantasy tropical village complete with three waterfalls. Cocktails are served until 2 a.m.

Saturday

9 a.m. - Eat at Pamela's on Forbes Avenue in Oakland district, home to University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Try the crepes.   Continued...

 
<p>A view of downtown Pittsburgh from the Duquesne Incline on Mount Washington, September 22, 2009. REUTERS/David A. DeNoma</p>