Pittsburgh Named Among “Best in the World” by National Geographic Traveler

London, Oman, Belfast, Costa Brava…and Pittsburgh. What could these places possibly have in common?

According to editors, contributing editors, and writers of the acclaimed and prestigious National Geographic Traveler, they are among the best places in the world to visit in 2012.
The city claimed the spotlight in 1985 when it was named “Most Livable City” by Rand McNally. Since then, Pittsburgh also garnered the same title an additional three times by other publications over several years.

However, to be one of only two US cities to be included among the top 20 on National Geographic Traveler’s shows how far Pittsburgh has transformed from “smoky city” to “changing jobs and reclaiming its major assets: a natural setting that rivals Lisbon and San Francisco” with “a wealth of fine art and architecture, and a quirky sense of humor.”

In “Pittsburgh: Extreme Metropolitan Makeover” story, the magazine notes: “Three rivers. One reinvented city. On all counts, the Steel City’s transformation over the past quarter century qualifies as revolutionary.”

In addition to six Super Bowl trophies, Pittsburgh boasts an arts and culture scene that rivals other major American cities. Urban kayaking and 22 miles of riverfront trails are only two examples of outdoor adventure thatcan be found within city limits. There’s also exciting new restaurants opening throughout city neighborhoods, music ranging from the renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Grammy-winning, world-class jazz at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, and noteworthy and one of a kind art museums.

The only other US city to be named in the National Geographic Traveler article is the Sonoma Valley in California. To see the full article, click here.

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