7 Things to Be Thankful for in Pittsburgh

Every November, we try to slow down and appreciate the little things more. We remember how grateful we are for our loved ones, the opportunities we’ve been given, the adventures we’ve had. We’re grateful for the places we’re from, and all of the places we’ve been. For us living in Pittsburgh and those just stopping by, here are a few reminders of things about Pittsburgh we can all be thankful for:

  1. City of Champions

The Pittsburgh Steelers have won more Super Bowls (six!) than any other NFL team. The Pittsburgh Penguins have won the Stanley Cup five times; twice in the past two years. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won the World Series five times (even if the past few thirty-eight seasons haven’t been their best showing). Pittsburgh is a sports town that’s truly worthy of all of black and gold we bleed for it day in and day out.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Parade
  1. City of Bridges

Pittsburgh has more bridges than any other city in the entire world. 446, to be exact. While they’re beautiful to look at, they’re also part of many iconic Pittsburgh traditions. From walking across the Roberto Clemente bridge before a Pirates home game at PNC Park, to being the spot to hold concerts for Light Up Night, to Picklesburgh festivities, Pittsburghers know how to make the most out of our bridges.

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Roberto Clemente Bridge – Pittsburgh, PA
  1. Steel City on the Big Screen

Over the past few years in particular, you might recognize some places around the Burgh as the backdrop for scenes from your favorite flicks. The Dark Knight Rises, Jack Reacher, Foxcatcher, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower are just a few recent films that were filmed in Pittsburgh. Being close to all of the star power without the LA traffic is something we can all definitely appreciate.

  1. Famous Pittsburghers

Not only is the scenery in films home to Pittsburgh, but some of the most famous actors and actresses call the Burgh their hometown. From Gene Kelly to Michael Keaton, and Joe Manganiello to Joe Montana, Pittsburgh has had a long. storied history of being home to some serious talent; both on the screen and on the field.

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Sidney Crosby with Pittsburgh native, Joe Manganiello
  1. Pittsburgh Cuisine

Over recent years, Pittsburgh has grown quite a reputation for itself as a foodie city. But Pittsburghers know we’ve always had some of the best eats around. We take pride in the staples that were born here – like Heinz Ketchup, The Big Mac and the Klondike Bar. And those dishes you just can’t get anywhere else like you can in Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh salads (any salad with French fries on top), our beloved Primanti Bros. sandwiches, and of course, pierogis.

  1. Pittsburgh’s Artsy Side

It’s hard to imagine that a city with legendary sports teams, first-class restaurants, and iconic views is also home to some of the coolest places to appreciate art. There are over 30 museums in Pittsburgh; the most famous arguably being the Andy Warhol Museum. When it comes to art, from the Mattress Factory, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Carnegie Science Center to Randyland, there’s something for everybody.

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Mattress Factory – Pittsburgh, PA
  1. The Three Rivers

There’s just something about the way the three rivers frame the Pittsburgh skyline that never gets old. The rivers themselves always offer new entertainment. Whether it’s kayaking, boating or taking the Gateway Clipper, there are endless ways to make the most of the rivers that serve as our foundation, both figuratively and literally, to the Steel City.

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Pittsburgh skyline views

Published by From the Road I'm On

Hi friends, I'm Kim. I started writing at an early age, mailing short stories and song lyrics cross country to my favorite penpal, my grandfather. As a journalist and editor by profession, he didn't go easy on me and equipped me with revisions well beyond my years. I credit him with both giving me the writing bug, and challenging me to push my work. Since then, I've written anything and everything I can get my hands on. Articles, social media posts, songs, short stories, academic reports, to-do lists, journal entries, and everything in between. In addition to my own travel blog, From The Road I'm On, I am a regularly featured contributor for Visit Pittsburgh.

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