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The Steel City

When I was growing up, my aunt and uncle lived outside Pittsburgh in Coraopolis. (I don’t want crap from you Moon Township-ers.)

I spent a ton of time there, and developed a deep and abiding love for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In fact, I’d say there are very few things I love more than Pittsburgh baseball – even though their last championship occurred when I was 3 years old.

When I was 18, my aunt and uncle moved to Atlanta. This was fresh on the heels of the 92 NLCS (in which the Atlanta Braves beat the Pirates out for the National League Championship for the second year in a row). Betrayed!

I hadn’t been back to Pittsburgh since – though I’ve been to several road games. It was time.

This past September, I convinced my husband that we needed to jump on the turnpike as soon as my kids were done with their cross country race and head to the Steel City – a five hour drive. He loves me, so he went along with it.

It was a long drive. I mean a LONG drive, and by the time we crossed into PA, I was starting to wonder if it was even worth it…

But then we hit the Fort Pitt tunnel.

Have you ever driven through the Fort Pitt tunnel?

It’s an experience. You are on the highway, driving along through what you think is the city…then you hit country again…and then the Tunnel.

It’s customary to hold your breath through the tunnel – at least it is for me, but when you get to the other side, it’s so breath-taking that you kinda wish you hadn’t held your breath after all… I mean, just look at this…

So, finally, I’m in my favorite city with my favorite people, and they’ve never been there.

The only thing to do is take them on a whirlwind tour of the best-of-the-best.

We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown – it was lovely. The free shuttle was willing to take us anywhere within 2 miles, and the driver gave us a history lesson on the way.

Once we got checked in, we headed straight out – the sun was getting lower and I had a plan to be up on Mount Washington before it happened. The shuttle dropped us at Station Square, right at the Monongahela Incline Station and we hopped a quick ride up.

We made it, just in time.

We ate quick at Packs & Dogs (though I think they just closed recently…). I got the Bloodhound, Husband got the Irish Setter.



We headed back down the Incline and out to the Point.

Keep in mind that the last time was in Pittsburgh, Three Rivers Stadium was still standing. I was blown away by the gorgeousness of the North Shore from the Point. We strolled down the riverwalk to the Clemente bridge and across to catch the end of that night’s game.



By then, it was probably 10:30 or so, and we’d been up since probably 5am. So, back to the hotel.

The next day, we had a 1pm date with PNC Park – and since I’m one of those people who has to get to the ballpark as soon as the gates open, we were there at 11:30.

Pre-game consisted of walking back out to the Point during the day, then back to Market Square for Primanti Bros. Sandwiches.



And, at last, the whole reason for the trip.

The MOST beautiful ballpark in all of Major League Baseball…






We only had 36 hours, but I think we did it justice. The whole family is enamored.

Can’t wait to go back and spend more time, very soon.



  1. Anna says:

    Looks like a great trip! I’m from Ohio, so I’m not far at all from Pittsburgh! It’s good to know about that shuttle downtown because I absolutely HATE driving in downtown Pittsburgh lol!

  2. I don’t know much about baseball, but I enjoyed reading this post and judging by the photo it does look like a nice ballpark! I’m glad you had a good time! Thank you for sharing.

  3. Anya says:

    There’s so much more to this city that I thought! I would absolutely love to explore it- I’ve driven past it loads, but never stopped! Next time I’m sure stateside, I’ll have to check it out!

  4. Caitlin says:

    Lovely post, and the food looks so insanely good it’s made me want to visit next time I’m in the states!

  5. Katie says:

    Your enthusiasm is infectious! You certainly packed a lot in for 36 hours!

  6. Ashley says:

    I had no idea it was called Steel City, that is so cool. All the food looks very yummy as well!!

  7. Ruth says:

    I had heard so much good stuff about Pittsburg. My mom lives on Pennsylvania so I do not lose hope I am going to make it there one day (even though it is a far drive from where she lives). The food looks pretty good in there. As a Puerto Rican, it feels good to see a bridge called after Roberto Clemente.

  8. Hiral says:

    Awesome! Seems like you had a wonderful time. It made me happy reading your experiences throughout. ❤️

  9. Rosemary says:

    I am ready for that hot dog…yum!! Looks like you had a jam packed but amazing time. Great historic ball park, I’m from Chicago so it’s nice to see the difference. Lovely pictures.

  10. Lyne says:

    Looks like a nice trip! All the foods you featured look so so so good. Baseball isn’t a huge deal here in Europe but I’d love to attend a game someday, also the view over the ballpark looks amazing !

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