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Pierogies, Incline Trains, and Terrible Towels in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with Rossilynne

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I’m really excited to interview Rossilynne Culgan, the author of “100 Things to do in Pittsburgh Before You Die,” about Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rossilynne literally wrote the book on local’s tips for the best things to do in Pittsburgh and writes for a community newspaper, so you can trust she knows what she’s talking about.

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The Monongahela Incline

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh is a city made up of 90 unique neighborhoods. The city itself is situated at the junction of three rivers. With the nickname “Steel City, it was known as one of America’s industrial capitals. in the early 20th century. Since then, this Rust Belt city has continued to reinvent itself and is now popular with tourists for its renowned museums, medical centers, parks, research centers, and a diverse cultural district.

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Pittsburgh, the local convention and visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests. When you visit Pittsburgh, check out the PittsburghPASS. This bundled pass saves 15% on some of the most popular attractions in Pittsburgh. There are two options to choose from. One pass includes the Children’s Museum, Carnegie Science Center, and the National Aviary, while the other is focused on amusement parks and water parks.

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Waterfall at Fall Run Park

Getting around Pittsburgh

The local airport is Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), which is about 19 miles by car or 47 minutes by bus. There’s even an Airport Flyer bus from the airport to downtown for just $2.75.

Rossilynne says that, if you’re staying downtown, there’s no need to rent a car. The city has a light rail system known as “The T” that is easy to use. Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around. As you explore Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods, make sure to visit The Inclines for a unique experience.

If you need to rent a car to visit some of the attractions outside the city center, like Fallingwater (a Frank Lloyd Wright home), click here for the best offers from Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

If you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

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Pierogies. Photo courtesy of Skyradar from Pixabay

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Rossilynne Culgan about Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Green dots = best things to do in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Who is Rossilynne Culgan?

Rossilynne Culgan is the Director and Food & Culture Editor for The Incline, a daily community newsletter about Pittsburgh. She grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania and now lives in the heart of the city. Rossilynne went to school at Penn State and worked at the Carnegie Science Museum. She also shares her in-depth knowledge of all of the best things to do in Pittsburgh in her best-selling book “100 Things To Do in Pittsburgh Before You Die.”

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Rossilyn with her book “100 Things To Do in Pittsburgh Before You Die”

Here are a few articles and videos where you can hear more from Rossilynne Culgan:

You can connect with Rossilynne at her website and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Water fountain at Point State Park

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  1. Anonymous

    There has NEVER been a train to the Pittsburgh Airport though Ive taken a peak of how it would be done off a different commuter passenger line that itself would go out through Beaver.

    Question besides construction is if the Airport is big enough to support superior rail? Off the top of my head it looks to far w not enough population on the way to support all new Light Rail. Its probably best to run anything like it as an electrified (in part for the steep climb out of the valley) frequent service branch of a moderizied heavy railroad based line w track additions and just a couple of key stops.

    In the meantime you have improved buses though they will rarely attract much of the people that fly more often or new development around them.

    Anyway nice piece on Pittsburgh

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      Thank you for writing and sharing this info. I did a Google Map search from the airport to downtown and mistakenly put it as a train instead of a bus. I’ve corrected the details thanks to your input. I’m glad that you liked the episode.